Cutnpaste: – Oliver Perez, Chris Young, Pat Misch, Taylor Buchholz, Duke Snider

Ollie:

 
During the final moments of Oliver Perez’s fourth-inning meltdown Sunday, the Champion Stadium loudspeakers blared “The Twilight Zone” theme. In reality, Perez was standing on the mound, but his head always seems to be in some alternate universe that defies explanation. One minute, Perez is striking out Dan Uggla with a 73-mph slider. The next, he’s walking three straight batters, the last with the bases loaded on a full-count pitch to David Ross. Perez is thoroughly unpredictable, and for that reason, it will be very difficult for the Mets to trust him in any role – starter, long reliever or specialist.

 
http://mobile.newsday.com/inf/infomo;JSESSIONID=BF04A146A95D9158E84E.3074?site=newsday&view=sports_item&feed:a=newsday_5min&feed:c=sports&feed:i=1.2717759

 

Chris Young:

 
Last spring, before his shoulder betrayed him, Chris Young planned to call Curt Schilling. Young hoped to pick the brain of Schilling, the former ace, about a pitch he mastered, the split-fingered fastball. But then Young’s health intervened and his season was redirected. He never spoke with Schilling. A year later, healthy and throwing well for the Mets, he has the time to fiddle with the splitter as he competes for a position in the starting rotation.
http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2011/02/mets_pitcher_chris_young_looks.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

Pat Misch:
Manager Terry Collins indicated an awareness of MLB’s preference to have teams play a reasonable number of regulars in away games and also to have enough pitching in away games so that ties can be avoided. The Mets adhered to both directives Sunday, starting Angel Pagan, Ike Davis and Josh Thole — regulars all — and having Chris Young as their starting pitcher. Pat Misch pitched in relief. Though Collins made a point of saying Misch still is a candidate to start, he also noted that Misch’s pitch repertoire and resilient arm make him well-suited for relief work. Misch’s preference is to be a big league pitcher, regardless of role.

 
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110227&content_id=16751748¬ebook_id=16756404&vkey=notebook_nym&c_id=nym&partnerId=rss_nym

 

Taylor Buchholz:
Taylor Buchholz is currently dealing with hamstring tightness, but doesn’t expect to miss any time. At least it’s not his arm, right? Buchholz, 29, has made just nine major league appearances since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2009. The good news is that he tossed two scoreless innings and notched three strikeouts in the Mets’ Grapefruit League opener Saturday against the Braves. If healthy, he should crack this bullpen.

 
http://www.rotoworld.com/sports/mlb/baseball?r=1

 

The Duke:
Born in 1926, which made him more or less five years older than Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, Edwin Donald Snider was the first of the trio to arrive on the major league scene, and the first to depart, but in his heyday, he was the centerpiece of a lineup that dominated the National League. Snider was the top slugger and typical number three hitter in a lineup that included fellow future Hall of Famers Robinson, Roy Campanella, and Pee Wee Reese, the anchor of a team that won five pennants from 1949 through 1956—and could have added two more had it not been for losses on the final days of the 1950 and 1951 seasons.
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=13075

 

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Cutnpaste: – Chipper on the Mets, Bobby Valentine, Oliver Perez, Aaron Heilman, Luis Castillo

Chipper on the Mets:

 
“The Mets have talent,” Jones said. “They’ve got guys over there who can swing the bat. They’ve got good young arms. If they hang around until Johan gets back, who knows what can happen? This is a very competitive division, night in and night out, one that certainly rivals the A.L. East.”

