Week in Review Across The Farm

Pedro Zapata is hitting .355 this season

The overall success of the farm system was rather up and down for the week, but as always, there are bright spots to be found despite any success – or lack thereof – a team may have. Who burst out with a hot bat in Buffalo? Who is carrying the pitching in Binghamton? And who was on fire in the St. Lucie and Savannah lineups? Look inside to find out.

Buffalo Bisons

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 9-for-26, RBI, 6 R, 2 2B, 3B, 4 BB, SB

Nieuwenhuis had a relatively quiet week in the power department, but he does continue to hit his way on base and reach base at a very high clip overall (.406 OBP in '11). The Bisons center fielder has been very consistent throughout the season to date, hitting .301 in April and .312 so far in May. His strikeout rate (29.3%) is still high, but he already has 26 walks which is well ahead of his 2010 pace (he walked 41 times last season).

Michael Fisher: 12-for-24, HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2B

Fisher has bounced around the organization the last season-plus, but in his first nine games with the Bisons, the second baseman has been red hot. Fisher is hitting .412 (14-for-34) in Buffalo, including four multi-hit efforts in his last five games. His week was punctuated with a 4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R night on Thursday. Fisher hit .281 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 23 games with Binghamton before he was called up to fill spots vacated by Ruben Tejada and Justin Turner.

Chris Schwinden: 1-1, 13 IP, 4 ER, 10 H, 10 K, 2 BB

Schwinden was tagged for five runs (four earned) on Saturday night, in a start which he also struck out six. However, he began the week with a much better outing, tossing seven shutout innings with four strikeouts and zero walks. Through it all, the right-hander continues to impress in Triple-A, where he is 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA and a 41/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in eight starts. Schwinden has allowed only two home runs in 48 2/3 innings this year.

Josh Stinson: Loss, 4 2/3 IP, 8 ER, 11 H, 4 K, BB

Stinson was roughed up on Tuesday, allowing a season-high eight earned runs and 11 hits. It was the first time since April 17 that Stinson failed to get through five innings. However, he did generate a 3.50 ground ball/fly ball ratio during the start. Perhaps one note of solace is that Stinson has walked only one batter in his last 12 2/3 innings, after walked 10 batters during three starts from April 27 – May 7.

BINGHAMTON

Jeurys Familia: ND, 7 IP, 3 H, 6 K, 3 BB

Familia is making these kind of performances the norm this season. With another dominant outing in Double-A, the right-hander has now allowed just two runs (one earned) in 14 innings with the B-Mets, while striking out 12 and walking just three. The opposition has just eight hits off Familia in Double-A (.163 OBA). On the season, Familia now boasts a 1.25 ERA (7 ER in 50 1/3 IP) with 48 strikeouts, 11 walks and a .169 OBA.

Josh Satin: 4-for-15, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, 4 BB

Satin went hitless in his last five at-bats of the week, but highlighted his week with a 2-for-3, two doubles effort on Wednesday. The B-Mets infielder leads all Binghamton regulars with a .306 average this season and ranks fourth in the Eastern League with a .427 OBP.

Allan Dykstra: 4-for-15, HR, RBI, R, 4 BB

When a week like this – same with Satin – stands out, it shows that the B-Mets lineup is in tenuous position. That being said, Dykstra is hitting .310 (9-for-29) over his last 10 games with a .500 OBP in that span. On the season, the B-Mets first baseman has a .406 OBP and .876 OPS.

ST. LUCIE

Pedro Zapata: 10-for-24, HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2B, 2 SB

Zapata has been in the Mets system for a long time. Now in his fifth season, the outfielder appears to be putting it together. Zapata's week was punctuated with a 5-for-6 effort on Saturday in which he scored four runs, homered, drove in three runs and stole two bases. On the season, he is doing a little bit of everything. He is hitting .355 (third in the FSL) with two home runs, 19 RBI, a .398 OBP and 11 steals. He still doesn't take his walks (five this year) and he has only six extra-base hits, but a high contact rate and low strikeout rate (10%) are very good signs.

Matt den Dekker: 11-for-37, HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 2 2B, 3B, BB, SB

Den Dekker appeared in eight games this week, recording four multi-hit games which pushed his season average .324. His on-base percentage stands at .357, but perhaps more impressively his .883 OPS thanks to 24 extra-base hits out of 56 total hits. His 32 runs scored ranks second in the Florida State League. The outfielder is hitting .349 (15-for-43) with runners in scoring position.

Matt Harvey: 1-0, 2 GS, 10 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 H, 10 K, 5 BB

The Mets' 2010 first round pick was sharp enough in his first start of the week. Last Sunday, Harvey tossed five shutout innings with four hits and four strikeouts, but with three walks. Harvey returned to the hill on Saturday, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two, but also allowed two home runs. Harvey is now 5-2 with a 2.87 ERA, a .243 opponent's average and a 52/17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in nine starts. His 52 strikeouts ranks third in the FSL entering Sunday.

Kyle Allen: ND, 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 K, BB

Allen put together his most consistent, if not his best, start of the season on Monday. His seven innings were a season high and it was his first outing without issuing a walk. It's been and up and down year for the right-hander. His 19/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio leaves more to be desired, but he has posted a strong ground ball/fly ratio nears two (1.92) to go with a .232 opponent's average.

SAVANNAH

Aderlin Rodriguez: 9-for-30, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 2B, 3B, 3 BB

Rodriguez has yet to consistently hit for average (.223 in 41 games), but there is no doubt this power is there. Rodriguez clubbed his eighth and ninth home runs of the season last week, and has homered four times in his last 10 games. The third baseman has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games, including his first 3-hit game on Saturday. Six of his last 12 hits have gone for extra bases.

Robbie Shields: 10-for-23, RBI, 6 R, 4 2B, 4 BB, SB

Shields extending his hitting streak to 11 games on Saturday and is now hitting .442 (19-for-43) over his last 10 games with a .500 OBP and six multi-hit games in that span. Nineteen of his 41 hits this season have gone for extra bases and he has walked 21 times compared to 21 strikeouts. Shields is hitting .348 in May after recording just a .236 average in April.

Cory Vaughn: 5-for-26, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 7 BB, SB

Vaughn's big power hasn't come through much this season, but it did last week as he homered and drove in two runs on consecutive nights. Vaughn's .457 OBP ranks second in the South Atlantic League, and he is tied for second in the league with 27 walks. The Gnats outfielder is hitting .333 with a .500 OBP in May.

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