Week in Review Across the Farm

Lucas Duda is putting up numbers for Binghamton

Each Sunday, InsidePitchMagazine.com's Week in Review segment runs down the headliners and standouts of the previous week's action from Sunday to Saturday. Who came up big at the plate in Binghamton? Who was dominant on the mound in Buffalo and who stood out in A-ball? Look inside for the answers to those questions and more.

SAVANNAH SAND GNATS
4/12 v. Augusta 2-0 (L)
4/13 v. Augusta 8-3 (L)
4/14 v. Augusta 1-0 (L)
4/15 v. Augusta 4-1
4/16 @ Rome 4-1
4/17 @ Rome 9-2


The start of the week was a very poor one offensively for the Sand Gnats as they scored just three combined runs in three losses to the GreenJackets. However, Savannah eventually found some rhythm at the plate and rode the combination of timely runs and strong starting pitching led the club to three wins to even their ledger for the week.

Wilmer Flores: 8-for-24, 3 RBI, 2B, 2 BB

Flores didn't put up huge numbers for the week, but he continues to make impressive contact. It took over a week for a pitcher to strike out Flores for the first time this season which happened on Friday. Conversely, Flores tallied his first two walks of the season. He had three multi-hit games this week, helping to boost his average .366 to go along with an impressive .395 on-base percentage.

James Fuller: Loss, 8 IP, ER, 4 H, 9 K, BB

Fuller took a very tough loss on Wednesday against Augusta, but the left-hander continues to be very impressive in his first trip in the South Atlantic League. Fuller now boasts a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings with 15 strikeouts and only two walks allowed.

Mark Cohoon: Win, 6 IP, ER, 4 H, 5 K, 2 BB

Cohoon kept the 2009 Brooklyn connection going with his own strong start, limiting Augusta to one run over six innings. He picked up his second victory in two starts and has given up one earned run and eight hits on 11 2/3 innings on the season.

ST. LUCIE METS
v. Jupiter 6-3 (L)
v. Palm Beach 9-6
v. Palm Beach 5-4
v. Palm Beach 7-5 (L)
@ Bradenton 14-5 (L)
@ Bradenton 10-7


St. Lucie continued its inconsistent play last week. The Mets picked up two wins over Palm Beach after dropping three of their first four games of the season. They came back with two losses to by a combined 21-10 score before picking up a slugfest victory over Bradenton on Saturday. St. Lucie entered Sunday with a 4-5 record.

Richard Lucas: 6-for-23, HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2B, 2 BB

Lucas continues to hit and be productive for the Mets. His average wasn't very high last week, but he still took advantage of his run-scoring opportunities. He has at least one RBI in seven of his last ten games with a run scored in nine of his last ten. Through nine games, Lucas is hitting .273 with two home runs and eight RBI.

Jordany Valdespin: 9-for-28, HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 3 2B, SB

Valdespin's extended his hitting streak to nine games this season, with a hit in every game he's played in, after punctuating his week with a 3-for-5 effort with a home run, four RBI, two doubles, two runs scored and one stolen base. Valdespin has also scored a run in six of his nine games. He has struck out three times in 42 at-bats but has zero walks to show for it.

Chris Schwinden: Win, 4 IP, 3 H, 6 K, BB

Schwinden made his 2010 debut in a piggyback effort of Eric Beaulac. Schwinden allowed one unearned run in four innings. Schwinden made two starts with St. Lucie in 2009 when he give up five earned runs on 12 hits in 11 1/3 innings.

Kyle Allen: Win, 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 4 BB

Allen picked up his first Florida State League victory on Saturday when he held off Bradenton just enough to help St. Lucie pick up the victory. Allen walked four and struck out two just like his first start of the season. He surrendered his first home run of the season against Bradenton. Allen gave up eight home runs in 125 1/3 innings in 2009.

BINGHAMTON METS
4/11 v. Akron 11-8 (L)
4/12 v. Erie v. 7-4
4/13 v. Erie 2-0
4/14 v. Erie 4-3
4/15 @ New Hampshire 7-6
4/16 @ New Hampshire 9-5
4/17 @ New Hampshire 13-8 (L)


The B-Mets are off to their best start in three seasons thanks to an offense that is showing no signs of slowing down (until being 1-hit on Sunday). Binghamton won five games in a row before Saturday's loss, but demonstrated during the week that it can score runs but also win with pitching when it needs to. The B-Mets entered Sunday at 6-4 and were 1 ½ games behind the Trenton Thunder in the Eastern League Eastern Division.

Nick Evans: 11-for-33, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 BB

Evans' hot bat continued last week. The amount of at-bats exemplifies how often the B-Mets can turn over their lineup. On Monday, Evans went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. On Thursday, Evans went 2-for-5 with a 3-run home run and two runs scored. Evans is showing he has not lost a step with Double-A pitching, tuning it up for a .372 average and a .674 slugging percentage through ten games.

Lucas Duda: 8-for-29, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 5 2B, 5 BB

Duda is doing just about everything to contribute to this strong b-Mets offense. He had a career-high six RBI on Friday night which included his second home run of the season. He has four multi-run nights this season with eight walks in 46 plate appearances. Duda, who drove in 53 runs in 110 games last season, already has 14 RBI in ten games in 2010.

Zach Lutz: 9-for-28, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 6 BB

Simply put, Lutz is on a tear. He homered in three straight games to end the week, all of which were complete bombs on the road in New Hampshire. Lutz is hitting .343 through ten games with four home runs, but more impressive possessed a .477 on-base percentage and an Eastern League-leading .694 slugging percentage entering Sunday's action.

Eric Niesen: 4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 5 BB

Niesen did not give up much contact in his start last week, but lack of command, a high pitch count and high walks forced him out of the game before he could record a decision. Niesen has yet to go more than five innings in a start and has allowed three earned runs on six hits in 8 2/3 innings entering his start on Sunday.

BUFFALO BISONS
4/11 @ Scranton/WB 4-1
4/12 @ Syracuse 9-1 (L)
4/13 @ Syracuse 4-3 (L)
4/14 v. Pawtucket 8-2
4/15 v. Pawtucket 3-2
4/16 v. Pawtucket PPD
4/17 v. Scranton/WB 2-0


The Bisons ended their week on a positive note by winning three straight after being swept in a brief two games series at Syracuse. The Bisons won six of their first nine games after dropping 15 of 18 to start the 2009 season. Entering Sunday, the Bisons led the International League with a 2.18 team ERA which has helped mitigate scoring issues caused by a .240 team batting average and only 33 runs scored.

Fernando Martinez: 6-for-21, RBI, R, 2 2B

Martinez's contact has been inconsistent to start the season and he has not been terribly productive. He knocked in his first run of the season on Thursday and has yet to homer in 34 at-bats. He has zero walks and only three extra base hits to go with a .265 average for the season (9-for-34).

Ike Davis: 6-for-18, HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 2B, 5 BB

Davis continues to hit and get on base at a great clip. Davis hit safely in nine of his last ten games with a walk in seven of ten. Five of his 12 hits for the season have gone for extra bases and he has struck out just five times in 42 plate appearances. Davis flashed a .500 on-base percentage entering Sunday.

Dillon Gee: 2-0, 13 IP, 5, 12 K, BB

Gee was not only fantastic in his first two starts of the season, but he was nearly unhittable. Six base runners in 13 innings is the stuff that will open eyes at the big league level. Gee is back to pitching with command and velocity, two ingredients that shot him up the prospect charts after his very successful 2008 season.

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