Upper level opening day starters get their second turn, while in A ball the tail end of the rotation gets their opening start.
Rafael Montero was as advertized in his first AA start, allowing a run on 2 hits, with no walks and 8 K’s. The B-Mets ERA is 1.64 in their four wins. Josh Rodriguez is off to a .353/.500/.529 playing 3B each game. He split 2012 between Buffalo and Binghamton playing mostly middle infield.
Kyle Lobstein was acquired by the Tigers this offseason with some help from the Mets, who took him in the rule 5 draft then flipped him to the Tigers. He was good enough in his opener, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 BB with 6 K. He spent 2012 in the AA Southern League, making this his 31st start at AA.
Luis Mateo made 12 starts with Brooklyn last year, putting up 85 K and 9 BB, while batters his .210 against him. Like Hansel Robles the Mets chose to skip him over the SAL to St. Lucie. Cam Maron is off to a .400/.400/.600 start with 3 doubles, 0 BB, 1 K.
Travis Miller makes his first pro start after sporadic work as a reliever the last two years, in which he has walked 37 in 63.1 IP.
Through four games Palm Beach has a 2.32 team ERA, third in the FSL to St. Lucies 0.73
Luis Cessa was overshadowed as part of the Cyclones 2012 rotation, but he put up a solid 2.49 ERA, 1.06 whip, and a .241 BAA.
Through five games Savannah batters are second in the SAL with 28 walks, while Augusta pitching is second to last in walks issued with 10.
Zack Wheeler struggled with his mechanics, and maybe some opening day jitters, striking out 3 and walking 3 giving up 2 runs on 3 hits over 3.1 IP. Greg Peavey has appeared in 3 games already, allowing 0 runs, 6 hits, 1 BB with 4 K over 5.2 IP in his first experience with regular relief work.
Former Met farmhand Yusmeiro Petit had a typical PCL rough start on opening day, walking 3 and allowing 2 homers totals 5 ER in 4.2 IP. He made 28 starts for Fresno last year, and has made 68 PCL starts since 2006.