From Castillo's story:
the exuberant utilityman snapped in anger in the visitors clubhouse at PNC Park, yelling furiously while his startled teammates looked on, according to two people who witnessed the episode.
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Wilmer FloresIn Venezuela, 3B Wilmer Flores is hitting .293/.363/.471 with 10 doubles and six homers, to go along with 13 walks and 19 strikeouts in 37 games.
(Note: unless I screwed up the math, I think there's a glitch in MLB programming somewhere and Flores' actual slugging percentage is .493. Slugging remember is Total Bases/AB. Flores has 41 hits and is listed as having 66 total bases and 140 AB. It should actually be 69: 25 singles + 2*(10 doubles) + 4*(6 HR)= 25+20+24=69. And 69/140=.493)
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The Bisons were held to three hits as they lost their seventh in a row to Durham. 2B Jordany Valdespin picked up one of the hits in a 1-for-3 night, but the more remarkable part of his evening were his four stolen bases, tying a modern Bisons' record. The 24-year old is hitting .285/.326/.408 in 33 games in AAA this year.
CF Matt den Dekker was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to slip to .210/.241/.469 in 19 games with the Bisons. He's only had a few weeks in AAA, but his 24/4 K/BB ratio is ugly.
Ted Berg's boy, and International League All-Star Valentino Pascucci led the Bisons' offense by going 3-for-3 with three doubles, a walk and five RBI.
2B Jordany Valdespin was 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI. He's 4-for-9 with a double and triple in his two games back with the Bisons since the Mets optioned him to AAA.
The Buffalo Bisons finished April 2012 in second place in the IL North, at 14-10, 1.5 games behind the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Bisons are second in the IL in bating average and third in OBP, SLG and runs scored as part of a .281/.355/.450 line. ? The Herd's 30 homers are tied for first on the circuit.
Despite ranking near the bottom in the IL in strikeouts (12 of 14), the Bisons are third in the IL in ERA (3.04) because they have allowed the third-fewest hits (185).
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The 24-year old has plus speed and plus bat speed, but did not use to have the discipline to harness either. However,?Valdespin caught fire last June, bashing his way out of AA with 15 home runs as part of a .297/.341/.483 total line.
He's working on fixing the hole in his game, and has apparently become a little more patient at the plate with five walks drawn in 17 games in Buffalo this year after just four in 27 games a year ago to push his walk rate from anemic levels at AAA in 2011 (3.5%) towards respectable levels this year (6.2%). Valdespin will bring the Mets, who are ?dead last in MLB?in stolen bases (3),?some sorely needed speed and athleticism. The Mets are.
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Darin Gorski was commanding again: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 4 K. He threw 62% of his pitches (54 of 87) for strikes. That's two out of three starts in which he's thrown six shutout innings. His three-start line: 16 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 16 K, 1.13 ERA. Sure, you want to point out that he's walking 3.9 batters per nine? Fair. He's also not allowing hits. The Eastern League is hitting just .120 against him. There's a tradeoff, he could throw more strikes and give up a few more hits and walk fewer batters.
Also, Elvin Ramirez keeps racking up the strikeouts out of the B-Mets' pen. Thursday, he fanned four and walked one in two innings of action while throwing a wild pitch. Ramirez has now struck out 14 of the 30 batters he's faced at double-A this year. That's... good.
Jeurys Familia: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K. According to Bisons' broadcaster Ben Wagner, his curve was "electric." Through 9.2 innings over his first two starts in AAA, Familia has six walks and 12 strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the Bisons were beating up on Yankees prospect Dellin Betances for eight runs including three homers in 3.1 innings. I argued on Wednesday that if David Wright does need to go on the DL it was time to give Zach Lutz a shot at third. I clearly inspired Lutz who was 2-4 with a pair of homers. He's now hitting a modest .333/.385/.625 (8-for-24) in his first seven games.
