Upper Levels Sunday: PCL Offense in the PCL and the EL; A Big Day for Alonzo Harris

AAA: @ Colorado Springs Sky Sox (COL) 8, Las Vegas 51s 7

The Sox scored twice in the bottom of the ninth against the combination of Greg Peavey and recently acquired Sean Henn, neither of whom recorded an out. Peavey allowed a pair of singles to start the inning, Penn walked the bases loaded and then allowed the game-winning single to LF Tyler Colvin.

The two teams combined on 15 runs, 32 hits (!) all in a brisk 3:33. So add this to the “Yay, PCL!” column.

Jamie Hoffman, a Terry Collins’ favorite, had the best offensive day for Vegas, going 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI. The 28-year-old is hitting .289/.319/.467 in 13 games with two walks and 10 whiffs.

CF Juan Lagares was 1-for-5 with a homer, his third of 2013 to push his season line to .346/.378/.551 and threw out a runner at the plate. If the Mets decide they need a right-handed hitting outfielder, Lagares and Hoffman are the top two internal choices. Lagares holds a number of advantages: he’s younger, on the 40-man roster and better defensively. Still, I suspect the Mets would like to see the 24-year-old Lagares, who has always been an aggressive hitter become more selective at the plate as his walk rate sits at 4.8% right now.

Collin McHugh was PCL’ed: 5.1 IP, 13 H, 4 R 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. He threw 71% of his pitches for strikes (63 of 89). Seven of the 13 hits he allowed were ground balls and 12 of the 13 were singles. In 23.1 innings thus far, he’s fanned 18 and walked only four.


AA: Binghamton Mets 15, @ New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) 2 

Hey, look a PCL game broke out in the Granite State.

Harris B-Mets HeadLF Alonzo Harris had a monster day: 4-5, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB. The 24-year-old is now sitting at .286/.315/.386 while going six-for-eight stealing bases in the season’s first 16 games.

RF Cory Vaughn was 3-for-6 with three singles to push his season line to .298/.365/.526 in 15 games. For what it’s worth, he’s 7-for-15 (.467) against lefties with a triple and a homer, while hitting .238 (10-for-42) with four extra-base hits against rights. SSS and all, but extreme platoon splits have been a theme for Vaughn in the last few years.

Big C Blake Forsythe was 1-for-3 with a double. Playing in a little under half of the team’s games, he’s off to a 8-for-22 start (.364) with five extra-base hits for a .727 slugging percentage. There’s certainly power in his strong frame, but I wasn’t sure that there was enough of everything else.  He will get more playing time to prove it with Juan Centeno in AAA.

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