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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Farm report: Misch statement

By Adam Rubin

Left-hander Pat Misch produced his first major league win last Sept. 3 at Colorado, while pairing with Josh Thole in the catcher’s major league debut. Later that month, Misch’s other major league highlight occurred. Misch, who turns 29 in two weeks, shut out the Florida Marlins on Sept. 27 at Miami.

This year, Misch has not appeared with the Mets at the major league level. The southpaw cleared waivers near the end of spring training and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.

There, he has paired with teammate Dillon Gee to become the first Bisons duo to reach double-digits in victories in the same season since right-handers Kyle Denney and Jack Cressend had 10 wins apiece in 2004 when Buffalo was a Cleveland Indians affiliate.

“The 10 wins for me was obviously awesome,” said Misch, who is 10-4 with a 3.24 ERA entering Thursday’s scheduled start against Columbus. “I think that’s the most I’ve ever had in a season. I think it was a great accomplishment. Any time you get 10 wins, no matter what league you’re in, it’s pretty exciting.”

Misch was claimed off waivers from the Mets on June 5, 2009 from the San Francisco Giants.

If he is not called up by season’s end or added to the 40-man roster, he will become a minor league free agent.

“My goal is just to keep pitching the best I can,” Misch said. “If they need me, they need me. If not, hopefully I opened some other eyes that can realize that I can pitch. … Pitching-wise, I feel really good. Obviously I’m not a big velocity guy, but I’ve been making pitches and keeping the hitters off-balance.”

Thole recalled catching Misch’s game in Colorado.

Entering that day, Misch’s teams had lost his first 12 major league starts, matching the major league record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Seattle Mariners also lost the first 12 games started by John Cummings in 1993-94.

“It was kind of a whirlwind, because it was my debut,” Thole said. “He’s always pitched the same way, I feel like. But in Buffalo [this season] it was a little more finesse, I guess -- corner to corner, moving his ball around. He did that last September, but I felt he took his game to a whole different level.”

Organization leaders

Average: Darrell Ceciliani, Brooklyn, .379; Joe Bonfe, Brooklyn, .333; Justin Schafer, Kingsport, .333; Javier Rodriguez, Kingsport, .325; Josh Satin, Binghamton, .312; Cory Vaughn, Brooklyn, .302; Julio Concepcion, GCL Mets, .301; Sean Ratliff, Binghamton, .300; Nick Evans, Buffalo, .299; Luis Hernandez, Buffalo, .298.

Homers: Lucas Duda, Buffalo, 19; Mike Hessman, Buffalo, 18; Nick Evans, Buffalo, 17; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Binghamton, 16; Sean Ratliff, Binghamton, 16.

RBIs: Lucas Duda, Buffalo, 71; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 67; Sean Ratliff, Binghamton, 67; Nick Evans, Buffalo, 62; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Binghamton, 60.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Savannah, 44; Pedro Zapata, St. Lucie, 29; Juan Lagares, St. Lucie, 25; Emmanuel Garcia, St. Lucie, 18; Darrell Ceciliani, Brooklyn, 16.

ERA: Angel Cuan, Brooklyn, 1.55; Jimmy Fuller, Savannah, 1.93; Yohan Almonte, Brooklyn, 2.31; Brandon Moore, St. Lucie, 2.53; Wesley Wrenn, Brooklyn, 2.81; Mark Cohoon, Binghamton, 2.88; Armando Rodriguez, Savannah, 3.18; Edioglis Villasmil, GCL Mets, 3.21; Pat Misch, Buffalo, 3.24; Josh Stinson, Binghamton, 3.47.

Wins: Pat Misch, Buffalo, 10; Dillon Gee, Buffalo, 10; Josh Stinson, Binghamton, 9; Mark Cohoon, Binghamton, 8; Jimmy Fuller, Savannah, 8.

Saves: Manuel Alvarez, Binghamton, 14; Michael Powers, Savannah, 14; Jose Bierd, St. Lucie, 8.

Strikeouts: Brandon Moore, St. Lucie, 131; Dillon Gee, Buffalo, 123; Mark Cohoon, Binghamton, 104; Mike Antonini, Binghamton, 103; Armando Rodriguez, Savannah, 102.

