Over the weekend we learned of four of the Mets participants in the Arizona Fall League: Collin McHugh, Brandon Moore, Reese Havens, and Juan Lagares. Now we have learned of four more: pitchers Taylor Whitenton and Robert Carson, catcher Juan Centeno, and third baseman Jefry Marte. Whitenton has had a real good year in his second season in Savannah, and it appears the Mets want to challenge after being unable to find room for him in St. Lucie in the second half. If he does well in Arizona Whitenton could become a guy to watch as a back end starter. Carson has had a horrible season in Binghamton, but he has the size and stuff to be a big leaguer if he can find some consistency, so the Mets are looking to speed up his development and see if they want to protect him from the rule 5 draft. Centeno doesn’t have power but he’s hit for a good average (currently .327) in St. Lucie. He’s also rule 5 eligible but probably won’t be protected. If he proves he can hit the pitching in Arizona he might be able to provide some good catching depth within a year or so. Marte had a good first half in St. Lucie but has had a rough second half; he’s still only 20 years old but with Aderlin Rodriguez and Richard Lucas right behind him, the Mets need Marte to develop into a AA ready player by next year. He’s got a real nice swing but it has some holes and he’s still pretty young. Now onto last night’s games:
Binghamton 4, Erie 3
Robert Carson had a solid start, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits in 5.1; most importantly he walked none and struck out 5. Brad Holt and Josh Stinson each pitched a scoreless inning; Holt got the win and Stinson the save. Juan Lagares had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s, extending his hitting streak to 19 games; he’s hitting .397 after a month in AA. Brahaim Maldonado hit his 27th homerun of the season, and struck out 3 times. Reese Havens and Matt Den Dekker both went hitless.
St. Lucie 2, Fort Myers 1
Darin Gorski, who was named Florida State League pitcher of the year, threw 5 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 4. Michael Powers struck out 5 in 4 innings and got the win. Stefan Welch had 3 hits. Wilmer Flores and Jefry Marte had 2 hits, including a double each. Cesar Puello had 2 hits and drove in both runs.
Savannah 11, Charleston 8
Taylor Whitenton gave up 3 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings, striking out 5. Guillaume Leduc tried to give the game away but Ronny Morla notched his 10th save to close out the game. Darrell Ceciliani was 2-4 with a double, triple, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Wilfredo Tovar went hitless but drove in 2 runs. Blake Forsythe had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s, including a double and Joe Bonfe also drove in 2 runs. The Sand Gnats have a 1 game lead in the division over Augusta and a 2 game lead over Ashville and Greenville; their magic number is 4 with 5 games to play after an off day today, all against last place Lexington.
Brooklyn 3, Lowell 1
Carlos Vazquez pitched 6 shutout and hitless innings, walking 1 and striking out 6. Jack Leathersich gave up the only hit of the game, but struck out 4 in 2 shutout innings. Xorge Carrillo hit a solo homer. Travis Taijeron doubled and drove in 2 runs. Javier Rodriguez and Brian Harrison had 2 hits. Brooklyn remains tied for the wildcard lead with Phillies affiliate Williamsport.
Kingsport 10, Bristol 5
The K-Mets ended their season on a positive note, with 6 different pitchers seeing action, and 5 of them pitching well. Camden Maron stole the show going 4-4 with 3 doubles and an RBI. Tant Shepherd hit a 3-run homer. Phillip Evans went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI’s and will now head to Brooklyn to finish the season and help with their playoff push. Brandon Nimmo went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout, going 1-9 in 3 games for the K-Mets; no word on whether he’ll be joining Evans in Brooklyn.