8-10-10: - stock up – so, how many times have I written in the past three months that Mike Antonini ought to be pitching AAA ball this season? Well, finally someone work up and gave the boy a one-way to Buffalo and he pitched 6.0 scorelss innings last night, striking out five, walking none, and stating a AAA “seasonal” ERA of 0.00. Mike’s got one more obstacle to climb this year and then he’s Willet’s Point bound…
2010 stuff on Mike:
1-1-10: Antonini seemed to get his game back on track at the end of the 2009 season, and it will be interesting to see if he is: A) sent to AAA to start, B) sent back to AA to start, or C) sent to the pen.
6-11-10: - Mike Antonini put up another gem, tossing a 7-inning CG (1-ER, 7-K, 0-BB, 4.02). That’s three gems in a row, resulting in 19-1-IP, 3-ER, 20-K, 2-BB. This alone warrants a bump up to AAA-Buffalo and, hopefully, the Mets will make some room for him post haste. They really need to start moving some these guys in the right direction.
6-21-10: - Antonini had another strong outing on Sunday, which just strengthens my theory that he will be moving to Buffalo sometime tomorrow. This outing: 7.0-IP, 2-ER, 6-K, 1-BB… He’s got a 3.37 ERA in his last 10 outings and, frankly, the Mets need to see him at a new level. Mike turns 25 in August and now is his time to prove his 2011 value. Remember, he started pitching in Binghamton during the 2008 season. He had two starts last year in Buffalo (12.27) and was returned to Binghamton to mature some more. Fine. He’s now mature.
7-1-10: - Antonini had another good outing for Binghamton last night… 7.0-IP, 3-ER, 7-K, 1-BB… ERA is now sitting at 4.05. I still think he should be pitching at Buffalo at this point in his career, butwhat the heck do I know?
7-11-10 from Binghamton Mets web site: - For the second straight start, Mike Antonini recorded a career-high nine strikeouts and again he offered up a quality start and failed to pick up a win. Six of Antonini’s last eight starts have gone six innings or better with three earned runs or less (a quality start). He has struck out 25 men in his last 19 innings and ranks fourth in the Eastern League in punchouts (82) and fifth in innings pitched (105.1).
7-13 from: - http://www.amazinavenue.com/2010/7/13/1565273/mid-term-farm-system-review-part - Antonini got off to a terrible start but has been improving as the season has gone along, a great sign from a young pitcher. His control is outstanding, and while his strikeout rate isn't tremendous, it's solid and not a major issue for Antonini. The real problem is the lack of stuff—Antonini really only tops out around 91—and that flyball rate. Homers have been a small issue this season, but there's the potential here for them to become much more than a small issue. Still, he's a lefty, and those guys have a tendency to buck the odds. The only problems here are problems we saw coming last year, and he's exceeded expectations in some ways.
7-16-10: - Antonini continues to dominate AA hitters in the months of June and July. Last night, he went 6.2-IP, 0-ER, 4-K, 1-BB, and lowered his ERA to 3.70. What's especially impressive is his 2.93 ERA over his last ten starts, beginning on May 29th. As I have stated before, he's ready for the move to AAA which I expect to happen soon. There seems to be a slot open in Buffalo, what with Tobi Stoner used as a reliever for the first time during one of Olver Perez's outings. I expect Mike to slot in that position as soon as Perez is done with his rehabbing.
7-26-10: - Antonini got back on track Sunday, allowing only one run in 6.0-IP (7-K, 2-BB, 4-H) … his yearly stats are now: 21-G, 6-9, 4.07, 1.17 , 98-K, 23-BB, 121.2-IP, .299-BABIP, 3.86-FIP.
8-9-10: - stock up – Schafer was recently promoted to brooklyn after going .333/.393/.444/.837 for Kingsport in 1256-AB. He led off yesterday for the Clones, playing shortstop, going 3-5, with two runs batted in. Just what the Cyclones needed was another bat.
Wiki on Justin:
2009: Led Aggies in batting (.338), runs (31), stolen bases (7) and on-base average (.411)... Started 38 of 41 games... Mostly split his starts at second (19) or third (15)... Hit 50-for-148 for the season, striking out just 13 times... Improved to 33-for-87 (.379) with .517 slugging in Big West Conference games... Broke out of slow start with 4-for-4 game at San Diego State (4/4)... Enjoyed a consecutive-game hitting streak of 10 games soon after (4/10-4/24), batting 14-for-39 (.359)... Later hit safely in 12 straight contests in a 22-for-49 (.449) tear, mostly against conference opponents... Finished with 17 multi-hit games... Launched first collegiate home run in 2nd inning vs. Pacific (3/28).
2008: Played 12 games before season ended due to injury... Granted clock extension by NCAA due to medical hardship... Made six starts at third base... Batted .217 (5-for-23) with 4 runs scored and 3 doubles... Went 3-for-6 with two doubles in first two games of the season vs. Fresno State (2/22-2/23).
