Minors Stuff


Extended Camp:

The Mets are down 22% in home attendance.

The Herd:

Justin Lehr, the International League's winningest pitcher at 12-3, added to the Buffalo Bisons' offensive woes Monday night.

The 32-year-old right-hander pitched eight strong innings in leading the Louisville Bats to a 5-1 victory over the Herd before 7,661 in Louisville Slugger Field.

The Bisons have not scored more than three runs in any of their last nine games.

The Bats, who lead the IL West by eight games over second-place Indianapolis, had five single-run innings, including solo home runs by Chris Valaika off loser Lance Broadway (2-6) in the fourth and Darnell McDonald off Eddie Kunz in the seventh.

Chip Ambres, who went 3 for 4 Sunday against Toledo, had two hits and drove in the Buffalo run.



Because they liked his above-average power and pitch recognition skills, the Mets selected Arizona State first baseman Ike Davis with the 18th overall selection in the 2008 draft and bestowed him with a $1.575 million bonus. But Davis sure had a strange way of repaying New York’s faith.

Davis, a 6-foot-5 lefthanded batter who was leading ASU batters in all triple crown categories before missing time with a ribcage injury as a junior, didn’t homer in his first 75 pro games. In fact, he didn’t do much of anything with his first 312 plate appearances, batting a composite .260/.330/.338 in his first three months of pro ball. To make matters worse, he spent that time with short-season Brooklyn (’08) and high Class A St. Lucie (’09)—two age- and experience-appropriate levels.

Things have been different, though, since the 22-year-old Davis connected for his first pro home run on April 28. In nearly the same number of plate appearances (296) since, he’s batted .291/.389/.520 with 12 home runs and 18 doubles in 70 games, all while turning in a fine 40-to-62 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Davis earned a promotion on June 23 to Double-A Binghamton, where he’s kept up the pace.

"He’ll have power. I like him quite a bit," a pro scout for an AL club said back in May, when Davis appeared more bust than boom. "He’s the type of player who will hit a ton of doubles and play good defense. He’s just a really good player who understands the game and does everything correctly."



Kyle Allen is relatively unknown in prospect circles, but he won’t be for long. A 24th round pick in the 2008 draft who dropped significantly due to a strong commitment to North Carolina State as a two-way player, Allen’s true grade was that of a 2nd or 3rd round pick. On pure stuff alone, Allen ranks with the best pitchers I’ve seen come through the South Atlantic League this season. However, his control has been an issue due to inexperience and his being a thrower, not a pitcher. His 2.31 GO/AO is excellent, and 7.53 K/9 is nothing to sneeze at. However a poor defense aided 81 hits allowed in 86 innings pitched with 3.66 BB/9 is rather pedestrian. With a chip on his shoulder and a great work ethic, Allen has the potential for three plus pitches should he continue developing both physically and mentally.


The Gnats boast a catching corp from around the globe including a Canadian, German, and Venezuelan. While I have opinions about the play of each, this piece is more about the pedigree and experience I want to see in catchers I entrust the future of an organization to. In the Gnats case, 3-4 starters on the current staff have legitimate big league potential and I openly wonder whether or not the level of amateur baseball in other countries is enough to promote the cerebral aspects of manning the catching position.Consider this, the Mets spent a 6th round pick on current Sand Gnats Josh Satin passing up both Lavarnway and Federowicz. Even worse, they took Doc Doyle with a 5th round pick who is 23 and hasn't made it past Brooklyn. They also passed on a player like Hogan who could have been had much later. While Satin does a great job for the Gnats and is able to spell a Wilmer Flores or Jefry Marte if necessary, it's quite simple, pitching wins championships.



The three-game winning streak is over, thanks to an implosion in the fourth inning, when Vermont scored five runs off the usually unhittable Brandon Moore (4-1, 1.32 ERA). With Vermont already leading 1–0, Moore got himself in trouble by throwing a bunted ball into the outfield, allowing a run. Then he gave up runs on a single, a double and a groundout to end the scoring. Vermont added runs in the sixth and seventh. The Cyclones got two runs in the seventh — one on a SAC fly by Justin Garber and the other on a wild pitch. The team got just five hits on the night — and made three errors. The win kept the Cyclone lead over the streaking Hudson Valley Renegades at 2-1/2 games, thanks to a Renegade loss — that team’s first in nine games. And watch out for the hated Staten Island Yankees, just 3-1/2 games back thanks to a nine-game winning streak.



J.J. Putz presents a very interesting dilemma for the Mets. The Mets hold an $8.6 million club option on Putz, with a $1 million buyout. Though it might have seemed obvious that the Mets would pick up this option before the season, his injury certainly complicates matters. Putz is a type B free agent as of now, but according to the rankings he is near the edge of having no type at all.

So, the Mets have a number of choices. One choice would be to pay the buyout and just let him walk. Within this option, the Mets also have the choice as to whether or not they would offer him arbitration. Or, on a different note, the Mets could pick up the option. Now, if they do this they could keep him even though he would be an expensive set-up man, or they could try to trade him. If he could prove his health at the end of this year, I’m sure plenty of teams would be interested in acquiring a closer for $8.6 million.


2010 Mock Draft:

10. New York Mets - Josh Osich Pitcher Oregon State

-Big league scouts are already drooling over Osich, and for good reason. His fastball sits at around 97 mph, and his curve is devastating. His changeup could be special if he continues to work on it. Oh, and one other thing. Osich is left-handed. As a lefty specialist, Osich could be dominant right now in the majors. I see him growing into a starter with the chance to anchor the Rockies rotation for years to come.



Sarasota County and the Baltimore Orioles have reached a tentative agreement for the team to do spring training at Ed Smith Stadium for the next 30 years. An agreement that will go before the Sarasota County Commission on Wednesday would bring the team to Sarasota for spring training starting in 2010.



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