Last Night on the Farm 8/9/11
A draft-picked themed version of Last Night on the Farm today:The Mets 15th round pick Phillip Evans was at Citi Field over the weekend, so I assume that means he’s close to signing before Monday’s deadline, which would be a great sign (literal and figurative) for the Mets. I’ve also read that 16th rounder Brad Marquez may also be close to signing. Marquez’s situation is a little complicated because he is also going to Texas Tech on a football scholarship. He’s a running back and slot receiver. I’ve seen his high school tape on the football field, and it is ridiculous! He is a phenomenal athlete. Obviously if he plays minor league ball he’ll have to hit, but when/if he signs, he could instantly become the best pure athlete in the Mets system. Here: http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=228&f=1381&t=7574538 is an updated look at the Mets draft picks. If all the guys in green do indeed sign, the Mets will ink their top 20 picks, which would be quite the accomplishment for the new front office and another step in the right direction for the farm system.The farm was a little light on games last night after Brooklyn, St. Lucie, and the GCL got rained out. Luckily, three other teams were in action, so let’s take a look:Syracuse 3, Buffalo 2 (11 innings)The Bisons were victimized by some questionable calls in the 11th, but they also failed to take advantage of a leadoff triple by Jesus Feliciano in the 10th. Mark Cohoon had one of his better AAA starting, giving up 2 runs in 5 innings, striking out 4, but he also gave up 7 hits and 4 walks. John Lujan and Dale Thayer helped with 2 scoreless innings each, but Mike O’Connor struggled for the second straight game and took the loss. Josh Satin kept his hitting streak alive at 15 games. Fernando Martinez was 2-5 with an RBI, with yet another opposite field hit. Of all people, Pat Misch had a pinch-hit single in the 11th.Binghamton 6, Trenton 5Collin McHugh had a strong outing for his 5th AA win of the year. He gave up 1 run on 3 hits in 5 innings, with 5 strikeouts. Tobi Stoner almost gave the game away giving up 4 runs, but Josh Stinson shut the door in the 9th to preserve the win. Michael Fisher was the offensive hero with 3 hits, including 2 doubles and 4 RBI’s. Jordany Valdespin, Reese Havens, and Raul Reyes all had 2 hits. Havens doubled twice and Reyes hit a 2-run homer, his 10th of the year. Matt Den Dekker was 1-4 with a double, but he’s only hitting .235 and is consistently hitting towards the bottom of the order. Juan Lagares had 1 hit and 1 walk, and is still hitting over .400.Kingsport 2, Pulaski 1Jacob (Seth) Lugo (34th round pick) gave up just 1 run on 4 hits in 6 innings of work, striking out 5. Chasen Bradford (35th round) struck out 4 and allowed just 1 his in 2 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Jared West (undrafted) picked up his 5th save of the year. Dustin Lawley (19th round) had 3 hits and an RBI. It was the 6th straight win for the K-Mets, who after a rough start to the season are making a serious run for the playoffs. They are only a game out of a playoff spot with three weeks to play.