Buffalo Bisons (AAA)
Zach Lutz: 9-for-27, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2 2B, 4 BB
Lutz returned to the Buffalo lineup on June 10, after missing nearly seven weeks with a finger injury. Since his return, Lutz has hit safely in seven of eight games, with four multi-hit games in that stretch. His best effort of the week came on Thursday when he went 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Lutz hit .308 (12-for-39) in 13 games with the Bisons before going on the disabled list on April 21.
Chris Schwinden: 2 ND, 11 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 R, 15 H, 9 K, 7 BB
Schwinden took two no-decisions last week, running his streak to three and remaining winless since May 16. The right-hander went 5 2/3 innings in each start, but was subjected to four combined unearned runs in the two outings.
Mark Cohoon: Loss, 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, K, 3 BB
For the fourth straight outing, Cohoon lasted just five innings. The result was his third straight loss with the Bisons. Perhaps most notable about the left-hander’s time in Buffalo is that he has already issued 10 walks and surrendered five home runs in 20 innings. He walked 17 batters and gave up seven home runs in 52 innings with Binghamton.
Binghamton Mets (AA)
Josh Satin: 8-for-26, 2 RBI, 6 R, 2B, 8 BB
Satin had a comparatively cool week as far as run production, but he continues to get on base at a very high level. He has reached base each of the last 11 games, including seven straight games with a walk. The free passes helped boost Satin’s on-base percentage to .407, which ranks third in the Eastern League.
Jordany Valdespin: 10-for-30, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2B, 2 BB, 4 SB
Valdespin is currently one of the hottest hitters in the Eastern League. The B-Mets’ shortstop is hitting .352 in June and has homered six times this month after hitting just two home runs combined in April and May. He hit only six home runs in 382 at-bats in 2010. His .804 OPS is the highest of his career and he is 16-for-20 in stolen base attempts this season. Valdespin was ranked Inside Pitch’s #11 prospect prior to the 2011 season.
Reese Havens: 7-for-26, HR, RBI, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 BB, SB
Havens hit his second home run since returning to Binghamton and recorded two multi-hit games during the week. After a fairly hot start to his Double-A return, Havens’ batting average has dipped to .257 and he has struck out 21 times in 70 at-bats.
Jeurys Familia: 2 ND, 12 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 12 H, 21 K, 6 BB
That isn’t a typo – Familia tallied 21 strikeouts this week after posting consecutive double-digit totals. The right-hander struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings on Monday, backing it up with 10 strikeouts in six innings on Saturday. He allowed six hits in each start. Familia is still searching for his first Double-A victory. He is 0-2 with a 3.35 ERA in eight starts with Binghamton.
Robert Carson: Win, 5 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 7 K, BB
Carson missed roughly three weeks with a relatively minor forearm injury, but came back and picked up his first victory since April 17. The three hits allowed were the fewest by Carson since that April 17 start, yet two of the hits left the yard.
St. Lucie Mets (Hi-A)
Matt Harvey: Win, 5 IP, ER, 6 H, 8 K, 2 BB
It was another five inning start, but another one-run, eight-strikeout effort for Harvey. The right-hander has struck out at least eight in each of his last four starts and given up two runs or less in six of his last seven starts. If it was Harvey’s last start in St. Lucie, he would exit the Florida State League with an 8-2 record, 2.44 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 70 innings (13 starts).
Wilmer Flores: 9-for-21, HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB
After a quiet May in which he hit just .214, Flores appears to be back on track. His week pushed his June average to .292. However, there is still more to be desired from his power. Flores’ slugging percentage sits at .375 for the season. He slugged .415 in 67 games with St. Lucie last season.
Jefry Marte: 8-for-18, 6 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 BB, SB
Marte has hit safely in nine of his last 10 starts after a slow start to June, and is now hitting .364 over his last 10 games. Marte is making the most of his run-producing situations as he is hitting .333 (24-for-72) with runners in scoring position this season. The third baseman is now 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts this season. Marte stole 11 bases in 249 career games from 2008 to 2010.
Juan Lagares: 11-for-24, HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3B, SB
Lagares is quietly putting together a career season. Over his last 10 games, Lagares is hitting .410 which has pushed his season average to a career-best .339. His best effort of the week came on Wednesday when he went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Lagares recorded three consecutive multi-hit games heading into the FSL All-Star Break. He is hitting .396 in June after hitting .365 in May and .262 in April.
Savannah Sand Gnats (Lo-A)
Gonzalez Germen: Win, 7 IP, ER, 6 H, 4 K, BB
Germen picked up his fifth victory of the season by recording his fourth quality start in his last five outings. Germen has walked only two batters in his last 19 2/3 innings with 17 strikeouts. The right-hander is having a solid June (1-1, 3.66 ERA) but had an even better May when he went 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA with a 35/10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in six starts.
Taylor Whitenton: 2 ND, 11 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 10 K, 7 BB
Whitenton continues to roll following two more strong starts last week. The first came last Saturday when he tossed five shutout innings and gave up two hits with five strikeouts (four walks). He returned to the hill on Thursday and allowed two earned runs on one hit with five strikeouts. Whitenton has walked 12 batters in his last 14 2/3 innings after issuing 16 walks in his first 42 innings.
Chase Huchingson: Win, 2 G, 7 IP, 2 H, 7 K, 2 BB
Huchingson’s season continues to impress. He was moved into a piggyback role last week, but made the most of it. He has allowed just three hits in his last 12 innings with 14 strikeouts and four walks. He hasn’t allowed a home run in his last 41 innings. The opposition is hitting just .196 with runners in scoring position off Huchingson.
Brooklyn Cyclones (SS-A)
Travis Taijeron: 4-for-6, RBI, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB
Taijeron, the Mets’ 18th round draft pick this year, had an excellent debut, going 2-for-2 with a triple, two walks and two runs scored in the Cyclones season opener on Friday. He followed that up by going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Saturday.
Daniel Muno: 4-for-7, RBI, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 BB
The Mets’ 8th round draft pick was equally strong in his first two games, recording two hits, a run and double in each start. The Cyclones second baseman notched an RBI on Friday and two walks on Saturday.
Carlos Vazquez: Loss, 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 K, BB
The 19-year-old left-hander was solid in his first outing above rookie ball, limiting the contact though almost every out put in play came via a fly ball. Vazquez went 4-2 with a 4.72 ERA with 43 strikeouts and eight walks in 47 2/3 innings with the GCL Mets last season before making two starts with Kingsport to end the year.