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Mets C Johnny Monell cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas, though he will wait through the holidays before deciding whether to accept his assignment or opt to become a free agent.

The Mets officially announced their one-year deal with OF Alejandro De Aza >> Read more

Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was claimed off waivers by the Brewers >> Read more

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis (9) tosses his helmet after striking out to end the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)
Kirk Nieuwenhuis (9) tosses his helmet after striking out to end the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)

Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Jon Morosi (Dec. 23).

Nieuwenhuis split time between the Angels and Mets in 2015. He hit .136 with a .208 OBP in 24 plate appearanced with Los Angeles, then hit .208 with a .282 OBP over 117 plate appearances with the Mets later in the season.

Nieuwenhuis homered three times on July 12, becoming the first Mets player to do so in a game at home.

In four plate appearances between the NLCS and the World Series, Nieuwenhuis struck out twice and did not get on base.

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Kirk gets all of the headrubs

https://twitter.com/Mets/status/620310697876926465

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Vacation's over.

My first post of 2013, will be basically my final look back at 2012. Yeah, I'll finally get around to finishing my review of my 2012 Top 41 prospects. This is 1 through 5 and names you know. ?Next steps? The 2013 list. Oh yeah. Time to get back to work.

Oh, man, the second to last entry in this series was back in October on guys I had ranked 6-10. Then, apparently I got distracted. As far as the Top Prospect review pieces, part six, on players #11-15 is?here, part five, on players 16-20 is?here, part four, on players 21-25 is?here, part three, on players 26-30 is?here, part two on players 31-35 is?here,?part one, on players #36-41 is?here.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt Harvey, Top Prospects Series, Zack Wheeler, Toby Hyde
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Sunday, the Mets optioned OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to AAA Buffalo to replace him with Mike Baxter. This is a mistake. The team is keeping no fewer than four players inferior to Nieuwenhuis on the active big leaguer roster.

The Mets will have the following outfielders on the roster: righthanded-hitting Jason Bay and Scott Hairston, switch-hitter Andres Torres and lefties Jordany Valdespin, and Mike Baxter.

First, examine the overall shape of the Mets' outfield production this year.

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There's more analysis coming, at least tangentially related to that fun one Thursday afternoon which the Mets won on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' drive to the warning track off Heath Bell in the bottom of the ninth.

As Keith pointed out on the broadcast, Nieuwenhuis knew he was going to get a fastball. With Bell, up to 47 pitches tiring, he left a 91 mph cookie, and Nieuwenhuis smoked it.

It's too early to say "I told you so." Nieuwenhuis, after going 3-for-5 Thursday is hitting .333/.403/.517 with six extra-base hits, six walks and 19 strikeouts in 18 games. He's played a nice centerfield. He's pushing toward a full win's worth of fWAR.

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From Kevin Goldstein on Zack Wheeler:

21 strikeouts in first 15 Double-A innings; scouts say both fastball and breaking ball are missing bats.
From John Perrotto's "Scouts' Views" section of his "On the Beat" column?on Kirk Nieuwenhuis:

"He's doesn't have one great tool, but he's the type of player who does everything well. He can pop you some home runs, he'll steal some bases, and he plays a decent center field, though I like more on a corner. He plays hard and he's fundamentally sound, and that helps him play above his tools. I like him, and I think he's going to have a decent big-league career. And I think he could really become a big deal in New York because the female fans are going to love him. He's a good-looking kid."
Ladies, can you confirm?
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- Jeurys Familia, and his learning is the focus for Amy Moritz in the Buffalo News. There's good stuff in there from Rob Johnson, Wally Backman and Familia himself.

- In the Star-Ledger, Andy McCullough revisits Kirk Nieuwenhuis' football recruiting visit that pushed him towards baseball. My favorite quote from Nieuwenhuis' college coach, who played him at first as a freshman, "After you evaluate that season, we were like, ?Dude, what are we doing keeping him at first? He needs to be a center fielder.'?

- Wright StuffDavid Wright will be re-evaluated today and might even play if he can tolerate the pain. It certainly does not look like the Mets are planning to place Wright on the disabled list. All four potential candidates for an MLB callup - Zach Lutz, Jordany Valdespin, Josh Satin and Vinny Rottino - are in Buffalo's lineup for Friday's afternoon game against the SW/B Yankees. Ted Berg argues that the Mets would be best served, longterm, by leaving Daniel Murphy at second, even if it costs the team a few runs in the interim while Wright sits because ultimately, the Mets need to figure out whether Murphy can play second. I think this is right, as long as Wright will be out for a brief period of time.

