Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Mets Minor League Report 4-11-2006

Stars of the Day:

AAA: Yusaku Iriki

AA: Bryan Edwards

A+: Ambio Concepcion/Electrons

A: Leivi Ventura, Drew Butera

Norfolk 7, Buffalo 1

The Tides won their first game of the season behind five scoreless innings from Yusaku Iriki. He struck out five walked to, and allowed just one hit: a single to Bisons prospect and Stanford alum Ryan Garko.

Offensively, Lastings Milledge was 1-2, but drove home two runs and scored two. He was plunked on the shoulder twice, and reported that “it’ll be pretty sore in the morning” in the Virginian-Pilot’s game story. Joe Hietpas added a pair of hits in a 2-4 night. Sandy Martinez supplied 3 RBI and a two run HR.

Binghamton 5, Reading

Binghamton is off to a strong 4-1 start. Monday, Bryan Edwards extended the starting pitchers’ scoreless innings streak to 26 with six shutout innings. No Binghamton started has allowed a run, earned or unearned yet. Edwards gave up just two hits, while fanning three and walking one. Ryan Cullen dodged four hits in working a scoreless final three innings.

Twenty-year old Carlos Gomez, who’s struggled to a 3-for-21 start, led off the first inning with a single, stole second and scored on Brett Harper’s RBI single. Harper was 2-3 with 2 RBI. Corey Ragsdale was 2-4 with his first homer of the year, a solo shot.

Jorge Padilla won Sunday’s 15 inning game with a walk-off HR, his only longball of the year. He has a team best 5 RBI.

Converted catcher Henry Owens, who was Rule 5ed from the Pirates in 2004 and added the 40-man roster over the winter has been completely dominating in his four innings so far. He hasn’t given up a hit, and has struck out 10!

Baseball America ranked Gomez as the #3 prospect in the Mets system prior to the season. Although “some in the organization think his raw tools might be better than Milledge’s” he is still very much a work in progress. The Mets are challenging him with this assignment to AA. Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus had this to say about the assignment Friday morning:

The Mets have done little to hide their enthusiasm for Gomez, a 20-year-old Dominican with all five tools. Still, having him skip the Florida State League seems like a reach for Gomez, as his speed (64 stolen bases in 2005) is the only tool that has shown up in games so far. He was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base last night, but he hit just .275/.331/.376 last year at Low Class A Hagerstown--not exactly the kind of numbers that suggest he's ready for this kind of push.

I think Goldstein pretty much nailed this one. What’s the rush?

Daytona 3, St. Lucie 5 (Top of the 9th)

In true minor league baseball style, this game has been suspended with a runner on and one out in the top of the ninth, because of a power outage.

Ambio Concepcion was 2-3 with a run and an RBI. Alhaji Turay was 2-4 with a 2B, a run and an RBI

23 year-old Michael Devaney gave up two runs, one earned in four innings in his first start of the year.

Alay Soler (5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K) had a mixed start over the weekend. Soler belongs in the FSL for now.

Jesus Flores, who missed the first half of last season and then struggled last summer in Hagerstown (.216/.250/.339) is off to a 1-12 start. Like Gomez, the Mets are pushing Flores a little bit with the St. Lucie assignment.

Hagerstown 8, Lakewood 7

The Suns slugged their way to their first win Monday. Leivi Ventura led the way to the promised land with a 3-4 night that included two doubles. Catcher Drew Butera was 2-4, with 2 RBI.