AAA International League: Las Vegas 9/15/2 vs Salt Lake 7/9/0

Zack Wheeler had a second straight tough outing, this time not making it to the 5th inning, surrendering 4 hits and 5 runs (3 earned), while walking 3 and allowing 2 home runs. In the grand scheme of things, this start is nothing more than a minor setback, and, in my opinion, Wheeler remains on track to join the Mets rotation for the 5 game series in Atlanta in mid June.

Offensively, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Wilmer Flores, Eric Campbell, and Francisco Pena had multi hit games. Pena hit 2 homers and drove in 4, and is off to a ridiculous start in his AAA career, with 4 HRs and 10 RBI in his first 26 ABs.

1. cf Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2 for 5, run, HR (7), RBI (12), 2 Ks, .225 (4 game hitting streak: 6 for 16, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 4/5 BB/K)
2. lf Collin Cowgill 1 for 5, run, 2 Ks, .235
3. dh Josh Satin 1 for 4, 2 Ks, .294
4. 2b Wilmer Flores 2 for 4, run, 2b (16), RBI (31), .283 (6 game hitting streak: 10 for 26, run, 3 2b, 4 RBI, K)
5. 3b Eric Campbell 2 for 4, run, 2b (4), RBI (21), .315 (.315/.410/.517/.926, 28 for 89, 15 runs, 4 2b, 3b, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 12/16 BB/K)
9. c Francisco Pena 2 for 3, 2 runs, 2 HR (4), 4 RBI (10), .385 (10 for 26, 7 runs, 2b, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1/6 BB/K, .385/.407/.885/1.292)
Zack Wheeler 4 IP, 4 H, 5/3 R/ER, 3/4 BB/K, 2 HR, 4.13 era, 80:41:39, 5:3:4
Sean Henn 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2/1 BB/K, 5.74 era
Justin Hampson 1.2 IP, H, 3/1 BB/K, 4.76 era
Gonzalez Germen IP, 2 Ks, 4.85 era

In my opinion, it would make sense for the Mets to DFA Wilfredo Tovar and purchase Eric Campbell’s contract, and give him a shot at 1b. He OPSed .830 last year in Binghamton, and is off to a roaring start this season. One thing to keep in mind, Campbell is not a power hitter, last year, his .830 OPS came with via a .297/.391/.439 line, so you can see it was mostly contact/OBP driven. Still, in his AA career, he’s drawn 124 walks in 1159 ABs, so he knows his zone pretty well. I would leave Wilmer Flores alone, since this is the first sign of life we’ve seen from him since early in the season when he was rocking a .350 average. Your other options are Josh Satin and/or Zach Lutz, tho Lutz is once more injured.

AA Eastern League: Binghamton 6/11/2 vs Portland 51/3/3

Jacob DeGrom had a fantastic outing this afternoon, his second best AA outing (his best was his first, 1 run over 8 innings with 8 strikeouts, coincidently, against Portland, as well). This afternoon, he gave up 8 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) over 6 innings, while striking out 9, but he didn’t get the win, John Church allowed 3 runs to prevent it. Jeff Walters picked up a shaky 5 out win instead, striking out 2 while allowing 2 hits and a walk. Offensively, Allan Dykstra and Wilfredo Tovar had multi hit games, among prospects.

3. rf Cesar Puello 0 for 5, 3 Ks, .291
4. 1b Allan Dykstra 3 for 5, run, 2 2b (14), HR (5), 2 RBI (26), 2 Ks, .298
5. dh Cory Vaughn 1 for 4, K, .293
6. cf Darrell Ceciliani 1 for 3, run, 2b (8), .247
7. c Blake Forsythe 0 for 4, 2 Ks, .224
9. ss Wilfredo Tovar 2 for 4, run, K, .237
Jacob DeGrom 6 IP, 8 H, 2/1 R/ER, 2/9 BB/K, 5.29 era, 99:66:33, 2:2:9
John Church 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2/2 BB/K, 3.28 era, BS (1)
Jeff Walters 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1/2 BB/K, 2.86 era, W (2-2), 30:19:11, 1:0:2

I’ve detailed Allan Dykstra’s AA numbers here before, so I’ll just repeat: HE NEEDS TO BE IN AAA. Also – I’m intrigued by Josh Rodriguez, the same as I was last year, as a infield bench option. He hit .293/.372/.484/.858 in 317 AAA ABs in 2010 while with the Indians, and thus far, has only gotten a 12 AB cameo in the majors. Last season, he hit .290/.373/.453/.826 in AA, and .265/.327/.420/.748 in AAA (Buffalo). In my opinion, he should be in AAA, as well.

A South Atlantic League: Savannah

Gabriel Ynoa had a stellar outing today, pitching into the 9th inning for the first time in his career, he settled for 8 complete, allowing a run on 6 hits with 6 strikeouts, and his 6th win of the season. Ynoa, my #1 pick to breakout in 2013, is doing a great job of it so far, with a 3.19 era through 53.2 innings, and a great 1.00 WHIP and 9/50 bb/k.

2. cf Eudy Pina 3 for 5, run, 2b (10), HR (4), 2 RBI (23), .243
4. dh Kevin Plawecki 0 for 3, BB, .351
6. c Jeff Glenn 1 for 4, run, K, .218
7. 1b Cole Frenzel 0 for 4, K, .210
9. ss Phillip Evans 0 for 3, RBI (12), .183
Gabriel Ynoa 8 IP, 6 H, ER, 6 Ks, 3.19 era, W (6-2), 90:63:27, 7:8:6 (last 3 starts: 20.1 ip, 14 h, 3 er, 3/19 bb/k)
Beck Wheeler IP, 2 Ks, 1.25 era, SV (5)

Tejesh

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