Before we dive in, here is an exchange from Jim Callis’ chat from Baseball America:
Ryan (NYC): Who do you see the Mets taking at 13? I saw a mock draft saying Archie Bradley, is that a good pick there?
Jim Callis: Can’t see that. MLB is going to go ballistic if the Mets bust slot after they’ve been helping the club financially and Bradley is a two-sport high school kid who won’t sign for close to slot.
So, while we were optimistic that the Mets would let Sandy & Co. got above slot (which would also let the Wilpon’s say “Look, we’re in good shape – look at us spend more money in the draft”… albeit, ‘more money’ is only a mil or two more), the fact that the Mets are financially beholden to MLB is a good indicator that they will obey Selig’s wishes. So be it. At least this is a deep draft class, so there will be good talent to be had when the Mets draft at #13 & #44.
Rochester 3, Buffalo 2
Unlike my herpes outbreak, all good things must come to an end. And so concludes Kirk Niewenhuis’ 16 game hitting streak. Over the life of the streak, Kirk hit .382/.477/.691, and his average sits at .324 after yesterday’s 0 for 4. On the bright side Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 with a solo home run, but he was also cut down at home in the 7th trying to score from first on a double. Back to the bad side, the Bisons lost. Oh, and Ronny Paulino went 0 for 4
Portland 9, Binghamton 4 – 7 innings
This one was cut short due to heavy rains late in the game in Portland, but the damage was done early as the Sea Dogs exploded for nine runs in the first three innings. What made this most distressful was that Brad Holt took the brunt of the bruising, giving up 6 ER in 2.1 innings with four walks. Now every pitcher will get cuffed from time to time, but the fact that it is Holt, who struggled so mightily for the better part of the last two seasons and had gotten off to a heretofore great start, makes this distressing. We’ll see how he bounces back.
St. Lucie 9, Bradenton 4
The PSL Mets improved to 18-3 on the season, thanks to a five run 9th that broke a tie and put the game out of reach. Matt Den Dekker was the offensive star of the game, going 2 for 4 with a homer and four RBI, raising his average to .358. His hitting streak is now at 11. Wilmer Flores (.301) went 1 for 5, Jefry Marte (.311) went 2 for 5 with an RBI, and Francisco Pena (!) had two hits and is now hitting .333. Not to be overlooked is starting pitcher Darren Gorski. While he didn’t factor in the decision, his line was 4 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, one walk, and 10 K’s. Not bad….
Delmarva 5, Savannah 2
This one see-sawed until the Shorebirds got three runs in the 7th, with the help of an Aderlin Rodriguez throwing error. He did connect for a solo homer earlier in the game, as did Blake Forsythe. On the night, the Sand Gnats scattered just five hits.