Showing posts with label Buffalo AAA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Buffalo AAA. Show all posts

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Mets Prospect Zach Wheeler's Triple-A Debut Rained Out

Zack Wheeler's Triple-A debut on Sunday has been rained out in Buffalo.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Monday, but it will be held in Syracuse. The twinbill will start at 5 p.m.

Wheeler will pitch Game 1 of the doubleheader, with Jenrry Mejia handling Game 2.

The Mets had tried to ensure Wheeler's International League debut was at Buffalo's home ballpark.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mets Top Prospect Zach Wheeler Promoted to Class- AAA Buffalo

The New York Mets promoted top prospect Zack Wheeler to Triple-A Buffalo this past Wednesday. Wheeler has had an outstanding year in Double-A Binghamton, posting a 10-6 record, with 117 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.26. In nineteen games started this year, Wheeler has only allowed two homers, and 43 walks. His fastball is in the mid to upper 90's, and has an underrated curveball and changeup. His first start is expected to be this Sunday against Syracuse, the highest affiliate with the Washington Nationals. Wheeler's last performance before being promoted was stellar, posting 11 strikeouts over 6.2 innings.

The Mets organization is extremely high on this kid, but they are not going to rush him to the big leagues. GM Sandy Alderson said it was "unlikely" for Wheeler to play in the majors this season, partially because he has a pitch count of about 150 innings, and is currently hovering around 115. The Mets haven't had such a highly touted prospect in a while, and fans have every reason to be excited about him. However, it is key that he is not rushed to the majors, and Alderson is aware of that. Wheeler has dominated in every level thus far, but that doesn't mean he will step in and blow everyone away in Triple-A. I am not saying he won't be effective, all I'm saying is nobody knows. If he struggles, that is no reason to panic because there may be some growing pains. If he dominates, then the Mets know they have something special. It will be interesting to see how Wheeler progresses, and how he performs the rest of the summer will show the Mets exactly where he stands.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mets outrighted Jason Pridie and Nick Evans (Again) to Buffalo AAA

The Mets once again outrighted Nick Evans — along with outfielder Jason Pridie — to Triple-A Buffalo today.

Evans, 25, is hamstrung by both his position (first base) and his continued struggles against major-league pitching. The Mets are planning for Ike Davis to make a full recovery from his ankle woes of 2011, and also have Daniel Murphy available as a capable backup.

Plus, Evans posted just a .718 on-base plus slugging percentage in 194 plate appearances last season. His calling card is his ability to hit right-handed hitters, but the value there is low.

Pridie, 28, appeared in 101 games for the Mets in 2011. He joined the club in April after Angel Pagan experienced his injury, and never left. His production was low — just a .679 on-base plus slugging percentage — and manager Terry Collins did not utilize him often. In July, for example, Pridie made 22 plate appearances.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Wally Backman will manage AAA Buffalo in 2012

According to Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record, The Mets will let Wally Backman manage the AAA Buffalo Bisons in 2012.

His decision to stick with the organization, despite an open door to Davey Johnson’s coaching staff with the Nationals shows loyalty to the Mets Organization.

Backman, no dummy, is aware of the unfavorable odds, but will invest another season with the Mets based on three factors.

The first is that he completed a controversy-free year at Class AA Binghamton in 2011, despite being given little talent to develop.

Backman admitted he “lost it a few times” as the B-Mets dropped 35 of their first 45 games and ended with the 10th worst record in the 12-team Eastern League. But there were no incidents, on or off the field, that otherwise derailed Backman’s promotion to Class AAA.

Second, Backman was second in-line after Collins to be the next Mets manager after Manuel , but fell short. He is close to being the successor to Terry Collins, even though the Mets recently exercised his option through 2013. Backman, who speaks highly of Collins, says he can wait two more years, but thought long and hard about leaving.

Third Ironically, it was Johnson who convinced Backman to stay with the Mets.

“We talked for about two hours, and he really thinks it’s in my best interest to not go anywhere,” Backman said recently. “Actually Davey was adamant about it – that’s how strongly he feels that I’m going to manage [the Mets] someday. And I do trust him.”

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mets Promote 2B Jordany Valdespin to AAA Buffalo

When the Mets recalled Tejada this week to replace the injured Reyes, they also promoted Jordany Valdespin from Double-A Binghamton to replace Tejada.

In his first two games with Buffalo, Valdespin hit in the leadoff spot and went a combined 3-for-8 with a double, including the game-tying RBI in Thursday's 3-2 win over Syracuse.

Valdespin's initial success with the Bisons is a continuation of what has been a breakout season for the 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

Valdespin hit .297 with 15 homers, 51 RBIs, 33 stolen bases and 62 runs scored in 107 games with Binghamton this year, and played in the Eastern League All-Star Game.

Valdespin entered the season as the Mets' No. 25 overall prospect, according to Baseball America, after the publication ranked him No. 30 last year.

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