There really wasn’t that much good that came out of the 2012 Kingsport Mets season. They finished the season 23-43, hit only .236, and had the highest ERA (5.31) in the league. That being said, their one highlight film was Jorge Rivero, another of the many talented shortstops in the system. The 23-year old came out of Cuba and hit .292 in 2011 for the DSL-Mets. Rivero finished the season in Brooklyn where he is projected to play in 2013. Both age and talent depth within the system will most probably turn Rivero into a AAAA player. Still, the Mets seem to feel you can’t have enough talent at shortstop. Wilfredo Tovar, TJ Rivera, Phillip Evans, Gavin Cecchini, Leon Canelon, and now Ahmed Rosario. Who knows, maybe June brings Oscar Mercado?
From Matt Cerrone re: Hairston:
On the surface, it seems to me that the wait on Shaun Marcum was worth the wait. In the past three seasons, with Milwaukee and Toronto, he went 33-19 in 85 starts without posting an ERA above 4. Marcum is known as a finesse pitcher with a go-to change-up, which supports stats of 332-Ks in 520-IP. It’s just a one year deal which is perfect. What will be interesting is which slot he goes into, SP4 or SP5. Let’s assume that Zack Wheeler joins the rotation in July and no one is hurt. Who steps down? Good problems.