New York Mets: Jon Miller

Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

May, 30, 2012
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Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .333; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, .317; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .315; Vinny Rottino, Buffalo, .307; Jefry Marte, Binghamton, .306; Matt den Dekker, Binghamton, .306; Matt Tuiasosopo, Buffalo, .299; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, .297; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, .289.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 11; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 10; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 10; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 9; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, 7.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 37; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 36; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 34; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 32; Omar Quintanilla, Buffalo, 27.

Steals: Luis Nieves, Savannah, 10; Cesar Puello, St. Lucie, 10; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, 10; Alonzo Harris, St. Lucie, 9; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 9.

ERA: Tyler Pill, Savannah, 1.93; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.97; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 2.17; Chris Schwinden, Buffalo, 2.59; Jeremy Hefner, Buffalo, 2.72; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.74; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 2.81; Dylan Owen, Buffalo, 2.95; Cory Mazzoni, St. Lucie, 3.10; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 3.18.

Wins: Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 5; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 5; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 5; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 5.

Saves: Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 12; Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 11; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 8; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 7.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 56; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 54; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 53; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 52; Tyler Pill, Savannah, 47.

Short hops

• The Mets have reorganized roles within their front-office hierarchy, including promoting Adam Wogan from director of minor league operations to a role more involved with major league duties. Deputy Jon Miller moves to Wogan’s former role under Paul DePodesta.

Matt Harvey had Tar Heel bragging rights when he beat his former UNC teammate Adam Warren on Thursday, in a 6-2 Buffalo victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Although Harvey matched a season-low with two strikeouts while logging 5 1/3 innings, manager Wally Backman felt the 2010 first-round pick had his best location of the season down in the zone over the first four innings of that game. Harvey then limited Columbus to one run and three hits in six innings Tuesday in a no-decision. In his past eight starts, Harvey is 5-0 with a 2.91 ERA and .183 opponent batting average.

• Left-hander Steve Matz, the Mets’ top pick in 2009, and outfielder Brandon Nimmo, the top pick last June, continue to participate in extended spring training. Matz is now likely ticketed for Kingsport when short-season play begins next month, while Nimmo should land in Brooklyn.

Jordany Valdespin, who had a pinch-hit homer for Buffalo the day he was demoted from the Mets, then went on a strikeout binge and ended up in a meeting with Backman and roving minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson. The staff was concerned Valdespin was swinging wildly and did not seem to have any plan at the plate or recognition of what the game situation demanded. Valdespin also lacked effort pursuing balls in his first game assigned to second base after the return from the majors.

While the Mets wanted a bona fide shortstop in the majors in deciding to promote Omar Quintanilla to fill Justin Turner’s infield spot, clearly Valdespin’s effort cemented the decision.

Sean Kazmar was promoted from Binghamton to Buffalo to take Quintanilla’s shortstop role. B-Mets pitchers had raved last week that the 27-year-old Kazmar, who appeared in 19 games for the Padres in 2008, was the best defensive shortstop they had ever pitched in front of during their minor league careers.

• Right-handers Brandon Moore and Scott Moviel and catcher Dock Doyle have completed 50-game suspensions after testing positive for drugs of abuse last year. All three had been participating in intrasquad games in extended spring training and are ready to join full-season teams, although they had not yet been assigned.

• St. Lucie outfield prospect Cesar Puello landed on the disabled list with a suspected fracture of the hamate bone in a hand, which would require surgery to remove the bone. Puello’s injury coincides with the return of former New York-Penn League batting champ Darrell Ceciliani to St. Lucie’s outfield. Ceciliani returned Friday after being out since April 22 with a hamstring strain.

Kevin Mulvey, the Mets’ top pick in 2006 (second round), retired. He had been working in relief with Double-A Binghamton. Mulvey was traded to Minnesota in the Johan Santana trade. The right-hander returned to the organization late in spring training after being released by Arizona. He had a 5.59 ERA with the B-Mets.

• The good news: Second baseman Reese Havens is regularly playing for Binghamton, after being tormented by back and side issues since being selected along with Ike Davis when the Mets had a pair of first-round picks in 2008. The bad news: The usually solid-hitting Havens is off to an extremely slow start at the plate for the B-Mets since his season debut on April 29. Through 78 at-bats, Havens is hitting .154 with one homer and 27 strikeouts, although he had walked 18 times, giving him a .323 on-base percentage.

• Binghamton first baseman Allan Dykstra arrived at the Mets’ Florida complex a few days ago to begin baseball activities after spending the past five weeks at home in California limited to aerobic work. Dykstra has been out since suffering a fractured left forearm reaching into the runner for a throw from pitcher Darin Gorski on April 14, but his return to Binghamton is now within sight.

Chris Young’s start Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for Triple-A Buffalo, in which Josh Thole will catch, will be televised by MLB Network. Young has a contract out Friday, but Sandy Alderson said it is likely the right-hander will make at least one additional Triple-A start before joining the Mets.

With Young and Jenrry Mejia at least temporarily joining a Bisons rotation that includes Harvey and Jeurys Familia, there is an excess starter -- even with Chris Schwinden joining Jeremy Hefner at the major league level. Dylan Owen, a 20th-round pick in 2007, is coming off a start in which he limited Columbus to one run and two hits in six innings. Owen may merit staying in the rotation over left-hander Garrett Olson (4.70 ERA), who could be bumped to the bullpen.

• New Britain, which currently is affiliated with the Minnesota Twins, held a meet-and-greet for Mets fans when Binghamton visited May 21. That raised eyebrows even in the B-Mets clubhouse, since Binghamton’s affiliation agreement with the Mets and New Britain’s with the Twins both expire at season’s end and neither has yet been renewed.

• Right-hander Tyler Pill, a fourth-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton last year, tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his last outing to take over the organization ERA lead at 1.93.

Adam Rubin’s farm report appears Wednesdays during the regular season

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.295 8 42 62
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 19
RBIL. Duda 60
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .864
WB. Colon 10
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 125