Week in Review Across the Farm
Henry has boosted St. Lucie all year
Henry has boosted St. Lucie all year
Inside Pitch Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2007


It was a shaky week throughout the farm clubs both offensively and in the standings. The long season teams are nearing the 100-game mark as they gear up for the stretch run. Here is how things shaped up across the organization the past seven days.

NEW ORLEANS:

The Zephyrs scraped through close, low-scoring games as they racked up a 2-4 record for the week. They entered the weekend series with Albuquerque in a fight for first place. After dropping the first two of three, New Orleans is now 1 ½ games back of the Isotopes and the team is 3-7 in its last ten games.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Jason Vargas: 7 IP, 2 H, 7 K, 2 BB, W

Vargas had a strong run of quality starts leading into his July 8th date against the Iowa Cubs when he gave up seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Wednesday’s start versus Nashville was a big one as it followed his last two starts in which gave up 15 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. It has been a rough month for the right-hander who posts a 9.42 ERA in July. If the Zephyrs are to turn their recent slump around, and get into the PCL playoffs, Vargas will play an intricate role.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Fernando Tatis: 9-19, 4 RBI, 4 R, 4 2B, 5 BB

The former big league journeyman continued his recent success with another near .500 week. He has found success in the two-hole of the Zephyrs lineup. In his last ten games, Tatis posted a .395 batting average with six multi-hit games, including a four-hit affair on Friday. In July, he has hit .340 in twelve games.


BINGHAMTON:

The B-Mets had a loaded week as they took the field for eight games. They faced off against both Yankees’ and Red Sox’s affiliates in Trenton and Portland, who happen to be the top two teams in the Eastern League Northern Division. They survived the week with a 3-5 record. The offense continued to struggle as they scored more than three runs only once during the week.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Salvador Aguilar: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 K, W

The 25-year-old right-hander has been one of the quietest guys on the B-Mets staff. He has been used as both a starter and out of the bullpen, but has seen improvements as the season has progressed. Friday’s start against Portland was far and away his best outing. He squared off against Portland’s Andrew Dobies and came out on the positive end of a 1-0 duel. However, he still struggles with baserunners as he hit the century mark in hits allowed in just 76 1/3 innings pitched.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Mike Carp: 6-24, 6 RBI, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 BB

The B-Mets, as a team, had a poor week at the plate, but Carp came through from his spot in the heart of the order. While the first baseman would like to see more from himself in the average department, he still has knocked in 13 runs this month. His production may slip a bit in the near future as his leadoff hitter, and table setter, Corey Coles was called up to New Orleans.


ST. LUCIE:

St. Lucie began the week by dropping three of four to Clearwater Threshers, before taking the first two against the last place Vero Beach Devil Rays. The team has yet to find a stride in the second half as they have not won a series since mid-June against the Daytona Cubs. They currently remain four games back of first place in the FSL East.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Tobi Stoner: 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 2 BB

Stoner has been sturdy since his called up from Savannah. This week against Clearwater, he shutout the opposition for six strong innings before he allowed the two game-tying runs in the seventh. He has made six starts in the Florida State League’s second half, posting a 3.45 ERA with two wins. He still struggles in tight situations as lineups are hitting .320 off him with runners in scoring position.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Sean Henry: 10-27, HR, RBI, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 BB, SB

Henry has been atop the St. Lucie lineup for the entire season and has gained strength each month. His speed, and the extra pop he added in 2007, has made him a weapon in the leadoff spot. His has also raised his average each month of the season; he is hitting .354 in July. He hit .231 in April, .288 in May, and .329 in June. His six triples ranks second in the FSL.


