INTRODUCING Brandon Moore
Recently, Mets GM Sandy Alderson bemoaned the lack of starting pitching depth in the farm system. Meanwhile, the unheralded Moore is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in five starts in Double-A.
The 25-year-old, who is the B-Mets No. 5 starter, has won his last two starts, allowing one unearned run and seven hits in 15 1/3 innings.
Moore was two outs away from the B-Mets first complete game of the season in Thursday’s 7-1 win against Erie. It was the longest outing of his four-year career.
Moore, a 6-3, 190 pound righthander selected in the 14th round of the 2008 draft out of Wesleyan University, is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in five starts this season. He’s yielded 25 hits and four walks with 24 strikeouts in 29 1/3 frames. However, his outstanding command and pitch-ability will have to overcome a fastball that tops at 90 miles per hour.
Moore was a combined 5-9 with a 3.56 ERA in 27 games – 25 starts – with 41 walks and 165 strikeouts in 149 innings. He was 6-3 with a 2.09 ERA at Brooklyn in the New York – Penn in ’09 and 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 games in rookie ball in 2008.
SECOND BASE OPTIONS: Second base is a mess in New York. The Brad Emaus experiment didn’t work and now defensively-challenged Daniel Murphy and offensively-challenged Justin Turner are getting their chance.
One possible solution in the future is playing shortstop at Class AA Binghamton (11-16), where Jordany Valdespin is riding an eight-game hitting streak.
The lefthanded hitter is 13-for-33 during the streak, raising his average to .277/.321/.396. He has seven doubles, a triple, homer, eight RBI and a team-high seven steals in nine attempts on a team that only has two other regulars batting over .250: middle infielders Mike Fisher and Joshua Satin.
However, the 23-year-old has just seven walks against 22 strikeouts in 101 at-bats and he’s only 2-for-15 with four strikeouts against fellow southpaws.
Valdespin hit .277/.328/.406 in his four years and prior to last season had shown very little extra-base potential. He had 25 extra-base hits (16 doubles, 3 triples, 6 homers) in 270 at-bats in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League last season and chipped in 13 steals.
Valdespin, who was added to the 40-man roster over the winter, followed that by hitting .355 with a .848 on-base percentage in the Arizona Fall League with five extra-base hits and four walks in 76 at-bats. He was 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts.
He’s split time between shortstop and second base but looks like he’ll settle on the right side of the bag.
Class AAA Buffalo shortstop Ruben Tejada seems to be making strides at the plate.
The 21-year-old is batting .283/.348/.433 – his best OPS mark since 2007 in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He’s already cracked three homers – two shy of his career high – and he’s driven in 18 runs in 31 games with a .357 average with runners in scoring position.
He put together four consecutive multi-hit games last week to push his average over .300 before going 0-for-7 to end the week.
AROUND THE MINORS: St. Lucie (20-10), which just a few weeks ago had the best record in the minor leagues, snapped a six-game losing streak Sunday. … Savannah OF Darrell Ceciliani, the 2010 New York – Penn batting leader, returned to the lineup after missing nearly a month with a hamstring injury. He went 3-for-15 in his first four games and is batting .200 in nine games this season. Teammate Cory Vaughn continues to take after his father Greg Vaughn, going 3-for-4 Sunday to push his average to .327/.442/.449. He has one homer and 13 RBI in 29 games and is batting .378 with runners in scoring position.