Week in Review Across the Farm

Aderlin Rodriguez is off to a promising start

The short-season leagues have begun and that means there are even more guys to follow on a daily and weekly basis. Much of the attention can now be turned to Brooklyn, Kingsport and the Gulf Coast League in addition to the full-season clubs. Who came up big on the mound in Brooklyn? Which recent draftee had an impressive start in Kingsport? And how did Juan Urbina fare in his first start?

BUFFALO BISONS (AAA)
6/20 v. Indianapolis 7-3 (L)
6/21 @ Gwinnett 7-2 (L)
6/22 @ Gwinnett 6-3
6/23 @ Gwinnett 5-4
6/24 @ Gwinnett 10-4 (L)
6/25 @ Charlotte 5-2 (L)
6/24 @ Charlotte 3-2 (L)


Lucas Duda: 8-for-23, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, BB

Duda is hitting his way on base during his first 11 games in Triple-A. He has hit safely in 9 of 11 games with the Bisons. He recorded his first multi-hit game on Wednesday in a 3-for-4 effort in which he stroked a 2-run home run. On the season, Duda is hitting .286 with seven home runs, 40 RBI and an .897 OPS in 56 combined games between Binghamton and Buffalo.

Fernando Martinez: 4-for-24, 2B, 2 BB

Martinez ended the week by going 0-for-8 over his last two games. He has gone just 6-for-35 since hitting a walk-off grand slam on June 14th. Martinez is hitting just .185 off left-handers this season (5-for-27) and is hitting .152 (5-for-33) with runners in scoring position. He has walked five times in 148 at-bats.

BINGHAMTON METS (AA)
6/20 v. Trenton 4-3 (L)
6/22 v. New Britain 13-3
6/23 v. New Britain 10-2 (L)
6/24 v. New Britain 5-1
6/25 @ Akron 5-3
6/24 @ Akron 11-6


Mark Cohoon: Win, 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 11 H, K

The organization pushed Cohoon to Double-A after his outstanding first half in Savannah. Cohoon had a rocky Double-A debut after coming up from the Sand Gnats where he finished with a 7-1 record, 1.30 ERA, 75 strikeouts and three consecutive complete game shutouts.

Eric Niesen: ND, 7 IP, ER, 4 H, 4 K, 2 BB

Niesen's strong start continued what is already shaping up to be his best month in Double-A. He has allowed just one earned run over his last 12 1/3 innings and only four earned runs in 19 2/3 innings pitched in June. Niesen has surrendered 27 hits in 40 2/3 innings on the season while the opposition is hitting .190 off him.

Josh Stinson: ND, 5 IP, ER, 3 R, 6 K, 3 BB

Stinson continued his impressive work as a starter with another steady effort on Tuesday. He has allowed two earned runs (five runs) over his last 17 innings pitched. He has given up 15 hits in 26 2/3 innings as a starter and has yet to surrender a home run from the rotation. The opposition is hitting .160 off him since his move to the rotation and just .206 on the season. He is 2-0 in June with a 1.61 ERA in 22 1/3 innings.

Josh Satin: 8-for-24, 3 RBI, 5 R, 3 2B, 2 BB

Satin continues to show that Eastern League pitching has not overwhelmed him in his first taste of Double-A. Satin is hitting .400 (16-for-40) over his last 10 games including five multi-hit games and three 3-hit games. He boasts a .396 on-base percentage and .907 OPS in 11 games with the B-Mets.

Nick Evans: 8-for-24, HR, 4 RBI, 3 2B, 5 R, 2 BB

Injuries and promotions have left Evans as one of the main power sources for the B-Mets. He responded in kind on Saturday night with a 4-for-5 effort in which he homered, smacked three doubles and scored three runs. Overall, Evans is hitting .290 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI. However, a bump is very much needed for his .207 average (12-for-58) with runners in scoring position.

ST. LUCIE METS (High-A)
6/20 @ Palm Beach 5-3
6/21 @ Bradenton 3-2 (L)
6/21 @ Bradenton PPB
6/22 @ Bradenton 5-2 (L)
6/22 @ Bradenton 3-2
6/23 @ Bradenton 3-2
6/24 v. Palm Beach 6-3 (L)
6/25 v. Palm Beach 10-5 (L)
6/26 v. Palm Beach 7-2


Brandon Moore: Win, 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 6 K, 3 BB

Moore had a successful transition to a higher level when he stymied Palm Beach for six innings on Saturday night. Moore has struck out at least six batters in each of his last five starts. Moore left Savannah with a 3-4 record and 2.49 ERA in 79 2/3 innings. His 104 strikeouts currently lead the organization. His K/BB ratio stands at 104/14 for the season.

Jeurys Familia: ND, 6 2/3 IP, ER, 2 R, 4 H, 7 K, 3 BB

Familia had his best outing of the season last Monday. The 6 2/3 innings was the deepest he has gone into a game this season and the seven strikeouts were the most he registered since April 20th. It was the first time this year he gave up only one earned run and pitched through the sixth inning. At 0-4, Familia still chases his first victory of the season.

Jordany Valdespin: 10-for-31, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2 SB

Valdespin pushed his average back over .300 with a productive week. He has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games. Though a free swinger, Valdespin has struck out just 17 times in 148 at-bats this season.

Eric Beaulac: 1-1, 12 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 R, 12 H, 11 K, 5 BB

Beaulac put together up and down starts last week and continued his favorable pitching in June. Last Sunday, Beaulac gave up two earned runs (three runs) on four hits with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. He also surrendered his first home run of the season. On Friday, Beaulac surrendered two earned runs (seven total) on eight hits with seven strikeouts. Beaulac has a 2.63 ERA in June (3.59 overall), allowing seven earned runs in 24 innings. However, he has allowed 16 runs to score in total.

