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B-Mets Bats Are Hammering the Eastern League



By Jed Weisberger ~ April 23rd, 2010. Filed under: Mets Minors.

Something not so unexpected is going on in Binghamton that just might make a Mets fan smile.

The B-Mets, who entered last night’s play in the Eastern League with an 8-6 mark, just a half-game behind Trenton and New Hampshire in the Eastern Division, have belted 21 home runs and scored 95 runs in their 14 games.

“Given some of the players they have there right now, led by (Nick) Evans, it’s not a shock they are pounding the ball,’’ said a scout from another NL team.

It’s a bit of a surprise the 24-year-old Evans is stationed with the B-Mets, for whom he hit .311 (92-for-296) with 14 homers  and  53 RBIs in 2008 before a 50-game stint with the Mets in which he held his own, batting .257 (28-for-109).

Though he played 25 games in the Eastern League last season, he spent most of the season with Triple-A Buffalo, batting just .211 (50-for-237) in 66 games, in addition to hitting .231 (15-for-65) in 30 games with the Mets.

Evans is raking at a lusty .396 (21-for-53) with 15 RBIs and four home runs.  The feeling is, with Ike Davis finally where he should be after the Mike Jacobs nonsense, Evans will be moved to Buffalo soon, where he can atone for last year’s .211 performance.

Even if Evans goes, Binghamton is getting exceptional early production from outfielders Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, infielders  Luis Hernandez and Zach Lutz and designated hitter Marshall Hubbard.

Duda, the Mets’ seventh-round selection in 2007, is batting .294 (15-for-51) and leads the EL in RBI with 15.  Nieuwenhuis, 22, the Mets’ third-round pick in 2008 and a solid prospect, is batting .323 (20-for-62) and playing an excellent center field.

Hernandez, a fill-in who first signed with the Braves in 2000, is batting .351 (13-for-37) since coming down from Buffalo, while Lutz, a fifth-round pick in 2007 who was having an excellent season in Brooklyn in 2008 before a leg injury forced him out, is hitting .320 (16-for-50) with an EL-leading five homers.

Hubbard is a 28-year-old former Mariners signee who batted .271 (121-for-447) with 14 homers and 70 homers for West Tenn in the Southern League last season. Every Double-A club needs at least one of these guys.

The pitching, however, has been so-so. The B-Mets have a 5.26 Team ERA.  Jenrry Mejia certainly would have helped.

HIGHLIGHTS AT THE OTHER METS SYSTEM LEVELS

TRIPLE-A BUFFALO (8-6) – With Davis gone, veteran infielder Mike Hessman, batting .298 (14-for-43) with 13 RBIs is your top offensive threat.   Catcher Josh Thole is mired at .150.  Righty Dillon Gee (3-0, 1.00) pitched 13 scoreless innings earlier this month, while veteran righty Elmer Dessens is 3-0, 1.29 with a pair of saves working out of the bullpen.

SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE (5-8) – Infielder Josh Satin, who played well at Savannah last season, is off  to a .341 start, while infielder Jordany Valdespin is hitting .300.  Righty reliever Manny Alvarez has tossed 8.2 scoreless innings and has four saves.

SINGLE-A SAVANNAH (10-5) – Shortstop Wilmer Flores, who should see St. Lucie soon, is simply raking at .370 (20-for-54), while outfielder Rafael Fernandez is hitting .308 (15-for-62).  Lefty Mark Cohoon is 3-0, 1.53, having allowed just three earned runs in 17.2 innings.

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Jed spent 35 years in the newspaper business working as both a writer and editor, in both sports and news under tight deadline pressure. As both sports editor at the Indiana (Pa.) Gazette and a copy editor/columnist at The Times of Trenton, he made daily decisions on overall coverage and designed and produced thousands of pages and special sections. Since accepting a buyout from The Times, he has concentrated on broadening his writing and editing horizons to the medical, academic and business fields. Anyone is welcome to Google Jed to see the different places in print, on the Web and in front of the camera his professional expertise has spread to.

1 Response to B-Mets Bats Are Hammering the Eastern League

  1. Stu Baron

    It’s a sad state of affairs for the Mets farm system if the affiliates are led by retreads like Mike Hessman and Nick Evans…

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