Friday, May 1, 2009

B-Mets, Gnats, and St. Lucie All Win

With the big club having the day off, three of the Mets top-four minor league teams played well.

At the top of the "food" chain, the Bisons game was postponed. Buffalo is having an even worse season than the big club. Their record is only 2-16. In the last game they played (on April 29), which the Bisons lost 1-0, the winning pitcher was Kevin Mulvey. He was one of the players the Mets traded to the Twins to get Santana.

One notch below is the Binghamton Mets. They're in second place in their division and have a winning record (10-8). Yesterday, they won, as Josh Thole continues to hit. His single and double upped his average to .383. Maybe the Mets have a catching prospect who can hit.

In High-A, St. Lucie also won. Batters two through six each got two hits, led by Reese Havens home run, his fourth of the season. Plus Ike Davis' two doubles lifted his average to .304. The Mets batters hit well, but not well enough to get starter Eric Niesen the win though he pitched well, throwing six innings of three-hit ball. St. Lucie's in fourth place with a 10-10 record.

In Savannah, the Sand Gnats won. Sean Ratliff continues to hit well. His two hits raised his average to .299. More important, he seems to be striking out less. However, the hitting star was Jean Luc Luc Blaquiere, a Canadian. He went 4-4. He doubled, homered, and drove in four runs. Reliever Kyle Allen earned the victory. Only 19 years old, he struck out seven in 4.1 innings. Savannah's tied for second place with a 12-9 record.

In Baseball America's latest Prospect Hot Sheet, Reese Havens is rated #7. The Hot Sheet called Havens "one of the FSL's most productive hitters."

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