Mets - Cory Mazzoni, Daniel Murphy, R.A. Dickey, Stephen Holmes


2-10-12 - http://seedlingstostars.com/2012/02/10/s2s-2012-team-prospect-lists-new-york-mets/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter   - #1.) Cory Mazzoni, RHP. Mazzoni, a 2nd-round pick in 2011, pitched very well in 13 one-inning appearances between the NYPL and FSL, and many see him as a reliever long-term. He would immediately be the top relief prospect in the system, but I’m calling him a starter for now. Like most Mets pitching prospects, he features a 91-95 mph four-seam fastball and an inconsistent curve that flashes plus. He’s not especially big, but he does have a smooth delivery. He’ll need to get off to a strong start in pro ball next year if he’s going to stick as a starter. Grade: B-

5th Round (154th overall): Stephen Holmes, RHP – University of Rhode Island - Holmes was as dominant as any college pitcher over his three year career, but only had average stuff that played up because of his command and bull dog mentality. Unfortunately tragedy of a close one struck Holmes just after he signed and he decided to return to school instead of playing professional ball. He attempted to come back with the Mets in 2008, however, in the process he tore his rotator cuff and has yet to pitch a professional inning to this day. I guess this is one of those that we will just never know. Sad. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/02/grading-the-omar-regime-the-2006-draft.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grading-the-omar-regime-the-2006-draft

There's little doubt that Daniel Murphy can hit. Before his season-ending knee injury last season, his second in two years, Murphy had an .809 OPS through 109 games and was batting .320, the fifth-highest average in the National League. The Mets would love to get that type of offensive production from second base -- if he can survive at the position. Murphy will get plenty of reps there in spring training, sparing him outfield duty, but the questions won't be answered until he can stick at second base for an entire season

R.A. Dickey appreciated fellow knuckleballer Tim Wakefield mentioning him in the former Boston Red Sox pitcher’s retirement speech. But now that Wakefield has hung up his cleats, Dickey is feeling, well, kind of isolated. “For a period there were four, with [Tom] Candiotti, [Phil] Niekro, [Charlie] Hough and Wake,” Dickey said about the major league knuckleballers clan. “It’s fairly lonely I think. I feel a little bit of loneliness. I think you’d have to say, just by what we’ve all seen, that it’s a dying art. One more died, what, two days ago? There’s one left in the big leagues. My hope is that somebody is going to see the real value and want to keep doing it.”


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