Week In Review Across the Farm
Ratliff showed off his power last week
Ratliff showed off his power last week
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Posted Aug 2, 2009


In this edition of Week in Review, find out about Sean Ratliff's monster week. Who keeps swinging the hot sticks in Binghamton? Who came up big on the mound in St. Lucie and Brooklyn? Look inside for those details and much more.

BUFFALO (AAA):
Last Week 4-3

The Bisons started the week strong by splitting the final two games of a four-game set with the Indianapolis Indians. The Bisons then returned home where they captured three of four games from the Pawtucket Red Sox, in close fashion by claiming each victory without scoring more than four runs. However, the week ended as they dropped a 11-10 slugfest to the Toledo Mud Hens.

Tobi Stoner: 1-1, 15 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 9 K, 3 BB

Stoner put together two strong, quality starts for the first time since his promotion to Triple-A. He began the week by tossing eight innings, striking out seven—a personal Triple-A best—and earning the victory against the Indians. He backed that up with a tough loss on Saturday against Pawtucket in which he threw seven innings. He gave up four hits in each start.

BINGHAMTON (AA):
Last Week: 2-4

The B-Mets worked in six games around two rain outs which led to a condensed four-game series against the Altoona Curve which they split over three days. The B-Mets then returned home to face the Akron Aeros but dropped both games by a combined score of 24-7.

Josh Thole: 10-for-19, 3 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 SB

Thole has not slowed down one bit since his return from injury as he is now hitting .348 since his return, which rightly corresponds with his .349 average for the season (2nd in the Eastern League). His 26 doubles on the season rank him sixth in the Eastern League and his .416 on-base percentage puts him third.

Ike Davis: 8-for-25, HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, BB

Davis too continues to hit as he ran his season-best hitting streak to 16 games entering Sunday’s action. He hit .297 for the month of July with a career-high RBI total in a month with 22. He is hitting .310 overall and .282 with runners in scoring position for Binghamton. Though obvious in the numbers, it was a very strong first month in Double-A for the Mets top overall pick of 2008.

Brad Holt: Loss, 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 H, K

The Mets 2008 supplemental first round, however, is in the midst of a tough stretch that has seen him surrender 19 hits over his last 12 1/3 innings pitched. One bright spot is that Holt has not issued a walk during that time. Overall, the right-hander is now 2-4 with a 5.68 ERA with the B-Mets.

ST. LUCIE (A+):
Last Week: 1-6

It was one of the poorest weeks of the season for the Mets who dropped their first six games of the week before earning a victory on Saturday against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Things could have been a little different earlier in the week, but the Mets dropped three consecutive games to the Clearwater Threshers by a 4-3 score. At 11-21, the Mets now find themselves in last place of the second half standings in the FSL South Division.

Zach Lutz: 6-for-23, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R

Lutz bookended his week with 3-run home runs that ran his season total to eight. He finished July with a .338 average for the month and a season-high 14 RBI. He is hitting .357 in 29 games since the FSL All-Star Break and overall is hitting .316 with men on base.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 8-for-23, HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 2B, 2 SB, BB

The St. Lucie outfielder is riding his own 16-game hit streak and is now hitting .308 over his last ten games. He swatted his 10th home run of the season and ran his stolen base total to 15. His 22 doubles lead the team.

Scott Shaw: 1-1, 13 IP, 5 ER, 12 H, 11 K, 3 BB

Shaw had rather poor start last Monday as he allowed four earned runs on eight hits over four innings. He rebounded later in the week with one of his best outings of his career as he tossed a complete game on one run and four hits while striking out seven and walking none. His 113 1/3 innings pitched this season ranks 7th in the FSL and his 94 strikeouts ranks 6th. He is now 5-7 on the season with a 3.72 ERA in 20 starts.

SAVANNAH (A-):
Last Week 2-4

It was feast or famine for the Sand Gnats last week as they scored a combined 24 runs in their two victories but only eight runs in their four losses. The two wins came in a series split with the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The Gnats dropped the first two games against the Bowling Green Hot Rods to end the week. The usually stingy Sand Gnats pitching staff surrendered 50 runs over the six games.

