12/26/10

Cutnpaste: - R.A. Dickey, Matt Lindstrom, Daniel Murphy, Reese Havens, and Cesar Puello

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R.A. Dickey:

Still, I’m certain that the most endearing thing about Dickey, to fans, is the outstanding performance in 2010. Moving forward, if Dickey regresses a little bit as the league catches up to him, it will be interesting to see how fans react. Naturally some of us will always have a soft spot in our hearts for a pitcher/poet, but I wonder if, at some point after two lousy starts happen to fall on consecutive outings for Dickey, we’ll have to suffer WFAN callers and incensed Tweeters demanding Dickey take his head out of his Dumas and start watching more game film, or something stupid like that. - tedquarters  



Matt Lindstrom:

Turning 31 next month, Lindstrom’s ERA has jumped significantly since he made his debut with the Fish in 2007. He had a 3.09 ERA in ’07 and a 3.14 mark in 2008, but that figure rose to 5.89 in 2009 and 4.39 this past season. However, his underlying performance hasn’t degraded that much — he’s not as bad as those past two totals suggest, but he was never really a relief ace in the first place. Whiffing 7.48 batters per nine innings, walking 3.64 per nine and posting a 47 percent ground ball rate during his major league career, Lindstrom hasn’t seen a radical change in his peripherals recently. His xFIPs were 3.89 in ’07, 4.24 in ’08, 4.65 in ’09 and 4.05 in 2010. A major reason for the ERA fluctuation is his home run per fly ball rate. It was an unfathomably low 2.9 percent in ’07 and 2 percent in ’08, but regressed to 9.3 percent in ’09 and 8.8 percent this past year. - fangraphs  



Daniel Murphy:

Value goes up if he can manage second base, down if he can’t. A full season in the majors has Murphy ranked above all the other no-position, future bench guys (Evans, Duda, Lutz) which may or may not be fair. See what I just did there? I called Murphy, Evans, Duda, and Lutz “future bench guys,” and I guarantee someone is going to take offense to that. I think it would be healthy if the Mets grew some actual hitting prospects, so everyone doesn’t get so excited about these sort of guys anymore. -

patrickfloodblog.  



Reese Havens:

2B, Hi-A/Double-A, .338/.400/.662 in 75 PA - This is Havens’ line in Double-A, where he actually played more than he did in Single-A. And this illustrates both the potential and the problem with Havens. He has an impact bat at second base. But he can’t stay healthy. As Mets fans have seen with Martinez, staying healthy is at least partially a skill. Havens has been injured in each of his three years with the Mets. Most people have Havens ranked higher than this in the system. He’s this low here because until he stays healthy he’s more suspect than prospect. He could be number one on this list next year. Or he could fall off completely. - mets360.  



Cesar Puello:

The Good: Puello is arguably the best athlete in the system. He's a plus-plus runner, and some scouts project some power for him down the road based on his size and strength. His arm is another plus tool, and he made some adjustments to his swing as the season went on, leading to more consistent contact. The Bad: The debate over Puello's power is wide-ranging, as some see him becoming a real power threat, while others see a line-drive swing and more of a leadoff profile. His second-half breakthrough came with a far more aggressive approach at the plate, and he'll need to find some balance there. He's a poor defensive outfielder who needs his speed to make up for poor jumps and routes, which have so far limited him to a corner. - BP  

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