Short hops

Ramon Ortiz, who made eight starts for Triple-A Buffalo after getting dumped by the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 6.30 ERA, has been granted his release by the Mets at his request. Ortiz had an oral agreement that he would be called up by Aug. 1, or at least on the verge of a promotion. The Mets asked him to make a few more starts in the minors and Ortiz declined. The 37-year-old right-hander had been dominant in his final four starts for the Bisons, limiting opponents to a combined three earned runs and 15 hits in 29 innings, good for a 0.93 ERA. Johan Lujan was promoted from Double-A Binghamton to fill the roster spot. … Left-hander Bobby Livingston, who had major league experience with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, was released from Buffalo last Wednesday when the Bisons added Fernando Nieve. Two days earlier, Buffalo also added former Washington Nationals closer Chad Cordero. Livingston was 3-8 with a 5.34 ERA in 22 appearances (15 starts). He since has signed with the Dodgers, and was assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque. … After picking up his 10th win and striking out five in 6 2/3 innings against Lehigh Valley on Monday, Gee has 123 strikeouts this season. That is tied with Durham right-hander Jeremy Hellickson for the International League strikeout lead. The total also ranks third on the Bisons’ all-time list, 14 shy of matching Vicente Palacios’ record, set in 1990. Palacios ultimately pitched in 134 major league games (44 starts) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres. … With Mike Jacobs traded by farm director Adam Wogan to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday for a player to be named, Nick Evans was promoted to Buffalo. He had a far better opening to his 2010 stint as a Bison compared with last year. Evans is hitting .381 (8-for-21) with seven RBIs through five games in Triple-A. He has started four games at first base and once at third base. Last season, after Gary Sheffield’s signing bumped him off the Mets’ Opening Day roster, Evans went into a tailspin at Buffalo. He was hitting .093 on May 10 when he was sent back to Port St. Lucie to clear his head. Evans had only seven hits during the four and a half weeks with the Bisons to open last year before being dispatched to the team’s Florida complex -- one fewer than his five-game total this time. … Justin Turner, the infielder who was claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles in May and who appeared in four games during the Mets’ West Coast trip to open the second half, lost a 10-game hitting streak Tuesday. Turner nonetheless is hitting .410 (16-for-39) with five doubles, two homers and eight runs scored since returning from the majors. … Fernando Martinez, who primarily is playing right field with the Bisons, has been on a mini-surge. Since last Wednesday, Martinez is hitting .474 (9-for-19) with two homers and four walks. Martinez entered that seven-game stretch with a .237 average. Martinez also won the Bisons’ home run derby Sunday, although it’s worth noting Mike Hessman, the minors’ active leader in homers, is in the majors and did not participate. … Catcher Michael Barrett is 2-for-21 in six games since joining the Bisons. … Binghamton third baseman Zach Lutz, who returned July 27 from a stress fracture in his left foot that cost him two months, was named Eastern League Player of the Week on Monday. In six games back with the B-Mets, Lutz is hitting .440 with five homers, 13 RBIs and four walks in 29 plate appearances. … Right-hander Carlos Muniz, who made 20 relief appearances for the Mets in 2007-08, has returned from shoulder surgery and joined the B-Mets. Muniz was limited to 12 early season appearances with Buffalo last year before undergoing the procedure. … Left-hander Robert Carson has lost all four of his starts and has a 9.61 ERA in Double-A since a promotion from St. Lucie. … Jenrry Mejia has demonstrated he’s ready to rejoin the B-Mets. After a demotion from the Mets to Binghamton to begin working as a starter, Mejia left his second Double-A outing on June 27 with what was diagnosed as a strain in the back of the rotator cuff. He reappeared in the Gulf Coast League last Wednesday, then dominated in four innings for St. Lucie on Monday. Mejia limited Lakeland to one hit while striking out seven and walking none. … St. Lucie outfielder Juan Lagares suffered a broken ankle. … St. Lucie has lost 13 of 14. … Savannah right fielder Cesar Puello extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and has a hit in 21 of 22 games, after a 2-for-5 performance Tuesday at Rome. In 100 games with the Sand Gnats, Puello is hitting .293 with a homer, 31 RBIs and 44 steals in 53 attempts. … Savannah third baseman Jefry Marte (.264, 6 HR, 44 RBIs) has been sidelined since July 22 with a hamstring injury.

Adam Rubin’s farm report appears Wednesdays during the season