AA Sunday: Jefry Marte’s First Homer of 2012 Scares ‘Cats

AA: Binghamton Mets 7, @ New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6 

3B Jefry Marte broke a 5-5 tie with a two-run homerun in the seventh to put the B-Mets up two. It was his first homerun of the year, and his first extra-base  hit in a dozen games. After a hot April (.358/.421/.478 – 19 games) the 20-year old cooled down considerably in May (.256/.304/.326 – 11 games) and committed a pair of costly errors this week. He’s still hitting .318/.377/.418 overall.

CF Matt den Dekker was 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a solo home run. Now hitting .295/.361/.525, 19 of the 24-year old’s 41 hits have gone for extra-bases which helps explain his .356 BABIP. Even with 36 strikeouts in 34 games, he’s trimmed his strikeout rate from 29% in AA in 2011 to 22.6% in 2012.  He’s abused righties at a .324/.377/.602 rate in 108 AB while hitting .194/.306/.258 against lefties in 31 AB. The Mets’ current lefty-heavy lineup and outfield now present an interesting problem for den Dekker.

RHP Greg Peavey was not really sharp: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. He’s been hurt in the zone as his 4 HR and 43 H in 34.2 IP attest. He’s not walking guys (1.8 BB/9), but his strikeout rate (6.2 K/9) is a close match for advanced-A in 2011 (6.4).

LHP Robert Carson picked up the save while allowed a run in 1.2 innings. It was the first earned run he had allowed since April 10th, interrupting a run of nine straight appearances without yielding an earned run. The move to the bullpen has been kind to Carson. His strikeout rate is up to 20%, his best at any level since 2010 and his walk rate is down to 6%, also his best since 2010. He’s not ready yet, but store hims away as a hard-throwing left-handed bullpen piece.

 

No A-ball games Sunday. St. Lucie was scheduled for an off-day and the Gnats were rained out in Hickory.