Week in Review Across the Farm

Stoner had a big week

As Memorial Day passes, teams gear up for the summer stretch. The clubs all push to improve their standings in their respective leagues. Here is a look at the hot performances across the system from last week.

NEW ORLEANS:

The Zephyrs started the week off slowly and dropped their first three games. They turned it around in their last four games with an even split. However, because of the brief losing streak the team lost their lead in the Pacific Coast League American South.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Brian Lawrence: 13 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, 9 K, BB

Lawrence made his first two starts for the Zephyrs after he inked a deal with the Mets on May 9th. Although he remains in an emergency role for the big league club, he surely has not disappointed for New Orleans early into his stay. He lost a tough one on the 21st after he surrendered just one earned run through seven innings. On the 26th, he outlasted Omaha's Matt Wright in through seven innings. After posting an 8.69 ERA with Colorado Springs, he has turned a corner. New Orleans will certainly rely on him if they aim to stay on top of the division.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Andy Tracy: 9-22, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 2B

Tracy continues to rake from the middle of the order. He has provided stability in the lineup for the beginning of the season. He hit three home runs in three consecutive games. The 33-year-old is a leader in the middle of the order and continues to be among the team leaders in every statistical category. Currently he ranks first in home runs, RBI, runs and walks and second in walks.


BINGHAMTON:

The B-Mets' steam ahead thanks to their offensive progression. After a 5-1 week, the team is prime for an even hotter June. The pitching has turned a corner and the offense lately has found success in every spot.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Marcos Carvajal: 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 0 BB

A main focus of Ricky Bones' efforts this season, Carvajal has turned it around in his last three starts. His work was punctuated with this week's controlling performance against New Hampshire. In recent starts, Carvajal has demonstrated much better control and use of his fastball and consistency with his secondary pitches. Despite the rocky start, he has shown signs of his future ability. His consistency will surely help continue the positive movement the B-Mets have shown over the past month.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Caleb Stewart: 10-23, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 2B

Stewart rolls along as his power shines. The Player of the Week in the Eastern League has hit everything in site, while his batting average has climbed over .300. He now sits at .324 after a .395 clip in his last ten games. His numbers played a significant part of each of the team's wins. His recent power surge has instilled new found confidence in the outfielder. Right now, Stewart seems as if no one can get him out.


ST. LUCIE:

The team still struggles to find consistency as they fight to stay out of last place in the Florida State League East. They finished off a four-game series with Dunedin by taking the last three. They will certainly looked to build on that momentum into June as it was their first three-game win streak since the middle of April.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Bobby Parnell: 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 1 BB

The 22-year-old has led by example this year for the young St. Lucie rotation. The right-hander has allowed four runs only once in his ten starts this season and looks more dialed in the more he pitches. With crisp pitches, he has posted a strong strikeout-to-walk ratio – 55-to-18. He currently leads the staff in strikeouts by 25 and has the lowest ERA of any St. Lucie starter. If he stretches his progress into the summer, a call up to Binghamton will not be out of the cards.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Daniel Murphy: 7-27, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 2B

Murphy's offensive game works best from line-to-line and in the gaps – exactly where he found success this week. After he cracked his first home run of the year on May 20th, the hope was more would follow, and it did. With two home runs and four doubles this week, Murphy's power is on the rise. Although he remains at just .267, he leads the team in RBI and hits, and is second in doubles. All three are features important to Murphy and his growth as a player.


SAVANNAH:

The team remains its own worst enemy on the field. Savannah has hit for little power (only 20 home runs for the year) and the defense nullifies many chances at victories. They posted a 1-6 record for the week after they were swept by Rome and lost two of three to Columbus. They are still in search for their first three-game win streak of the season.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Tobi Stoner: 11 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 12 H, 9 K, 5 BB

Stoner came out the victor in his second start of the week in which he threw six innings with zero earned runs. He fell the victim of more inconsistent Sand Gnat defense in first start and lost the game despite a quality start. It is nothing new to Stoner who has been the on the wrong side of the poor Savannah glove work. Although he boasts a 2-5 record, he has a reasonable 3.44 ERA. He also leads the team in innings pitched and strikeouts.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Leivi Ventura: 8-25 R, 5 RBI, 6 BB

With hits in six of seven games last week, Ventura proved the most consistent for the power-starved Sand Gnats. From the four-hole in the lineup, Ventura currently leads the team in the triple crown categories and total hits. The young team has scraped all year to find offensive balance, yet Ventura has provided at least one point of consistency.

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