Mets Minors Beat Friday Edition: NYPL All-Stars, Montero No-No Bid, Nothing Hotter Than Harris
Thanks for checking in for this week’s Friday Edition of MMO’s Mets Minors Beat. It’s a feature that has been up and running for a few weeks now where we bring you the hottest news from the Mets minors every Monday and Friday. So you don’t have to miss out on anything your favorite Mets minor leaguers are up to. Just look inside to find out who had a big week? Who’s got a hitting streak going? Who almost threw a no-no? Who made the all-star team? Who got promoted? Who’s on the D.L.? We gotcha covered.
Josh Satin – The hottest member of the Herd these days, Satin has been unconscious at the plate. After going 3-for-3 on Thursday night, Satin was the owner of an eight-game hitting streak during which time he went 15-for-30, with seven runs scored, six doubles, two home runs, and nine RBI, for a slash-line of .500/.531/.900.
Jeurys Familia – After three bad starts in a row, Familia put together a very good outing on Wednesday night against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The game wasn’t decided until the 12th inning when a wild-pitch by Fernando Cabrera allowed the Pigs to score the winning run and defeat Buffalo 5-4. But Familia did his part by going 6.0 innings and giving up four runs, one earned on five hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 88 pitches in the contest and 57 of those went for strikes. For the season, Family has a record of 7-7 with a 4.98 ERA.
Chris Schwinden – Schwinnie pitched his third outstanding game in a row on Thursday night at Lehigh Valley. He has given up just two runs, both earned, in 19 innings over those three games, which were all victories. The three wins in a row evened his record at 7-7 and lowered his ERA to it’s present 2.87. In Thursday’s contest he went 6.0 innings, and gave up one run on four hits, a walk, and three strikeouts.
Greg Peavey – The 6’2″ right-hander picked up his third win in his last four decisions, and his second in a row on Thursday night against New Britain. Peavey went 6.1 innings, giving up four runs, all earned, on nine hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts. The win improved his record to 6-7 on the year and his ERA now stands at 5.40.
Reese Havens – The good news is, he’s playing everyday this season and has already logged 84 games this year, 13 more and he will tie his career high for games played in a season. But it has been a struggle at the plate for the left-handed hitting 25-year-old second-baseman. Havens is hitting only .234 with nine home runs and 33 RBI this year, but in the last three games this week he is 6-for-9 with three runs scored, a home run, three RBI, and four walks, as he tries to finish the season strong.
Juan Centeno – Centeno makes this edition because of a fluke. He is not swinging the bat well at all these days, but he did do something remarkable this week. On Tuesday night against New Britain, Centeno put up this unusual line: 0-for-4, with four RBI. Huh? How on earth did he do that you may ask? Easy. In the third inning he grounded out, 0-for-1. In the fifth inning he grounded out with a runner scoring from third, 0-for-2 with one RBI. In the sixth, he grounded into a force-play at second with a runner scoring from third on the play, 0-for-3 with two RBI. In the seventh, batting with the bases loaded, he again hit into a force-out at second but not only did the runner on third score on the play, but Dustin Martin came all the way around from second to score as well, 0-for-4 with four RBI. And there you have it.
Dustin Martin – The B-Mets right-fielder makes yet another appearance on the Friday edition. He hasn’t played since Tuesday when he went 2-for-5 in the double-header, But he makes this post by virtue of his numbers over the last ten games. In that time, Martin has gone 11-for-30 with seven runs scored, a double, a homer, seven RBI, five walks, a stolen base, and a slash-line of .367/.472/.500.
Darin Gorski – On Wednesday night Gorski made his 20th start of the year and picked up the win against New Britain by going 6.0 innings and giving up two runs, both earned, on four hits and a walk, with two strikeouts. The win improved Gorski’s record to 7-6 with a 4.03 ERA, and a 92/42 K/BB ratio.
Rafael Montero – The Mets minor league story of the week was the dazzling performance by Montero on Tuesday night against the Palm Beach Cardinals. He was removed from the game with two-out in the eighth inning with a no-hitter in the works, having walked three and struck out five. St. Lucie went on to win by a score of 9-1 and Montero improved his record to 5-2 with a 2.13 ERA in eight starts while with Lucie this year. Overall his combined record between Savannah and Lucie is 11-5 with a 2.36 ERA in 122 innings.
Alonzo Harris – The St. Lucie left-fielder is the hottest hitter in the line-up over the last seven games. Over his last ten games, he is 15-for-43, with 10 runs scored, three doubles, two homers, four walks, seven RBI, and five stolen bases, for a slash-line of .349/.404/.558. Wow the guy has been a one-man wrecking crew.
Aderlin Rodriguez – Speaking of which Ad-Rod has made some noise of his own. Although not putting up the kind of batting average and on-base percentage as Harris, Rodriguez has been hammering the long-ball. In just 96 at-bats with St. Lucie since his promotion, he is hitting only .240, but he has been producing runs with a vengeance: 15 runs scored, five doubles, six home runs, and 17 RBI. For the year between Savannah and St. Lucie, his totals are 110-for-414, with 56 runs scored, 26 doubles, a triple, 22 home runs, 76 RBI, two SB’s, and a slash-line of .266/.327/.493.
Cam Maron – Despite an 0-for-5 on Wednesday night, the 21-year-old catcher from Huntington, NY, is still hitting .355 over his last ten games. He also has two doubles, six walks, six runs scored, and five RBI for a slash-line that reads .355/.447/.419.