SAVANNAH:

The Sand Gnats started off their 3-5 week with a three-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees’ affiliate, the Charleston RiverDogs. The week was also marked by inconsistent pitching as the staff gave up double digit runs three times, yet squeezed in back-to-back shutouts between them. Wednesday’s win versus Augusta snapped a ten-game losing streak which temporarily dropped them to last place in the Southern Atlantic League Southern Division. They battle the Greenville Drive this week to see who will stay out of the basement.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Nelson Portillo: 7 IP, 2 H, 2 K, W

The right-hander has endured a tumultuous season to say the least. However, this week he rebounded from his July 13th start in which he gave up five earned runs in one inning, with a dynamite seven-inning shutout performance in a 1-0 showdown with Augusta’s Adam Cowart. Despite the blow-up last week, he still maintains a 2.70 ERA this month. In his other July starts, he went for 12 innings of one-run ball, earning his other two wins of the season.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Joe Holden: 11-24, HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 4 2B, 2 BB, SB

The outfielder’s performance this week continued his hot month. He ended his week with back-to-back three-hit games and is now up to a .432 average in his last ten games. Holden has been a roll the whole month as he is batting .354, his first month over .300, with a .440 on-base percentage. He registered his 16th stolen base of the season against 18 attempts.


BROOKLYN:

The first-place Cyclones snapped their six-game win streak this week, yet they still lead their division by 5 ½ games over the Staten Island Yankees. Terrific pitching set the tone for the team. Eric Niesen was the only starter this week to allow more than two runs, as he was a victim of four unearned runs in his start. Brooklyn has a young, energetic team that is hungry to win, and their weekly performances show it.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Dillon Gee: 2-0, 12 1/3 IP, ER, 10 H, 9 K, 1 BB

Any number of pitchers for the Cyclones could have been slotted here, but Gee was the benefactor of two starts in which he shut down the State College Spikes and Tri-City ValleyCats. Since his rocky, first appearance on June 26th, the 21st round selection in this year’s draft has gone 21 1/3 innings and allowed just two earned runs. Teams are hitting .250 off Gee, but what is more prominent is his 19-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. That one walk came in Saturday’s start.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Jason Jacobs: 11-27, HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 2 2B, SB

The Cyclones backstop is in the midst of a nine-game hit streak (14-for-40) and found comfort in the clean-up spot. His offense has certainly improved from last season in which he hit .217 with 45 games with Brooklyn. He has rebounded from his .179 month of June, by hitting .343 this month and with a .435 on-base percentage. He has played in all but three games this season.


KINGSPORT:

The K-Mets battled through a 2-5 week which included being swept by first-place Elizabethton, against whom they are still winless on the season (0-4). After a strong start, the team has lulled as of late, hovering around .500.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Phillips Orta: 6 IP, ER, 4 H, 3 K, BB

Orta took a hard no-decision against Johnson City after giving up just the one run. Jason Lavorgna surrendered three runs in the ninth inning which led to the Kingsport loss. Orta has been competitive in each of his starts, going at least five innings. He has given up seven earned runs in 21 innings pitched since his arrival from the Venezuelan Summer League. Lineups hit .227 off him with runners in scoring position, and lefties hit just .143.

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Brandon Richey: 8-19, HR, 6 RBI, R, 2 2B, BB

The 10th round selection has ramped up his offense in the last week and a half. After struggling out of the gate, Richey is finding consistency. He posts a .385 average with runners in scoring position (5-for-13), knocking in ten of his 11 RBI in just the last ten games. If he can continue at this pace, he is bound to rise from his seventh spot in the order.

GCL METS:

The team had a 2-4 week and tumbled to last place in the GCL East Division. The club welcomed Moises Alou, who is in the middle of a rehab assignment. He has played five games, hitting .333 with a home run and five RBI.

Pitching Performance of the Week:

Gavin Dlouhy: 5 IP, ER, 4 H, 3 K, BB

The 19-year-old put together the best start on the staff for the second straight week. He has demonstrated terrific control so far this season with a 26-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He has also allowed less than one base hit per inning pitched (16 hits in 19 1/3 IP).

Offensive Performance of the Week:

Ezequiel Carrera: 9-25, RBI, 3R, 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB

While the power numbers are not present, Carrera continues to be the most consistent hitter, and perhaps the team’s most important, at the top of the order. To date, he leads the GCL Mets regulars in: batting average, RBI, hits, runs, doubles, walks and stolen bases.



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