3/17/09

Prospects: Eduardo Aldama - Luis Allen - Edgar Alfonzo

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Eduardo Aldama SP R R 6-1 175 12-23-89

Aldama pitched for the 2008 GCL Mets, going 1-5, 4.75, 1.29 in 12 games (9 starts). He had 42 Ks & 13 BBs in 47.1 IP.

In September 2008, Toby Hyde wrote:

RHP Eduardo Aldama – 1-5, 4.75 ERA, 12 G, 9 GS, 47.1 IP, 48 H, 36 R, 25 ER, 1 HR, 13 BB, 42 K - Aldama was the first guy I saw throw in the GCL and it was rewarding after a morning of travel to see something like an MLB caliber fastball. Aldama was 89-94, mostly sitting at 91. He can work it up and down in the zone. His secondary offerings include a curveball from 74-78 that was mostly 76 and a changeup. He showed some feel for the pitch, at one point throwing four straight to pick up a strikeout when he was struggling with his fastball command. His delivery is a little unusual. He’ll sit back into it, dragging his body to the first base side.




Luis Alen C R R 6-1 170 4-16-85 Puerto Ordaz, Venezuala

Alen was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002 by the Florida Marlins.

He played 3 years in the Marlins organization, going .221/.269/.281/.550 in 331 at bats. From there, Alen went to Winnipeg/Independent League, where he was named the No. 3 prospect in all the Indy leagues. This was the first year he showed a solid bat, after spending most of his career as a good-glove catcher. He finished 8th in the league, with a .330 BA.

From BA in their ‘Top 10 Independent Player” list:

Alen, a 22-year-old from Venezuela, spent the 2006 season in Italy after playing four years in the Marlins organization. He was a light-hitting catcher with the Marlins, hitting .230/.289/.280 in 391 career at-bats before being released in 2005. The Goldeyes weren’t expecting much offensively, but they knew that he was a solid defensive catcher with an outstanding arm. The arm was just as good as advertised, and he registered consistent 1.8-1.85-second pop times (the time from the catcher’s mitt to the second baseman’s glove on a throw) while showing a quick release and accuracy. He gunned out 31 percent of basestealers as one of the youngest players in a league dominated by minor league veterans. But what was surprising was Alen’s development as a hitter. He hit .333/.396/.453 to finish eighth in the Northern League in batting. He struck out 20 times in 285 at-bats. His swing is not particularly short, but he does have a plan at the plate and shortens up if he falls behind in the count. “He has a plan in every at-bat. He gets good wood on the ball,” Winnipeg manager Rick Forney said. “The power will come. He hit a hard .330 with a lot of line drives.”


The Mets signed Alen for the 2008 season, where he was the 3rd string, bullpen catcher for new Orleans, St. Lucie, and Brooklyn. He batted .114 in a total of 44 at bats.



Edgar Alfonzo P L L 5-10 170 12-14-84 Estado Miranda, Venezuela

Alfonzo was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002 by the Mets, and started his career on the VSL Mets.

In November 2005, Baseball America wrote:

The New York Mets signed left-handed pitcher Edgar Alfonzo as an International free agent out of Venezuela back in 2002. The mere fact that he's left-handed and throws good secondary pitches means his stock is automatically higher than most. Ranking #48

He began the 2007 season on the injured reserve list.

In 2008, he pitched for Binghamton, going 2-2, 4.26 in 28 relief appearances.

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