Kingsport report: Henry homers again

Sean Henry hit his second homer in as many games on Sunday, helping to lift the Kingsport Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Burlington Indians, snapping a three-game losing streak for New York's Appalachian League affiliate.

The 20-year-old Henry slugged a solo blast, his fourth, with one out in the ninth inning while facing Indians reliever Wilander Cruz.

Henry also homered Saturday in the third inning, hitting a two-run shot off Burlington starter Joanniel Montero in a contest that was suspended and completed before Sunday's scheduled contest, ending in a 8-7, 10-inning loss for the K-Mets.

Henry, a 20th round selection of the Mets in the June 2004 draft, began his professional career as a shortstop, but 26 errors in 69 games – plus the ascension of Jose Coronado, a highly-touted defensive prospect currently playing at Class-A St. Lucie of the Florida State League – prompted the Mets to entertain other options.

The Diablo Valley (Calif.) College product first headed to the Instructional League to kick-start a position switch to second base, but Henry eventually found his way to center field, where he has played all 26 of his games for Kingsport this season.

A .255 batter in 149 at-bats at Kingsport last season, Henry has posted an identical batting average through 94 at-bats for the K-Mets in 2006.

His production has been better this time around, however: Henry already has more doubles (nine) this year than he did in 42 games last year (seven).

With four home runs and 19 RBI already logged, Henry appears poised to surpass the five homers and 31 RBI he contributed to Kingsport's 2005 campaign.

State of the K-Mets: Kingsport enters Monday's action with a record of 14-16 (.467), good for second place in the Appy League's West division. Elizabethton (23-9) is running away with the division, eight games up on Kingsport.

Kingsport leaderboard, offense: Junior Contreras is batting .320 through 97 at-bats, third-best in the system and tops among short-season players … Emmanuel Garcia's .312 average is fifth in the system … David Wabick's .290 average is 10th … Kingsport's .260 average is the best among the Mets' seven farm clubs.

Kingsport leaderboard, pitching: Greg Mullens (4-2) has compiled a 3.41 ERA through 31.2 innings, fifth-best in the organization … Kingsport's 3.63 staff ERA is fourth-best in the system and second among short-season clubs (Brooklyn, 3.50).


Left-hander Duane Privett, a 14th round pick from the College of Southern Idaho this year, notched his first professional victory July 19 against Johnson City, throwing a career-high five innings in Kingsport's 6-2 victory.

The 20-year-old Privett (1-1, 4.86 ERA) allowed just one earned run and five hits, walking one and striking out six in the effort.


Timothy Stronach, a 22nd round selection of the Mets from Worcester State (Mass.) College, took his first professional loss on July 18 against Johnson City, allowing six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The 20-year-old right-hander pitched better in his last start, allowing three runs (one earned) over five innings at Burlington on Sunday, but he is still searching for his first victory. Stronach is 0-1 with a 4.44 ERA through six starts.

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