Upper Levels Wednesday: Mejia’s Return to AA, Duda’s First AAA Bomb & Welch Stays Hot

AAA: Buffalo Bisons 5, @ Gwinnett Braves 4

So the Mets signed Ramon Ortiz to a minor league deal and the veteran RHP made his Bisons’ debut Wednesday.  He gave up two runs on seven hits in four innings, walking on and fanning one.  Signing Ortiz as insurance is fine.  Depth is a good thing, although RA Dickey was fantastic again on Wednesday.  It doesn’t mean the Mets shouldn’t also continue chasing a top of the line starter.

LF Lucas Duda (pictured) was 3-4 with his first AAA home run.  After seven games at the highest level of the minor leagues, the 24-year old Duda is batting .290/.333/.548 with three doubles, a triple and a home run.
1B Mike Jacobs (.262/.310/.484) was 2-4 with a bomb, his ninth.

AA: New Britain Rock Cats 10, @ Binghamton Mets 2
Jenrry Mejia was limited to 45 pitches in his return to the minor leagues in a game that turned ugly on the B-Mets.  Mejia gave up one run on two hits in 2.1 innings, walking two and fanning three.  According to one source who was there, his secondary offerings “weren’t crisp.”  Still, Mejia induced three ground ball outs, and none in the air. According to Brandon Thomas in the Press & Sun-Bulletin Mejia’s fastball was 94-97 mph and he threw 10 breaking balls and 24 of his 42 pitches were strikes.

The late word out of Binghamton is that Mejia will now make three starts on three days rest, while limited to 60 pitches and then will be stretched out fully and moved to a regular five-day rotation.  I’m looking forward to more comment from Mets people on this program.

Nick Evans was 1-4, and played third.  Evans played one game at third last year and five at third with Binghamton in ’08.  He started his career with 21 games at the hot corner in 2004 in the GCL.

In case you’re not following me on twitter, you might have missed the news that 3B Eric Campbell broke his pinky and, despite not needing surgery, is done for 3-6 weeks.  Omir Santos also broke a finger, and will miss a similar amount of time.

Chris Schwinden (1.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) and Edgar Ramirez (1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) engaged in a contest where everyone lost to see who could be the night’s least effective pitcher.

The B-Mets, who dressed only nine healthy position players, are really hurting for bodies.

A+: St. Lucie Mets 3, Bradenton Marauders 2
(11 innings)

Stefan Welch (.308/.365/.465) singled and scored the winning run in the top of the 11th.  The 21-year old Aussie is red-hot; after going 3-5 with a stolen base, he’s up to .328/.400/.493 in June.  Here’s his OPS by month:
April: .775
May: .831
June: .893
Welch is already eighth in the FSL in average and is fourth in total bases (121).
Scott Moviel (6.34 ERA) survived five walks and three hits, one of which was a HR, in five innings to allow just two runs.  Moviel now has 32 walks against 46 strikeouts in 65.1 IP – in the FSL, that’s just not good.