Sean Ratliff: 9-for-23, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 2B, BB

Ratliff is, somewhat quietly, riding a 17-game hit streak which is a club best since 2006 and he is getting hotter the longer the streak goes on. He ran his home run total to 14 which ties him for 7th in the South Atlantic League and his 63 RBI ranks 6th. His best night of the week came on Tuesday when he went 3-for-4 with two home runs, six RBI and two runs scored. He rebounded to hit .289 in July after hitting just .211 the previous month.

Chris Schwinden: 1-0, 13 IP, 7 ER, 10 H, 10 K, 2 BB

The right-hander had somewhat of a backwards week as he picked up the victory on Monday after allowing five earned runs in six innings with six strikeouts. He returned to the mound on Saturday and gave up only two earned runs over seven innings with four strikeouts but picked up a no-decision. Schwinden is 5-2 with a 3.05 ERA a 51/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last ten starts.

BROOKLYN (SS-A):
Last Week: 3-5

Rain created a very busy seven days for the Cyclones who were forced to play eight games including two doubleheaders in three days against the Staten Island Yankees but dropped three of four to the Yanks, and four of six overall to their rivals last week. Brooklyn also split two games against the Aberdeen IronBirds. Yet, Brooklyn remains 27-16, three games ahead of Staten Island in the division.

James Fuller: 0-1, 14 IP, 5 ER, 10 H, 13 K, 3 BB

Fuller began the week with one of his strongest professional outings as he allowed one earned run on two hits over eight innings. He struck out eight and allowed one walk. Saturday’s start was comparatively unkind for the left-hander as he gave up four earned runs on eight hits over six innings with five strikeouts and two walks. His 53 strikeouts puts him alone in third place in the NYPL entering Sunday.

Wes Wrenn: Win, 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 K, BB

The Mets’ 35th round selection in this year’s draft has taken on a swingman role, but filled in admirably on Thursday as he shut down the SI Yankees over 5 2/3 innings. In three starts this season, he has allowed just two earned runs over 15 2/3 innings with 14 strikeouts against two walks. The right-hander has limited lefties to just a .182 batting average.

KINGSPORT (R):
Last Week: 2-2

The K-Mets week was bombed out by rain as they managed just four games. Kingsport dropped their first two games, one against the Elizabethton Twins and then a 10-9 loss to the Greeneville Astros. After three days off, and four postponements, the K-Mets headed to Greeneville where they blasted the Astros for 27 runs over two games. They are now 12-23 on the season entering Sunday.

Richard Lucas: 7-for-14, HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 2 2B, 7 BB, 2 SB

Lucas posted a monster week during which he hit his second home run with Kingsport and ran his average to .425 in 11 games with the club. He already has seven doubles with the K-Mets, has more walks (11) than strikeouts (9) and is reaching base nearly 55 percent of his at-bats (.547 OBP).

Jeff Flagg: 6-for-15, HR, 8 RBI, 3 R

Flagg continued his RBI assault on the Appalachian League as he now leads the league with 35 RBI entering Sunday. The big first baseman hit .330 in 25 games in July. He is hitting .400 with runners in scoring position (20-for-50).

R.J. Harris: 7-for-14, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, SB

The 14th round pick in this year’s draft is starting to heat up. He is hitting .314 over his last ten games and recorded his first 4-hit game on Friday when he went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.

GULF COAST LEAGUE:
Last Week: 1-3

The GCL club also ran into the rain which limited its week to just four games (with a fifth suspended). The Mets began the week by falling 11-0 to the GCL Nationals. On Tuesday, they defeated the GCL Astros 10-4 before dropping consecutive one-run games to the GCL Marlins and Cardinals. The GCL club is 14-16 overall.

Javier Rodriguez: 7-for-21, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2B, 2 SB, BB

Consistent playing time is paying off for the 2008 2nd round pick as he is hitting .316 over his last ten games after a 1-for-11 showing in his first two games of the season. He hit his second home run of the season after hitting one in 38 games in the GCL last season.



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