Valdespin Rips Away
With hits in every game this weekend, Jordany Valdespin ran his hitting streak to seven games. He homered Saturday, his sixth in June and eighth of the year. A .345/.397/.690 June has brought his season line to .279/.332/.470.
Do you realize that Valdespin's eight home runs drop him into a four-way tie for fourth in the Mets' minor system in home runs behind only Brahiam Maldonado (AA - 13), Lucas Duda (AAA - 10) and Aderlin Rodriguez (A - 9)?
Slightly surprisingly, Valdespin's power surge has not really been matched by a concurrent increase in his walk rate. I love the power, and his recent run is evidence of his considerable physical gifts. It's not nitpicking to point out that Valdespin has walked just three times in 64 PA in June (4.6%). It's hard to be a valuable big league hitter walking under 5% of the time, and that's at AA. Add walks to the power here and I'll really be a believer.
Familia >> Kei Igawa
Saturday's pitching matchup: Jeurys Familia vs. Kei Igawa. Seriously.
Familia: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 1 HR.
Key numbers for Familia at AA: 45.2 IP, 5 HR, 20 BB, 51 K. I love the K/9 of 10.1, while the 3.9 BB/9 and the 1.0 HR/9 point out a need for further refinement of his command.
Robert Carson Returns
Friday, Rob Carson threw in a game for the first time in 17 days after being diagnosed with "forearm stiffness." Often forearm stiffness is code for a UCL strain, so it's nice to see that not be the case here. His line: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 7 K. The seven strikeouts were one off a season-high he's set twice this year.
Satin Blocked Again?
After a 3-5 Sunday with a double, and hits in four straight, INF Josh Satin is hitting .306/.410/.509 in 62 games for Binghamton. Satin's been playing a lot of third recently for AA. One scout's take on Satin at third, "that just doesn't work."
Meanwhile, with 3B Zach Lutz's (.324/.419/.473) return in AAA Buffalo, the Bisons have shifted Michael Fisher (.283/.361/.420) back to 2B and Luis Hernandez (.233/.272/.302) to the bench. Veteran Luis Figueroa has hit a useful .317/.410/.390 at shortstop. Fisher was a shortstop when he was younger, but has not played the position at all in 2011. Paths for Satin into this lineup include giving Fisher some time at short, or a few more days at third to help keep the fragile Lutz fresh.
What About Havens?
Reese Havens is chugging along at .257/.333/.419 after 19 games at AA. The most important thing for me is that he's playing everyday. We can praise the discipline (8 walks) or be concerned about the strikeouts in nearly one third of his AB (23K /74 AB), but we're still talking about a guy who has not played a full month at AA yet this year.
Sunday, his eighth-inning fielding error opened the door for the Thunder, who scored four unearned runs off Erik Turgeon, who should share much of the blame in an inning in which he gave up three extra-base hits and a two-run homer.
I want to propose a change to the earned/unearned run rule: a batter's run that scores on a home run should be automatically earned. If a pitcher gives up a jack, it's not his fielders' fault and his ERA should not escape damage.