Ike Davis Perfect in AA Debut; Mejia Struggles After Five

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Bowie Bay Sox 7, @ Binghamton Mets 3

Through five innings, Jenrry Mejia (0-3, 3.74) had allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with a couple of walks and five strikeouts.  However, he couldn’t escape the sixth inning where he gave up a three run bomb, and another run that resulted from a double by Mets farmhand Ambio Concepcion and a wild pitch.  Mejia’s velocity was regularly in the mid-90s all night, and at one point according to B-Mets beat writer Brian Moritz he hit 102 on the NYSEG Stadium radar gun.  While that’s unlikely to be accurate, the heat’s real.  More from Moritz: “Last guy I remember hitting triple digits in this park was Matt Lindstrom back in 2006.”

The Binghamton offense featured five players with two hits.  1B Ike Davis, in his AA debut reached base four times, going 2-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI.  C Josh Thole (.348/.414/.459) was 2-4 with an RBI triple.  This is kinda incredible: in 20 games in June, while walking eight times, he’s struck out just twice!  Thole leads the EL in average, is tied for third with 19 doubles and is fifth in OBP.

2B Shawn Bowman was 2-4 with a double.  He’s up to .323/.389/.431 in June.  Bowman, in his first full year at AA at age 24 has shown better patience this month.

The B-Mets have lost seven in a row and have just five wins in June.

There are 5 comments

  1. WC

    looks like he got a little frustrated in the 6th, fielders choice where Tejada didn’t get the guy at second and the throw to first was knocked down by the baserunner, threw the home run ball after that, probably could have fared better in the game with a little luck

    encouraging… 102 on the gun as a starter? might be getting to the realm of untouchable

  2. mark4212

    I like to see Thole still hitting. This kids Bat behind the plate might get him to the big leagues faster then he would have otherwise because of his Defense/Game Calling. If he keeps hitting like this he’d be the ideal #2 hitting. Good eye, High Contact, Low K’s.

    It’s nice to see Bowman who struggled with back problems and even had back surgery having good success. I know 24 is Old for AA, but injuries sapped this kids potential early in his career. I know 3rd is blocked by Wright for the Mets, but that means he could be moved to another team in need of a 3rd baseman if he shows strong skills the rest of the year. I know the scouting report on him said Defense was his stronger suit so the added offensive stats could make him appealing.

    1. NickM

      “I like to see Thole still hitting. This kids Bat behind the plate might get him to the big leagues faster then he would have otherwise because of his Defense/Game Calling. If he keeps hitting like this he’d be the ideal #2 hitting. Good eye, High Contact, Low K’s.”

      Reminds me of Paul LoDuca when he was the Mets’ #2 hitter just a couple of years ago.. but I think Thole has a better shot at being a better player than LoDuca…

    2. theperfectgame

      re: Bowman

      24 isn’t that old for AA, especially the way the Mets use their farm system. They like to keep AAA stocked with players who have MLB experience while keeping more of their prospects in AA. Bowman probably just seems old because he’s been with the Mets since he was 17. In fact, 11 of the 23 other guys on Binghamton’s active roster (and 7 of the 8 guys on Binghamton’s DL) are older than Shawn is.

  3. NickM

    re: Thole – Nothing much to say about Thole, hes been a monster in AA plain and simple. Hopefully his defense and game-calling improves and he can finally be bumped up to AAA where he should be by now with those averages.

    re: Mejia – Even when Mejia got roughed up last night, he still managed to strikeout 7 over 5.2 IP which is impressive.

    re: Davis – wow, very nice debut for Ike..

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