Valdespin CF Scales SS Satin 1B Pascucci DH Rottino LF Lutz 3B Tuiasosopo RF May C Fisher 2B
Gotta say that Buffalo lineup isn't much fun to watch prospect wise but Valdespin, Scales, Lutz and Pascucci are entertaining.
With Valdy, Lutz, Satin and other guys sprinkled in (Loewen, Tui - who is only 26 in May by the way, Kirk if he goes back and Baxter if he doesn't), thats about as "prospecty" as a AAA team gets, I think, though.
While there would seem to be a more obvious fit at Bingo for him when he returns considering who is currently playing the MIF there, Havens probably is in that Buffalo lineup over the Fishers/Scales of the world at some point this summer, too.
Related note: Shields is off to a hot start with the bat in St. Lucie, but is primarily DH'ing due to Tovar and Muno's presence there. I wonder how long they wait to move him to Bingo. He's old, he's not getting defensive reps whereas he needs to be, especially as he's learning positions other than his natural SS, and Bingo is throwing out no-bat minor league vets at 2B and SS. Seems inevitable.
I also think that, for all we get on the Mets, they did a good job putting together that AAA team (despite Rubin saying at the beginning of the offseason that minor league vets were going to be a cost-cutting measure) that balances both "Young Guys to Watch" and winning, in the year where their agreement is up. Provided the big club doesn't dip too much into it, that SHOULD be a pretty good team in Buffalo, and I believe its with 5 starters 28 and under (and if they ever junk Garrett Olson for a guy like McHugh or Gorski, it'd be 5 guys 26 and under). Can't ask for much more than that in AAA.
Its a very good location for the Mets and its a franchise that the Mets SHOULD want to maintain a relationship with, so hopefully its enough.
Logan Verrett made his second Savannah start and … it was a little weird: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0BB, 10 K, 2 HR. Generally, if a starting pitcher strikes out 10 batters, and is recording 66% of his outs via the strikeout, he’s pitching really well. Verrett, the Mets’ 2011 third-round pick, certainly had his moments, but also made some mistakes, leaving pitches up that turned into longballs. His two start line: 10 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 10 K. I’ve been impressed by his slider, which has been induced swings and misses.
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