Upper Minors Tuesday: Jeurys Familia Sparkles, Matt den Dekker Slams Pigs

AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 6, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (PHI) 0 

This is the way it was supposed to work for the Bisons: Jeurys Familia was brilliant and Matt den Dekker hit his second grand slam of 2012.

Familia: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.

Wally Backman told Bisons.com that Familia was “outstanding. He pounded the strike zone, and he had a great breaking ball tonight.”

Want more evidence of Familia’s devastating breaking ball? Enjoy.

This start came a little out of nowhere for Familia who had allowed four runs or more in each of his last four outings.
Familia’s development has not shown up dramatically in his ERA, but in his walk rate. In the first half, he walked batters at a 14% rate (53 in 81.1 innings). He’s down to 8.5% (14 in 37.2 innings) in the second half.
Den Dekker’s enjoyed a good last 10 games going 11 for 36 with four extra-base knocks to hit .306/.342/.528 in that span. He said he hit  a slider and was expecting to see a breaking ball after a fastball on the previous pitch. Even so, he’s sitting at .204/.238/.394 in 57 games.


AA: @ New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) 5, Binghamton Mets 2 

CF Juan Lagares (.281/.335/.387 – 113 games) returned from a twisted ankle to play for the first time in a week, going 1-for-4 with a double. He’s drawing good reviews in center.

No Reese Havens, who is still nursing a stiff back.

The B-Mets offense did very little against rehabbing Brandon Morrow (4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K).

RHP Gonzalez Germe: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K ,1 HR – 4.81 ERA. His ERA is 6.51 in five starts after the AA All-Star Break.