Meanwhile, for the second straight day since Kirk Nieuwenhuis' promotion to the big leagues, Jordany Valdespin played centerfield. At the plate, he was 1-for-4 with a leadoff walk in the top of the first, his first walk of the year. He drew four walks in 27 games last year in AAA, so with his walk in his fourth game, he's a little ahead of last year's pace. Now he just has to do it again.
i like jordany i like him alot but what is going to happen with him. id like to see him starting in cf this year. but i realize that probably wont happen but how long until he will be ready. you have seen him alot more then me. how long dose it take for someone to learn a new position and be ready to start at citi. and lastly am i just way off base will he even be the starting CF in buffalo with kirk in right and lowen or baxter in left or will the mets leave him at second what are your thoughts.First things first. Valdespin will go to AAA Buffalo. Sandy Alderson suggested the other day that he would play multiple positions so lets say he mostly plays second base and centerfield with a little bit of shortstop mixed in. ?And yes, when Valdespin plays center in Buffalo, Kirk Nieuwenhuis will likely move to right.
As for how long it takes a guy to learn a new position, it depends on the player, and on the position. In Valdespin's case, in center, there's really a chance he could be a competent outfielder in relatively short order - say a few months if he really works at it. He's fast underway and has a good first step, two very important attributes for center field. Valdespin has a slight head start because he started taking fly balls in winter ball. Primarily, he'll have to learn how to make reads off the bat. Secondly, he'll need to learn some of the mechanics and the footwork of the longer outfield throwing motion, the right way to make corrections on the move, and scoop grounders.
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"I think he's gaining a plan at the plate. ... The more he gains a plan and stays with it, the more consistent he's going to be. But he has skills. He has quick hands, and he can sure hit a fastball."
Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens on Matt den Dekker:
?One of the reasons he probably struck out too much is he missed some pitches he should have hit early in the count. ...He dropped his barrel a little bit, gets a little bit of length [with his swing]. We?re doing some things to kind of close him up a little bit and try to get him on top of the baseball. ? And then it?s a matter of recognizing some pitches. He swings at some breaking balls in the dirt. We?ve got to get him to recognize spin down.? (via ESPNNY.com)Note that both coaches discussed both mechanics and approach/discipline issues for each young hitter. Emphasis added in both bases.
If Torres is unavailable for any length of time, all three of the Mets best centerfield options would be hobbled by muscle strains. Scott Hairston, signed to be the primary centerfield backup, is still dealing with a lingering oblique injury that has stubbornly refused to get better. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who pulled his oblique on March 10, is still day-to-day in minor league camp. He threw on Tuesday, but did not play in games. He's scheduled to hit for the first time in a week and a half on Wednesday. ?The timing is lousy for Nieuwenhuis who hit .298/.403/.505 in AAA in 53 games for the Bisons last year before a labrum injury in his non-throwing shoulder ended his season. He looked rangy in center early in spring training this year.
2. Joel Sherman discussed Mets prospects in his 3UP this morning. There's some play-by-play of the conversations with the Rangers and Giants that ultimately landed Zack Wheeler, but his comments, clearly pulled from conversations with key decision-makers are interesting.
I will point out that even if Reyes departs, the Mets have a reasonable replacement in Ruben Tejada. ?Just 22 on Opening Day 2012, Tejada hit a very solid .284/.360/.335 in 98 games for the Mets. ?Sure, he didn't hit for any power as his .052 isolated slugging makes plain, but his plate discipline peripherals were strong, a 9.3% walk rate and a 13.3% k/rate. ? In fact, his wRC+ was 100, precisely Major League average. ?Even more to the point, among all shortstops with over 350 plate appearances, he was 14th. He fell comfortably in a group that included Alexei Ramirez (96), Elvis Andrus (96), Hanley Ramirez (96 -suffering through his worst year as a professional), Jamey Carroll (104) and Derek Jeter (104) clustered within four percentage points of average. ?Given that Tejada is the second-youngest of the top 30 shortstops sorted by wRC+, older only than Starlin Castro, he has plenty of room for growth. ?Again, he's not Reyes, who was the best offensive shortstop in baseball in 2011 by rate, but he certainly looks like a capable Major League player.
