Cutnpaste: – Misch, Mejia, Izzy, Beltran’s Status, A-Rod


Chris Young and Chris Capuano are the frontrunners for the final two spots in the rotation, but left-hander Pat Misch wants to get a spring-training look also in that role. And Terry Collins has pledged that will be the case, as he has for D.J. Carrasco, another projected member of the bullpen. “I feel like I can do both,” said Misch, who was 0-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 12 appearances (six starts) for the Mets last season. “I throw a lot of strikes [only four walks in 37 2/3 innings last season], which is a plus. Am I auditioning for a starting spot? I think I can. If a reliever spot is open also, I’ll do that.”


Although David Price made it to the majors in a mere 110 innings, the Rays were indeed the team most cautious with its pitchers, as James Shields, Jason Hammel, and Wade Davis, among others, did extensive work on the farm before reaching Tampa Bay. The Mets were the most aggressive club when it came to promoting pitchers as well as hitters—and we’re not even counting Jenrry Mejia. They also broke in the fewest players over this five-year period, minting just 23 major leaguers. The most rapidly multiplying team, the Giants, doubled that total.


Throwing his first live batting practice Monday, Isringhausen’s fastball was “high 80s,” according to one coach’s estimate (no radar guns), and he was breaking off that big curveball he’s had since he was a kid. Throw in the cutter he leaned on heavily his last few years as the Cardinals’ closer, and Isringhausen may still have the weapons to be effective. One Mets person Monday even speculated that the old pro would be a better bet as the primary set-up man for Francisco Rodriguez than flame-throwing Bobby Parnell.  


Beltran’s Status:
The Mets plan to hold outfielder Carlos Beltran out of the first week of Grapefruit League games for precautionary reasons, manager Terry Collins said Monday. Beltran is in the middle of a seven- to 10-day running program that will help him assess whether or not his oft-injured knees are strong enough to allow him to play center field. Until the Mets are certain of his status, they don’t want to risk using him in games. To be clear, this is not an injury or a setback — merely a precaution.


Rodriguez’s strong hands give him a solid approach for contact-hitting to supplement his natural power. He hit .312 in Kingsport last year, and slugged a respectable .556. He is all projection at this point but the consensus among scouts and writers alike is that his upside is rather high. The rawness in his offensive game is amplified even more in the field; Rodriguez isn’t much of a 3rd-baseman, but at the very least it’s a position where his bat will play. He doesn’t offer much in the way of speed. It’s the potential for plus power (or even plus-plus power) that has the scouts excited.


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