I was on the Jed Bradley and Matt Barnes bandwagon, but if Nimmo pans out he will be much more valuable than those guys with all the things he brings to the table.
Montgomery will likely start in Kingsport this year as he is in extended ST.
Plus my knee-jerk speculation is that they were looking for a bat.
Toby HydeSome Mets guys have not been assigned to any particular roster.
In Erik Goeddel’s case, he has a groin strain. I labeled him as one of the two Mets with the most to prove in St. Lucie in 2011, starting with the fact that he needed to prove he can stay healthy. The good news here is that for a guy who’s had Tommy John surgery in college, and elbow and shoulder soreness as a professional that have kept him off the field in the last two years, it’s a leg thing this time.
Kyle Allen appears healthy. He’s throwing bullpens and traveling with St. Lucie, but is not on the active roster. I did not rank Allen in my Top 41 this year for the first time since 2009, as he’s stalled at advanced-A. In 2010 and 2011 in 207.1 IP with St. Lucie in 47 games and 39 starts he’s given up 237 hits, fanned 5.5 guys per nine and walked 4.9 per nine. I had him ranked highest at #13 in the system in 2010, #29 a year ago and #33 back in 2009. At this point, it seems the Mets are just more interested in giving innings in St. Lucie to other guys who have spent less, (or no) time in advanced-A.
Darrell Ceciliani has not played since Monday night when he strained his hamstring celebrating his game-winning homer. He strained the same hammy in April 2011 with the Gnats and missed almost four weeks. No word yet on the severity of this one.
Cesar Puello has not played since last Friday after fouling a ball off the top of his foot. He’s expected back in the lineup any day now.
I wonder if we'll see more prospects released this summer.
I am sure a guy or 2 will get the boot.
http://www.metsminorleagueblog.com/The B-Mets are 4-6 and living on their pitching and defense. The team is fourth in the 12-team Eastern League in ERA (2.69) and second in strikeouts (90) and has allowed the third-fewest hits (75 in 87 IP). However, as a team, the B-Mets have hit .228/.328/.356. The .228 batting average is last in the EL, but the team has drawn the third-most walks (45) and is fifth in OBP.
Keep in mind: it’s still early! It’s early. It’s early. SSS and all.
Quick Starts With Questions
Jefry Marte: .360/.429/.520, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 BB, 3 K – 8 games. The question: He’s missed the last two B-Mets games with a tight hamstring, the second time in three years he’s had hamstring trouble in April. Bad luck or bad preparation?
Matt den Dekker: .308/.372/.513, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 10 K, 39 AB – 10 G. The question: He’s striking out a little less than he did in 2011 in AA, which is good, but will the strikeouts ever take a bite out of his batting average?
The Rotation Looks Really Good
The five B-Mets starters – Zack Wheeler, Darin Gorski, Collin McHugh, Greg Peavey and Mark Cohoon – have a 2.03 ERA (12 ER/53.1 IP) with 48 strikeouts against 17 walks, in their first two turns through the rotation.
RHP Greg Peavey won the EL Pitcher of the Week. Gorski appears to be picking up right where he left off last year, and consolidated his improved fastball velocity.
Picking the top single game out of this group is tough, but Wheeler made a strong case with his Friday night outing: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. Wheeler walked three batters in three innings in his first and B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez was impressed with the change, “Friday, he made a great adjustment. It was pretty special to watch him pitch.” As for what made him successful Friday, Lopez pointed to both his command and his raw stuff, “He mixed his pitches well. [His] fastball command was unbelievable. The fastball was plus. The slider was plus.” Both Baseball America and Keith Law at ESPN.com had Wheeler ranked as the Mets’ top prospect coming into the year, so it’s a pretty big deal when he starts dominating AA.
Big Bullpen Arms
The talk of MLB spring training, LHP Josh Edgin: 4 G, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Of the 10 outs he’s recorded, two have been by way of strikeout, seven on the ground and one in the air.
Rule 5 pick Elvin Ramirez is back from the Nationals and picking up swings and misses like it’s his job (oh, wait it is his job? carry on): 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 H, 10 K
Robert Carson has been fairly hittable (again): 3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 HR, 0 BB, 3 K
Where is Reese Havens?
Not playing. Time is starting to slip for the 25-year old who has played in under 44% (213/492) of his teams’ games as a professional.
http://www.metsminorleagueblog.com/Weíre two weeks into the season, so itís a decent time to check back in with each affiliate to see whatís going on. The Bisons are 5-7, in fourth place in the International League North, five games behind the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) at 10-2.
1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is Gone
Yeah, Mets fans know this. Andres Torres pulled his calf on Opening Day, Kirk Nieuwenhuis played one game for the Bisons in 2012, and now the 24-year old is doing his part to prove that heís a capable big leaguer by hitting .292/.370/.417 in his first nine big league games and playing solid defense in center. Why this item? Just a simple reminder that the fate of any triple-A team, whether its the Bisons, the Pawtucket Red Sox, or the Sacramento River Cats, is linked closely to the performance and injuries of the teamís MLB affiliate.
2. Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia Have Been Wild
I had this pair ranked as the Metsí top two prospects overall coming into the season.