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I described Kirk Nieuwenhuis on last week's podcast as a deadly low-ball hitter. This is a swing from his MLB debut on Saturday on his second hit - a clean line drive single into right field. The pitch is in Nieuwenhuis' happy spot: down in the zone.

Pretty.

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Well that was fast, Andres Torres is heading to the DL and Kirk Nieuwenhuis is coming to the big leagues for Saturday's game. I've been predicting repeatedly that Nieuwenhuis will spend the second half of the 2012 season in Queens. I did not expect to see him on April 7.

Nieuwenhuis is big, strong and runs well. He looked plenty rangy in centerfield in spring training. I suspect he won't hit for a high average immediately, but he will draw walks and hit for power. As a 23-year old in AAA in 2011, he hit .298/.403/.505 with walks in 14.5% of his plate appearances. Nieuwenhuis has improved as he's moved through the system too: in 2010, he combined to hit .274/.327/.475.

The minor league?equivalency calculator?puts Nieuwenhuis at .251/.339/.411 based on a translation from his 2011 line. That looks about right to me.

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I watched about the first half of Thursday's game on my iphone on a bus heading from Winston-Salem until I lost 3G service/fell asleep. Technology is amazing.

1. After Lucas May doubled home a few runs, I joked on Twitter that he had locked up the backup catcher position on the Mets. It was a joke, but there's more than a kernel of truth in it. Josh Thole played 114 games last year, so the Mets have to be planning for catchers other than Thole to play a minimum of 40 games. There seems to be a consensus that the #2 job is Mike Nickeas' to lose (see here). I think that's not right. He's supposed to be a good defender, but even over 40-50 games, can the Mets afford his bat? In his first 69 AB in the big leagues, he's hit .190/.246/.264. That's an OPS+ of 43.

If you'd like a more robust sample, and so would I, Nickeas has hit .211/.275/.296 in 412 plate appearances over four seasons in triple-A between 2008 and 2011 as a 25-28 year old.

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Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Height/Weight: 6?3?, 215 lbs

Acquired: 3rd Round 2008 (Azusa Pacific)

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And we wrap up my mid-season(ish) look at my pre-season Top 41 prospects in the system with this one. ?There. ?I'm a completist. ?It's done.

I don't want to come off as negative about this group. ? Mejia and Nieuwenhuis were on the right track until they're seasons ended early with injuries. ?Puello and Flores are still very young, and particularly Puello has shown serious growth in the second half. ?For a top five prospect, the only way to improve your status is to be great, (as Harvey was in the FSL), or make an impact in the big leagues. ?There's still plenty to dream on here for Mets fans.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Jenry Mejia, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt Harvey, Top Prospects Series, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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From Adam Rubin's Farm Report at ESPNNY:

Buffalo center fielder?Kirk Nieuwenhuis?underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder to repair the labrum.
Nieuwenhuis was hitting .298/.403/.505 in 53 games for the Bisons this season.

Nieuwenhuis, who will turn 24 in August, should be ready for spring training in 2012.

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From Adam Rubin's Farm Report at ESPNNY this week.

Steven Matz

"...has halted throwing for the time being. He is expected to return to the Mets? Port St. Lucie, Fla., complex in a week to 10 days. After being examined by Mets doctor?David Altchek?following elbow discomfort, Matz sought a second opinion from Dr.?James Andrews. [Farm Director Adam] Wogan suggested neither doctor has any concern."
 

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@ Buffalo Bisons 15, Indinapolis Indians 2

The good: Luis Hernandez- 2-5, 2B, HR (2), 5 RBI (Grand slam), Val Pascucci- 1-3, HR (6), 3RBI, Lucas Duda- 1-3, HR (10), 2RBI, Fernando Martinez- 2-4, 2RBI. ?Pat Misch- 7 IP, 8 hits, 1er, 2bb, 2k.

Speaking of Duda, with the news that Nick Evans was DFA'd, Duda looks like he is the likely candidate to be called up.

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AAA: @ Gwinnett Braves 4, Buffalo Bisons 3

The G-Braves scored a run in the bottom of the ninth against Ryota Igarashi (remember him?) to break a 3-3 tie to secure the one-run win. ?In fairness, Igarashi has actually pitched well for Buffalo with five hits, three walks and 17 strikeouts in 11.2 innings. ?When he does give up hits, they leave the yard as two of the five hits he's allowed have been homers. ?Or maybe that's a stone cold fluke.

CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a big night, going 3-4 with a pair of doubles. ?Nieuwenhuis just keeps rolling along, putting up numbers and is now hitting .306/.408/.522 after 50 games this year in AAA. ?He's sixth in the IL in OPS (.930), fourth in OBP, ninth in slugging and sixth in doubles (17), one ahead of the Reds' heralded Yonder Alonso. ?Remember, this wasn't automatic. ?Dude hit .225/.295/.358 in 30 games with Buffalo at the end of last season, so he's clearly made some impressive adjustments.

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis hasn't played since last Tuesday. ? Why? ?Mike Harrington in the Buffalo News reports that he has a sore shoulder after making this incredible diving catch in deep right center. ?Nieuwenhuis is day-to-day and it is not considered serious.

Note that when he lands, as captured in the screenshot below, he extends his right arm, which presumably created the problem in his right shoulder.

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I know you all will enjoy this. ?I will preface this by saying, WOW!!

Here is the link to the video of Nieuwenhuis' spectacular catch:

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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.

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AAA: @ Rochester Red Wings 3, Buffalo Bisons 2

Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 0-4 with a strikeout. That ends the outfielder's 16-game hit streak as well as his 20-game on-base streak to start the season.

Lucas Duda was the hitting star, going 2-4 with his first home run of the season, an opposite field laser in the fourth inning.

Tags: Allan Dykstra, Brad Holt, Daily Recap, Erik Goeddel, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker
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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 4, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 2

Josh Stinson had his best start for Buffalo thus far.? He pitched 5 innings, giving up only 2 hits, 1 earned run, walked only one, and struck out two.? Stinson induced eight groundball outs and only two flyball outs.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis (1-2, 2 runs, 2B, 3 bb, K)? continues to get on base. He reached safely four times with a hit and three walks, extending his season long on base streak to 16 games.? Nieuwenhuis raised his triple slash line to .346/.460/.558.? He is top 10 in the INT in all three categories. What's more encouraging is that Nieuwenhuis is tied for 6th in the INT with 11 walks.? Yes that's both exciting and encouraging.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Daily Recap, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt Harvey, Robert Carson
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AAA: Game 1: @ Buffalo Bisons 4, Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 2 (10 innings)Game 2: @ Buffalo Bisons 4, Rochester Red Wings 1 (7 innings)

No hit into the seventh inning in game one, Kirk Nieuwenhuis tied up the game with a solo home run leading off the bottom of the seventh.? Nieuwenhuis (pictured) had made a brilliant diving play to end the top of the 7th as well.

In extra innings (minor league doubleheaders are scheduled for seven innings), Nick Evans hit a pair of home runs, one in the 8th to keep the game tied, and a two-run jack in the 10th inning for the win.

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After the Knicks flopped in the second half, I had to figure out what I wanted to write for today.? I didn't want to just run through through Sunday's recaps.? Instead, I want to take a slightly broader perspective for storylines by each affiliate for the first 11 days of the minor league season.

 

We'll start at the top with Buffalo.

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AAA: @ Scranton Wilkes-Barre 6, Buffalo Bisons 2

In his first 30 AB in the big leagues, Brad Emaus is hitting .200/.294/.200 and struggling defensively.? In his 29 AB in AAA this year, Justin Turner (pictured) is hitting .310/.355/.448 after a two double performance Thursday.

Zach Lutz had two hits and a walk Thursday and is now up to .333/.400/.556 in his seven games.

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Tim Teufel was on the Buffalo Bisons pre-season show with Ben Wagner.

There's some interesting stuff.

On the Bisons' roster:

"We had a revision today... Stinson and Gee, they'll probably be there.? There will be more moves, critical moves I'd call it."
On Kirk Nieuwenhuis:
"I think in the beginning of spring, he was in that funk stage where he was trying to find his timing.? He's a timing hitter.? It takes him a little bit longer than some guys who can walk right in ... He's got a lot of moving parts.? He's a big guy.? It takes a little bit longer for his timing."
On who's surprised him:
"...Niesen... I had him last year and he struggled.? He struggled with his full windup and everything.? They've revamped him and gave him a basic slidestep delivery without even worrying about the runner at first base.? He threw very well for me the other day.? Sharp slider, good fastball that the hitters have a tough time picking up. He kinda turned my head a little bit.
Niesen walked 60 and struck out 59 in 77 innings as a starter and reliever for the B-Mets in 2010 on the way to a 5.14 ERA.? Will keeping him in the stretch work?? It's a great Spring Training change.