I'm loathe to use defensive statistics over partial seasons, but Tejada, by UZR and defensive runs saved grades out as near average in the last two years.
At the big league level, Mets' keystoners put together a .663 OPS, 20th-best in all of Major League baseball. ?However, that number is dragged down by 39 plate appearances from Brad Emaus (.147/.256/.147 - .403 OPS) and 35 PA from Willie Harris (.619 OPS). The Mets of course began the season with Emaus playing nearly every day, but after that brief experiment turned sour, went with the sweeter flavors of Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and Justin Turner. ?If one includes only the contributions of Murphy, Tejada and Turner, the Mets' secondbase OPS rises to .688, which would have been good enough for 15th in baseball.
Second base does not appear to be an area of immediate need with some depth, and offensive and defensive minded options already lined up for 2012. ?If the Mets re-sign Jose Reyes, and if Daniel Murphy is healthy, those three players will again compete for reps with Murphy offering the most offense and Tejada the best defense.
The mildly funny part? Valdespin was not honored by the Mets as part of the team's Sterling Awards. ?Here's Mets Director of Minor League Operations Adam Wogan on Valdespin:
"He's athletic enough to play shortstop. ?He's working on becoming more consistent there and in all phases of the game. He also showed that the hand-eye coordination and bat speed are translating into performance."Rob Steingall at SNY's Why Guys got all excited about den Dekker. ?It's nice to get excited about den Dekker, but before pencilling him right into your Mets centerfield fantasies, realize that he hit .235/.312/.426 for AA-Binghamton with 91 strikeouts in 72 games, fanning in 29% of his AA plate appearances in the season in which he turned 24. ?So, whether or not you think the Mets should tender an offer to Angel Pagan for 2012, Matt den Dekker has almost nothing to do with the decision.
SS Jordany Valdespin's throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth allowed Lehigh Valley to score the game-winning run. Valdespin (.295/.320/.442 - 23 G at AAA), who was 1-4, did extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
SS Jordany Valdespin was 2-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games. ?He's hitting .400/.419/.600 with five doubles and a homer, two walks and eight strikeouts. ?The 23-year old is up to .297/.323/.451 in 22 games in AAA after .297/.341/.483 in 107 games in AA.
It was Valdespin?s second homerun as a member of the Bisons.? Here is a video of Valdespin?s leadoff homerun.
1B Valentino Pascucci (.261/.335/.518) was 1-3 with a homer and a walk. ?The 32-year old Pascucci is tied for the IL lead with 91 RBI. ?I can't believe I just wrote that sentence. I really believe RBI are a nearly worthless gauge of a player's value.
Pat Misch (8-9, 4.14) pitched: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K. It's a crude metric, but this was the second quality start (6 IP or more, yielding three runs or fewer) for Misch in five tries in August.
2B Jordany Valdespin: 3-3, BB, R . He's hit safely in six straight over which time he's 11-for-24 (.458) with four doubles, a walk and five strikeouts. ?The 23-year old is up to .293/.316/.427 in 18 games in AAA.
Zach Lutz (.302/.388/.514): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K.
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.
The 23-year old Valdespin, who is hitting .236/.259/.364 in his first 13 games in AAA, was 2-4 with a double and three RBI. ?He drove home one run on a sac fly when Fernando Perez scored from second base. ?Valdespin has five extra base hits in his 13 games in AAA, four doubles and a homer, but has drawn just two walks and fanned 11 times.
Jordany Valdespin (3-5, HR(1), 4 RBI, SB) lead the Bisons 15 run, 15 hit attack with three hits, including his first home run as a member of the Bisons. ?Valdespin drove a three-run home run over the right center-field wall to give the Bisons a 6-3 lead in the sixth.
