The final regular season series for the Z’s was cut short because of the forthcoming hurricane, but that did not stop the club from trying to end the year on a high note. The Z’s begun the week by salvaging a win in the final game of a five-game set with the Albuquerque Isotopes and then split a four-game series with the Omaha Royals. They did win a wild 11-10 shootout against the Nashville Sounds before the rest of the series was wiped out. If the club does not play another game this season, they will finish with a 66-75 record. Bobby Parnell made his first relief appearance of the season on Friday night. br>
Val Pascucci: 11-24, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B, 3 BB
The slugging outfielder ended his season with the Zephyrs just how he started it, by swatting home runs. His best effort of the week came on Thursday night in Omaha when he went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. He hit .305 for August with a .995 OBP %. His 27 home runs rank ninth in the Pacific Coast League.
Chris Aguila: 14-27, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B, 3B, 2 BB
For everything Pascucci accomplished, Aguila did a fantastic job of replicating. The outfielder posted a multi-hit game every time he took the field last week, capped off with a 4-for-5 performance with two dingers on Friday night against Nashville. The 29-year-old finished his season with 29 home runs [tied for 6th in the PCL], a .295 average and 73 RBI.
The B-Mets, looking to end their season on a high note, have seen their offense struggle as they entered the final week of their schedule. This week, they captured a series victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and then took on the New Britain Rock Cats in the season’s final weekend. Binghamton, more than any other team on the farm, saw the most roster turnover the season but managed to put up a valiant effort against division leaders Trenton Thunder and Portland Sea Dogs. They enter Sunday with a 73-67 record.
Fernando Martinez: 8-23, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 3B, 4 BB
Though his season was marred by injury yet again, Fernando is making a push down the homestretch with positive production at the plate. He is hitting .350 over his last ten games [14-for-40] and hit his first home run of that stretch on Saturday night. His 15 RBI in August were his highest total of any month of the season. In recent weeks, Fernando finally saw his spot in the batting order drop to the three-hole after leading off most of the season.
Dillon Gee: ND, 7 IP, ER, 4 H, 4 K, BB
The 22-year-old right-hander took the ball for the fourth time during his tenure with the B-Mets and once again had another strong night. He has allowed just one earned run in each of his four Double-A starts and has allowed a total of 18 hits in his 27 innings pitched with five walks. After tossing 62 innings during his 2007 rookie season, Gee has made a large jump up to 154.1 innings pitched in his sophomore campaign. Eastern League opposition is hitting .194 off him.
The High-A Mets endured two doubleheaders this week [which made for creative pitching management] and saw their offense wane in the process. The Mets scored more than one run twice this week [both 2-1 victories]. Perhaps it was the broken schedule or the lack of offense, but the Mets’ chances at a playoff spot fell apart over the last two weeks as they slipped to two games over .500 and six games back of the Daytona Cubs in the FSL East.
Nick Carr: ND, 6 IP, 2 H, 5 K, BB
The 21-year-old right-hander made his first relief appearance in two seasons and had his best and longest outing of the season, doing his best to keep the club in a 3-0 loss. It has been a disappointing, and at times ugly, season for Carr, but despite the numbers he has seen measured progress as the year went on. The owner of a 2-12 cumulative record, just three of those losses have come in the last three months while the opposition hit .267 off him in that time.
Scott Moviel: Win, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 K, BB
The right-hander made his first appearance in High-A, and did so in strong fashion blanking the Brevard County Manatees over five innings. It was a continuation of a strong week for Moviel who tossed six innings one one-run ball in his last outing with Savannah last Sunday. Moviel’s totaled 125 innings pitched this season after 40 innings in the Gulf Coast League last season.
The Sandgnats had an up-and-down week. After splitting a doubleheader with the Rome Braves last Sunday, they took the first two of a three-game series with the Charleston River Dogs before dropping their next four games, including a tough extra innings loss on Saturday night. With the short season leagues coming to a close, the Sandgnats welcomed members of Kingsport and the GCL to their roster including: closer Michael Powers, 3B Stefan Welch, and pitcher Phillips Orta
Phillips Orta: 6 IP, ER, 3 H, 2 K, BB
Like last season, Orta earned a relief appearance in Savannah after spending most of his season in Kingsport. However, this season he got a shot at starting [he had three starts in 14 appearances in Kingsport] and shut down Charleston on the way to a 4-2 victory. Appalachian League hitters managed just a .222 average in 44 innings against Orta who had a 2.05 ERA in that span.
The Cyclones are making a valiant push as of late as they try to sneak into a playoff spot in the NY-Penn League’s final week. Brooklyn has won seven in a row and 10 out of 12 with tremendous pitching performances a near nightly occurrence. The club welcomed players from the lower levels as well, most notably Wilmer Flores who racked up seven hits in 13 at-bats in his first three games. The Cyclones are 41-28 as they enter the league’s final week.
Sean Ratliff: 10-25, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 3 2B
The rookie outfielder struggled through much of the season, but seems to have found a groove in the last two weeks. He is hitting .324 over his last ten games [11-for-34] with five extra base hits. Five of his seven home runs were hit in August with 13 of his 20 runs batted in, but strikeouts continue to be a pain point for Ratliff who continues to whiff at a rate more than one per game. Last week, he homered in back-to-back games in victories on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Jenrry Mejia: Win, 5 IP, 4 H, 6 K, 3 BB
Mejia has not lost since is first outing with Brooklyn back on July 7, and in his last eight outings has allowed three earned runs just once. He has allowed only two home runs with Brooklyn while inducing groundballs at nearly 2.5-to-1 ratio while the opposition hits .216 off him. It was the second straight shutout appearance in which he struck out six hitters.
The K-Mets wrapped up their season last week with the two final games of a five-game series against the Greeneville Drive. They wrapped up the season with a 34-32 record which placed them fourth in the Appalachian League West Division. Wilmer Flores was named to the All-Appalachian League team while he and Michael Powers were tabbed as the club’s players of the year.
Guillaume Leduc: 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 6 K
Leduc dropped his final outing of the season, giving up three runs after tossing nine shutout innings in his previous three outings. For the season, the right-hander led the K-Mets in innings pitched [57.1] and walked just nine batters with 41 strikeouts. He walked just two batters in 20.1 innings pitched in August.
The GCL Mets dropped two of three games in their final week, ending the season with a 27-27 record which placed them fourth in the GCL East Division.
Kyle Allen: Win, 5 IP, ER, 2 H, 9 K
The 18-year-old right-hander continued to blow away the opposition and did so in impressive fashion by totaling his highest strikeout number of the season against zero walks. For the season, he struck out 45 batters in 34 innings pitched against ten walks. He allowed more than one earned run in an outing just once, on August 15 against the GCL Cardinals.