MAJORING ON THE MINORS WHO'S HOT - SHORT SEASON TEAMS - Tom Brennan
“Here we be”, Steve Somers…I know you read these missives.
“How I be?” you ask? “I be well, thanks, Steve.”
Earth to Tom, come in please. I'm OK. Just late season delirium.
Yes indeed. We’re late in 2015 short season ball heaven. So:
Which Mets minor leaguers do I think have stood up and loudly proclaimed:
"You want a hot ballpayer? I'm it!"
Here's my top 11:
Jeff Diehl (Bklyn 3B): on a team with by far the worst NY Penn League offense (.217), Jeff is a 6'4", 200 1B who has hit .279/.408/.457. Not bad at all. His 52 Ks in 47 games needs work.
Alex Palsha (Bklyn RP): 20 GMs, 0.40, 12 SVs, 10 H, 29 Ks in 20 IP. Fantastic.
PJ Conlon (Bklyn RP): season's 80% over, and his ERA is 0.00. 14 IP, 5 H, 20 K. PJ is more than A OK.
Pat Mazelka (K-port C): the MVP (IMO) of all of Mets’ short season ball so far: .363/.454/.564, just 1 error, low Ks, high RBIs.
Kevin Kaczmarski (K-port OF): an excellent .350/.407/.486, ZERO errors in 55 games, 17 for 25 in steals. Close to the best.
Luis Carpio (K-port SS): just turned 18, hitting .312 with a .388 on base %. Nine steals, 6 errors in 36 games. Defense at SS does not count until you turn 19.
Dash Winningham (K-port 1B): seventeen doubles, 12 homers, 49 RBIs in 58 contests. Impressive indeed.
Nabil Crismatt (K-port SP): 6-1, 2.41, 10 BB, 56 K in 56 IP.
Tom McIlraith (K-port SP): 4-1, sub-2.00 ERA. Terrific.
Desmond Lindsay (GCL OF): .323/.413/.495 in about 75-80 PAs. Off to Brooklyn for a season-ending cameo. Bravo.
Max Wotell (GCL RP): only 10.2 IP, but just 2 H, 16 K. Nice ratios there. But high 9 BBs, which I am certain will come down in 2016.
So there is my top 11, folks.
But as an addendum, Kingsport relievers have not been lights out, but they love to strike folks out. Eusebio Arias, Seth Davis, Witt Haggard, Joe Shaw, Dillon Becker, and Chase Ingram have combined for 75 IP and 122 Ks. Hopefully a diamond or two in the rough in that group of six.
That's all for today, folks.