Upper Minors Thursday: Zack Wheeler and B-Mets Blow Out Thunder. Help for the Mets ‘Pen?

AA: @ Binghamton Mets 12, Trenton Thunder (NYY) 3

Zack Wheeler yielded a two-run homer in the first inning, but it was quickly buried by a nine-run second inning from the B-Mets’ offense and Wheeler’s own solid work over the subsequent six innings. His final line: 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K. He threw 66% of his pitches (62 of 93) for strikes. I’m a broken record on this, but Wheeler’s control is the thing keeping him from AAA. He’s working with a plus fastball and a plus slider, but as the four walks Thursday illustrate, his location can come and go. He’s walked 12% of the batters he’s seen (4.5 BB/9).

Lots of hitting stars in this one as seven different B-Mets had at least two hits.
At the top of the order, 24 year old CF Mat den Dekker (.305/.363/.543) was 3-for-4 with two more doubles.
Juan Lagares, who was 2-for-5, is making up for his slow start by continuing his steady assault on .300 and is up to .291/.354/.396 in 36 games as a 23-year old.
Jefry Marte was 2-for-4 (.311/.370/.434 – 33 games) with a double, a homer, his second of the year, and a walk. The 20-year old had slowed down in May after a hot start, but the six total bases are a season single-game high.
Who did not have two hits? 2B Reese Havens was 0-for-2 before he was ejecting arguing balls and strikes.


AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 4, Gwinnett Braves 2 

Braves’ top prospect Julio Teheran walked five Bisons in four innings. On back-to-back nights the Bisons handed losses to Jair Jurrgens and Teheran, but somewhat remarkably, it did not matter to the big Braves, who won to reclaim first place in the NL East in large part on the strength of an offense that has scored 207 runs, tied with the Cardinals for best in the NL.

Meanwhile, Chris Schwinden was 2-for-2 at the plate and effective on the mound, yielding just two runs on six hits in his six innings. He fanned four and walked two while lowering his ERA to 2.54.

The closest MLB help for the Mets probably came out of the bullpen where Elvin Ramirez gave up just one hit and struck out two more batters in his 1.1 innings. He has not walked a batter in seven innings in AAA, while fanning eight. Between AA and AAA his K/BB is now 3.4 (24 K/7 BB) in 20 IP. … Coming soon to a bullpen near you!

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