SAVANNAH SAND GNATS (Low-A)
6/20 @ Augusta 9-5
South Atlantic League All-Star Break
6/24 v. Asheville 2-0 (L)
6/25 v. Asheville 9-0
6/26 v. Asheville 5-0 (L)


James Fuller: 2-0, 11 IP, ER, 5 R, 13 H, 6 K, 2 BB

Fuller is now the ace of the Sand Gnats staff and he responded in kind by running his season record to 7-2 and lowering his ERA to 1.81 with two more strong starts. His start on Sunday was rockier as he gave up five runs (one earned) in five innings on seven hits with two strikeouts. However, he rebounded on Friday with six shutout innings with six hits allowed and four strikeouts. Fuller has not taken a loss since his May 19th start.

Armando Rodriguez: Loss, 4 1/3 IP, R, 4 H, 2 K, BB

Rodriguez failed to go five innings for the first time in a month on Thursday when he allowed an unearned run in the Sand Gnats' 2-0 loss to Asheville. Nonetheless, Rodriguez continues to avoid the the real bad outing in June. For the month, he is 3-1 with a 1.66 ERA with four earned runs, 17 hits allowed, and four walks issued in 21 2/3 innings.

BROOKLYN CYCLONES (SS-A)
6/20 @ Staten Island 2-1 (L)
6/21 v. Aberdeen 5-2
6/22 v. Aberdeen 9-3
6/23 @ Hudson Valley 5-2 (L)
6/24 @ Hudson Valley 16-5
6/25 @ Hudson Valley 4-3 (L)
6/26 @ Aberdeen 3-2 (L)


Darrell Ceciliani: 9-for-26, 3 RBI, 7 R, 2B, 3B, SB

Ceciliani is off to a great start in his first taste of Brooklyn. In nine games, the Cyclones' centerfielder is hitting .361 (13-for-36) with five RBI, two doubles, two triples and two stolen bases.

Angel Cuan: 2 ND, 11 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 3 BB

Cuan picked up two tough-luck no-decisions last week. On Sunday, he gave up one earned on five hits over six innings. He struck out one and walked none. He returned on Friday and gave up one earned run on three hits in five innings with four strikeouts and three walks. Cuan tossed 4 1/3 scoreleess innings of relief for St. Lucie earlier in the season.

Chris Hilliard: Win, 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 K

Hilliard allowed three unearned runs in picking up the victory over Hudson Valley on Thursday. In two starts this season, Hilliard, 22, has surrendered two earned runs on nine hits in 12 innings of work. Hilliard gave up one earned run in 5 1/3 innings of relief work for Savannah earlier this season.

KINGSPORT METS (R)
6/22 @ Johnson City 8-5
6/23 @ Johnson City 5-4 (L)
6/24 v. Johnson City 7-4 (L)
6/25 @ Elizabethton 15-6
6/26 @ Elizabethton 8-0 (L)


Nelfi Zapata: 4-for-14, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB

Zapata, 19, remained in rookie league for his second season and is off to a good start. He recorded an RBI single on Wednesday and a 2-RBI single on Thursday. Zapata, the 19th round pick in 2009, hit .261 with one home run and 13 RBI in the Gulf Coast League last season.

ZeErika McQueen: 10-for-25, 2 RBI, R, 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB

McQueen, the 29th round pick in 2009, has recorded hits in all five games for the K-Mets including a 4-hit performance on Friday night. McQueen hit .297 with 10 RBI, 23 runs scored and a .418 on-base percentage in 38 games in the Gulf Coast League last season.

Aderlin Rodriguez: 7-for-22, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 2B, 2 BB

The organization's big international import from 2008 is off to a very good start in his second season. Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs on Opening Night and homered again on Friday night in a 2-for-4 night with two runs and two walks on Friday. Rodriguez, 18, hit .290 with one home run and 10 RBI in an injury-shortened Gulf Coast League debut in 2009.

Bret Mitchell: Win, 5 IP, ER, 4 H, 8 K, BB

Mitchell, the 12th round pick from the 2010 Draft, made his debut look easy by stifling Elizabethton for five innings. Mitchell is a right-hander from Minnesota State-Mankato. He recorded five ground ball outs and two fly ball outs in addition to his eight strikeouts.

Gulf Coast League (R)
6/21 @ GCL Marlins 3-2
6/22 v. GCL Nationals 6-2
6/23 @ GCL Cardinals 7-3 (L)
6/25 v. GCL Astros 9-5
6/26 v. GCL Marlins 4-3


Juan Urbina: Win, 5 IP, 2 H, 3 K, BB

The 17-year-old centerpiece of the Mets 2009 international free agent class had an impressive debut. Most international free agents his age would otherwise remain in the academies, but his ability to mix pitches and the growth of his changeup has landed him stateside.

Marcos Camarena: ND, 4 IP, 3 K, BB

Another young arm to look out for, Camarena, 19, tossed four hitless innings in his debut. Camarena spent last season at the Mets Dominican academy. He went 7-2 with a 1.74 ERA, 57 strikeouts and only 10 walks allowed in 67 1/3 innings in the DSL.

Zachary Dotson: ND, 3 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 3 BB

Dotson, the Mets' 13th round pick in 2009, made his professional debut on Friday against the GCL Astros. Dotson, 19, was signed away from a commitment to the University of Georgia. He entered the organization featuring a high-80s fastball and a developing breaking ball/changeup combination.

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