A week into the minor league season, the Buffalo Bisons are a .500 team. They have struggled to find consistent starting pitching. Dillon Gee had one rough outing followed up by one solid outing. Boof Bonser is headed for Tommy John surgery and will be out for the season, hurting both the Bisons and the Mets options down the line. Jenrry Mejia has looked real good in his first two starts, but also committed two errors in his last start, which is part of the growing pains of a young pitcher, and why he should be kept in the minors until September. With Bonser gone, look for Josh Stinson to come up from Binghamton and join the rotation next time around. Also, Pat Misch could be on his way to Atlanta to make a start, but he should be back in Buffalo before too long.
In the bullpen, lefties Taylor Tankersley and Mike O’Connor have yet to let up a run, making them both good candidates if the Mets add a second lefty to their bullpen, which is something that should be considered at some point. Jose De La Torre has shut out opponents in over 5 innings of work thus far, which might have him on the Mets radar, while on the contrary Manny Alvarez has struggled, putting him out of contention for a possible call up at this time. Manny Acosta has made just one appearance since clearing waivers, but should be considered the next logical bullpen pitcher called up if he performs well.
At the plate, the Bisons have not swung the bats as well as expected. They should start to hit at some point, but they have started off slow. Nick Evans is hitting just .185 early on, while Lucas Duda is also below the Mendoza line after being demoted, although in his defense he was not given a chance to play in consecutive games for the Mets, so naturally he has struggled to get going. Zach Lutz and Justin Turner have both showed signs of getting on a hot streak the past few days after both started slow; Lutz currently leads the team in total bases. Ruben Tejada has been great since opening day and is the team’s most consistent hitter at this point. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been up and down so far as he continues to try and figure out AAA pitching in his second month at this level. Finally, something that nobody saw coming: Fernando Martinez is injured; he has a sore hamstring and is still on the active list but has not played since Monday.