 
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/mets/2011/02/chipper-jones-state-of-the-east

 

Bobby Valentine:

 
A vocal portion of the New York Mets fan base wanted the organization to hire Bobby Valentine as manager last offseason. That did not happen, but that does not mean Valentine will not be back roaming Citi Field. Valentine has spoken with serious financial backers about lining up a bid to buy at least a portion of the Mets, a baseball official told ESPNNewYork.com. “I’’ve talked to a number of people interested in purchasing part of the New York Mets, but I’m not formally with any group that is actively pursuing this venture,” Valentine said Sunday night

 
http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=6166294

 

Oliver Perez:
The $36 million lefthander’s 2011 Grapefruit League debut presented a compelling argument against that possibility. Despite all his work in the Mexican winter league, his early arrival at spring training and earnest commitment to improvement, Perez could not get his fastball over 86 mph – according to the stadium radar gun, he reached that velocity once – and regularly resided at 84 mph while once again struggling to find the strike zone. A three-run fourth for the Braves included a bases-loaded walk, and ended in a baserunning bailout when Joe Mather stumbled into a two-out rundown.
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/2011/02/28/2011-02-28_oliver_perez_has_horrendous_2011_grapefruit_league_debut_for_mets_fastball_tops_.html?r=sports/baseball/mets

 

Aaron Heilman:
Aaron Heilman worked a pair of scoreless innings Saturday in his start versus the Rockies. Heilman was promised a chance to start by the Diamondbacks. He’ll have to outpitch two from the group of Zach Duke, Armando Galarraga and Barry Enright this spring in order to have a chance, and even then, Arizona might prefer to keep him in the pen. He did get off to a nice start today, and it didn’t hurt his case that Duke gave up one run and five hits in two innings after taking over in the third. Still, no one is going to be making judgments based on the first week of spring training games.
http://www.rotoworld.com/sports/mlb/baseball?r=1

 

Luis Castillo:
There is still a long way to go, and it’s an uphill battle for both Castillo and Oliver Perez to win jobs with the team, but honestly, I want them to succeed, because at the end of the day, they’re members of the team, so if they can find their way again and perform, that will translate into success for this team, which is ultimately all I care about.
http://www.metsblog.com/2011/02/27/luis-castillo-looks-solid-and-fit

 

I May Be Wrong, But… Jose Reyes, Luis Castillo, Jason Bay, Kyle Allen, Yohan Almonte, Robert Carson,Mark Cohoon, Jeurys Familia, Ryan Fraser, Matt Harvey, Brandon Moore, Greg Peavey, Aderlin Rodriguez, Wilfredo Tovar, Albert Cordero, Blake Forsythe, Darrell Ceciliani, Matt den Dekker, Cesar Puello, Cory Vaughn, Eric Campbell. Robert Carson, Reese Havens, Brad Holt, Jefry Marte, Eric Niesen, Francisco Pena, Sean Ratliff

1. www.deepleagues.com listed the top 100 fantasy prospects for 2011 and the Mets landed five on the list… #33 SP Jenrry Mejia, #62 C Josh Thloe, #66 OF Fernando Martinez, #75 OF Lucas Duda, and #90 2B Brad Emaus. Five is well above the average which is a great thing, and it’s kewl to finally see Thole getting some prospect props. This list is based on players that could make a difference in the organization in 2011 so Mets officials should be thrilled to see that 5% of the players listed out of the entire league were Mets.

 

2. It really doesn’t matter if you buy into all this rah-rah shit, like bowling… but, what matters is you go along with the program. Jose Reyes not showing up at the lanes saying he overslept, and Luis Castillo saying he’s going home from practice “on time to sleep and eat” on Monday… well, you’re just not sending the right signs to new management. I was a new manager eleven times in my career and I could tell you with 90% accuracy who wasn’t gonna make it by the first day I aboard. Herb Cohen, author of “How To Negotiate Anything” called this person “the guru”. Say something in your first meeting that outlines something is going to be done differently and most of the people in the room will look in the direction of this person to see his or her facial reaction. This is your “guru” and, according to Cohen, you should get rid of this person right then and there. You’ll never turn this troublemaker. Never.

 

3. What’s the opposite of this? Well, what about Jason Bay coming to camp and vowing to turn around his bad stats of 2010. THAT’s what you want to hear in ST, not Jose snoring.

