New York Mets Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Baseball America recently unveiled their list of top ten Mets prospects and topping the list is Dominican phenom Fernando Martinez. The kid’s just turned nineteen and he posted good but not great numbers at the Double A level. The kid is a little raw but he definitely has the tools to succeed and it looks like the Mets hope him to be playing with the big league club as early as 2009.
Deolis Guerra checks in at number two as the top pitching prospect and like Martinez, he’s very young. He’ll turn 19 in April and he already has a full season at St. Lucie under his belt. While he didn’t post great numbers, he was at least a level ahead of himself age wise. He did have some shoulder problems and he has yet to throw more then 100 innings in a season. I wouldn’t mind Guerra starting the season back at St. Lucie just to work on some of his pitches against lesser talent before he makes the push to Binghamton.
Carlos Gomez comes in at number three and unlike the top two, he’s major league ready. He hurt his hand when he was hit by a pitch but like the column says, Gomez should compete with Lastings Milledge for a starting outfield job.
Kevin Mulvey and Eddie Kunz round out the top five. Interestingly, Philip Humber has slipped all the way to seven after showing up at four last year.
It’s hard to believe this game was tied 2-2 through six innings. Then all hell broke loose and the two teams combined to scored ten runs in the final three frames with Reading coming out on top 8-6.
Fernando Martinez went two for four with a homerun and three RBIs. Mark Kiger went one for three with a double, a walk and two runs.
Robert Parnell took the loss but he wasn’t horrible. He gave up three runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings. Joseph Serfass was shelled and he gave up five runs in two innings.
Enrique Cruz drove in three runs in Binghamton’s 9-4 win over the Defenders. Fernando Martinez also had a nice day at the plate. He went three for five with a double, a homerun and two runs scored.
Jose Sanchez picked up the win with five solid innings. He gave up one run on six hits with two strikeouts and the win improved his record to 1-2 on the season.
Caleb Stewart singled home Fernando Martinez to win it in the ninth inning as Binghamtom edged Altoona 2-1. Stewart was also the only Met to have two hits in the game so he was definitely the hitting star.
Michael Devaney almost had a nice start wasted. He gave up just one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Ricardo Morales gave up just one hit in the final three frames and he improved to 2-1 with the win.
Fernando Martinez hit a solo homerun in the eight inning to tie Binghamtom up with Erie and Nic Jackson doubled home Mike Nickeas in the bottom of the twelth to win it. Martinez finished the game two for four with a triple, a homerun and two runs and he’s five for eight in the young season. Keep in mind that this kid is just 18 years old and he’s already mashing Double A pitching.
Carlos Muniz threw two shutout innings to close the game out and he picked up the win. He struck out four and walked none.
The Binghamton Mets finally got in their first game of the season and it was a downer. They were shutout and racked up eight hits in an 8-0 loss to the Erie Seawolves. Centerfielder Fernando Martinez singled three times and he was basically the hitting star.
Kevin Mulvey was hit hard and he didn’t even last two innings. He gave up seven runs on four hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings.
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