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This year, as I've done for the last two, I'm contributing to the Maple Street Press Mets Annual.? In addition to analyzing the draft, and discussing the top Mets prospects, I'm writing a piece on Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Among the people I talked to for background was his collegiate head coach, Paul Svagdis of Azusa Pacific who took the Cougars the NAIA World Series in 2007 and 2008 in Nieuwenhuis' sophomore and junior years.

Here are a few highlights from our conversation.

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The Arizona Fall League finished up its season over the weekend so it's time to examine what happened out in the desert for Mets farmhands.

Keep the League environment in mind. This is an offensive friendly league where the ball carries well, and the infields are hard and fast.? The AFL hit .283/.357/.431 and scored 12 runs per game in 2010.? By contrast, the National League hit .255/.324/.399 and scored 4.3 runs per game.? The AFL had a .330 BABIP, the NL .299.

The level of play in the AFL is inconsistent: there are guys who will play in the big leagues, and be impact players in short order, and there are guys who will be below average players in AA.

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There's a really natural tendency to compare minor leaguers to other more successful major leaguers.? However, I've seen a few ones recently that don't make a lot of sense.

At Fangraphs, in his Mets Top 10, Marc Hulet compared Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Reed Johnson.? Here's his line:

"Nieuwenhuis hits from a crouch and has average bat speed, which limits his power potential and could see him end up with a similar profile to Reed Johnson. Like the former Jay and Cub, this Mets prospect will let things fly in the outfield and isn?t afraid to dive for balls."

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Baseball America has released a list of minor league free agents.? What makes a minor league FA?? Here is Matt Eddy's explanation:? Any player who was not on a 40-man roster on Nov. 7 qualified for free agency if he had accumulated at least six years of service time (minors and majors inclusive) while still bound by his first uniform player contract. That contract is broken if the player is released or granted free agency by other means before he logs six years.

The Mets have 24 total minor league free agents, which ranks them in the top 10 organizations, in total FAs.

Here are the Mets minor league FA:

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Thursday, Wilmer Flores strained his left calf.? According to the team's twitter feed, as translated by Mike Diaz, he'll be out 4-7 days.? He was 0-1 before his departure.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis left Thursday's game early because according to Keith Law, "with a bloody nose after a bad hop hit him in the face. Doesn't sound serious."? The good news is that Nieuwenhuis was 2-3 with double, his second, before his bloody nose.

Kai Gronauer entered for Tony Sanchez in the seventh inning and went 0-2 in Mesa's 11-6 win.

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The first day of the Arizona Fall League is in the books and on the whole, it was a good one for the Mets who this year year will be playing as Mesa Solar Sox.? Mesa defeated the Phoenix Desert Dogs (one of my favorite logos in all of baseball) 8-3.

2B Jordany Valdespin was 1-5 with an RBI and two 2K? and a stolen base from the leadoff spot.

CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 2-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two R from the #8 spot in the Mesa order.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Jordanny Valdespin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Carr, Toby Hyde
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Today is opening day for the Arizona Fall League, with Brad Holt getting the call for the Mesa Solar Sox today against the Phoenix Desert Dogs.? Holt is looking to rebound after a disastrous (and thats an understatement) 2010 regular season.

Holt, the former 2008 1st round pick (33rd overall), finished his season 3-14 with a 8.34 ERA between AA Binghamton and A+ St. Lucie.? The most puzzling stat was he walked (79) nearly as many batters as he struck out (87).? His?BB/9 was a whopping 7.48!!!? After bursting on the scene in 2008, Holt's stock has fallen faster than an Aroldis Chapman fastball.? With all that being said, with a solid AFL campaign in front of numerous scouts and baseball front office personel, Holt has a chance to redeem himself and springboard into 2011.

Wishful thinking? Lets hope not.

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In Monday's edition of Baseball Prospectus' Future Shock, Kevin Goldstein lists 10 minor leaguers (five pitchers and five hitters) whose season stat lines were a bit misleading.? Basically its a list of prospects who are not as good as their numbers would indicate.? This is?not a good list to be on.? Two Mets prospects made the list: Dillon Gee and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Frankly I was not shocked to see Gee on the list, but I was a little surprised to see Nieuwenhuis appear on this list.? Here are Goldstein's comments on Gee and Nieuwenhuis:

Gee:

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I recently had the privilege to have Kevin Goldstein, of Baseball Prospectus, answer some of my questions regarding Mets minor leaguers.