Mark Cohoon: 6 IP, 6 hits, 3 er, 4 bb, 2 k.
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I have been asked this very question a couple of times over the past month or so.
A hitter?s ?leak? is a flaw that is tough to overcome, but not impossible. A ?leak? refers to excessive body movement, mainly the hips, towards the pull side of the hitter before the hands go to the baseball. This movement causes the bat to drag through the zone, costing the hitter power and bat speed. A leak also hinders the hitter?s ability to cover the outside part of the plate as his movement is taking him to his pull side, and away from the plate. Left-handed slap hitters usually have this movement, as their goal is to hit the ball on the ground and run, thus negating most if not all of the hitters power.
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SS Jordany Valdespin drove home the tying run in the eight and Zach Lutz "smoked" a ball into center field according to manager Tim Teufel for a double in the ninth for the game winner. ?The 25-year old Lutz is now hitting .307/.384/.490 in 43 games this year in his first real go-round at AAA.
His OPS by Month, with at-bats in parentheses:
April (68) - .604
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Ruben Tejada will be coming back from Buffalo to play short in Reyes' absence. ?He's the only choice as the only player who is on the 40-man roster who can handle shortstop every day in the majors. ?For what it's worth, Tejada has really struggled at the plate in the 15 games since returning to Buffalo in July going .193/.254/.211 with one extra-base hit. ?On the plus side, it's only 15 games, so in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter.
What happens if the Mets decide to place Reyes on the disabled list? ?It might well be Mike Baxter or Josh Satin time.
Jeurys Familia, in his second start back from the disabled list: 4 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR. ?In his two starts since his return, he's put together the following line: 5.2 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 6 K
Wally Backman made a lineup decision that paid off, moving the struggling CF Matt den Dekker down to the #8 spot in the batting order to lead off with Jordany Valdespin followed by LF Juan Lagares.? The two at the top of the order rewarded their manager with a combined 5-8 with three runs scored and four RBI. ? Valdespin (.296/.340/.484) was 2-4, was walked intentionally, and stole his 33rd base of the year.? Lagares meanwhile continues to pummel AA pitching going 3-4 with three RBI.? The 22-year old is hitting a very healthy .414/.426/.552 in 14 games in AA.
With the game tied at two heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Binghamton Mets decided it was time to turn on the afterburners. The B-Mets used a six-run sixth and a five-run seventh to run away from Portland 13-2.
Brahiam Maldonado (2-5, 3B, HR(19), RBI) lead-off the sixth with his team leading 19th home run. Maldonado (pictured) was named Eastern League Player of the Week on Monday. For the week, Maldonado batted .450 (9-for-20), including a double, a triple, three home runs, five runs scored, and nine RBIs.
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- Josh Satin was 3-5 with a double and an RBI to finish his 2011 AA tour at .325/.423/.538. Yeah, I said finished. At 1 AM Friday morning, Adam Rubin tweeted that Satin had been promoted to AAA.
- Jordany Valdespin (.304/.349/.493) was 3-4 with two solo homers, and now has blasted 13 long balls. ?I hate to nit-pick, but he was caught stealing again, and is now 5-for-12 in July. ?He was 24-for-30 in the season's first three months. ?I can't explain it. ?Can you? ?Since June 1, he's hitting a silly .348/.386/.584 with 11 home runs and seven walks in 47 games. Yeah, seriously, he has hit a home run more often than he has drawn a walk in the last month and a half. ?Valdespin played second while 26-year old minor league free agent Niuman Romero played short.
- Matt den Dekker: 1-4, HR, BB, K.... That's three bombs in two games for den Dekker.
