With a fresh crop of young pitchers on his staff, Inside Pitch sat down with Brooklyn pitching coach…
Week In Review Across the Farm
The Z's began their week on a high note, completing a three-game sweep of the division-leading Albuquerque Isotopes behind three very strong pitching efforts [the Zephyrs outscored them 14-3 in the series]. However, they slipped up into the second half of the week, dropping three of four to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the series opener against the Salt Lake Bees. New Orleans is 5-5 in its last ten games and fell a season-high six games under .500. Starter Brandon Knight was called up for his first big league start since 2002, but was designated for assignment after the game.
Chris Aguila: 9-27, HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, 3 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB
After a brief stay with the Mets, Aguila returned to New Orleans 12 days ago and has picked up where he left off. In 11 games since his return, he is hitting .351 with three home runs and 11 RBI while maintaining a .455 on-base percentage. He has five multi-hit games in his last ten. For the season, Aguila is hitting .320 with runners in scoring position with a .587 slugging percentage.
Ruddy Lugo: 1-1, 14.1 IP, 5 ER, 13 H, 10 K, 3 BB
It was a tale of two starts for the right-hander last week as he tossed seven shutout innings on July 20 before allowing five earned runs over 7 1/3 on Friday night, picking up a win and a loss respectively. Throughout the early months of the season, one of Lugo's strongest traits was his ability to limit the amount of hits allowed despite an ERA that has hovered between 4.50 and 5.00, but in his last four starts he has allowed 32 hits.
It was a busy week for the B-Mets who played one scheduled doubleheader and then another totaling five games this week against the Erie SeaWolves—winning three of them. After a couple of weeks of slow offense, the B-Mets erupted for double-digit runs three times, but finished the week scoring just four runs in the final three games. Michael Antonini made his Binghamton debut on Friday night. The southpaw is the only player who started the season on a long-season squad to receive two promotions.
Tobi Stoner: 2-0, 11 IP, ER, 6 H, 6 K, 4 BB
After up-and-down performances in his first round of Double-A starts, Stoner settled down in very positive fashion allowing just the one earned run in two starts. He followed up his one earned run, six inning performance from Monday night with five shutout innings of two-hit ball against Akron on Saturday night. Since allowing 20 base hits in 8 1/3 innings pitched in back-to-back starts in at the end of June, he has given up 23 hits in his last 26 frames. Lefties have been problematic for Stoner as they have tuned him for a .341 average. As has NYSEG Stadium where Stoner is 0-2 with a 8.38 ERA in four starts against a 2-2 record with a 2.33 ERA in five road starts.
Jonathan Malo: 11-28, HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 3 2B, 3 BB
Binghamton's super-utilityman has seen his playing time significantly increase since Nick Evans went absent from the roster, and though his production has come few and far between, he exploded last week for his biggest streak of the season. Malo recorded back-to-back three-hit games in which he drove in six runs. Since hitting .197 through his first 31 games, he is hitting .297--.364 in his last 11. He owns a .367 home average [26-for-83] in 33 games.
The High-A Mets finally got back to normalcy after most of their July schedule was decimated by rain outs. They finally got in a full week's worth of games for a 4-3 record including three victories over the Fort Myers Miracle in a four-game set. However, the Mets dropped two of three to the Jupiter Hammerheads which was highlighted by a 1-0 loss in 12 innings on Friday night. St. Lucie [5-5 in last 10] is ½ game behind the first place Daytona Cubs heading into Monday.
Shawn Bowman: 11-31, HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2 2B
Now 26 games back into his return to the lineup, Bowman continues to show the promise that scouts and many within the organization know is there. He has raised his season average to a robust .340 [33-for-97] in large part to another hot stretch in which he has hit .405 over his last ten games. His average has not slipped below .300 since his return. He currently owns a 10-game hit streak heading into Monday.
Eric Niesen: 1-0, 12 IP, ER, 12 H, 7 K, 2 BB
Niesen may rank second in the Florida State League with ten losses, but he continues to press on despite a drastically inconsistent season. After allowing five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings on July 17, he rebounded last week with his two best consecutive starts of the season, going six strong innings in each outing. Despite the two quality starts, the opposition is hitting .298 off Niesen in July.
The washouts moved up the coast last week as Savannah took the brunt of the rainouts, missing three of their four games against the Kannapolis Intimidators. Besides the postponements, the Sandgnats split the remaining four games of the week, including yet another one-run game, this time a 4-3 loss to the Asheville Tourists. Mark Cohoon, the Mets' 12th round pick from June's Draft, is the first player selected this spring to make it to a long-season squad giving up two earned runs in four innings in his start on Saturday night.
Greg Veloz: 10-19, 4 RBI, 5 R, 2 2B, 3B, BB
Perhaps no infielder across any level of the system is as red hot as the Sandgnats' 20-year-old second baseman. Veloz is hitting .417 over his last ten games including four straight multi-hit games [11-for-19 in that stretch]. Veloz is tied for seventh in the South Atlantic League in triples  and is tied for fourth in the league in hits . Coming off his 2007 stay with Savannah in which he hit .171 in 66 games, Veloz has raised his 2008 average to .285 in 98 games.
The Cyclones lost four games heading into last week's schedule and came out of it on a more positive note, bookending their week with contests against the Staten Island Yankees totaling three wins and a loss against Staten Island from Sunday to Saturday. In between, the Cyclones captured two of three against the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Eric Campbell: 9-23, HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 BB
On a club starving for consistent offense, Campbell came up big as he provided much of the thump for his club. His week pushed his season average over .300, helped by his 4-for-4 effort on Thursday night. On that evening he smacked his first home run of this professional career and drove in three runs. He is hitting .405 in 12 games at KeySpan Park entering Sunday.
Brad Holt: 1-0, 6 IP, 2 H, 14 K, 2 BB
The numbers Holt put up in his last start speak for themselves. It was the second time in three outings he tossed a scoreless effort and has now allowed just one earned run over his last 18 1/3 innings pitched. In that time, he has struck out 31 batters against just six walks. His 51 strikeouts lead the New York-Penn League and his 1.57 ERA ranks third.
The K-Mets are currently riding their hottest streak of the season as they have won eight of nine, including a seven-game winning streak with sweeps over the Bristol Sox and the Princeton Rays. The club's recent surge has put them one game behind the first place Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian League West Division.
Kyle Suire 11-24, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 3 BB
The Mets' 35th round pick in this year's draft had his biggest week as a professional as he recorded four multi-hit games which included Saturday night's home run and five RBI affair. After hitting .205 through his first 11 games, Suire is hitting .313 [10-for-32] in his last ten games.
Guillaume Leduc: 1-0, 6 IP, 4 H, 4 K, BB
Leduc last navigated through two rather rough starts in which he allowed nine earned runs in 9 2/3 innings, but he took the hill on Tuesday night and blanked Bristol for six innings. He has walked one hitter in each of his last five starts.
The youngest Mets had a full docket last week as they played doubleheaders on back-to-back days and finished the week with a 5-3 record. Entering Sunday, the GCL Mets were 15-16, 3 ½ games back of first in their division.
Jefry Marte: 10-29, 4 RBI, 6 R, 4 2B, 3B, 2 BB, SB
The 17-year-old third baseman continues his torrid pace as he racked up three more multi-hit games last week, including back-to-back nights with two doubles. His batting average has not dipped below .300 all season. Southpaws have tempered Marte as he has recorded just two hits in 15 at-bats to date.
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