MD: Darrell Ceciliani had monster a season for Brooklyn. Does he have enough defensive ability to be an impact type big league CF?? What would you say his ceiling is?

KG: I'm going to start with a quick comment that applies to nearly all of your questions. You're asking about short-season guys, and it's such a nascent time in these players careers that we're projecting a LOT. These players can go in a ton of directions from here, many of them good, many of them bad, and we can just go on what we know. Onto Ceciliani, I wouldn't call him an impact defender, but he can play the position well, and that gives him a huge leg up, as you can't say that about most minor league center fielders. What he did offensively this year was a very pleasant surprise, and did wonders for his stock. He does need to work on his approach, as he's a bit of a pitch chaser, and he needs to work on his base running, but he can hit and I like him quite a bit.
MD: Cory Vaughn displayed an above average power/speed combination in the NYPL.? Do you feel he can continue this at higher levels of competition?

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@ Buffalo Bisons 4, SWB Yankees 3 (7 innings)

SWB Yankees 4, @ Buffalo Bisons 1 (7 innings)

The Bisons, at 1-5 in their last six games, have now slipped into third place in the wild card hunt, 4.5 games out of a playoff spot with five games to play.? That's too bad.

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From Monday's Bisons game. Why not?? Enjoy.

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I was asked multiple times on twitter whether Kirk Nieuwenhuis was ready for AAA.? In a word, yes.? He really didn't have much left to prove at AA. ? Nieuwenhuis, who will be 23 on Saturday, was hitting .289/.337/.510 in the Eastern League which averages .260/.332/.397.? He led the EL with 53 extra-base hits.? His 201 total bases were tied for third.? His 35 doubles were second.

At the plate, my only concern with Nieuwenhuis was that he wasn't drawing a whole lot of walks early in the year.? He laid that concern to rest as part of a monster July when he hit .328/.386/.621 with his best walk rate, his lowest strikeout rate and an extra-base hit in 15% of his plate appearances.

I think this changes the timetable on Nieuwenhuis.? With a big August at AAA, he could well be in line for a September call-up if the Mets want to take a sneak peak at a potential outfield piece in a post-Failcouer world.? Nieuwenhuis, who was drafted with Ike Davis, Brad Holt, Reese Havens and Eric Campbell in the fruitful '08 class, would not need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter to be protected from the rule 5 draft which argues against a look in September.? However, if the Mets think he's part of their 2011 big league team, then we'll see him after Labor Day.

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AAA: Lehigh Valley 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 1

Tobi Stoner (5-10, 6.07) gave up four runs on 10 hits and four walks in 5.1 innings without striking out a single batter.? I pointed this out in relation to Dillon Gee on twitter yesterday, but the average ERA in the IL is 4.17.? That makes Stoner almost two full runs of ERA worse than AAA average.? Stoner has allowed 18 homers in 110.1 innings, or 1.5/9 IP.? Yikes.

Not a good night for the kids: Lucas Duda (.308/.366/.660) was 1-4 with a double, but struck out twice, while Ruben Tejada and Nick Evans were both 0-4. Fernando Martinez sat.

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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 4, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 1

Pat Misch:

8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K.? He threw 70% of his 97 pitches for strikes.? He just finished up a July when he was 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 42.2 IP with 35 strikeouts against just six walks.? Add the five unearned runs he allowed and his R/9 rises to 3.80.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 1, @ Rochester Red Wings 0 Ramon Ortiz (1-2, 5.34 ERA) was excellent: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K.? He's now allowed just one run in his last 13 innings of work with 10 strikeouts and zero walks.? The 37-year old had a 6.30 ERA in 30 innings with the Dodgers this year with 21 strikeouts against 16 walks.? Ortiz, who did not pitch in the big leagues in 2008 or 2009 has one MLB season with an ERA below four, when he posted a 3.77 ERA in 217.1 innings for the Angels in 2002 and gave up a league-leading 40 home runs.

The Bisons scored their only run in the seventh inning when RF Jesus Feliciano drove home 2B Russ Adams.

CF Fernando Martinez (.252/.314/.450) was 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.? He's still hitting .236/.323/.545 in July.? His six walks in 16 games in July equal his total from his first 39 games and his five home runs are one more than he hit in those first 39 games before July 1.? Even though he's 1-for-his-last-14, this is better.

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