Showing posts with label Buffalo Bisons. Show all posts
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Tragic Number, Dickey, Gonzalez, Phillies, Bisons, Familia, McHugh, Hefner, Cy-Young Watch

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets' tragic number for postseason elimination dropped to six as they return home for their final 2012 homestand -- 10 games against the Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates.

R.A. Dickey aims for win No. 19 in Monday's homestand opener, when he opposes Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. Dickey has four starts remaining, including tonight, to try to produce two wins and become the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990. If the pattern of pitching every fifth game holds, the knuckleballer also is due to face the Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field, then pitch at Atlanta on Sept. 28 and at Miami in the regular-season finale on Oct. 3.

Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, another Cy Young Award candidate, failed in his attempt to notch his 20th win Sunday night, as the Atlanta Braves beat the Nats, 5-1. Gonzalez, who allowed two runs in five innings, is now 19-8 with a 2.95 ERA.

The Phillies, who oppose Dickey tonight, arrive at Citi Field having lost three of four to Houston this weekend. They are four games behind St. Louis for the second wild-card slot. The Mets will be playing spoiler...

Major league clubs and minor league teams began a 15-day window Sunday to seek new affiliation agreements. As expected, the Toronto Blue Jays and Triple-A Buffalo Bisons spoke and appear to be nearing a deal. That would push the Mets to the lone vacant affiliate, Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League, which has been the home of the Blue Jays.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Wheeler Makes First Start For The Bisons

The much anticipated debut for top prospect Zack Wheeler finally took place. Over 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Buffalo, Wheeler gave up 3 hits, four walks, a hit batsman, and two earned runs. He also fanned seven, while throwing 101 pitches. The Mets' top prospect was having some command issues, but that is to be expected.

Maybe nerves got the best of him, but clearly Wheeler didn't have his best stuff. Although he struggled, Zack still showed he has the potential to be an overpowering pitcher. When he eventually pitches in the big leagues, there is no doubt that Wheeler will have many strikeout victims. I expect Wheeler will improve in his next start, and look for him to do a better job of mixing up his pitches.

Regardless of his performance tonight, Zack Wheeler is still one of the best prospects in the game. It will just take time.

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.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mets make it official, Backman managing Triple A - Buffalo Bisons

It Official, Wally Backman is moving his way up the New York Mets' farm system after being named manager of the team's Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

At 52, the former major league infielder takes over the Buffalo Bisons. He replaces Tim Teufel, who was promoted to become the Mets' third-base coach this offseason.

Backman has nine seasons of managerial experience and two with the Mets organization. He broke in as a manager in 2001 with the Chicago White Sox Class A affiliate Winston-Salem. Backman has a 534-488 career record and has won two league titles as a manager.

Backman spent 14 seasons in the majors, including his first nine with the Mets from 1980-88, and was a member of New York's 1986 World Series championship team.

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.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Parnell shows signs of life in Buffalo, throwing in the mid 90's

Bobby Parnell's rehab assignment had been just mediocre until Sunday.

The injured New York Mets relief pitcher had made seven appearances with the Buffalo Bisons, with a 4.50 earned-run average in six innings.

In the opener of a doubleheader with the Gwinnett Braves he showed the type of pitching it will take to get him back to the big leagues. Parnell closed out the Bisons' 5-3 win before an announced crowd of 8,197 at Coca-Cola Field by pitching two scoreless innings.

He struck out three straight batters at one point and ended the sixth inning with a blazing 99 mph fastball to get Braves catcher J.C. Boscan looking.
"That's the best I've seen his stuff this year," Bisons manager Tim Teufel said. "Hopefully, he can repeat it. He keeps throwing like that, you never know."
Parnell was expected to be the Mets' primary set-up man out of the bullpen until he went on the disabled list April 21 with clotting in his right (throwing) middle finger. The injury caused numbness. An angiogram was performed, but no serious risk was found.

Parnell, who was not available to speak to the media after the Bisons completed a doubleheader sweep with a 2-1 win in the nightcap, had consistent velocity in the mid-90s.
"It's good to see his release point come together and really throw the ball well. I'm sure he's been waiting for that kind of outing from himself as well," Teufel said. "He was kind of charged up."
Parnell's performance made a winner out of starter Brian Sweeney, who pitched five innings and gave up seven hits, but just one earned run.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

F-Mart Waiting for Call Up

According to ESPN and Mets organizational sources, Fernando Martinez is expected to travel to Denver, Colorado today for the Mets 3:10 PM game against the Rockies.

ESPN's Adam Rubin states:

"There has been no official word whether Ike Davis is being placed on the DL, and sometimes minor leaguers are summoned as a precaution but not activated. Martinez was at Wednesday's Triple-A Buffalo game but was held out. He homered in each of his previous two games with the Bisons.

The arrival of Martinez, an outfielder, presumably would free Willie Harris to play second base with Justin Turner in any Davis absence, with Daniel Murphy then available to play first base."

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Buffalo Bisons announce their 2011 Opening Day Roster

The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, today announced their 2011 Opening Day Roster. The Herd will open the 2011 season on Thursday, April 7 against the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field (3:05 p.m.).

The 2011 Bisons will feature 19 players with major league experience, including 12 that played at the game's top level last season. That list includes nine players who spent time with the Mets in 2010.

The 2011 squad also features 18 players who spent time in Buffalo last season. Combined, the Herd will welcome back 618 hits, 70 home runs, 278RBI, 34 wins and 462 strikeouts thrown from last year's Bisons team.

Buffalo's Opening Day starter, RHP DILLON GEE, struck out a modern era single-season record 165 batters last season and LHP PAT MISCH post the third lowest ERA (3.23) in the International League in 2010. They will be joined in a star-studded starting rotation by Mets' Baseball America Top Prospect, 21-year old RHP JENRRY MEJIA, and former big leaguers, RHP BOOF BONSER and LHP CASEY FOSSUM.

The entire 2011 Bisons outfield are returnees. OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ (Baseball America #8 Prospect) has hit 20 home runs with the team over the past two years while OF JESUS FELICIANO has the second-highest average (.323) in the Bisons' modern era. OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS (Baseball America #5 Prospect) hit 18 home runs between Double-A and the Bisons last season and OF JASON PRIDIE led the 2010 Herd with nine stolen bases.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mejia Optioned to minor league camp

The Mets have stuck to their word and optioned Jenrry Mejia to minor league camp. He will most likely start the year with Triple A Buffalo.

Mejia broke camp with the Mets as a reliever last season, but the Mets resolved even entering spring training to have him work as a starting pitcher in the minors to develop this year.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Teufel becomes the Buffalo manager

With Ken Oberkfell expected to be named the bench coach for Terry Collins on the major league staff, Oberkfell's former position as Triple-A Buffalo manager is expected to go to '86 Met Tim Teufel.

Teufel managed Double-A Binghamton last season.

It is not yet clear whether Wally Backman would jump all the way to Binghamton or be assigned to Class A St. Lucie, but the Double-A assignment would be logical.

Ex-Mets catcher Mike DiFelice, who managed Class A Kingsport the past two seasons, was not retained by the organization. 2010 St. Lucie manager Edgar Alfonzo also is out. Alfonzo subsequently joined the Astros organization.
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