Harvey: 13 IP, 20 H, 12 R, 8 BB, 9 K, 4 WP
Familia: 13.2 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 12 BB, 15 K, 1 WP.
Iíve caught some of Harveyís starts through MiLB.tv, but have missed most of Familiaís. Itís not a stuff issue, itís just primarily about location and secondarily pitch sequencing. In my Bisonsí season preview I wrote, ďHarvey and Familia could well each go through growing pains early.Ē It might not have been bold, but it looks accurate.
For what itís worth, International League hitters have a .320 BABIP against Familia thus far and a .424 BABIP against Matt Harvey. Again, high BABIPs in the minors, or even just high batting averages, are sometimes just an indicator of good strong contact rather than the chance-based explanations one might prefer dealing with big leaguers.
3. Hey Dillon Gee, Donít Get Hurt
No one should have expected Harvey or Familia to be ready to contribute to the Mets in the first half of 2012. But what happens when a major league pitcher does get hurt and the Mets need to add someone? No one has looked really good. LHP Garrett Olson has been the best of the group with a 10/7 K/BB ratio in 10 innings, but of the five runs heís allowed, three have been unearned. Jeremy Hefner has yielded 15 hits in 11 innings. Chris Schwinden has walked as many batters (8) as heís struck out (8) in nine innings.
4. Jordany Valdespin: Versatility is Good
The Bisons have started Jordany Valdespin in center field 10 times, at second base twice and at shortstop once. Heís still learning centerfield. Even if heís not an everyday shortstop, that defensive profile Ė with the ability to fill in at all three non-catcher up the middle positions Ė will go a long way towards helping him keep an MLB bench job. He has not hit a whole lot (.255/.305/.327) but 1. itís early and 2. heís drawn four walks in 12 games which for him is a sign of progress. Heís still fast, and still has good bat speed.
5. Zach Lutz is Healthy and Hitting
Zach Lutz has played nine games at third and three at first and is bopping .341/.449/.561 with three doubles, two homers, eight walks and 13 strikeouts in his 12 games. Heíll be 26 in June, so this is more or less his peak. The Mets are pretty set at first and third base, so will Lutz ever get a chance with the Mets?
6. Did Josh Satin miss his chance?
Satin was in the big league clubhouse last Saturday, ready to be activated if the Mets needed to put David Wright onto the disabled list. Returned to Buffalo, Satin is off to a slow start: .242/.289/.394 with 12 strikeouts in 10 games. Itís just two weeks, but heís 27. Heís played 1B exclusively for the Bisons, and he just does not have the power to profile for the position in the big leagues. The next time the Mets need a body, will he still be at the top of the list ahead of Lutz, Valdespin or even Adam Loewen?
Starting? It was in front of their noses last season. Nonetheless, what's relevant here is that if you had doubts you can now add another arm to the teams stable of pitchers. I don't know how CH profiles as a starter or reliever or LOOGY, but if he shows consistency against RH batters I'd go to the wire with him as a starter with 3 pitches. He was moved from the rotation to the BP last season only to limit his IP.Who are these pitchers?
Three of the five rotation regulars – Gonzalez Germen, Cory Mazzoni and Chase Huchingson – have ERAs under two after two and a half spins through the rotation.
The lanky lefty, Huchingson has not allowed a run (12.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K). He’s a three pitch guy – fastball, curveball and change – who can touch 90, out of a low arm slot with a whole lot of deception in his delivery. Scouts are starting to pay attention to the former non-drafted free agent as a potential lefty reliever. -- Toby Hyde
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Yeah, I still think there's a chance Huchingson could be a starter in the long term, but we'll see what happens. Nonetheless, a great pickup for the Mets. If he keeps pitching this well, everyone will start taking notice.
FMart is not a Mets' prospect any more, but he should be. All he's done so far at OKC is go .347/.407.612/1.020 OPS with 4 Doubles, 3 HR, and 14 RBI in 49 AB's.
It's only a matter of time before he end up in Houston, and Sandy will eventually regret the choice to remove him from the 40.
-Sun TzuLet your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
Last edited by Dugmet; 04-19-2012 at 11:14 PM.
This is a guy who was promoted very aggressively, and any time he's been healthy he has hit. Maybe he won't be a star bat, but he'll certainly produce if he can play. The only doubt there has to be concern about that arthritic knee.
He's never shown an incling he could hit MLB quality pitching with any consistency. When has he gotten a chance to do that? He has proven that he can hit at every level.
He was brought up at 20, and appeared matched. Fair enough, but in his defense, his K rate was not bad. So, it's not like he couldn't catch up with the pitches, but just couldn't drive them. He was 20.
At 21, he was brought up, and got 18 AB's. The numbers would suggest that he was over matched again, but the sample size is useless.
Last year, at 22 he was brought up again, and had 22 AB's. He performed better, with a .715 OPS and a HR. One HR, every 22 AB's is a 25+ HR hitter, but again the sample size is useless in determining his value in the majors.
The Astros have a 28 year old RFer who can't hit. It's only a matter of time before they make a change, and I'm willing to make a gentleman's bet with you that he proves he is a legitimate ML hitter, once given a real chance.
We can decide on the parameters and consequences of the bet at a later date, if you accept.
-Sun TzuLet your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.