11/23/11

The Keepers: - #39 - Angel Cuan

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39.                   LHSP      Angel Cuan



Cuan was a 2007 International free agent signing.



In 2008, he pitched for the VSL Mets, where he led the league in strikeouts (74). He was also 10th in the league with the lowest WHIP (1.14), while going only 1-8.



In 2009, he pitched for both Kingsport (12 games, 11 starts, 1-3, 4.83) and Brooklyn (2 starts, 6.75). He had a total of 54-Ks in 67.2-IP.



1-1-09: Observation:  Cuan was the top prospect out of the VSL team in 2008. I’m sure the Mets will send him stateside next spring.



7-6-10: - Stock Up: Cuan has found a second life this season with the Brooklyn Cyclones. After lackluster years in 2008 and 2009, Cuan has become the dean of the Brooklyn staff, going 1-0, 2.35, in his first four starts. This after an 0-0, 0.00 start this season with St. Lucie. Strikeouts are way down but NY-Penn batters only have a .235 BA against him so far this season.



7-17-10: - We wrote about Angel earlier this month, which means he’s doing some good things in Brooklyn. Yesterday, he aced it again:  6-2-IP, 1-ER, 0-BB, 2.00… eight of his outs were flyballs while six were strikeouts. Yearly stats to date at Brooklyn: 3-0, 2.00, 1.13, 23-K, 7-BB, 36.0-IP, .298-BABIP, 3.07-FIP.

7-27-10: - Cuan continues to cash in on his second wind at Brooklyn. Last night, he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up only five hits while striking out three. His all-star seasonal stats are now: 4-0, 1.50, 1.04, .275-BABIP, 3.01-FIP. It will be interesting to see what the Mets do with him next season. He did pitch some relief this year for St. Lucie (0.00), but I see him as a Savannah starter next year.He’s playing this year as a 21-year old.

7-4-11: - Angel had to wait his turn earlier this year in Savannah. There simply were too many starting pitchers. The 22-year old is in his 4th season as a Met and actually impressed us the most in his first year (2008) with the VSL Mets. It’s not easy to go 1-8 and turn in a 3.13 ERA, with 74-K in 72.0-IP. Most of this year has been spent in the pen, but he’s turned in his second good start in a row last night. Big stats last night: 6.0-IP, 1-ER, 7-K.

7-16-11: - My follower “Hobie” will be thrilled to see I’m bumping Angel up again on my “The Keepers” list. Frankly, if you go and watch him pitch, you really don’t see anything that stands out. That being said, he just wins ballgames, whether he’s a reliever or part of the rotation. Angel went 6.0 Friday night, giving up one run and raising his Sand Gnats record to 8-1, 3.28. Sort of the Latin Dillon Gee.

8-27-11: - Stock Down – SP Angel Cuan – Cuan had his second bad outing in a row last night for Savannah. He’s now given up 12-ERs in his last 11 innings pitched. This is a simple case of season  burn out and, hopefully, the Gnats will shut the kid down for the rest of the season.



10-25-11: - http://www.minorleaguerundown.com/2011/10/25/2011-top-20-new-york-mets-prospects  - 2011 Top 20 New York Mets Prospects -  17.Angel Cuan, LHP (Low Class A): At Low A Savannah, much of the rotation kept walks at a minimum, and it was no different for this lefty. Cuan managed to somehow only walk 16 in 124 innings, while striking out 99 en route to a 3.14 FIP. More of a fly ball type pitcher, he will need to further sharpen the command of his secondary stuff at High A and AA to keep more advanced hitters guessing. At 5’11, 150 lbs, there is still some projection left on the 22 year old. It would be quite interesting to see him add a little more velocity to his fastball.

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