Cutnpaste: – Oliver Perez, Jason Bay, Aaron Heilman, Daniel Murphy, Fernando Martinez


When he did get on the mound, Perez didn’t exactly light up the radar gun or do anything that would merit any excitement about his place on the Mets. But at least for a day he was able to show he wasn’t going to depart without a fight. After a dismal first outing – not to mention a bullpen session that showed no improvement – Perez managed to navigate his way through two scoreless innings against a St. Louis Cardinals squad that brought only one regular starting player without a run, allowing two hits, no walks and not getting a strikeout.  

Jason Bay:
For Hudgens, the newly hired Mets hitting coach, perhaps none were more important to study than Jason Bay. Hudgens said he watched video of all of Bay’s plate appearances in 2010, all 401 of them. Now, the two are working together to fix a swing that so often seemed broken. After signing a four-year, $66 million contract in January 2010, Bay was a major disappointment last season. He hit just .259, with just six home runs and finished with a career-low .402 slugging percentage. A concussion in July ended his season.


Aaron Heilman:
Aaron Heilman is not kidding around when he says he wants to win a job in the starting rotation rather than the bullpen, where he’s been for the last five seasons. The D-backs right-hander tossed another three scoreless innings Wednesday afternoon at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, giving him five this spring. “Heilman was awesome,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said after his split squad’s 5-3 win over the Mariners. “He was pounding the zone. He’s certainly going for it.”¬ebook_id=16796562&vkey=notebook_ari&c_id=ari


Here in Spring Training, Murphy is in a four-way competition with Luis Castillo, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner for the starting second-base job, a gig he first began pursuing in the Minor Leagues last season. But Murphy has also logged Grapefruit League innings at third base, where he started Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals, and boasts experience both in left field and first base. If he misses out on the second-base job, Murphy could still make the team as a super sub of sorts, capable of backing up David Wright, Ike Davis and Jason Bay while providing a left-handed bat off the bench.


Five years and numerous injuries later Fernando Martinez is no longer, as Brian Costa wrote for the Wall Street Journal, a prodigy. This isn’t a surprise to me as I often questioned the praise for Martinez, who never showed the results his famous talents promised. Thus far, his best minor league season came in 2008 when he played 90 games, hit .292, with 8 homers and 43 RBI. I remember watching Martinez in Binghamton over the course of a weekend. Despite having a pleasant conversation with him in the locker room, I came away unimpressed with his play on the field. Yes, he was a great kid, unspoiled by the praise of being a top prospect, but he just didn’t appear to translate any of his tools into the game.



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