 

4. I’ve got to spend a few more minutes on Reyes. I loved the kid and no one created more runs when he led off an inning. Singles turned into doubles, doubles into triples and walks into stolen bases. You were almost guaranteed a 1-0 lead after one inning. Then came three Septembers ago when he demanded that his goombah, Carlos Gomez start in the pennant race. Willie said no, Jose hit .211 in September, and the rest was history. This was followed by two years of ticky injuries that seem to take a year to heal. I’ll give him this… when he did play, the magic was back and he gave it 110%, but he just didn’t seem to care to play enough anymore. Reyes has had his back patted since the day he arrived in camp and you can easily understand why his head Figuratively grew larger than Barry, but, IMO, he’s not a Met anymore and it’s time to get two prospects from a team that needs a former all-star that still is under 30.

 

General Opinion:  here’s your top 25 fantasy shortstops:

 Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins

Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Jose Reyes, New York Mets

Stephen Drew, Arizona Diamondbacks

Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

Miguel Tejada, San Francisco Giants

Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles Dodgers

Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox

Yunel Escobar, Toronto Blue Jays

Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay Rays

Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers

Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians

Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

Jed Lowrie, Boston Red Sox

J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles

Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers

Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels

Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

Yuniesky Betancourt, Kansas City Royals

Clint Barmes, Houston Astros

Marco Scutaro, Boston Red Sox

Reid Brignac, Tampa Bay Rays

 

Because of multiple players on the same team listed, that leaves eight teams (Minnesota,Oakland, Seattle, Atlanta, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and San Diego) witout a top shortstop.

 

I’m not trading Reyes to Atlanta, so the list drops to seven teams.

 

You can’t justify trading Reyes for either:

 

Minnesota: RHP Adrian Salcedo and RHP Kyle Gibson

Oakland: 2B Jamile Weeks and C Max Stassi

Seattle:  RHP  Michael Pineda and OF Johnemyn Chavez

Cincinnati:  C Deven Mesorasco and 1B Yonder Alonzo

St. Louis:   RHP Shelby Miller and 2B Dustin Ackley

Milwaukee: RHP Mark Rogers and RHP Cody Scapetta

San Diego:  CF Blake Tekotte and LHP Josh Spence

Come on…

 

5. Getting an invite to the STEP workout is a big deal in the Mets camp. This is when the top minor leaguers, considered the crème of the prospects in the organization, go their first organized practice and workout with each other up to March 5th.

The list this year is Kyle Allen, Yohan Almonte, Robert Carson,Mark Cohoon, Jeurys Familia, Ryan Fraser, Matt Harvey, Brandon Moore, Greg Peavey, Aderlin Rodriguez, Wilfredo Tovar, Albert Cordero, Blake Forsythe, Darrell Ceciliani, Matt den Dekker, Cesar Puello, Cory Vaughn, Eric Campbell. Robert Carson, Reese Havens, Brad Holt, Jefry Marte, Eric Niesen, Francisco Pena, Sean Ratliff, and Josh Satin
These are the Mets minor leaguers that turn on… the Mets.

 

 

6. I’m starting to think we have too much media at spring training now. The latest is that Daniel Murphy is already losing the second base job. How the hell did he do that before a single pitch in ST. One of the beat guys reported that his “Met source” told him that the Mets are concerned with Murphy’s ability to play defense. Hey, I’M concerned about Murphy’s defense, but I’m willing to give him a shot in ST. What if he hits .400/.450/.750/1.100 in ST, but makes three more errors than anyone else that played the position?

 

 

The Keepers: – #16 – SP – Robert Carson

16. Robert Carson – SP –

 
Carson had a disappointing senior season at Hattiesburg, finishing 3-5 with only 36 Ks. The bright spot was his 2.65 ERA.

As a junior, he went 5-2 with 2 saves and a 2.15 ERA with 60 Ks.

The Mets drafted Carson in the 14th round of the 2007 draft. He signed and was placed on The GCL Mets roster, where he went 1-0, 5.00 in 4 games, 1 start.

Scouts say he has a “big time arm” and throws a “heavy” fastball. Carson features 4 pitches, a fastball, changeup, cutter and curveball. His fastball sits 90-92, and has topped out at 94. His changeup sits around 75-80, while his curveball is low to mid 70s.

