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Chris Schwinden

AAA: @ Charlotte Knights 5, Buffalo Bisons 4

The Knights scored three times in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Justin Hampson to undo some more good AAA work from Chris Schwinden.

Schwinden's line Saturday night: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. He threw 71% of his pitches for strikes. In his two starts since returning from the big leagues, he's run a K/BB ratio of 8 (16 K/2 BB). Maybe it's small sample size nonsense, but since his brief MLB exposure, he's just missing a lot more bats overall.

Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Chris Schwinden, Toby Hyde
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We've covered Schwinden a bunch in this space recently, including here and here.

Yesterday, Ted suggested trying him in the bullpen, reasoning, "Middling starters often turn into very effective relievers. And though Schwinden doesn?t have the type of stuff typically associated with late-inning bullpen roles, he appears apt to get the ball over the plate ? more than many members of the Mets? current bullpen can boast."

I don't see Schwinden in the bullpen where I'd like house guys with a plus big league pitch or two, but not enough command to be starters. ?Schwinden is the reverse: command, but no plus pitch.

Tags: Chris Schwinden, Toby Hyde
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Who's ready for Chris Schwinden era? ?Well, he's going to make his MLB today at 4:10 against the Braves.

Earlier this week, I compared Chris Schwinden to Dillon Gee. The comparisons are hard to avoid: Gee was a 21st round pick in 2007 and Schwinden a 22nd rounder in 2008. Neither dominated minor league competition, but they both throw lots of strikes and developed additional weapons, including a cutter in the high minors.

Again, here is the pair's AAA numbers:

Tags: Analysis, Chris Schwinden, Majors, Toby Hyde
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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 6, Rochester Red Wings 5

Jordany Valdespin and Raul Reyes each launched solo homeruns, and Chris Schwinden struck out six over six innings of work.

It was Valdespin?s second homerun as a member of the Bisons.? Here is a video of Valdespin?s leadoff homerun.

Tags: Brandon Moore, Chris Schwinden, Jordanny Valdespin, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey
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@ Toledo Mud Hens 7, Buffalo Bisons 6

The usual suspects:SS Jordany Valdespin: 2-5, 2B, 3 K. For those keeping score at home, that's two walks against 14 strikeouts in 15 games in AAA as part of a .250/.269/.391 line.

3B Josh Satin: 2-4, R, 2 RBI. He's sitting at .331/.394/.411 in 32 games in AAA and doing so with a .421 BABIP. ? His extra-base hit rate has dropped in half, from 11.9% in AA to 5.8% in AAA and his walk rate has dropped from 14% to 9%. ?There really is a difference between AA and AAA. ?We're not dealing with comfortably large data sets, but I think it's important to note that Satin's power and patience indicators have dropped significantly with the move from AA to AAA.

Tags: Chris Schwinden, Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 7, @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 5

Five Bisons collected multi-hit nights. Yes Nick Evans (3-5, RBI) was one of the five.

The biggest blows of the night came off the bats of Zach Lutz (2-5, HR (5), RBI) and Jesus Feliciano (2-4, HR (1), 2 RBI), as they went back-to-back in the sixth.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Chris Schwinden, Matt Harvey, Zach Lutz
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Adam Rubin says Chris Schwinden, who's Friday start for Buffalo was rained out, will be the Mets pick if RA Dickey can't go on Tuesday.

This is a remarkable story which I touched on here.

 

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After his last start, in which he tossed seven shutout innings, Chris Schwinden is second in the International League in ERA at 1.82, nine tenths of a run better than Braves top prospect Julio Teheran who made his major league debut on May 7. ?Schwinden is second in WHIP - 0.96 and third in opponents' batting average (.184).

This remarkable start has come completely out of nowhere. ?Anyone who even hints that they saw this coming from the 24-year old Schwinden is straight up lying to your face.

Schwinden did not begin the year in Buffalo, but instead in AA.? And he started in the AA bullpen. ?That's right, he was not considered one of the top-10 AA or AAA minor league starting pitchers to start the year. ?However, he was called up to make a spot start in the middle of April, and thanks to his outstanding success, and the natural roster churn at AAA, he's stayed, and stayed.? As Mike Harrington wrote a week ago, Schwinden left most of his clothes in Binghamton, assuming he was headed right back to AA after his first AAA appearance.

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April is done, so it's time to hand out the hardware for the top pitcher and position player on each affiliate in the month.

This isn't purely about which player is the better prospect, but about who played or pitched better in this admittedly arbitrary endpoints game. ?In cases of a tie, deference will be given to the player who improved his prospect stock more.

We'll start with AAA, work our way down and then do an overall organization Player and Pitcher of the month.

Tags: Chris Schwinden, Jenry Mejia, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Player of the Month, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ SWB Yankees 4

The Bisons won their seventh in a row behind 3-4 efforts with a home run from both corner infielders 1B Nick Evans (pictured) and 3B Mike Cervenak.? Evans is off to a .333/.396/.583 start with six doubles and two homers in 12 games with Buffalo.? Between AA and AAA, the 24-year-old has hit .299/.369/.534 with 36 doubles and 19 homers.

CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 2-5 with his first AAA triple.? He's hitting .345 (10-for-29) in his first seven AAA games.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Chris Schwinden, Nick Evans, Sean Ratliff, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Three Cyclone pitchers Brad Holt, Yury Santana and Chris Schwinden were named to the NYP League All-Star game to be held August 19th in Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY. Hopefully the game will move more quickly than the Albany legislative process.

Holt is third in the league with a 2.08 ERA and tied for second with 61 strikeouts while his 25 walks are second. The Mets drafted Holt with the 33rd overall pick in the supplemental round out of UNC Wilmington this June. I wrote about Holt here, focusing on his fastball on a night when it was special, and took a look at his developing curveball here. Both pieces have video.

Schwinden (3-1, 1.09) has been sparkling statistically for the Cyclones. In 41.1 IP, he?s struck out 45 and walked just nine while yielding only 28 hits, good enough for an opponents batting average of .204. The Mets scooped up Schwinden with the 674th overall pick in the 22nd round out of Fresno Pacific University. I wrote about Schwinden here.

Santana (2-1, 2.95) is tied for fourth in the league with nine saves. In 18.1 IP, he?s fanned 26 while walking only eight. The last time I saw him, Santana worked with a fastball that sat 91-92 to go along with a slider from 80-82 mph.

Tags: Awards, Brad Holt, Chris Schwinden, Toby Hyde
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