AA Friday: Matt den Dekker and Jefry Marte Swing Big Sticks

AA: Binghamton Mets 9, @ Trenton Thunder (NYY) 7

Lets talk hitting prospects.
CF Matt den Dekker was 5-for-5 with two doubles to lift his season line to .336/.395/.563 in 56 games. The 24-year old is ripping righties at .341/.396/.606 in 170 AB, but more than holding his own against lefties at .322/.394/.441 in 59 AB. His on-base percentage against lefties is supported by four HBP, (He’s drawn one vs. RHP), but hey, anything that works, right? Den Dekker is up to second in the Eastern League in batting average, ¬†fifth in on-base percentage, leading the league in slugging, doubles (20) and extra-base hits (32). Combine that offensive production with strong defense in centerfield and he’s looking more and more like a valuable big leaguer. There’s no harm in keeping him in AAA for a few more weeks if the Mets want to reward him with an Eastern League All-Star game appearance, but at this point, he has earned a shot at AAA.
In a related note, CF Andres Torres is hitting .216/.333/.324 overall, and an anemic .171/.273/.263 in 76 AB vs. right-handed pitching in 2012.
Don’t ignore the work of 3B Jefry Marte, who was 3-for-4 with a home run, his fifth, and a walk to climb back to .301/.367/.446 in 52 games as a 20-year old in AA. The fact that he’s four years younger than den Dekker, is awfully important. Marte has struck out just 25 times to den Dekker’s 62 whiffs while drawing one fewer walk (19 to 20).
Gonzalez Germen was pretty good: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR to lower his ERA to 4.50.

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