Upper Minors Tuesday: Bisons Blast Hens. B-Mets Emulate Parents

AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 17, Toledo Mud Hens (DET) 1 

The Bisons launched four home runs in the 8th inning to turn a 10-1 game into a 17-1 game. So, that’ll be good for everyone’s batting line.

Among the men who went deep:
CF Matt den Dekker: 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, 0 K. The soon to-be-25 year old is hitting .219/.248/.445 in 31 games with the Bisons where half (15 of 30) of his hits have gone for extra-bases.
LF Fred Lewis: 2-for-5, HR, RBI, BB. The 31-year old Lewis (pictured) is up to .298/.380/.493 in 70 games with the Bisons. There are two major things limiting Lewis’ MLB value: he doesn’t hit lefties, and he doesn’t play centerfield. Despite leading the Bisons in stolen bases (he’s 18-for-22 stealing bases), he’s played just one game in center, 68 games in left and one games as DH. Since 2010, he’s played 10 games in center in the minor leagues, and 95 in a corner. By total zone rating, he was four runs below average in center in the big leagues in 27 games by Baseball References’ Total Zone Rating and above average in +8 in 354 games in in left. SSS warnings and all, but Lewis just has not played much centerfield. Finally, he hit .233/.311/.312 in 325 PA vs. MLB lefties and .275/.352/.428 vs. MLB righties. The story is the same in Buffalo this year, where he’s clubbed righties at a .959 OPS rate in 230 PA and managed only a .627 OPS in 78 PA.

Triple-A star Jeremy Hefner pitched very well: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K to lower his Bisons ERA to 2.77.


AA: Trenton Thunder (NYY) 5, @ Binghamton Mets 4

LHP Robert Carson is almost ready for the big league bullpen after balking home the winning run in the top of the ninth after the B-Mets ‘pen could not hold a 4-3 lead after a three-run rally in the seventh.

Jefry Marte did not play for the second straight day while Wilmer Flores (0-for-4) played third and Reese Havens (2-for-3, 2B, BB) played second.

Also, little Wilfredo Tovar was 2-for-4 with a double. In 21 games in AA, he’s hit .280/.325/.360 with just seven strikeouts (good) and two walks (bad) but four HBP (ouch).

Greg Peavey: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.