Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Farm report II: Leaders, player notes
By Adam Rubin
Average: Maikis De La Cruz, Kingsport, .348; Eris Peguero, Kingsport, .346; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .328; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .324; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, .309; Stefan Sabol, Brooklyn, .300; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, .300; Cam Maron, Savannah, .297; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .295; Cole Frenzel, Brooklyn, .295.
Homers: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 16; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 16; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 16; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 14; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 13.
RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 59; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 54; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, 53; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 51; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 48.
Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 18; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 16; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, 15; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 14; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 13.
ERA: Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 1.90; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.53; Hansel Robles, Brooklyn, 2.57; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 2.58; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 2.62; Steven Matz, Kingsport, 2.65; Michael Fulmer, Savannah, 2.70; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 2.96; Luis Cessa, Brooklyn, 3.20; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 3.39.
Wins: Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 8; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 8; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 8.
Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 16; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 14; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 14; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 13; Robert Carson, Binghamton, 8.
Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 102; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 92; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 88; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 79.
• Valentino Pascucci won Monday’s Triple-A home run derby, in walk-off fashion no less, as the last batter in the event, with 17,400 on hand in Buffalo. The Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski won the celebrity counterpart. Gronk launched one legit homer over the regular wall. A fence at 200 feet from home plate was erected for the celebrity competitors. The Bisons will have three representatives in Wednesday’s All-Star Game -- Matt Harvey, Pascucci and closer Fernando Cabrera. Harvey is due to pitch second for the International League side.
• Zack Wheeler is attending today’s Eastern League All-Star Game in Reading, Pa., although he is not scheduled to pitch after recording two outs Sunday in the Futures Game in Kansas City. Also due to represent the B-Mets at the event: Eric Campbell, Jefry Marte and Armando Rodriguez. Sandy Alderson has publicly estimated Wheeler may make only two more Double-A starts before being promoted to Buffalo.
• Campbell has moved to left field with Binghamton since the return of first baseman Allan Dykstra. Campbell’s .328 average ranks second in the Eastern League. The leader? Former teammate Matt den Dekker, at .340. Den Dekker since has been promoted to Buffalo. And with 2.7 plate appearances per game required to remain listed, den Dekker is due to drop off the list once Binghamton plays its 100th game. The B-Mets so far have completed 88.
• Left-hander Josh Edgin, a potential call-up with Dillon Gee landing on the DL, has held lefty batters to a .220 average since joining Buffalo. Righties are hitting .256 against him in Triple-A. Edgin, who has a 3.89 ERA, lost an eight-appearance scoreless streak Saturday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
• Brooklyn Cyclones mascot Jessica Klein -- who plays Pee Wee at the Coney Island ballpark -- took a week off to head to Europe. The reason? To participate in the International Quidditch Association's Summer Olympic Games in London. As a member of Team USA, Klein won a gold medal.
• Removed from the 40-man roster after clearing waivers, Chris Schwinden is nonetheless heading back into the Bisons’ rotation after temporarily working in relief -- which included Schwinden working on consecutive days for the first time in his career. When Buffalo play resumes after its All-Star break, Jeremy Hefner will handle the second-half-opening assignment Thursday at Pawtucket, followed by Jeurys Familia, Schwinden, Collin McHugh and Harvey. Garrett Olson and Dylan Owen are now assigned to the bullpen.
• Left-hander Mark Cohoon, who allowed 13 runs over eight innings in two starts for Buffalo, returned to Binghamton. He will form a six-man B-Mets rotation. Greg Peavey starts Game 1 after the break Thursday, followed by Wheeler, Cohoon, Cory Mazzoni, Gonzalez Germen and Darin Gorski. After recent blips, Wheeler, Cohoon and Mazzoni each put up seven innings and allowed one run or fewer in their most-recent B-Mets starts. Gorski surrendered one run in six innings.
• Corner infielder Zach Lutz should rejoin the Bisons as soon as Thursday. Lutz, who last played with Buffalo on May 12, has logged games on six straight days with Class A St. Lucie since returning from surgery to remove a broken hamate bone in the base of his hand.
• Adam Loewen has been on a tear since returning from a stress fracture in his right foot. Loewen, who has been manning first base rather than playing the outfield, is 7-for-15 with two homers, seven RBIs and four walks in four games since rejoining Buffalo. Loewen logging first-base duty has pushed Josh Satin largely to second base, with some late-game action at third base after double-switches.
• Brooklyn closer Tyler Vanderheiden, the Mets’ 19th-round pick out of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., has a connection to fellow sidearmer Chad Bradford. Or, at least, he soon will. The right-handed Vanderheiden, who has been throwing sidearm since his prep days, uses more of a Joe Smith angle right now -- just below sidearm, as opposed to Bradford’s submarine style. Vanderheiden -- who has four saves and a perfect ERA through seven relief appearances with the Cyclones -- has hit 91 mph despite the motion. Mets minor league pitching coordinator Ron Romanick recently worked to make Vanderheiden’s delivery slightly lower, although not to Bradford’s extreme. The Bradford tie? Vanderheiden’s father Jeff also coached Bradford in high school in Mississippi, and Vanderheiden plans to reach out to chat.
Vanderheiden isn’t the only Cyclone with an interesting pro tie. Right-hander Rob Whalen, the Mets’ 12th-round pick, played high school ball for Dave Schafer, the father of the Houston Astros’ Jordan Schafer, in Florida. Whalen has yet to appear with Brooklyn, but is working out with the team and throwing bullpen sessions.
Cyclones first baseman Jayce Boyd, the Mets’ sixth-round pick out of Florida State, has a longtime connection to the Mets. His uncle played high school ball with the Mets' Midwest scouting supervisor, Mac Seibert, and the families have remained close through the years.
• T.J. Rivera, who was promoted from Savannah to play shortstop at St. Lucie when Wilfredo Tovar also rose a level, has played error-free ball since joining the Florida State League club. In 18 games, Rivera also is hitting .292 with one homer and 11 RBIs.
• Binghamton outfielder Juan Lagares threw out the potential tying run at the plate in consecutive games in Altoona. His 13 outfield assists are tied for the league lead.
• St. Lucie outfielder Cory Vaughn is tied with Jupiter’s Marcell Ozuna for the Florida State League lead with 16 homers. Vaughn’s average is starting to creep higher, too. He has a six-game hitting streak and is hitting .382 in July, which has lifted his average to .242. Only two weeks ago, Vaughn’s average stood at .219.
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