New York Mets: Christian Chivilli

Around the minors 6.30.12

July, 1, 2012
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DURHAM 12, BUFFALO 6: Jenrry Mejia got back on track with two scoreless relief innings after a tumultuous transition to the bullpen, but the Bulls scored nine times in the fifth inning against Mark Cohoon and Jack Egbert to grab a 12-0 lead. The big blow came on a three-run homer by ex-Bison Chris Gimenez against Cohoon. Durham starter Alex Torres carried a no-hit bid one out into the fifth, when Brad Emaus doubled. In the fourth, Buffalo's Fred Lewis stole two bases, giving him a team-leading 14. He also walked three times and scored a run. It is the most stolen bases for any Bisons player since the 2007 season, when Ben Francisco had 22 and Trent Durington had 15. Box

ALTOONA 8, BINGHAMTON 2: Zack Wheeler allowed a career-high seven runs on nine hits and the B-Mets lost their season-high fifth straight. Things started well as Wheeler faced one over the minimum through four scoreless innings and Reese Havens blasted a leadoff homer in the fourth against Tim Alderson. But the Curve scored three runs in the fifth against Wheeler (7-4). Altoona loaded the bases with three straight singles and evened the score on Drew Maggi's sacrifice fly. Brock Holt gave Altoona the lead for good with a two-run single. Wheeler helped his own cause and cut the deficit to one in the fifth. With two outs and Wilfredo Tovar at second, Wheeler doubled for his first career hit and RBI. It would be the last highlight for the highly touted prospect. Wheeler allowed two more runs in the sixth and was chased from the game when Matt Curry stroked a two-run double down the first-base line in the seventh. Altoona added another run in the eighth against relievers Brad Holt and Adrian Rosario. Wilmer Flores started his first professional game at first base. Box

JUPITER 14, ST. LUCIE 2: Right fielder Adam Loewen went 1-for-4 with a double in his first minor league game since suffering a stress fracture in his right foot in April with Buffalo. Starter Erik Goeddel allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. Relievers Jack Leathersich and Kyle Allen combined to allow seven additional runs. Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 0: Alex Panteliodis tossed three scoreless innings in his return after a three-week absence and combined with Jim Fuller (1-1), Randy Fontanez and Chasen Bradford on the shutout. Yucarybert De La Cruz had an RBI single and Dustin Lawley contributed a sacrifice fly in a two-run third. Box

KINGSPORT 13, BLUEFIELD 9: In a game in which the teams committed a combined 10 errors, the K-Mets took the lead for good in the third inning, scoring seven unearned runs to erase a 2-0 deficit. Michael Bernal, who had played sparingly in the first 11 games, doubled twice and drove in three runs as part of a 3-for-4 performance. He also scored twice while serving as DH. Joe Tuschak had three RBIs while going 2-for-5 with a run scored. K-Mets starter Robert Gsellman allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Andres Perez completed the fourth inning, inducing an inning-ending flyout against the lone batter he faced. Christian Chivilli then took over and came within an out of finishing the game. Chivilli was pulled after surrendering a two-run homer to Bluefield's Dwight Smith Jr. in the ninth. None of Kingsport's six errors were more bizarre than the one by catcher Alex Machillanda, who whiffed on his routine throw back to Chivilli after a sixth-inning pitch, allowing Chris Peters to score. Anthony Chavez notched first homer as a K-Met. Yeixon Ruiz drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 2: 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the Cyclones in the rubber match. Gabriel Ynoa allowed two runs and three hits in six innings while striking out a career-high six batters. Right-hander Tim Peterson, the Mets' 20th-round pick from Kentucky, made his professional debut with two perfect innings to earn the win. Dimas Ponce and Phillip Evans singled with one out in the first to get things started. Kevin Plawecki then walked to load the bases for Cole Frenzel. He reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Ponce to score. Stefan Sabol singled, plating Evans and extending his hitting streak to six games as Brooklyn took a 2-0 lead. The IronBirds answered in the third on Roderick Bernadina's two-out, two-run double. Ynoa limited the damage by striking out Creede Simpson. In the sixth, Evans led off by doubling, and Plawecki and Frenzel grounded out. With Evans at third, Sabol and Nelfi Zapata walked to load the bases for Nimmo. He became the first Cyclone to produce a grand slam this season as he delivered his first 2012 homer. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

June, 20, 2012
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Organization leaders

Average: Eris Peguero, Kingsport, .500; Alexander Sanchez, Brooklyn, .444; Phillip Evans, Brooklyn, .429; Jeffrey Diehl, Kingsport, .333; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .333; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .333; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, .332; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .313; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .300; Cam Maron, Savannah, .296.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 13; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 12; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 12; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 11.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 44; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 44; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 41; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 41; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, 37.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 12; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, 12; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 12.

