Last Week: 1-4
The Bisons challenges continued last week as they were swept in a four-game series against the Charlotte Knights before splitting two games against the Rochester Red Wings. However, it should be noted that the Bisons one win last week came against a familiar face as they tagged Kevin Mulvey for five runs over 5 1/3 innings on Saturday.
Tobi Stoner: ND, 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB
Stoner bounced back from a mediocre second start in Buffalo (2.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 BB) to shut down the Knights despite zero strikeouts. In his first three Triple-A outings, Stoner is now 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA over 14 2/3 innings with four strikeouts against eight walks.
Jonathon Niese: ND, 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 K, BB
Niese too put together a very sharp outing but had to accept a no-decision in what was his fifth strong start in a row. The eight innings were a season high and he has lasted at least six innings in seven consecutive starts. He finished his strongest month of the season by collecting his third win and racking up 35 strikeouts, more than his previous two months combined.
Last Week: 3-3
The B-Mets started the week strong by salvaging a four-game split against on the road against the Akron Aeros, but returned home only to be swept by the New Hampshire FisherCats. The B-Mets closed the week on a high note by shutting out an opponent for the second time last week, a 4-0 blanking of the Erie SeaWolves.
Shawn Bowman: 10-for-28, 3 RBI, 3 R, 3 2B, 3B, BB
As the season rolls into the summer months, Bowman’s bat continues to heat up. That is indicative in a .351 stretch over his last ten games after hitting .299 in June. The third baseman’s two best efforts last week came on Wednesday when he went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, and a 4-for-4 effort the next day. Bowman’s season batting average is now up to .291.
Dylan Owen: 1-0, 13 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 H, 8 K, 3 BB
The right-hander returned from St. Lucie with a vengeance as he shut down the opposition in both his starts which were unquestionably his two best outings of the season. After leaving Binghamton following two poor months in April and May (combined 0-5, 6.97 ERA), he has posted a 1-0 record and 1.44 ERA in his first three starts since coming back to the B-Mets.
ST. LUCIE (A+):
Last Week 2-4
Despite a schedule that was ransacked by rain last week, the Mets managed to get in six games and split two games with the Tampa Yankees before dropping three in a row including two against the Sarasota Reds. With the second half of the Florida State League now underway—and a restart that offers the chance at a playoff berth—the Mets are 2-5 heading into the second full week which puts them last in the FSL South.
Zach Lutz: 7-for-16, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 2 BB
After a very slow month of May, Lutz’ bat has heated up over the last five weeks including a .293 mark for June and a 5-for-9 start to July. Lutz is hitting .455 over his last ten games with hits in every game during that stretch. His .388 on-base percentage leads the club.
Angel Calero: ND, 7 IP, ER, 4 H, 8 K, 2 BB
Following a very tough two months, Calero appears to be righting the ship with his start last week, and his previous two before that (13 IP, 3 ER, 9 K, 2 BB), serving as evidence. Calero, who is 1-7 on the season, went a combined 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA in nine starts in May and June. His eight strikeouts against Sarasota were the most he recorded since fanning eight back on May 23 against the same club.
Jeff Kaplan: Win, 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 K, 2 BB
Kaplan took the ball in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Yankees and came within one out of a complete game, surviving four unearned runs along the way. It was the first victory for Kaplan since his promotion to St. Lucie and the six strikeouts were more than his first two High-A starts combined. On the season, Kaplan is a combined 5-4 with a 1.85 ERA in 73 innings.
Last Week 3-4
The Sand Gnats endured an up and down week. The week began by dropping the final three games of a four-game set against the Charleston RiverDogs. The Gnats rebounded by taking two in a three-game set against the Asheville Tourists and earning a close victory over the Greenville Drive on Saturday. Entering Sunday, the Gnats are 5-5 in the first ten games of the South Atlantic League second half.
Robert Carson: Win, 8 IP, ER, 4 H, 3 K, BB
Carson won his third straight outing in his longest effort of the season. Over his last three starts, he has allowed two runs on 12 hits over 21 innings. Carson completed June with a 2-2 record and 2.89 ERA in five starts. On the season, the southpaw still has allowed just one home run with left-handers hitting just .182 off him.
Eric Beaulac: Win, 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 9 K, BB
After moving back and forth from the bullpen, including piggyback roles, Beaulac put together a strong effort in his longest outing of the year in which he recorded a season-high in strikeouts. Beaulac is 1-2 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 innings in relief.
Jeurys Familia: 1-1, 12 1/3, ER, 5 H, 14 K, 4 BB
The Sand Gnats most consistent starter chipped in with two more very good starts. He took the loss on Monday despite going 6 1/3 innings and allowing only one earned run on two hits with seven strikeouts. He kept Greenville off the board on Saturday by blanking the Drive over six innings with seven more strikeouts. Familia has limited right-handers to a .199 average this season.
Last Week: 7-0
The record speaks for itself in regards to what kind of week the Cyclones had. The Cyclones swept the Hudson Valley Renegades by a combined 25-5 score before sweeping the Tri-City ValleyCats by a combined 12-5 score. The Cyclones then hit the road to Tri-City and took the opener on Saturday by a 2-1 score. Brooklyn’s 13-2 record is the best in the New York-Penn League.
John Servidio: 6-for-27, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 2B, BB, SB
The Cyclones’ right fielder, and a veteran from last year’s club, knocked his second and third home runs of the season which is good for second in the NYPL—no other member of the Cyclones has two round-trippers. Servidio hit three home runs in 40 games last year in Brooklyn.
Mark Cohoon: Win, 8 IP, 3 H, 8 K
Cohoon was very efficient in his blanking of Tri-City on Thursday. The eight strikeouts were the most in his three starts and it was the first outing he did not walk a batter following three free passes in each of his first two starts. The opposition is hitting just .147 off Cohoon to date while he has induced nearly five ground balls for every fly ball.
Last Week: 3-4
The K-Mets dropped four of their season’s first five games, but played better ball last week. The K-Mets dropped the week’s opener, a series finale against the Bluefield Orioles before losing two of three to the Danville Braves. They finished the week by winning two of three against the Burlington Royals.
Cesar Puello: 8-for-20, HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2B, SB
Puello did not record a hit in his first two games of the season but has since been on a roll. He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, including six multi-hit efforts. His best game of the week came on Thursday when he went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.
Jeff Flagg: 11-for-24, HR, 8 RBI, 3 2B, 2 BB, SB
The K-Mets first baseman brought the lumber last week as he swatted his first home run and tallied a three-hit game and a four-hit game. He has so far scored 13 runs in 11 games played and has a .469 on-base percentage entering Sunday.
GULF COAST LEAGUE (R):
Last Week: 2-4
The youngest affiliate started the season 3-1 and kept the strong start alive by winning two of three to start the week. However, the Mets could not keep the momentum going as they dropped three in a row to close the week. Scott Moviel made the second of two rehab starts with the GCL club. He took the ball last Sunday and tossed five shutout innings with six strikeouts.
Nelfi Zapata: 5-for-16, HR, RBI, 5 R, 2B, 3B, 3 BB
The organization’s 19th round pick in this year’s draft slugged his first home run of the season on Saturday as he finished off a strong first full week to the season. In eight games this season, Zapata is hitting .400 (10-for-25)
Jhonathon Torres: Win, 6 IP, ER, 4 H, 3 K
Torres followed up a five inning, no-hit outing on June 25 to earn his second victory in as many tries this season. In 11 total innings, the 19-year-old left-hander has allowed just four hits and struck ten against two walks.