In 2008, Carson started out with the GCL Mets and pitched impressively: 1-0, 1.57, 0.74. He was promoted to Kingsport, where he went 2-3, 1.76 in 6 starts.

In 2009, Carson pitched a full season for Savannah and went: 8-10, 3.21, 1.40, but only 90-K in 131.2-IP. He also walked 45 batters.

Carson’s 3 year pro stats are: 12-13, 2.87, 1.34.

1-1-10 Forecast: – Carson would have been ranked higher if he finished the season strong, but he didn’t. The Mets should have bumped him to St. Lucie at least two months prior to the end of the season, but they didn’t, and that could have been hanging over Carson. There’s a hell of a lot of talent here along with his confidence and bravado. I look for a tremendous season at St. Lucie in 2010.

5-22-10: Carson has put together three decent starts coming into Friday night, after starting the season all over the place. He did give up 12 hits Friday night, but his overall stats were impressive: 7.1-IP, 2-ER, 3-K. His ERA is now down to 4.95 from a year high of 81.00 on April 15.

5-22-10: – SP Robert Carson: Carson also got off to a bad start, especially his second outing of the year (0.2-IP, 6-ER, 81.00). The good news is, in his last three outings, Carson has stats of: 16.1-IP, 5-ER, 12-Ks. His last outing on May 17 was especially hot, striking out nine in 5.0-IP. Carson is 21-years old and, like Familia, projects out as a possible 2013 starter for the Mets

6-17-10: – A+ SP Robert Carson had another great outing, throwing 6..0 scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and striking out seven. His ERA is now below five, and he’s given up only 2-ER in his last three starts (19.0-IP). This is real good news folks and there actually is a chance you may see him move on to Binghamton at some point this season.

6-30-10: – Carson did everything he could to throw a shutout Monday night… his first seven innings were close to perfect, but he eventually tired in the 8th inning, giving up four runs (7.2-IP, 4-ER, 9-H, 4-K, 1-BB). He did get the victory (6-4), and his ERA ended up at 4.54. There’s been a bunch of negativity in the scouting world involving Carson… many question whether he has that “something special”needed to make it someday in the Bigs. No one has every questioned his confidence (his Facebook name is Robert “Imdestinedforgreatness” Carson.) Let’s hope this is another sign that his game is returning.

7-4-10: – Carson continued Sunday night putting his season back together… 7.0-IP, 2-ER, 7-K, 1-BB… ERA down to 4.37. That translates to a 3.41 ERA over the last 10 starts, which, if that was his seasonal stats, he would already be on is way to Binghamton.

9-1-10 – Stock Down – Look, no matter how we break this down, Robert Carson has not progessed enough this past season to be currently considered a top pitching prospect. He was absolutely lit up last night, going 5.0-IP, 9-H, 7-ER, 5-K, 2-BB, 1-WP. His Binghamton ERA is now 8.74, and, if you add that to his 4.17 in Lucy, the year looks like: 8-11, 5.74., with only 97-K in 131.2-IP, plus 55-BB. This hasts not been a great year for three of the Mets top so-called pitching prospects (Carson, Jeurys Familia, Brad Holt) and the season seesm to be coming to an end at the right time for Robert.

In 2010, Carson had various levels of struggles. His St. Lucie stint (7-5, 4.17, 69-K, 86.1-IP) was so-so at best and most people thought he got his promotion to Binghamton because he was the lesser of five evils. At Binghamton, he really pitched badly and ended the season 1-6, 8.32, and injured.

2011 Forecast: – The Mets have already annoucned that Carson will pitch winter ball in Arizona. You and I should be so lucky after a year like this. Carson earns this for one reason; his fastball can sit in the 93-95 range. For this reason alone, the Mets will continue to try and get this “very confident” young man to develop the control and accuracy needed to at least excell in the pen. Carson will repeat the Binghamton rotation if everything goes well in the winter.

The Duke Died… They’re All Gone

Today is my wife’s birthday. We had a nice breakfast, I went to the store and bought her some roses, and we’re heading over to my daughter’s house for an oyster roast in the back yard.

