In the first full week of the schedule, clubs across the organization looked to find their rhythm.…
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1. Chris Schwinden – Savannah
Second-year right-hander has been the anchor on a very young staff. While others have rotated piggybacking efforts, Schwinden should continue to take the ball in the first inning.
2. Angel Calero – St. Lucie
Calero was lost in the weeds a bit when the roster assignments came out, but the left-hander has gone beyond expectations from the back of the St. Lucie rotation. Scouts worried his limited velocity and throwing motion would give him trouble in the FSL after a 7.07 ERA in four starts there last year, but so far, so good for this 22-year-old.
3. Jeff Kaplan – Savannah
Kaplan is one of those piggybacking in Savannah, but he has been very tough to hit while maintaining a high ground ball ratio—the bread and butter of his game. Left-handers are hitting .091 off him.
4. Jordany Valdespin – Savannah
The second baseman leads the entire system in RBI, is among the leaders in slugging percentage and is forcing his way into the every day lineup. He has four multi-hit games in his last six.
5. Eric Beaulac – Savannah
Beaulac, who accrued more innings in A-ball than any other rookie in 2008, has been nearly untouchable in his first two outings. His 0.67 WHIP (4 hits, 2 walks) is tops for any pitcher who has logged a start.
6. Elvin Ramirez – Savannah
Ramirez sandwiched a rough second outing between two dominant starts, having not surrendered a run in two of his starts and currently holds a 1.15 ERA.
7. Josh Satin – Savannah
Satin has been an on-base machine during the season's first 10 days, reaching base in half of his at-bats while leading the organization with a .433 average in that span.
8. Jeurys Familia – Savannah
With zero earned runs and only four hits allowed so far, Familia is showing a smooth transition to A-ball after a summer in the Gulf Coast League. Left-handers have yet to get a hit off the 19-year-old right-hander.
9. Carlos Guzman – St. Lucie
Guzman leads his club in batting average and his 14 hits is tied for the most in the system. Challenged for playing time coming out of Spring Training, he is earning his everyday job.
10. Fernando Martinez – Buffalo
The Mets top prospect has been tearing the cover off the ball. His average sits under .300, but nine of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases which gives him the system lead in total bases.
11. Wilmer Flores – Savannah
Flores has yet to bring his true power to A-ball as his two doubles are the only extra-base knocks of his 14 hits, but he is hitting .359 and has also played error-free ball through his first 12 games.
12. Reese Havens – St. Lucie
Havens has brought the pop to the St. Lucie order, leading the club in both home runs and RBI while maintaining a .300 average.
13. Greg Veloz – St. Lucie
Veloz' .326 batting average, .396 on-base percentage and system-leading four stolen bases have kept his 2008 momentum alive. His 14 hits tie him for the system lead.
14. Emmanuel Garcia – Binghamton
Garcia has done a little bit of everything from the top of the B-Mets order. He has his share of extra base hits, he's hitting for average and leads the club in stolen bases all while adjusting to his new position in centerfield.
15. Lucas Duda – Binghamton
The Binghamton first baseman is one of four B-Mets with a home run, but more importantly he is getting on base in half of hits at-bats and has more walks than strikeouts.
16. Shawn Bowman – Binghamton
Healthy on Opening Day for the first time in years, Bowman is off to a good start after being planted in the heart of the B-Mets order. His eight RBI lead his club and he boasts a .308 average and one home run.
17. Jefry Marte – Savannah
.289 average, 13 hits and five RBI in his first 11 games are very good signs for the other teenager in the Savannah infield. Six errors in those 11 games, however, are not.
18. Scott Shaw – St. Lucie
The second-year right-hander has been very steady in both of his starts, giving up one earned run in each, good for a 1.50 ERA over 12 innings pitched. The opposition is hitting a combined .175 against Shaw.
19. Eric Niesen – St. Lucie
Niesen is another 2008 starter who is piggybacking during his current assignment and has so far been very difficult on the opposition. He tossed five shutout innings in his second start, dropping his ERA to 1.80 while the allowing only a .189 opponents' batting average. Left-handed batters have mustered just one hit off him.
20. Michael Antonini – Binghamton
Antonini was roughed up a bit in his Opening Day start [three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings], but he rebounded to throw five shutout innings with a career-high eight strikeouts in his next outing. His 12 strikeouts currently lead the B-Mets.
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