11/18/09

Minors Stuff

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Mike Pelfrey:


9. Mike Pelfrey, Wichita State - Analysis. Wichita State pitching coach Brent Kemnitz is one of the best in the business and helped Pelfrey get where he is now in the big leagues. Pelfrey had a fantastic career for the Shockers and is part of a huge list of great former pitchers. As a freshman for the Shockers, Pelfrey started 16 games and had a 2.49 ERA in 104 2/3 innings. He struck out 98 and walked 15. As a sophomore, he started 16 games and had a 2.19 ERA in 115 1/3 innings. He also struck out 125 and walked 25. In his final season with WSU, Pelfrey compiled a 12-3 record and had a 1.93 ERA in 139 2/3 innings. He struck out 143 and walked 30.
http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/baseball/news?slug=kr-decadestarters111609&prov=yhoo&type=lgns


Sandy Alomar Jr.

Sandy Alomar Jr. is coming home.

Alomar, 43, was named manager Manny Acta's first base coach today. The former All-Star will also instruct Indians catchers. With Class AA Eastern League MVP Carlos Santana knocking on the door to the big leagues, what better tutor for him than Alomar?

Last week at the general managers meeting in Chicago, Mets GM Omar Minaya said Alomar was staying in New York. He hadn't been officially named to the Mets big-league staff, but Minaya made it clear he was going to keep him.


Carlos Delgado:
In a few weeks’ time, Omar Minaya is planning a visit to the Puerto Rican winter league to scout Delgado, who was limited to 26 games in 2009 after his comeback attempt from hip surgery was quashed by a right oblique strain. At age 37, coming off major surgery and perhaps better suited to a role as a part-time designated hitter, Delgado must first prove that he is healthy before entertaining contract offers that are likely to be short and filled with incentive clauses. Think of the deal that Pedro Martinez signed with Philadelphia, but extrapolate that over a full season.
http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/mets-balancing-two-sets-of-off-season-priorities


Tim Teufel:

The Mets continued to reshuffle their minor-league managers on Tuesday, naming Tim Teufel, a member of the 1986 Mets, as the skipper of the Double-A Binghamton Mets. On Monday, the Mets announced another member of that championship team, former second baseman Wally Backman, would managed the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones. Teufel had previously managed the A-level St. Lucie Mets for six seasons. His record is 337-404. "We're thrilled to have a manager of Tim Teufel's caliber lead our ballclub," Binghamton general manager Scott Brown said in a statement. "He's familiar with the Northeast and even more importantly, many of the players that we expect to have in Binghamton during the course of the 2010 season." Teufel played six seasons with the Mets and retired in 1993. He also played for the Minnesota Twins and the San Diego Padres.
http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2009/11/ny_mets_promote_tim_teufel_to.html


Dave Jauss
Dave Jauss is the Mets’ new bench coach, according to major-league sources. An announcement is expected Wednesday or Thursday. Jauss, 52, previously has worked as a bench coach for three teams — the Red Sox, Dodgers and Orioles.
Former Indians manager Eric Wedge, former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin were among the other candidates the Mets considered. For someone as experienced as Wedge or Melvin, the Mets’ position might have been a steppingstone; Mets manager Jerry Manuel, coming off a 70-win season, is entering the last year of his contract.


Jason Marquis:

Jeff Francoeur wasn't kidding when he told The Post this summer that free-agent right hander Jason Marquis badly wants to be a Met in 2010. Marquis backed that up this week, telling The Post he considers the Mets 'a perfect fit'
http://www.fantasysp.com/player/mlb/Jeff_Francoeur/646706


Roy Halladay:

MLB.com's Jordan Bastian says that the Blue Jays will consider granting another team a window to discuss a contract extension with Roy Halladay if it means the return in a potential trade would be "significantly greater." GM Alex Anthopoulos declined to comment on the situation, however.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com


John Lackey:

Add Washington to the list of clubs vying for the services of free-agent starter John Lackey. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nats are interested in Lackey for the obvious boost he would provide to their National League-worst 5.00 team ERA, but also to serve as a mentor for their young starting corps of Stephen Strasburg, Ross Detwiler and John Lannan.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com


Wally Backman:

This past weekend – before he became the new manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones, Wally Backman visited the Park Terrace Care Center in Corona – just a stone’s throw from Citi Field. (Ron Darling appeared at Park Terrace last Monday.)
Backman fielded questions from the Center’s residents for over an hour, sharing his thoughts on subjects ranging from his experience as a World Champion in 1986 to his feeble career homerun total to his opinion of Derek Jeter. Before leaving, he posed with each of the 30+ residents who had come downstairs to see him speak.

And according to my sources, Backman wasn’t compensated for the visit. Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez and several Yankees teammates were charging between $200-$475 for autographs in New Rochelle, NY.

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