Last week saw a fairly good balance of bats and pitching. At the higher levels, some notable bats…
Week in Review Across The Farm
Josh Stinson: 2-0, 12 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 12 H, 8 K, 3 BB
After getting lit up pretty good in his May 17 start, Stinson enjoyed an important bounce-back week in which he tossed two quality starts. Last Sunday, Stinson went 6 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk. He returned to the bump on Saturday and had one of his best starts of the year. He allowed one unearned run on five hits over six innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Stinson has yet to find a consistent rhythm this year, but perhaps last week will help him stay on track.
Lucas Duda: 1-for-2, HR, RBI, R, BB
Duda returned from the minor league 7-day disabled list on Saturday and promptly popped a solo home run in the sixth inning of Game 1 of Buffalo's doubleheader. Duda is hitting .247 with four home runs, 10 RBI with a .363 OBP in 25 games for the Bisons.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 2-for-9, R, 2 BB
Nieuwenhuis had a slow start to the week before he was given a few days off with an aching shoulder, which very well could have been the result of his fantastic catch.
Allan Dykstra: 6-for-19, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 2 BB
The B-Mets first baseman continued his productive month, hitting his fourth home run of May and upping his RBI total to 10 for the month. Dykstra continues to boost his on-base percentage, earning two more walks (15 in May), which has helped contribute to a .409 OBP this month.
Reese Havens: 2-for-8, 2 R, BB
Havens is finally back in Double-A after a lengthy rehab period in Extended Spring Training and three games in St. Lucie. Havens went 1-for-3 with two runs and one walk on Friday before going 1-for-5 with two strikeouts on Saturday. Havens hit .338 with six home runs, 12 RBI and a .400 OBP and .662 slugging percentage in 18 games with the B-Mets in 2010.
Josh Satin: 8-for-26, HR, 11 RBI, 2 R, 4 2B, 3B, 3 BB
Satin erupted for production last week, recording three games with at least three RBI. Satin is riding an 8-game hitting streak and 9 of his last 10 hits have gone for extra bases, leading to a .706 slugging percentage over his last 10 games. His .415 OBP ranks fifth in the Eastern League and he sits second in the league with 31 walks.
Brad Holt: Win, 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 K, BB
Talk about a bounce-back start. Holt needed one in the worst way after walking eight batters in four innings on May 19. It was the second-longest outing of his season and it was at least a consistent outing if not a strong one for Holt, who had allowed seven earned runs in his previous 7 1/3 innings with 13 walks. If Holt could just keep the walks at a minimum, he would help himself immensely. Despite his struggles, Holt has allowed just 33 hits in 45 innings this season (two home runs) and the opposition is hitting just .195 off him this year.
Jeurys Familia: 0-1, 2 GS, 12 Ip, 5 ER, 10 H, 9 K, 6 BB
After two stellar starts to begin his Eastern League tenure, Familia is learning that Double-A is going to be a battle. He allowed two earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts and four walks in five innings on Sunday. He followed up that outing with another five innings on Friday in which he surrendered three earned runs on five hits, but this time struck out seven and walked two. Familia has walked nine batters in 24 innings with Binghamton after walking eight in 36 1/3 innings with St. Lucie to begin the year.
Matt Harvey: Win, 7 IP, 3 H, 10 K, BB
All the Mets' 2010 top pick did was torch the Blue Jays' High-A affiliate for his highest single-game strikeout total yet. It was the fourth time in 10 starts Harvey struck out eight or more. It was also the seventh time Harvey did not allow a run in a start. His ground ball-to-fly ball ratio against right-handers is north of 3.00. In all likelihood, his outing served as an exclamation point ahead of what should be a move to Binghamton this week.
Darin Gorski: Win, 7 2/3 IP, ER, 3 H, 13 K, BB
Gorski wasn't to be outdone in his start on Thursday. It was the left-hander's longest outing since moving to the rotation in late April, in which time he has struck out 49 batters in 30 2/3 innings. On the season, Gorski has struck out 63 in 41 2/3 innings and allowed only 10 earned runs (two home runs). He is 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA as a starter. The start is particularly impressive considering Gorski went 6-8 with a 4.58 ERA in 114 rather non-descript innings with Savannah in 2010.
Cory Vaughn: 10-for-23, HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B, 4 BB
Vaughn not only continued his hot streak last week, but he is getting on base at simply an absurd rate right now. He reached base 14 times in 27 plate appearances last week, upping his on-base percentage to .469 which ranks second in the South Atlantic League. He has walked 31 times to go with his .333 batting average. Vaughn's best night last week came on Thursday when he went 4-for-4 with the home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a double. He is hitting .359 with three home runs, 14 RBI and a ridiculous .512 on-base percentage in May.
Greg Peavey: Win, 7 IP, 6 H, 4 K
Peavey too posted a very strong effort one start after getting roughed up a bit. For the second time in four starts, Peavey blanked the opposition for at least six innings while walking none – the other being six shutout innings with six strikeouts on May 10. Peavey is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a 24/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in five May starts, after going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five April starts. Opponents hit .319 off him in April. That number has dropped to .224 in May. He has walked nine batters in 54 innings this season.
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