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Satin, Reyes, Ratliff, Keying Binghamton Surge

By Jed Weisberger ~ June 30th, 2010. Filed under: Digest Contributors.

Things are looking up as far as the Mets are concerned all over.  The big club is a surprise contender in the National League East, Class-A Savannah has already clinched a playoff berth in South Atlantic League and Double-A Binghamton is the Eastern League’s hottest club.

So much for matters being dull and boring with the Mets and their prospects.

Binghamton manager Tim Teufel has been talking about consistency since the beginning of his season. After the club got off to a strong start, it faltered.  Now his guys are rolling once again.

“We’ve been up and down,’’ said Teufel. “I think we’re starting to find that consistency. I have a lot of talented players in this clubhouse.’’

What’s nice about what’s going on for the 41-36 B-Mets is this surge is being fueled by some new arrivals, like infielder Josh Satin and outfielders Raul Reyes and Sean Ratliff.  Add in righty Josh Stinson and fast-rising lefty Mark Cohoon and righty reliever Manny Alvarez and Teufel has something here.

The B-Mets are in third place in the Eastern League East, five games behind New Hampshire and are making a run for the playoffs.  Sure the strained rotator cuff suffered by Jenrry Mejia just after he joined the club hurts, but others are picking up the slack.

Infield prospect Reese Havens’ gimpy quad has landed him on the disabled list, but Satin, who is hitting .309 (17-for-55) in 14 games at Binghamton has picked things up at second base. Satin, a sixth-round pick by the Mets in the 2008 draft out of the University of California, earned the promotion after hitting .316 (66-for-209) at Class-A St. Lucie.

Reyes, whose double keyed a six-run ninth-inning that brought Binghamton a 7-6 win over Altoona Monday night, is swinging at a .455 (10-for-22) rate in six games with the B-Mets. He’s contributed a trio of homers and nine RBIs.

Ratliff has been on many scouts’ radars since being drafted in the fourth round in 2008 out of Stanford. A former pitcher who hit 92 mph with his fastball as a college freshman, he has a strong arm, quick bat and is improving as an outfielder.

He is batting .259 (15-for-58) in 14 games with Binghamton, but has belted five homers – two of the game-winning variety.

Cohoon has been overshadowed by Mejia and Jeurys Famila, but he is the fastest-rising pitching prospect in the Mets system. After dominating the South Atlantic League at Savannah, this 22-year-old, a 12th-round pick by the Mets in 2008 out of North Central Texas College, got off to a solid start after skipping a level to Double-A.

You may remember this lefty from Brooklyn last summer. He put together a 9-2, 2.15 season for the Cyclones. After amassing a 7-1, 1.30 mark in 13 starts at Savannah – throwing a trio of shutouts – he earned his first Double-A win at Akron last Saturday.

Stinson is 4-1, 3.04 and has come into his own as a starter. His four-seamer is crackling at 93-5 mph.

Alvarez, a 24-year-old Venezuelan, is having a breakout season. After going 3-1, 0.00 at St. Lucie, not allowing an earned run in 25.2 innings, the righty is 3-0, 2.70 in 19 appearances in Binghamton with a strikeout/walk ratio of 30-3.

Perhaps Alvarez, who signed with the Mets in 2007, parallels what has happened throughout the system. He did little the past three seasons, but has been a bullpen force, featuring a mid-90s fastball.

Keep an eye on Teufel’s club.


BUFFALO (40-39; Triple-A) –Injuries and callups have shifted the focus away from this club, but lefty Pat Misch is keeping himself in the picture with a 7-3, 3.46 mark.

BINGHAMTON (41-36; Double-A) – Veteran Nick Evans is batting .288 (79-for-274) with 13 homers and 41 RBIs. Lefty Eric Niesen is a solid 4-3, 2.96.

ST. LUCIE (37-37; Single-A) – Carlos Beltran’s rehab has produced a .368 (7-for-19) report card so far.  Lefty Robert Carson (6-4, 4.54) has been string in his last four starts.

SAVANNAH (44-32; Single-A) – Outfielder Juan Lagares leads the way at .300 (87-for-290) with 18 stolen bases.  Lefty James Fuller is 7-2, 1.81 with a strikeout/walk ratio of 83-25 and takes over as leader of the staff with Cohoon gone.

BROOKLYN (8-4; Short-Season Class-A) – Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani has been impressive in the early going, batting .396 (19-for-48) in 12 games.  Lefty Chris Hilliard (3-0, 2.04) has had a trio of strong starts.

KINGSPORT (2-6; Rookie) – Outfielder ZeErika McQueen is batting .333 (12-for-36).

GCL METS (5-2; Rookie) – Catcher Jeyckol De Leon is hitting .429 (3-for-7) in the early going.

DSL METS 1 (15-11; Rookie) – Shortstop Juan Carlos Gamboa is batting .348 (24-for-69). Righty Carlos Gomez is 4-1, 1.32 both starting and relieving.

DSL METS 2 (15-10; Rookie) – Catcher-infielder Hector Alvarez is batting .343 (23-for-67).  Righty Jose Acosta (3-0, 0.00) has tossed 8.2 innings of scoreless relief.

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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.

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