2007: Started 34 of 40 games played as a true freshman, mostly at shortstop... One of six Aggies to hit better than .300 (.301, 37-for-123)... Added 12 walks and 5 HBP to vault on-base average to .383... Hit 2-for-4 vs. Pepperdine in collegiate debut (2/9), then was 2-for-3 with 2 runs the following day... Had 10 multi-hit games... Batted 3-for-3 wth a double vs. Portland (3/3)... Hit 3-for-5 vs. Loyola Marymount later in the month (3/25)... Drove in 2 RBIs in 2-for-3 game vs. San Francisco (4/24).
5-13-09 from: - www.losgatosobserver.com/2009/05/13/where_are ... - With a Los Gatos contingent of at least 50 fans rooting him on, Los Gatos High School graduate Justin Schafer smashed three hits, including two doubles, Tuesday night as his UC Davis Aggies beat Santa Clara 9-1 at the Bronco’s Stephen Schott Stadium. Schafer, a redshirt sophomore, upped his team-leading batting average to .345 and team-leading on-base percentage to .415. He is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, with multiple hits in six of those games.The infielder is coming off a medical-redshirt year and Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He got off to a sluggish start this season while still getting back to full strength, but has been one of the conference’s hottest hitters the past four weeks. As a freshman, Schafer started 34 of 40 games, mostly at shortstop. He was one of six Aggies to hit better than .300 (.301 with 37 hits), with 10 multi-hit games. Schafer hopes to return to shortstop next season after playing mostly second and third base this year.
7-7-10 – Stock Up – Schafer is one of a handful of 2010 draft picks that are making some noise for K-Port. His stats for the short season so far are very impressive: .366/.409/.512/.921, 41-AB, .146-ISOP, .441-BABIP
8-5-10: - 2B Justin Schafer (.333/.393/.444.837 in 126-AB)has been transferred from Kingsport to Brooklyn. - this is a well earned promotion for the draft pick out of UC Davis. It should be interesting to see who gets time at second, Schafer or J.B. Brown, who is currently hitting a decent .287 for the Cyclones.
8-9-10: - stock up: - Almonte dealt up another great Cyclone outing, raising his record to 6-3. This time his stats were: 8.0-IP, 7-H, 1-ER, 9-K, 0-BB and his yearly ERA has fallen below two at 1.92. He’s going nowhere because the Mets want him to pitch game one in the Cyclones playoffs coming up at the end of the month.
Almonte was signed as an international unsigned free agent in 2007.
He pitched well in his first pro season for the DSL Mets (2008: 3-3, 2.95), and split time in 2009 with the GCL Mets and Kingsport… 4-1, 3.45, in 13-starts. Almonte also struck out 57 in 62.2-IP.
7-4-10: - Almonte pitched another good outing for Brooklyn Saturday night. The 20-year old righthander went 5.2 innings, gave up one earned run, and struck out four. His season ERA is down to 3.63 in four starts
7-19-10 from Pete Spiewak/Mack’s Mets: - Cyclones starter Yohan Almonte allowed seven hits in five innings on Monday, while the ValleyCats scored three unearned runs off of the 20-year-old righty. The Dominican Republic native lowered his ERA to 2.37 and now has a 24/8 K/BB ratio through 38 innings pitched for Brooklyn. He has only given up one earned run in his last three outings, and the last time he gave up more than one earned run was June 23 against Hudson Valley, when he gave up four runs over 6.2 innings in a loss to the Renegades.
7-31-10: - Almonte continues to elevate himelf, both as the ace of the Clones staff, and as a Mets prospect of the future. Last night, he went 7.0-IP, 0-ER, 3-H, 4-K, 0-BB. The 20-year old is now 4-3, 2.31, 1.04, with only 10-BB in 50.2-IP.
8-5-10: - We hate to write about somebody that we recently worte about, but, at the same time, you have to recognize a player when he is accomplishing something special. This happened earlier this year when Mark Cohoon just kept throwing shutouts for St. Lucie. Well, in Brooklyn, right now, Yohan Almonte is all that. His stats last night: 7.0-IP, 0-R, 3-H, 5-K, 1-BB, 2.03.
8-7 from: - http://www.brooklyncyclones.com/news/topstories/index.html?article_id=929 - Almonte is 5-3 with a 2.03 ERA, good for fifth-best in the league. In 57.2 innings, he has allowed 46 hits, 21 runs, 13 earned runs, and 11 walks, while striking out 37 batters. He has allowed one earned run or less in seven of his 10 starts, and has given up just one home run all year. Almonte ranks second in the league in innings pitched. Yohan -- a 21-year-old native of Sabana de la Mar, in the Dominican Republic -- was signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2007.