Week in Review Across the Farm
Josh Stinson had the start he needed
Josh Stinson had the start he needed
Inside Pitch Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2007


The farm system steams along as the calendar turns to July and the long season squads near their respective All-Star breaks. Here is a look of who had big weeks both offensively and on the mound.

NEW ORLEANS:

The Zephyrs started off the week on a high note by completing a four-game sweep of Memphis, the team at the bottom of the Pacific Coast League. The pitching overall was strong for New Orleans as the staff surrendered just 24 runs in seven games this week.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Brian Lawrence: 2-0, 16 IP, 3 ER, 13 H, 8 K, 0 BB

The big league veteran has endured up-and-down times during his stay with the Zephyrs, yet this week he excellent. After throwing seven innings, for the win last Sunday at Memphis, he followed that performance with a six-hit, one-run, complete game performance at Omaha. The 31-year-old right-hander has gone at least seven innings in five of his eight starts with the Zephyrs.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Andy Tracy: 10-24, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 2 2B, BB

The New Orleans slugger had another huge week at the dish. He supported Lawrence’s first victory when he went 4-5 with a home run and three RBI in the 6-3 win. On the 26th, he came through with a big pinch hit RBI single as the Zephyrs posted a seven-run seventh inning in their comeback victory versus Memphis. Tracy has been a beacon of consistency. He followed a seven-home run, 19 RBI April and a six-home run, 20 RBI May with a six-home run, 23 RBI June.


BINGHAMTON:

The B-Mets continue to fight through a rough stretch. They posted a 3-5 record for the week including four losses in a five-game series versus Akron. The offense has sputtered recently, especially this week when they score more than four runs only once.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Michael Devaney: 6 IP, 3 H, 4 K (June 30)

Devaney controlled the Defenders lineup for six strong innings and allowed the B-Mets to capture the series opening win. It was a significant rebound after he allowed six earned runs and ten hits in five innings earlier in the week against Harrisburg. If Binghamton is to turn it around this summer, stronger performances from Devaney will be imperative.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Caleb Stewart: 8-28 2 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 2B, 2 BB

The B-Mets outfielder continues to be one of, if not, the most consistent producers in the lineup. After a red-hot May, he has slowed, but his mechanics and contact are still impeccable. With the return of Mike Carp, he has been slotted lower in the order but that will not stop the power hitter. Like Devaney, Stewart’s performance will be intricate both for the rest of this season and his future.


ST. LUCIE:

The Mets hope the second half of the Florida State League season brings more success than the first half. The team racked up a 3-4 week which included being no-hit by Fort Myers’ Yohan Pino. There has not been little turnover to a lineup that went 31-39 in the first half of the season.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Tobi Stoner: 11 IP, ER, 7 H, 8 K, 3 BB, W

In his previous two outings, Stoner allowed eight earned runs and ten hits in just 3 2/3 innings pitched. This week, he underwent a complete 180 degree reversal and showed why his star continues to rise in the system. His six strikeout performance versus Fort Myers was his highest total since his call up from Savannah.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Jose Castro: 12-17, 5 RBI, 3 R, 3 2B, BB

Castro posted as a good a week as you can find. With four straight multi-hit games, he did an exceptional job setting up the heart of the order from his two spot in the order. In his last ten games, the second baseman is batting .514 with 19 hits (ten for extra bases). He currently leads the FSL with a .348 batting average.


SAVANNAH:

The Sand Gnats are off to a strong start after winning six of their first ten games in the second half. The remain only one-half game back of first-place Charleston against whom they split a four-game series this week.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Josh Stinson: 6 IP, 2 H, K, BB

Stinson accepted a hard luck no-decision in his start against the Charleston. In a pitcher’s duel against RiverDogs’ Michael Dunn, Stinson did not blink as the two teams put up zeroes on the scoreboard. The Sand Gnats eventually took the win with single runs in the ninth and 11th innings. In a tough year for the 19-year-old right-hander, Stinson put up a zero for the first time ten starts.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

D.J. Wabick: 11-26, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B

Wabick continued his hot bat and followed up last week’s .461 performance with a .423 week. He went 4-5 with that home run in an 11-run outburst last Tuesday versus Charleston. He finished June with a .364 and 24 hits in 18 games. Over his last ten games, he is hitting .429 with two home runs and ten RBI.


BROOKLYN:

After a 4-3 week, the Cyclones sit 1 ½ games up on their inner-city rivals, the Staten Island Yankees, in the NY-Penn League McNamara Division. It appears the Cyclone rookies have adjusted quickly to professional ball as the squad as been competitive even in defeat. The team ended the week losing two of three to the Hudson Valley Renegades – their first series loss of the season.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Dylan Owen: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 6 K, W

The line says it all. Owen was perfect in his first start of the year and he earned his second win. The Division II National Pitcher of the Year has allowed just one hit in seven innings this season and has issued zero free passes. Aside from that one hit, he’s been simply perfection.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

J.R. Voyles: 6-24, HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 5 BB, 2B, 3B

The Cyclones’ second baseman has streaked to a .350 start with 12 RBI overall this season. His four RBI performance on the 27th versus Aberdeen helped clinch a 9-7 victory. He recorded five two-hit games in his last ten games and has knocked in a run in seven of those games. In 53 games between the GCL Mets and Hagerstown in 2006, he totaled 20 RBI. He seems well on his way to a vastly improved 2007.


KINGSPORT:

The K-Mets had a strong week as they went 3-2 including an 18-6 thumping of the Bluefield Orioles on the 28th. They wrapped up the first week and a half of the season with a 6-5 record and 3 ½ games back of the first place Elizabethton Twins.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Phillips Orta: 5 IP, ER, 5 H, 3 K, 2 BB, W

Thanks to quality run support from his lineup, Orta was able to focus on an efficient five innings. It was his first appearance in the States this season after he made four appearances in the Venezuelan Summer League where he posted a 1.29 ERA, 12 strikeouts and three walks in 14 innings pitched.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Darren Clark: 9-21, HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 3 2B, BB

The outfielder had another big week at the plate and continued the initial steps he took in the season’s opening week. He has a hit and a run in every game this season. After ten games, he was still hitting .400 (16-40) with a .705 slugging percentage. So far, he has shown no signs of slowing down.


GCL METS:

After the Mets dropped three of their first four games, they recovered last week and won four of their next six. After Saturday’s action they sat 3 ½ games behind the GCL East leading, and undefeated, GCL Dodgers. Lastings Milledge made two appearances with the team while on a rehab assignment.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Jacobo Neguilis: 5 IP, H, 2 K, 0 BB

Neguilis made a strong turnaround after his first start on June 20th in which he gave up five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched to the GCL Dodgers. On Wednesday, his one-hit, one unearned run performance versus the GCL Cardinals went for naught as he left the game before the lineup took the lead late.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Ezequiel Carrera: 9-22, 3 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 2B, 3B

The 20-year-old outfielder, who spent 2006 in the Venezuelan Summer League, is off to a .316 start. He is currently riding an eight game hitting streak during which he has four multi-hit games. He boasts .422 on-base percentage and is one three position players to have appeared in ten games.



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