The 2009 St. Lucie Mets season is in the books and here is Inside Pitch's look back on the year that…
Week in Review Across the Farm
Last Week: 3-5
The Bisons played sub-.500 ball in their final week of the season, by first dropping two of three to the Rochester Red Wings. Buffalo then returned home and split a brief two-game series with the Scranton-Wilkes/Barre Yankees before dropping the first two of three in an extended, series-ending five-game set with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
Tobi Stoner: 2-0, 15 IP, 4 ER, 13 H, 9 K, 2 BB
Stoner finished his season positively with two victories to even his Triple-A record to 7-7 and his 2009 overall record to 9-9. The right-hander's week began with a complete game, one-run effort against Rochester. He backed that effort up on Saturday with a three-run, six-inning effort against Lehigh Valley. He struck out three in his first start, six in the second and walked one in each. His August record finished at 3-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 36 1/3 innings.
Last Week: 3-4
The B-Mets had an up and down week that began by completing a split of a four-game series at Akron before they went on to Bowie where they dropped two of three to the Bay Sox. Binghamton capped off its final full week by splitting the first two games in the final series of the season with the Altoona Curve.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 11-for-25, HR, 2 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B, 3B, 3 BB, SB
Nieuwenhuis suffered no drop off upon his promotion to Double-A where he hit .440 through his first six games with hits in five of them, including three multi-hit games. His personal best of the week came on Wednesday when he went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored and two doubles.
D.J. Wabick: 10-for-24, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 2B, SB
Wabick's average inched closer to .300 (.297 entering Sunday) following his big week and 16-for-38 effort over his last ten games. He doubled his season home run total and ended his week with four consecutive multi-hit games.
Eric Niesen: Win, 7 1/3 IP, ER, 5 H, 5 K, 3 BB
Niesen won his third straight decision and has not lost since July 30. The 7 1/3 innings wash is longest outing of the second half and his August was his best month of the season as he went 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts. The left-hander heads into his final start of the season on Monday with a 7-10 overall record and 4.17 ERA this year.
ST. LUCIE (A+):
Last Week: 5-2
The Mets rode a five-game winning streak during their final full week after losing the first two games of the week, one each to Palm Beach and Fort Myers. The Mets claimed the series win against Fort Myers before heading home and taking the first three against Palm Beach.
Sean Ratliff: 7-for-23, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B
Ratliff was efficient in his first week in St. Lucie with his best effort of the week coming in the first game of Friday's doubleheader when he went 3-for-4 with one RBI, a double and a run scored.
Josh Satin: 7-for-21, HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 2 2B, 4 BB
Satin was just as productive in his first week but added a home run to his tally, his first in the Florida State League. He recorded three straight two-hit games in the middle of the week. Entering Sunday, Satin is hitting .288 overall with eight home runs, 65 RBI, 40 doubles, and a .389 on-base percentage.
Chris Schwinden: Win, 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 K, BB
Schwinden picked up his first High-A victory in his second try by besting Fort Myers for seven innings. He picked up a no-decision after 4 1/3 innings of three-run ball in his first start seven days ago. On the season, he is 10-6 with a 3.34 ERA over 126 2/3 innings with 92 strikeouts and only 18 walks.
Last Week 1-6
It was not the final week the Gnats had envisioned. Savannah began the week by claiming a 2-0 victory over the Rome Braves, but proceeded to lose the next six including four 1-run losses. The Gnats were swept by the August GreenJackets and dropped the first the first three of a five-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs. The losing streak eliminated the opportunity for the Gnats to claim their first over-.500 record since 2000.
Nick Giarraputo: 9-for-23, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Giarraputo ended the season with his best stretch of the ball this season, hitting .382 (26-for-68) in his 18 games with Savannah after hitting just .203 (25-for-123) in 34 games with Brooklyn previously. In 16 fewer games, the corner infielder hit a home run (same as Brooklyn) and drove in ten runs (13 with Brooklyn).
Kyle Allen: ND, 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB
Allen picked up a no-decision for his effort on Friday night, but allowed just an unearned run in his five innings against Charleston. The right-hander's lone September start came on the heels of his best month when he posted a 2-0 record and 2.28 ERA in five starts with a .192 opponent batting average.
Jeurys Familia: Win, 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 3 BB
Familia was equally sharp in his final start of the season as he blanked Rome for five innings and picked up his 10th victory of the season. The right-hander last loss came way back on July 9. It was also the last appearance in which he gave up more than two earned runs. Familia finished August with a 2-0 record and 1.71 ERA in four starts.
Last Week: 2-5
The Cyclones' subpar week cost them the McNamara Division title though they still enter the New York-Penn League playoffs. Brooklyn dropped its first two games to Lowell before taking the third. The Cyclones then returned home, and welcomed Carlos Beltran, but lost both games to Hudson Valley before splitting the first two games in the season's final series against Lowell.
Nick Santomauro: 6-for-21, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 BB
The Cyclones outfielder rode a six-game streak to the week's finale including two home runs which tied him for the club lead with John Servidio. Of Santomauro's 35 hits this season, 14 went for extra bases (five doubles, three triples).
Brandon Moore: 0-1, 11 IP, 2 ER, 14 H, 8 K, 2 BB
Moore gave up his share of hits over his last two starts, but gave up more than two runs in a start only once in August. His 2.09 ERA left him fourth in the New York-Penn League and his 71 strikeouts is good for seventh entering the season's final day.
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