(Chris Soto: For those of you who don't follow The Players Tribune, you really should. The site is owned by Derek Jeter as a medium for athletes to tell life stories and connect with fans on a personal level. This is Harvey's second piece for the website and let me tell you....it is an excellent read. He talks about how he learned from Bartolo Colon that fastball velocity isn't the only important thing. Command and Control can be just as deadly as velocity and when you combine the 3 together....you can be unhittable.)
Michael Baron | Just Mets- It was not a pretty outing for rehabbing Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell on Tuesday. This afternoon at Tradition Field, Parnell allowed a run on two hits with two walks. It was his third rehab outing. His fastball velocity was in the low 90s during his outing, which is progress as he continues to build arm strength and return to the Major Leagues.
(Chris Soto: Parnell's fastballs were clocking in between 89 - 91 mph so he is no where close to returning to the big leagues. You have to wonder if maybe Parnell is trying to come back too quickly? Maybe the Matt Harvey approach of taking 18 months to recover and rehab is the better option. In either scenario, the Mets bullpen needs guys like Hansel Robles to really step up and perform in higher leverage situations cause it does not look like Parnell and Black are safe bets at this point.)
Chris Georges | Grading on the Curve- New York Mets prospect Michael Conforto has gotten off to a blazing start this season, slugging his fourth home run of the year yesterday, and going 3-for-5 with a walk on the day. He has shown through the first 11 games of the year that he doesn’t belong in Advanced-A, and should probably be playing in Double-A already. The former Beaver is best known for his bat, appearing to be a guy who could hit around .300 and hit 20+ plus homers. As impressively, he loves taking walks, which is sure to lead to high on base averages throughout his career.
(Chris Soto: Lots of good press coming out about Conforto the past few days, who is just mashing in the pitching heavy Florida State League. After spending last year working on his swing, more than concentrating on results, the front office has given Conforto free reigns to just go out and play and it's showing. He's already topped last year's HR total in 122 fewer ABs, he's slugging .707, his normalized (using a .300 BABIP) batting average is an impressive .322, and both his K and BB rates have improved year over year. He has all the makings of a future star folks.)
Mike Puma | New York Post- The Marlins’ visit to Citi Field last week turned into a fact-finding mission of sorts for team owner Jeffrey Loria. According to a baseball source, Loria quizzed people who know Wally Backman on whether the former Mets second baseman would be a good major league manager, with the implication the Marlins could soon make a change in the dugout. The Miami Herald recently reported Backman, who serves as manager for the Mets’ Triple-A team in Las Vegas, could be a candidate for the Marlins job if Mike Redmond is fired.
(Chris Soto: According to multiple sources, the Marlins GM has officially asked Sandy Alderson for permission to talk to Wally Backman about a potentially becoming the manager in Miami. While ownership LOVES Wally and would love for him to stay within the organization, Alderson is sorta lukewarm on him. I fully expect the team to grant Loria the permission to talk to Backman so we'll have to stay tuned.)