Mets Minor League Report: Harvey Shines, Duda Raking, Havens Hitting

Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet

The Mets had two players appear on Baseball America’s latest Prospect Hot Sheet:

Matt Harvey threw seven scoreless innings against Dunedin on Friday while allowing just three hits and establishing a career high with 10 strikeouts. He followed that with nine-strikeout effort against Clearwater. That’s all in a week’s work for Harvey, who in 59 innings has struck out 71 batters to rank third in the Florida State League. His sparkling 3.6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio has dispelled concerns (at least initially) about spotty command that dogged him in college. Harvey’s performance, along with that of Double-A flame-thrower Jeurys Familia, has been a boon to a Mets system that lost top prospect Jenrry Mejia to Tommy John surgery in May.

Lucas Duda had a huge week for the Bisons with a 429/.552/1.048 slash line. He went 9 for 21 with 4 HR, 1 2B, 8 RBIs, 7 R, 5 BB and 5 SO. The Mets learned this week that first baseman Ike Davis will be out indefinitely with his ankle injury. That could clear a path for Duda to play his natural position in the big leagues—provided that he carries his recent Buffalo production to Queens. An injury to Jason Bay allowed Duda to make New York’s Opening Day, but he played sporadically and didn’t hit (2-for-20 with a double). His slump continued in Triple-A after his demotion—he went 7-for-44 (.159) with a double in his first 15 games. The numbers above indicate that he’s found his swing with regular playing time, so the next time the Mets come calling they may find that Duda abides.

Florida State League All-Stars

According to TC Palm, six members of the first-place St. Lucie Mets have been selected to play in the Florida State League All-Star Game. They are pitchers Matt Harvey, Darin Gorski, Scott Moviel and Jeff Kaplan, and outfielders Matt den Dekker and Pedro Zapata.

Harvey, a 2010 first-round draft pick, is 6-2 with a 2.50 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 54 innings, and Moviel, a second-round pick in 2007, is 4-2 with a 4.45 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 56.2 innings. Gorski, a spot-starter in his third professional season, leads the FSL in ERA with a 1.85 over 12 appearances and six starts and has struck out a team-best 66 batters. Kaplan, a reliever in his fourth season, is 1-2 with a 3.10 ERA, nine saves and 24 strikeouts in 29 innings.

Zapata leads the Mets with a .348 batting average, which ranks second best in the FSL. He also has scored 21 runs and leads the team with 13 stolen bases. Den Dekker, a fifth-round draft pick in 2010, is batting .308 with two home runs, 27 RBIs, 39 runs and nine stolen bases.

Friday’s Action

Second baseman Reese Havens went 3 for 5 last night with a double and an RBI. Since his promotion to Binghamton last week, Havens is batting .292 with a .370 OBP.  D.J. Carrasco had a solid performance for the Bisons Friday night and retired the first 14 batters he faced before allowing a walk with two outs in the fifth inning. The next batter broke up Carrasco’s no-hit bid with a single up the middle. The right-hander scattered four hits and allowed one earned run over 8 2/3 innings, with three walks and seven strikeouts. One Mets prospect who seems to be making the minor league highlight reel every week is outfielder Cory Vaughn. Last night he drove in the go-ahead run with a sharp single into right field to give the Gnats the lead on their way to a 3-1 victory. Vaughn is batting .332 with a .454 OBP and .477 SLG. He currently ranks in the top 5 in in about a dozen different offensive categories in the Sally Lg.

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