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NYBD MILB Roundup – Father’s Day Edition

By Mike Silva ~ June 21st, 2009. Filed under: Mets Minors, Yanks Minors.

- Tobi Stoner, who I watched shut down the Trenton Thunder last Saturday, made his AAA debut on Friday night. He got the win giving up three runs in six innings against Charlotte.

- It always amazes me, with all the bad pitching in MLB, that someone like Nelson Figueroa can’t get a chance to start. He was named the International League player of the week last Monday and continues to pitch to a sub 3.00 ERA. I know Tim Redding is making nice money, but Figueroa, in my opinion, is just as good, if not better, than Redding.

- Next Mets situational lefty? Adam Bostick has been playing that role for Buffalo and has yet to give up a run in six appearances.

- Jonathan Niese threw has thrown 14 consecutive shutout innings and has an ERA of 2.70 during the month of June.

- Eddie Kunz has walked only 1 batter and pitched to a 1.35 ERA this month.

- Since his rough April, and major league debut, Anthony Claggett has rebounded and pitched to a sub 2.00 ERA. He is at 2.43 for the season at AAA.

- Would Zach Kroenke get a shot at being a situational lefty in the Bronx? He has an ERA under 1.00 and lefties are hitting .200 against him. Ironically, right handed batters are hitting only .159 so maybe it’s unfair to call him a situational lefty.

- Sergio Mitre has pitched two quality games for Scranton. Opponents are hitting .232 off of him and his ERA is 2.84

- I mentioned last week how high the Yankees are on Michael Dunn. He has a 0.63 ERA in June and opponents are hitting .146 against him down in Trenton.

- Jesus Montero, as expected, is starting to hit in AA. He is hitting .306 over his last 10 games, although he has yet to hit a homer.

- Ruben Tejada got off to a slow start with the bat and glove, but many forget that this kid is not even 20 years old yet. He has hit over .300 since April.

- The Brooklyn Cyclones opened up against the Staten Island Yankees on Friday. Patrick Hickey of Dem Brooklyn Bums joined me live from Keyspan Park before the game. Brooklyn would go on to beat Staten Island by the score of 6-2. Matt Bouchard and Juan Centeno paced the Cyclone with 2 and 3 hits respectively. Collin McHugh got the victory. For Staten Island, Francisco Santana and Kyle Higashioka had two hits apiece.

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1 Response to NYBD MILB Roundup – Father’s Day Edition

  1. hdarvick

    Update on Nelson Figueroa: As the Mets bullpen melted down once again in Flushing, turning a 5-4 lead into a 10-6 loss, Figueroa was pitching a gem in Charlotte. He was taken out after 8 innings in which he allowed one run on four hits giving Buffalo, with the worst record in the International League, a 2-1 lead. Closer Elmer Dessens started the 9th, gave up a single, walk, an double to score 2 as Buffalo lost 3-2. Figgy struck out 8 and walked 1. His ERA over 11 starts and 70 innings is 2.70, with a 1.04 WHIP. In his four starts in June, he’s 2-0, 29.1 innings, 27 strike outs, allowing 5 runs for a 1.53 ERA. He’s allowed 3 runs or less in 10 of his 11 starts.

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