Cutnpaste: – Casey Fossum, Ollie, Jon Niese, Chris Capuano, and Wilmer Flores

Casey Fossum:

In nine seasons as a starter and reliever, Fossum is 40-53, with a 5.45 ERA. Fossum last pitched in the major leagues in 2009, when he made three appearances for the Mets. Last year, he played in Japan. Fossum’s lifetime numbers against lefthanded hitters show mixed results. In 210-1/3 innings, lefties have 213 hits and a .264 batting average against Fossum, who has a 1.38 WHIP against lefty hitters. Those are better than Fossum’s statistics against righties, but hardly spectacular.  


This voluntary camp is different than past years; it’s more of a bonding time than anything else. Perez became the poster child for what is wrong with the Mets last season. He had the opportunity to at least start off in a positive way with the 2011 Mets by showing up early. He came last year to early workouts, talked about how he was a new man, a new pitcher, and then in his first throwing session with Johan Santana promptly threw two balls completely over Santana’s head and over a fence that was well behind Santana.  

Jon Niese:
The lingering problems from the torn hamstring he suffered in 2009 are gone, according to Niese, and in showing up nearly a week before he was due in camp, he hopes to avoid some of the issues that plagued him as 2010 wore on. “I don’t think I hit a wall,” said Niese, who was 9-10 with two complete games in 30 starts last season after going 1-1 in three starts in 2008 and 1-1 in five starts in ’09. “It was one of those things that I felt good before and after games and even during games in the first part, but in later innings, I felt myself get fatigued a little bit.”  

Chris Capuano:
You could say Capuano is the anti-Ollie Perez. He’s a step ahead of Perez, who opted not to come to voluntary camp this week. “Chris has great action on his changeup; I just love how he moves the ball around,” said Thole, who arrived yesterday. “He uses his sinker to both sides of the plate. He’s a very precise guy; that helps. And I feel Citi Field is going to play to his advantage. He’s a fly-ball pitcher. He’s a guy that’s been there.”  

Wilmer Flores:
Pitcher Jenrry Mejia was the most talked about player in the Mets organization last year and is still ranked as their top prospect in some circles. But we’re going with shortstop Wilmer Flores as the top youngster in the Mets organization. The now 19-yr old was signed as a 16-yr old out of his native Venezuela in 1991. He made an immediate impression in rookie ball when he slugged eight home runs and drove in 42 runs and has already drawn comparisons to his fellow countrymen Miguel Cabrera.


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