From Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to David Wright, A look at the New York Mets past, present and future.
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Baseball America recently unveiled their list of the top ten Mets prospects. There’s no surprise that right hander Mike Pelfrey tops the list. The Mets number one pick in 2005 was considered the top pitching prospect in the draft but dropped because of signability issues. In the end, the Mets paid big time for the prospects so hopefully he’ll be the stud everyone thinks he is. Pelfrey made four different stops last year and even his two starts at Triple A were good ones. Unless he really shines this spring though, I’d hope he starts back in Triple A for a time. You could definitely see him in the rotation in the second half of the season though.
Coming at number two is outfielder Fernando Martinez. This kid is only 17 years old and he struggled once he got to High A, which isn’t surprising because he’s in over his head with 20 year olds. Expect him to start back up at High A and this time he gets it done.
Carlos Gomez (OF), Phillip Humber (RHP), and Deolis Guerra (RHP) round out the top five.
The overall prognosis for the Mets farm system is they have some studs, but not a ton of depth. Hopefully those studs are the real deal, because if they are, the Mets are good for a while.
Pedro Martinez took another step closer to getting on the mound. He threw 32 pitches in from in front of the pitchers mound and while he didn’t throw at full speed, his delivery appeared normal. There were a couple of times where the trainer had to make adjustments to his new shoe.
Regardless, getting Pedro Martinez on the mound is key to the Mets chances of winning a World Series this year. We lost Jae Seo and Kris Benson to trades and those both thinned out our rotation. The difference between Pedro and starter number six (which could be any of a few different people) right now is huge. Huge.
In other good news, Mets outfield prospect Lastings Milledge was chosen as the ninth best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. We got to know Milledge better when he was blogging from the Arizona Fall League. Milledge had an impressive .330/.402/.574 line in the AFL and he was just as good in AA (.337/.392/.487 in 193 at bats).
Since the Mets are rained out, let’s take a look down on the farm. Also be sure to check out my latest Tom Seaver Retrospective. Note that everything is through June 1, which is what’s been updated on Minor League Baseball.com.
The Tides have gone into a bit of a slump the last week. They’ve lost their last three games, and four out of their last five. Their 29-27 still puts them in first place in the International League South by three games over the Durham Bulls. There’s a box score for June 3 showing they lost a close game to the Rochester Red Wings, so it looks like their in an even deeper slump then I first thought.
Brian Daubach continues to tear it up, and there’s rumors that he might be headed for the big league club. He’s hitting at a very impressive .353/.421/.615 clip, and he leads the team in homers with eight.
On the pitching side, Jae Soe continues to throw well for the Tides. He’s now struck out 56 batters in 55 innings, and he stands at 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA. On top of that, he’s only given up fifteen walks. In his last outing on June 3, he lost a close affair (his first loss of the season) as he pitched six innings, gave up eight hits, and struck out four batters.
The Tides play three more against the Red Wings before playing a odd home and home series against the second best team in their division. They play the Bulls two games at home, then immediately travel and play two games at Durham. So by the end of next week, things could shake out in the division further.
Binghamton’s three game winning streak was snapped yesterday with a loss to the Altoona Curve. The loss put the Mets a single game below .500, and they trail the first place Portland Sea Dogs by 3 1/2 games in a tight Northern Division race that where first and last are seperate by only 6 1/2 games. The Mets will have a chance to shave that lead as they’re playing Portland as I write this. They have a four game series there.
Shortstop Chase Lambin has been a tear all season. Yesterday he went one for four, but he’s hitting .339/.392/.661. He leads the team in homers with eight, and more then half of his hits have been for extra bases. Third basemen David Bacani has also been very effective for the Mets. He leads the team in OBP (.429) and has a nice 17/14 strikout to walk ratio. He’s even thrown an inning of relief for the squad.
On the pitching side, Floyd Bannister’s son, Brian, has been lights out. He’s 6-1 with 51 innings under his belt. He has a miniscule 1.94 ERA and 43 strikeouts. I see a promotion coming soon for the 24 year old. Yusmeiro Petit has also thrown well. He has 40 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings with a 3.13 ERA. He only has 5 walks, so he’s had pretty good command to date.
It’s been an up and down week for the Norfolk Tides. After losing two straight to the Indianpolis Indians, they won four in a row against the Richmond Braves, only to get hammered yesterday by the Pawtucket Red Sox. Norfolk stands in first and has a nice four game cushion in the International League South.
Veteran Brian Daubach, who only three years ago hit 20 homers for the Boston Red Sox, has been tearing it up for the Tides. He sports an impressive .373/.438/.672 line. Equally as impressive has been infield prospect Jeff Keppinger. Primarily a second basemen, Keppinger has also seen some time at third base, and is hitting at a .368/412/.503 clip in 163 at bats.
On the pitching side, Juan Padilla has been the most impressive. Used primarily as a reliever, Padilla is 2-0 with a 0.94 ERA and a 0.837 WHIP. Most importantly, he has a rock solid 27/4 strikeout to walk ratio. He’s saved two games, and has yet to give up a homer in 28 2/3 innings.
The Tides have three more games with Pawtucket before moving on the Ottawa Lynx come to town.
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