Binghamton Revisited: The Other Guy Heads Out to Scout the Mets AA Prospects

char_pitJimmy:

So, Mike, I hear you are headed out to grab a spiedie at Lupo’s in Binghamton. Any chance of catching the Mets while you’re digesting?

Mike:

Yes. At the risk of insulting all of our southern tier readers there are only two reasons to even slow down in Binghamton. And as much as I like Lupo’s it’s not exactly about the atmosphere. Spiedies to go, and on to NYSEG Stadium for me.

Jimmy:

As you know, I was there not too long ago. A lot’s happened. Leathersich and Montero are in Vegas, but Syndergaard is in town, so you might get lucky. Puello is still raking, he’ll be promoted soon. There are two guys I need you to take a better look at, guys whom I maybe didn’t give enough attention. Allan Dykstra has been putting up big numbers. From where I sat, well, maybe he didn’t have a good game. Seemed like a big, lumbering guy out there — and he’s not young — so I didn’t come away excited.

Mike:

He’s no kid, and I saw him there last year and he made me yawn. But I will check him out between bites.

Jimmy:

The other guy is the little second baseman, Daniel Muno. I kind of dismissed him as too small, I guess, not athletic enough, but I see his name climbing the prospects ladder. Maybe he’s one of those players where there is more than meets the eye?

Mike:

Don’t forget Ceciliani. I want to see the haircut.

Jimmy:

thor-mrvWalters has a good look, too, and he’s closing out games like nobody’s business. They’ve got a lefty specialist down there, too, named Chase Huchingson, maybe you’ll get to see him. Of course, the big fish is named Noah “Hammer of the Gods” Syndergaard. By everything I’ve read, he sure seems like a potential 2-3 starter for the Mets. Call me Old School, but I like a big, strong kid on the mound. That he’s from Thor’s hometown, Mansfield, Texas, can only be a bonus.

Mike:

Never knew that about Thor, you learn something every day. I just hope I don’t get Mark Cohoon. Nothing against the kid but I saw him there two years ago. That doesn’t scream prospect. No Mazzoni either, I saw him last year, and you got him during your trip too.

Jimmy:

He’s a second-round pick, doing well, but not particularly exciting. Puello, on the other hand, sure looks like a five-tool athlete. PEDs for everyone! Also, Corey Vaughn is out there. I’ve always projected him as a .220 hitter with occasional pop, so that doesn’t do it for me. Maybe your discerning eye will see more.

Mike:

Greg’s son. Greg had a few decent years with the Brewers, but I always remember his 2002 season with Tampa Bay, 251 ABs, with a .163 batting average. Take that Jason Bay! I had a friend who played fantasy baseball for the first time and drafted Vaughn. Kept him for every one of those ABs, waiting for regression to the mean. Nice theory, regression to the mean. Better him than me.

Now some bad news. Kelly can’t make it, and she is the real scout in the family. But Terri is coming so we will get good photos for everyone.

Jimmy:

I sat right behind the dugout, baby, worth all eleven dollars. Good luck topping that.

Mike:

I’ll see what I can do. You know, I know a guy who knows a guy in Endicott.

 

 

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2 comments

  1. All I can say is, good luck with the weather. Yeesh.

  2. W.k. kortas says:

    I’ve always said the best thing about Binghamton is that it’s not Elmira.

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