 
 

I checked on-line to see how the Mets games were going and I noticed a post on Twitter. Duke Snider had passed.

 
David Rubin linked to me the story from the NYDN and it said that all the starters of the famous “Boys Of Summer” era have now passed. All of them.

 
Duke was my brother’s favorite Bum. Mine was Gil Hodges. New York was split in thirds in those days, with Dodger, Giant, and Yankees fans. Yes, there was Orlando Cepeda and Moose Skowron, but I had the pleasure of rooting for the best first baseman in New York. My brother had it much rougher, going up against Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.

 
I went to as many Dodger games as I could in those days, but 1955-1957 were a period in which I was 8-10 years old. My mother had already died, and my father was working three jobs, so my brother I would take the A train on Liberty Avenue on Saturdays on days we weren’t working.

 
However, most of my Dodger games were played alone, with a Pensie Pinky against the front stoop on my Ozone Park home. I would play both teams (always the dreaded Yankees) for all nine innings, and when Hodges came up, the ball seemed to magically hit the sweet spot on the edge of the third step. Snider did well, and the Bums always won at 106-14 95th Avenue.

 
Gilliam, Reese, Snider, Hodges, Campy, Furillo, Roseboro, Amoros…

 
They can’t all be gone. I just went there last year and saw Johnny Podres pitch a complete game…

R.I.P. – Duke Snider

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/2011/02/27/2011-02-27_halloffamer_duke_snider_the_last_surviving_regular_of_the_boys_of_summer_dodgers.html

Mack Draft: – Vaughn Covington, Taylor Jungmann, Dan Langfield, Henry Owens

Vaughn Covington, rhp – Covington is not on the roster, because he is injured. Had he been healthy, he could have been one of the top arms in this year’s class, with reports of him touching 96 mph in short bullpen stints last year. “He’s very special, but he’s sitting here with us with an arm injury. But that’s a real legitimate arm. Last May, in the Dominican, he pitched 90-92 as just a kid turning 17 and he spins the breaking ball really well. He’s a kid that I think will get drafted even though he hasn’t thrown a pitch all spring. He had Tommy John surgery in September, so he’s not going to pitch prior to the draft, but I could see him being kind of like a Chris LeRoux-type guy. But if he was healthy, I could have seen him making a bid for the top couple rounds. He’s that good and you’re talking 6-foot-5 and a ton of leverage in the arm.” – http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/?p=3119

 

Taylor Jungmann – Jungmann is a machine. Almost every time I have seen him pitch he looks like the exact same pitcher. He commands his fastball extremely well, and he does job dropping in a nice curveball. He also throws a good changeup, and in particular threw a very good one to Kolton Wong to induce weak contact. His fastball has some run to it, and is very difficult to hit hard since he does a very good job changing speeds and upsetting hitter’s timing. There is a little effort to his delivery and a noticeable head snap, but overall his arm action works well. He reminds me quite a bit of Anthony Ranaudo in that he throws three very good, but not great, pitches for strikes, with good size and a great natural sense for pitching. http://www.5tooltalk.com/2011-notes-2-26-11.html

 

Memphis got exactly what it needed and more from sophomore right-handed pitcher Dan Langfield. Langfield struck out 16 batters and allowed four runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings as the Tigers captured a 5-4 victory over Kennesaw State. With the victory, the Tigers improved to 4-1 on the young season. Langfield has been solid so far this season, allowing just two runs in five innings against Evansville last weekend. http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5298

 

Henry Owens, LHP, Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. – Skinny: Of all the players on display in Compton, Owens is the safest bet to be a first- or first-supplemental round draft pick in June. At 6-foot-6 and 185 pounds, he is rangy, projectable and most importantly, left-handed. Owens is crafty, keeping the hitter off balance by changing locations and speeds. His fastball sits in the 88-90-mph range but will peak at 91-92. Owens adds a tantalizing slow curve at 67 and his 74-77 change may develop into his best pitch. Committed to: Miami http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/highschool/02/21/top.prospects.mlb.showcase/index.html#ixzz1FAb22OhT