ERA: Matt Budgell, Kingsport, 0.00; Dawrin Frias, Brooklyn, 0.00; John Mincone, Brooklyn, 0.00; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 0.00; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 1.59; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.96; Shane Bay, Kingsport, 2.45; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 2.52; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.55; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 2.71.

Wins: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 6; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 6; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 6; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 6; Yohan Almonte, St. Lucie, 6; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 6.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 15; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 13; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 12; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 10.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 81; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 70; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 70; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 65; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 62.

Short hops

• Right-hander Collin McHugh, compared by scouts to Dillon Gee, had a misleading line in his Triple-A debut Monday. After two walks and a wild pitch in the first inning led to a Norfolk run on a sacrifice fly by veteran Miguel Tejada, McHugh put up zeroes until the sixth inning. That’s when McHugh -- an 18th-round pick in 2008 out of Berry College in Georgia -- allowed a pair of singles and a walk to open the frame and departed with Buffalo leading, 3-1. Left-hander Josh Edgin entered and allow all three inherited runners to score, so McHugh was charged with four runs on five hits and four walks in five-plus innings in his International League debut.

McHugh, who turned 25 on Tuesday, is only the second former Berry College pitcher to reach Triple-A. The other: right-hander Chuck Smith, who actually did so in 2006 with Norfolk, when the Tides were affiliated with the Mets organization.

• Reliever Jeff Stevens, a former Cub, was demoted to Binghamton to clear a Triple-A roster spot for McHugh.

• St. Lucie third baseman Wilmer Flores earned MVP honors at Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game. Flores went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk in a 6-3 South victory. The Mets had eight players appear in the game, including late addition Richard Lucas (0-for-3) to man first base. The others: outfielder Cory Vaughn (1-for-2), catcher Blake Forsythe (1-for-2), shortstop Wilfredo Tovar (0-for-2), left-hander Chase Huchingson (0 ER, 1 IP) , right-hander Cory Mazzoni (1 ER, 1 IP) and left-hander Adam Kolarek (0 ER, 1 IP).

• Mazzoni, the organization’s second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, is expected to be promoted to Double-A Binghamton today. He will be part of a six-man B-Mets rotation. Mazzoni went 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 12 starts with St. Lucie, allowing 64 hits and 16 walks while striking out 48 in 63 2/3 innings.

• Kingsport, including first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a high school shortstop from Louisiana, opened its season Tuesday night. The full roster:

Pitchers: Martires Arias, Alberto Baldonado, Shane Bay, Matt Budgell, Christian Chivilli, Miller Diaz, Zachary Dotson, Ramon Estevez, John Gant, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Christian Montgomery, Akeel Morris, Flabio Ortega, Andres Perez, Luis Rengel, Persio Reyes, Carlos Valdez, Edioglis Villasmil.

Catchers: Tyler Carpenter, Jeyckol Deleon, Alex Machillanda, Tomas Nido.

Infielders: Cecchini, Anthony Chavez, Jeffrey Diehl, Branden Kaupe, Pedro Perez, Yeixon Ruiz, Kevin Wiejgerste.

Outfielders: Michael Bernal, Maikis De La Cruz, Bradley Marquez, Eris Peguero, Joe Tuschak.

Cecchini went 0-for-3 with two walks, a caught stealing, run scored and throwing error in his pro debut.

• Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki, a supplemental first-round pick (35th overall), went 0-for-4, was hit by a pitch and had a passed ball Tuesday for Brooklyn in his pro debut.

• Prep right-hander Andrew Massie, the organization’s 24th-round pick, signed a contract Saturday to join the Mets, the Dyersburg (S.C.) State Gazette reported. Fourteenth-round pick Chris Flexen, a high school right-hander from California, reportedly is close to signing as well.

• Buffalo outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo snapped an 0-for-30 skid Saturday.

Jenrry Mejia made his third relief appearance since converting from starting Tuesday. He tossed two scoreless innings. Mejia rebounded from a woeful appearance Sunday, in which four of five batters reached -- via two hits, plus a walk and a hit batter. He has yet to enter mid-inning or inherit runners during a two-week program to ready him for major league consideration.

• With Tuesday’s loss, St. Lucie owns a 48-19 record with one game remaining in its first half. The club narrowly will fall shy of becoming the third team in Florida State League history to win 50 games in a half. The lone teams to accomplish the feat:

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Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187