SS Jordany Valdespin was 3-5 with a double to inch back within a hair's breadth of .300 at .299/.343/.471 in 89 games. ?Since June 1, the ?23-year old is hitting .339/.375/.546 with nine doubles and nine homers in 174 AB over 45 games. ?Go gaga over the average and power. ?However, recognize that it comes with two areas where Valdespin must improve: a 3.7% walk rate and a 66% (18 SB/27 AT) stolen base percentage since June 1. ?In particular, Valdespin is 5-for-11 in July. ?Before July, he was running wild at an 80% ?(24 SB/30 AT) clip. ?Did he become less selective, or is this small sample size silliness?
Meanwhile, Josh Satin (.322/.421/.538), playing 2B again, was 2-4 with a walk. ?He extended his consecutive games on base streak to 43 straight. ?Yeah, 43 straight. ?The next best streaks in the Eastern League this year? 27.
I will not do an in-season re-ranking. ?I just don't see a point. ?I want to see the 2011 draftees play. ?I want to see the short-season guys play. ?I want to see how the guys who were recently promoted handle their new levels. ?I want to see if the guys who struggled in the first half can make adjustments. ?.
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Wow. ?Jordany Valdespin was 2-2 with a walk and two stolen bases, one of third. ?In 18 games in June, he's hitting .362/.413/.667 to push his season line to a strong .288/.340/.473. ?He has 24 extra-base hits and is 21 of 25 stealing bases. ?His June surge has to be the most positive development on the position player side in the system.
Collin McHugh used eight strikeouts, a new personal AA high to limit the damage from 11 base-runners (8 H, 3 BB) to two runs in 5.2 innings.
The story here is SS Jordany Valdespin, who was 3-5 with a double, three RBI and two stolen bases, to run his hitting streak to eight straight games. ?In 16 games in June, Valdespin is killing it in June at .365/.412/.698 with nine extra-base hits in 16 games.
Scouts never questioned Valdespin's raw tools, but they cautioned that the young middle infielder's game required a lot of refinement. Playing shortstop every day at Double-A may have afforded Valdespin that extra incentive he needed to mature. He's swiped 16 bases in 19 tries on the year, and in June he's turned on the power (five homers, .733 slugging) and tuned down the strikeouts (11 percent of at-bats). His performance may prove to be a statistical blip, but the Mets have to be happy with what they've seen lately.It's 100% true that two and a half hot weeks may be a blip. ?Or they may not be.
On the other hand, I just don't buy that playing short stop gave Valdespin the "incentive" to mature. ?The incentive to be a better hitter would be in place whether he was playing second, short or catcher. ?Minor league ballplayers always have an incentive to improve. ?They're getting lousy paychecks in small towns. ?You don't think they see the big leagues in the distance? ??If we're talking about a major offensive improvement with Valdespin, and a surprising power surge, we should be talking about hitting mechanics and an improved approach.
When did Jordany Valdespin become Jose Batista? ?Valdespin Thursday: 3-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI. ?The 23-year old is hitting .356/.396/.733 with five home runs in June. ?His previous career high for home runs in a month? ?Three, with Savannah in April 2009. ?Oh, and he's 5-5 stealing bases in June and is 16-for-19 for the year after going 17-29 last year in advanced-A and AA combined.
His hot few weeks have taken him to .277/.327/.465 for the year. ?The left-handed hitting Valdespin is rocking a pretty nasty platoon split: .298/.343/.516 in 161 AB v. righties and .195/.267/.268 in 41 AB vs. lefties.
Jeurys Familia (pictured)?ran into trouble in the seventh, giving up a home run, and then leaving runners at first and third for Ricky Brooks who allowed them both to score on back-to-back doubles. ?Still, his final line is nice: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 11 K. ?The 11 whiffs are one off a career high set ?August 17, 2010 with St. Lucie. ?That's great. ?Now do it again.
Jordany Valdespin was 2-5 with a double. ?He's hitting .344/.364/.688 with three homers in nine games in June, which is nice. ?He's also drawn five walks in 34 games since May 1, which is less impressive.