By: Stache Staff

Down On The Farm: June 24, 2012


This week we add Brooklyn and Kingsport to the full-time rotation of reports, so we’ll cut back a little bit on the amount we report per team. This week (June 24) we will discuss pitching, and next week (July 1) we will discuss hitters and their stats.

Buffalo Bisons (38-38, 7 GB)

-The Bisons were leapfrogged by Syracuse and are now 2 1/2 games out from being in last place with Rochester after going 1-6 this week including their current four-game slide heading into their final two games in Durham against the Bulls.

-The Buffalo starting rotation got a new member in Collin McHugh a little bit ago and has made two starts that have been far from his norm down in Binghamton. Reminds me a little of current Bisons’ top starter Matt Harvey who struggled a lot in his early going at AAA, Harvey meanwhile has a 3.70 ERA with a 6-3 record while walking 37 and striking out 81. Elvin Ramirez also struggled in his return to Buffalo allowing a run in 2.3 of an inning on Saturday.

Binghamton Mets (34-38, 8 GB)

-The Binghamton Mets went 4-4 this week which included a pair of double headers on Tuesday and Wednesday, you figure a team coming out of two straight double headers would struggle, not quite as they won two of their next three. They finish their trip up in Erie tomorrow before heading home against Bowie and Altoona.

-With McHugh out of the rotation, it leaves Zack Wheeler as the lone ace of the staff in Binghamton for the time being. He continues to keep his ERA below two at 1.88, meanwhile Darin Gorski and Mark Cohoon have identical 4.11 ERAs. Fast-moving Gonzalo German who was pitching in Savannah last season has done a nice job in Binghamton since early May but over his last three starts he has helped get his ERA down to 3.72.

St. Lucie Mets (2-1, Clinched Playoff Berth)

-The first half champions keep on rolling as the team earned their 51st victory on Saturday against 20 loses. In the second half since the All Star Break the team is only one game over .500 though at 2-1…so sad! Today the team begins a four game set at Digital Domain Park against last seasons Florida State League Champions the Daytona Cubs.

-Pretty impressive starting rotation huh?

Savannah Sand Gnats (1-2, 2 GB)

-For the second half of the season the Gnats are two games back of a few teams who have a 3-0 record but not to worry the Gnats have ample time to get back into the playoff hunt to take on first-half champion Asheville in the playoffs to crown a South Division Champion in the South Atlantic League.

-Speaking of impressive starting rotations, how about the dynamic duo of Tyler Pill and Rafael Montero, who lead the pitching staff with sub three ERAs. Pill is 3-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 51 2/3 innings while Montero is leading the way with 71 1/3 innings pitched while accumulating six wins and a 2.52 ERA.

Brooklyn Cyclones (4-2, 1 GB)

-Brooklyn is off to a pretty fast start and only a game behind the Hudson Valley Renegades who they will face in a home-road-home three game series beginning on Monday after they finish their trip in Aberdeen today.

-The team has used six different starters this season as Julian Hilnario and Gabriel Ynoa each pitched six innings in their first starts to lead the team in innings pitched in the early going. Meanwhile Luis Mateo had a nine strikeout performance his first game and will look to duplicate the performance his next time out.

Kingsport Mets (0-5, 4 GB)

-Still looking for their first win of the season the Kingsport Mets take on top team Greeneville once more today after yesterday’s doubleheader before heading out to Danville to take on the Braves.

-In terms of the pitching, there isn’t too much to look at positively through the first five loses of the year so we’ll highlight the two relievers who have looked good early on as Flabio Ortega has thrown 3 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief outings, while pen mate Luis Rengel has allowed only an unearned run in two innings pitched. (Tough stretch to find something to write about in that department, yikes!)

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