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.
Philip Humber fell to 7-5 on the season with a rough start in the Zephyrs 6-2 loss to Oklahoma. He gave up six runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Miguel Negron was one for four in the loss. He drove in both of the Zephyrs two runs.
Philip Humber improved to 6-4 on the season with a decent start in the Zephyrs 8-3 win over Salt Lake. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Andy Tracy hit his fourteenth homerun and he drove in two runs in the win. Anderson Hernandez went two for three and he scored two runs.
The Zephyrs won both games of their doubleheader with Colorado Springs and they got some quality pitching in both games. The first game was a 5-2 win with Philip Humber having a nice start. He gave up two runs on ten hits with seven strikeouts in six innings. Jake Gautreau went two for three with a double, a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.
Jason Vargas picked up the win in the second game. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Andy Tracy homered for the thirteenth time this season and he drove in two runs.
Fernando Tatis had a nice day at the plate in the Zephyr’s 8-5 win over the Isotopes. He went two for four with a double, three RBIs and two runs. Andy Tracy went yard for the eleventh time this year with a two run shot.
Philip Humber didn’t have his best stuff but he improved to 4-4 on the season. He gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
The Zephyrs mounted a huge come back in their 9-8, eleven inning win over Omaha. Down 8-4, they scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra frames. Then in the tenth, Anderson Hernandez hit a walk off homer to win it for the Zephyrs.
Ricky Ledee had a nice game at the plate. He went two for five with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Hernandez finished with two RBIs and two runs.
Philip Humber was hit hard in the win but the hitters picked him up. Eddie Camacho picked up the win with two shutout innings to close out the game.
The Zephyrs topped Las Vegas 10-3 and not only did Philip Humber have a nice start, but he also got it done at the plate as well. He gave up one run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven solid innings and he went one for three with a triple, a run and three RBIs.
Anderson Hernandez also had a nice day at the plate. He went three for five with a double and three RBIs. Fernando Tatis had two hits including a two run homer.
Mike DeFelice had one of the Zephyrs’ three hits and he drove in the lone run in a 5-1 loss. Chip Ambres had the only extra base hit of the game and he scored the lone run.
Philip Humber had a tough start and he took the loss. He gave up five runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings.
Phillip Humber threw seven solid frames in the Zephyrs 4-3 loss. He gave up just one run on six hits and he struck out three. Unfortunately, Jose Santiago gave up three runs in the final two frames to lose it.
Ruben Gotay singled, scored a run and walked twice. Anderson Hernandez went two for five with a triple.
The Zephyrs got it done at the plate today as they blew out Nashville 10-2. Mike DeFelice went three for four with two double, three RBIs and two runs. Andy Tracy hit a three run homer (his fifth of the year) and Ruben Gotay and Anderson Hernandez also went yard in the win.
Philip Humber picked up the win in a solid start. He gave up just one run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
It was actually nice to get this one over early as the Zephyrs were pounded for 14 runs on 16 hits in just seven innings. Philip Humber was shelled for four runs in three innings and Steve Schmoll was tagged for six runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Mike DeFelice provided most of the Zephyrs offense with a two run homerun in the 14-3 loss. He was also the only Zephyr with two hits.
Philip Humber gave up just one run on one hit and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings today. He picked up the win with some help from Jose Santiago, who threw three shutout innings in relief.
Anderson Hernandez drove in two runs and Ruben Gotay hit a solo homerun in the 4-1 win. Chip Ambres also had a good game. He went two for four with a double and a run.
Alan Schwarz at Baseball America posted a very interesting Q&A today with Mets prospects Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber. It’s a pretty casual interview to start with but they get to each of the two guys pitches and it also talks about how both guys are fighting for a spot in the rotation right now.
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