Thursday, July 19, 2007

A few Mets youngsters in the minors excel

The Mets organization got some great pitching yesterday. Unfortunately, the New York Mets weren't one of the beneficiaries.

The Shea men lost to San Diego, 5-4. After tying the game in the top of the eighth on David Wright's three-run blast, normally reliable Joe Smith gave up two hits and a run in the bottom half, suffering up the first loss of his major league career.

Pitching in relief for the Padres was Royce Ring, another ex-Met whom they traded for Ben Johnson , who's spent most of this season in Triple-A. It seems Minaya gotten very good at trading a minor leaguer who makes it in the majors for a minor leaguer who doesn't.

In Triple-A, the Zephyrs won 4-1. The Zephyrs' starter yielded only two hits and no runs in seven innings. Surprisingly, he was Jason Vargas.

Ben Johnson, the outfielder whom the Mets traded for Ring, didn't play. He's hitting .281 but only has two homers and 12 RBIs in 167 at bats. He's no Xavier Nady in the power department.

Nady, whom the Mets traded last season to the Pirates for Roberto Hernandez after Duaner Sanchez suffered a shoulder injury while riding in a taxi, is hitting .283 with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs in 300 at bats.

The Binghamton Mets lost to the Trenton Yankees, 5-1. The Yanks Philip Hughes, whom I'd love to see on the Mets, limited the B-Mets to two hits and a run in four innings. On the positive side, B-Mets starter Jose Sanchez didn't give up an earned run in four innings. But he did give up five hits, three walks, and three unearned runs to earn his fifth loss against two wins.

Brooklyn beat Williamsport three-zip. Starter Dylan Owen notched his fourth win without a loss, giving up only two hits in 5.2 innings. His ERA's now 1.65. The Mets drafted him in the 20th round out of Francis Marion University (S.C.) in the 2007 MLB Draft. Here are some stats on him from FMU's Athletics Department:
This past season, Owen was 10-1 with one save and a 1.14 earned run average. He struck out 121 batters in 102.1 innings pitched, walked only 19, and opponents hit just .208 against him, including a .178 figure by right-handed batters. He recorded three complete games, had six contests with double-figure strikeouts, and established a new PBC career record for strikeouts with 334.
You can learn more about Owen on FMU's Web site.

Two other Mets 2007 draftees, Daniel McDonald and Clyne, shut out Williamsport the for the rest of the game. McDonald boasts a 2.19 ERA, while Stephen Clyne's is 1.64.

In Single-A, St. Lucie lost, though 6'5" starter Deolis Guerra, who just turned 18 last April 17, gave up only two runs and five hits in six innings.

In Savannah, the Sand Gnats won 1-0. Twenty one year old starter Nelson Portillo pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to gain his third victory against six defeats. If he could only pitch at home during the day. His home ERA is 2.72; his away is 7.94. His day game ERA is 1.33; his night game is 5.44. And all his losses were at night.

Sand Gnats closer Ryan Meyers notched his tenth save. He turned 22 on Tuesday. His ERA stands at 1.44. The Mets picked Meyers in Round 17 in 2003. The Mets number one pick that year: Lastings Milledge.

The Kingsport Mets in the Rookie League beat Johnson City 11-5, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the sixth. Pedro Pablo Martinez, who entered the game in the fifth, picked up his second win against no losses. During his four frames he gave up just one hit, a home run, and didn't walk a batter. Martinez celebrated his 22nd birthday 11 days ago. July's been a good month for him. His June ERA was 7.27; his July, 1.50. Both of his wins were also this month.

The GCL Mets didn't play yesterday.

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