Week in Review Across the Farm

Kirk Nieuwenhuis continued to put up big numbers

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 with the bat in Binghamton? Who's building success on the mound in St. Lucie? Who is the hottest hitter in the system right now? Look inside for the answers to those questions and more.

4/18 v. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4-3 (L)
4/19 v. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7-2 (L)
4/20 v. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 11-7
4/21 @ Rochester 6-1 (L)
4/22 @ Rochester 12-3
4/23 @ Pawtucket 5-3 (L)
4/24 @ Pawtucket 4-2

The Bisons endured an up-and-down week that sent them on the road for a six-game road trip. Buffalo finished a four-game split with the SWB Yankees before splitting a brief two-game series with the Rochester Red Wings and the first two games at the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Bisons entered Sunday's action at 9-7 and two games back in the International League North division despite a 3.27 team ERA which Is good for second best in the IL.

Dillon Gee: Win, 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 K

Gee had his "worst" outing of the season, but still picked up his third victory of the year and is now 3-for-3 in starts. Gee, who is still working on a mid-80s pitch count, gave up his first two runs of the season but walked none for the second time in three starts. On the season, Gee has allowed 11 hits in 18 total innings with 16 strikeouts against one walk.

Ruben Tejada: 8-for-21, 4 R, 3 2B, 2 BB

Tejada's production has yet to pick up, but he is hitting at a better clip then he first arrived in Buffalo. Tejada has two hits in three of his last four games. However, Tejada has not knocked in a run in over ten games with only three extra-base hits in 43 at-bats this season.

Fernando Martinez: 6-for-25, HR, 6 RBI, 5R, 2 2B

Martinez got off to a slow start, but he appears to be hitting up. He hit first home run of the season on Tuesday and knocked in six of his seven RBI over a four game stretch. He had a nine-game hit streak snapped with an 0-for-3 on Friday night. One negative for Martinez is zero walks in 59 at-bats this season.

4/18 @ New Hampshire 3-1 (L)
4/19 @ Portland 7-3 (L)
4/20 @ Portland 15-3
4/21 @ Portland 10-4
4/22 v. New Hampshire 10-3 (L)
4/23 v. New Hampshire 3-2
4/24 v. New Hampshire 5-1 (L)

The B-Mets attempt to get on a consistent winning track sputtered last week with an up-and-down week filled with offensive explosions and close losses. The Binghamton bats pounded the Portland Sea Dogs into submission before the B-Mets dropped two of three to the familiar New Hampshire Fisher Cats to end the week. The B-Mets came into Sunday's action at 9-8, 1 ½ games behind New Hampshire.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 11-for-31, HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 5 2B, BB

Nieuwenhuis' hot hitting continued last week. His highlight night came on Tuesday when he went 5-for-6 with the home run, four RBI, four runs scored and two doubles. Nieuwenhuis entered Sunday with a .324 average (24-for-74) with a .500 slugging percentage.

Nick Evans: 5-for-21, HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 BB

Evans cooled off a bit at the end of the week by going 0-for-11 in his final three games, but Evans put together back to back strong games in the two prior games. On Tuesday, Evans went 1-for-5 with a 3-run home run and two runs scored. The following night, Evans went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two doubles.

Zach Lutz: 6-for-25, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, 7 BB

Lutz had a comparatively quieter week compared to previous weeks, but he still got his share of knocks. He went 3-for-4 with an RBI and one double. He hit a solo home run on Wednesday. Entering Sunday, Lutz boasted a .477 on-base percentage with 15 walks which is tied for the Eastern League lead with…

Lucas Duda: 6-for-23, HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 2 2B, 6 BB

Duda too had a bit of a slower week but the B-Mets left fielder is still getting on base at a rapid pace. Duda's hot spell this week came from Tuesday to Thursday when he recorded all six of his hits and RBI. Entering Sunday, Duda had 15 walks against just 12 strikeouts in 64 at-bats.

4/19 @ Palm Beach 6-5 (L)
4/20 @ Palm Beach 7-5
4/21 @ Palm Beach 5-2 (L)
4/22 @ Jupiter 3-0 (L)
4/23 @ Jupiter 5-4
4/24 v. Bradenton 6-5 (L)

St. Lucie's cold streak continued with a 2-4 mark. The Mets find themselves on the wrong side of close games with four games decided by two runs or less and three 1-run games. The Mets are 3-3 over their last six games against the neighboring Palm Beach Cardinals.

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

Allen pieced together another promising out. He allowed five baserunners over five innings in picking up his second victory of the season. In three starts this season, Allen has surrendered 14 hits in 15 innings but has walked ten. The opposition is hitting .255 off Allen to date.

Chris Schwinden: ND, 5 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Schwinden entered in his normal piggyback role and was once again sharp. Schwinden, who doesn't overpower with his stuff as much as he mixes and uses movement, has given up just two earned runs in 12 2/3 innings this season with 12 strikeouts against four walks.

Stefan Welch: 8-for-21, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, 4 BB

Welch remains relied upon for his run production and he backed it up last week. He hit a 0-for-6 spell mid-week, but ended it with five hits over his last seven at-bats with four RBI and three walks. On the season, Welch is hitting .304 (17-for-56) with one home run, 11 RBI and a .394 on-base percentage.

Sean Ratliff: 7-for-25, HR, 3 RBI, 7 R, 2 2B, 3B, 2 BB

Ratliff went through a hot and cold week. He began the week by going 3-for-9 with a 3-run home run on Tuesday. He then went hitless in his next eight at-bats, but finished the week with back-to-back 2-for-4 efforts with two runs and a double.

4/18 @ Rome 3-2 (L)
4/19 @ Rome 4-1
4/20 @ Augusta 11-3
4/21 @ Augusta 9-4
4/22 @ Augusta 16-4
4/23 @ Augusta 9-5 (L)
4/24 v. Hickory 4-2

The Sand Gnats pushed their way into a tie for first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division thanks to a big week with big offensive output. The Sand Gnats combined for 40 runs during a four-game win streak that included taking three of four from the neighboring Augusta GreenJackets. Savannah entered Sunday at a season-best five games over .500 (11-6).

James Fuller: 2-0, 14 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 14 H, 12 K, 2 BB

Fuller put together two more strong starts last week and ran his season mark to 3-1. Fuller has walked only one batter in each of his first four starts. His second start of the week came on Saturday night when he tossed eight innings of two-run ball and struck out nine for the second time this season. In 28 2/3 innings, the opposition is hitting .194 off Fuller and tallied only 20 hits.

Wilmer Flores: 10-for-27, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R, 4 2B, 2 BB

Simply put, Flores went off off this week when he knocked in 13 RBI in the span of four nights. He finished the week with a 9-game hit streak and one double in four consecutive games. Flores is now tied with two others for second place in the South Atlantic League with 16 RBI. Eleven of his 25 hits this season have gone for extra bases (two home runs, nine doubles).

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