Mets Minor League Notebook for April 15th

The Norfolk Tides keep rolling, thanks to Aaron Heilman, Jason Phillips, and Jose Reyes; The B-Mets' bats finally come alive, albeit in a losing effort; David Wright and the St. Lucie Mets nip the Tigers; and oh, how those Capital City Bombers love to draw walks. All of this, the "Top Five" in each category, and a whole lot more in the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Player

.Avg

Team

Player

HR

Team

R. Acuna

.448

BMets

D. Wright

3

St. Lucie

J. Phillips

.429

Tides

A. Baldiris

3

Bombers

R. Gonzalez

.419

Tides

J. Phillips

2

Tides

D. Garcia

.414

BMets

R. Gonzalez

2

Tides

J. Slack

.370

Bombers

P. Redman

2

Tides

Player

Runs

Team

Player

RBI

Team

J. Slack

10

Bombers

A. Turay

13

Bombers

J. Reyes

9

Tides

J. Phillips

9

Tides

C. Lambin

8

St. Lucie

D. Wright

9

Bombers

R. Gonzalez

7

Tides

A. Baldiris

8

Bombers

P. Redman

7

Tides

R. Gonzalez

7

Tides

Player

SB

Team

Player

2B

Team

Jose Reyes

11

Tides

D. Garcia

5

BMets

R. Parker

7

Bombers

B. Malek

4

Bombers

D. Watts

5

Bombers

D. Wright

3

St. Lucie

J. Slack

5

Bombers

J. Toca

3

Tides

E. Snead

5

Tides

F. Corr

3

St. Lucie

Player

BB

Team

Player

OBP

Team

B. Whealy

11

Bombers

R. Gonzalez

.514

Tides

C. Lambin

9

St. Lucie

C. Lambin

.514

St. Lucie

B. Malek

9

Bombers

J. Phillips

.500

Tides

R. Parker

9

Bombers

B. Malek

.485

Bombers

R. Gonzalez

6

Tides

R. Acuna

.469

BMets



Norfolk Tides: SS Jose Reyes continues to get more comfortable at AAA. Reyes went 2-3 with one run scored and had another stolen base (giving him 11 on the season) in the Tides' 4-3 win over the Toledo Mudhens on Monday. Reyes is 6-13 (.462) in his last four games, raising his average to .325 on the year. During those four games, Reyes has scored three runs, had 3 RBI, and three stolen bases. C Jason Phillips tied the game Monday in the bottom of the sixth inning when hit a three-run home run, his 2nd HR of the season. Phillips has 5 RBI in his last two games. As good as Reyes and Phillips have been for the Tides, they haven't been nearly as impressive as SP Aaron Heilman. Heilman (3-0 )remained perfect for the Tides this season, despite having his "worst" outing of the year. He gave up three runs in seven innings to the Mudhens Monday. For the season, Heilman sports a nifty 1.80 ERA with 17 K's in 20 innings pitched. He has also allowed less than one baserunner per inning this season (14 hits and 5 walks).

Binghamton Mets: The Binghamton Mets, not unlike their parent club, have had their share of offensive woes this season but their bats at least woke up in a 9-7 loss to Portland Monday. Jeff Duncan, Michael Jacobs, and Daniel Garcia each had three hits to lead a 14-hit BMets' attack. Garcia (3-5) had two doubles, giving him 5 for the season (which leads all Mets' minor leaguers), and raised his average to .414 for the season. He, along with Jeff Duncan and Ronald Acuan, have the main offensive weapons for the B-Mets this season. 1B Craig Brazell went 1-4, only his fourth hit of the sesaon, raising his average to .133 on the year. Since going 0-3 in a 5-3 loss to Norwich on Friday, OF Jeff Duncan has had multi-hit games in each of the last three games. He is 7 for his last 13 (.538) and has raised his batting average to a very respectable .300 at the leadoff spot. SP Joseph Cole, making his first start of the season, surrendered four runs in five innings and now boasts a 5.63 ERA for the year.

St. Lucie Mets: 3B David Wright went 1-3 with 2 RBI and 2 walks in St. Lucie's 6-5 victory over Lakeland Monday. After driving in 93 runs last season, Wright has collected 9 RBI this season, which is tied for second most among Mets' minor leaguers. The two walks are also significant, as they raised his total to only five on the year. Wright had 76 walks last year for the Bombers. Joseph Jiannetti went 1-4 with a run scored, collecting his first hit of the season, and raising his batting average to .031. SP Neal Musser has had a rough go of it in 2003. Musser gave up 7 hits and 5 runs (three earned) in three innings of work Monday. For the season, he's allowed 18 hits and 5 walks in just 11 1/3 innings, and now has a 6.35 ERA for the year. Relievers Wayne Ough (five innings) and Orlando Roman (one inning) shut down the Tigers for the final six innings Monday. Ough struck out five batters in his five innings, giving him 15 K's in 13 innings pitched this season.

Capital City Bombers: OF Alhaji Turay went 1-4 with one run scored and an RBI Monday. Despite hitting only .211 this season, Turay has been quite the run producer for the Bombers. He leads all Mets' minor league hitters with 13 RBI and he has scored 7 runs. 3B Aaron Baldiris went 2-4 with 2 RBI Monday, raising his average to .343, and giving him 8 RBIs on the year. OF Bobby Malek also went 2-4, hitting his fourth double of the season. Malek also drew a walk, giving him 8 so far, and raising his on-base percentage to .485. 2B Blake Whealy went 0-4 with two strikeouts, giving him 10 K's in 25 at-bats this season, lowering his average to .120 for the year.

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