Alex Panteliodis – The 6’2″ left-hander had his fourth quality outing in a row on Wednesday night against the Greenville Drive, and won for the first time since May 2nd, to improve his record to 4-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 18 game-starts.
Luis Mateo – The New York Penn League announced their 2012 All-Star Teams this week and the Cyclones placed four players on the team of National League affiliates, all pitchers. Leading the contingent is 6’3″ right-hander Luis Mateo, who made his ninth start of the year on Wednesday night against the Lowell Spinners. He went 6.0 innings giving up four runs, two earned on seven hits, with nine strikeouts and no walks. Unfortunately the Brooklyn offense never got on-track and were only able to plate one run, going down by a score of 4-1. The loss evened Mateo’s record for the year to 4-4 with a 2.82 ERA, and a 0.90 WHIP.
Hansel Robles – Robles has not pitched since last Saturday night, but it was announced mid-week he had also made the NYPL all-star team for the Clones. In 46.2 innings over eight starts this season, Robles has gone 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA, 37 hits, no home runs given up, a 44/6 K/BB ratio, and a 0.92 WHIP.
Rainy Lara – The 6’4″ righty picked up the win in a 4-1 victory on Monday night against the Auburn Doubledays. In the game, Lara went 6.0 innings and allowed one earned run on five hits, with three strikeouts, and no walks. The effort was good enough to improve Lara’s record for the year to 6-1 with a 2.56 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP, in eight game-starts.
Gabe Ynoa – On Tuesday yet another of the Cyclones 2012 all-stars, 19-year-old right-hander Gabe Ynoa made his ninth start of the year. In doing so, Ynoa beat Lowell 1-0 in the best start of his career, going 7.0 innings and giving up just four hits, with no runs, no walks, and eight strikeouts, which was a single-game career high for him. For the season, in 55 innings he has gone 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA with 39 hits, and one home run surrendered, a 45/7 K/BB ratio, a 0.84 WHIP, and a .196 opponents batting average.
John Mincone – Last week I detailed the starting rotation for Brooklyn, but beginning with this Friday edition, I will start focusing on the Brooklyn bullpen, a few relievers at a time. First up, the fourth and final Cyclone to make the NYPL all-star team, the 23-year-old lefty from Huntington, NY, has only allowed one run all season so far in 22.2 innings spread out over 14 games. His line reads: 2-0 with a 0.40 ERA, 11 hits, no home runs, a 23/3 K/BB ratio, a 0.62 WHIP, and an opponents batting average of .143.
Paul Sewald – Another Cyclone reliever putting up some sick numbers this year for Brooklyn is this 6’2″ right-hander who the Mets drafted this past June in the 10th round. In 19.2 innings over 11 games, Sewald has gone 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He has allowed 12 hits, no home runs, and two walks, to go with 21 strikeouts. His WHIP is 0.71, and opponents are hitting .171 against him.
Stefan Sabol – In a world where the Cyclones send four pitchers to the NYPL all-star game, and have a very anemic hitting attack where no one seems to be hitting the ball well these days, left-fielder Stefan Sabol is quietly putting together some very good at-bats. Over his last ten games, Sabol has gone 11-for-36 with four runs scored, four doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, and five walks, for a slash-line of .306/.390/.583.
Jorge Rivero – This 23-year-old switch-hitting infielder has found his stroke as August heats up. For the month of July, Rivero hit .229 in 35 at-bats. For the month of August so far, he has hit .364 in 33 at-bats. In his last ten games he is 14-for-40 with five runs scored, three doubles, two triples, and three RBI, for a slash-line of .350/.381/.525.
Jeff Diehl – Like Rivero, Diehl is enjoying a solid month of August so far. In June and July, the big first-baseman/right-fielder batted .237 and then .189. But so far in five August games he has gone 7-for-20 with one run scored, two doubles and a triple, for a slash-line of .350/.350/.550.
Jonathan Leroux – The righty hitting first-sacker went 5-for-9 in three games this week, with a double, two runs, and two RBI, to raise his average from .170, to .226.
John Gant – Making his eighth game-start of the season, Gant pitched very well but came away with a no-decision in a 3-2 loss to the Bristol White Sox on Wednesday night. In the contest he went 5.2 innings, giving up just one earned run, on five hits, with six strikeouts and no walks. For the year the 6’3″ righty has a record of 2-2 and an ERA of 5.54, with a 34/15 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.
Brandon Moore – After serving a 50-game drug suspension at the start of the season, the right-handed hurler came off the restricted list at the beginning of June and pitched in three games in relief before going on the D.L. He was activated on Tuesday and pitched that night against New Britain, throwing one inning and striking out two with nothing across.
Jacob DeGrom – DeGrom was awarded for a very good first half with a call-up to St. Lucie on Thursday. While at Savannah he made 15 game starts and threw 89.2 innings. He gave up 77 hits, 25 earned runs, three home runs, and had a 78/14 K/BB ratio. His record for his time in the South Atlantic League was 6-3 with a 2.51 ERA. Good luck in the FSL Jacob!
Johan Almonte – To make room for DeGrom right-hander Johan Almonte was demoted to Savannah. Almonte started the year in the Lucie rotation and went 6-0 out of the gate before falling on hard times and losing five of his next six decisions. He was first sent to the bullpen in a game on August 1st, pitched poorly, and was then sent down to the South Atlantic League yesterday.
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About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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