Posted by Mack Ade at 8:10 AM
The Minor League wrap-up post will continue, starting on Thursday night. Herb B got this going a few years ago and passed it on to Tom Brennan to post each morning. Now, Tom has passed it on to me and I hope to do as good a job as they have done in the past. The information from Las Vegas does prevent it from being completed some evenings, and it may post up in the morning without final stats for that game, but I’ll revised that as soon as I get online the next morning. It will be scheduled each morning at 7am EST
The four opening day rotations and game times are:
AAA – Fresno (Chris Devenski) vs. Las Vegas (Rafael Montero)
AA – New Hampshire (TBD) vs. Binghamton (Robert Gsellman)
A+ – Jupiter (TBD) vs. St. Lucie (Josh Provost)
A - Columbia (Chase Ingram) vs. Columbia (TBD)
Some of us here at Mack’s Mets are still holding out for a miracle when it comes to Montero, but I’m starting to feel that this might be his last chance at becoming a future starter in the system. He’s had a combined 2.72 ERA in five minor league seasons, was a modest 4.17 in 43 major league games, and will pitch 2016 as a 25-year old. I still believe there is a major league pitcher in here somewhere, but I also still think he should be converted to the pen where he can concentrate what he does best over the least amount of pitches.
In the ex-Mets section –
The Pirates SP Jon Niese: 5.0-IP, 5-H, 4-ER, 7-K, 1-BB, 7.20
Every Mets fan was thrilled with Tuesday’s performance of RP Jim Henderson. Ex-Mack’s Mets writer Brian Mangan put up a graph on Twitter that showed the fact that every pitch Henderson threw was between 90-100 mph. This is REALLY big news when you are trying to figure out who is going to be the most effective 7-8-9 guys coming out of the rotation. The Mets have an expression when it comes to their starters… ‘give me seven’. If you can get seven innings from each of these potential all-start starters, you’re going to win many more games with a strong backend bullpen like this one. Having a strong Henderson makes ‘give me six’ an almost even strong option.
You had to expect at least one article about Noah Syndergaard today. Well, my friends at Fangraphs has a good one named – Noah Syndergaard is Aroldis Chapman Now –
PITCHf/x called the first one at 95 a fastball, and you can’t blame it. It’s not used to sliders at 95. But looking at the movement with both my eyes and in the data, I’m fairly certain it was a slider, too, and after the game, David Wright confirmed:
“I looked up on the scoreboard and see 94, 95. I go ask [catcher] Travis d’Arnaud what those pitches were, and he’s talking about sliders. That’s unheard of.”
He’s absolutely right. It is unheard of. Even Chapman’s slider averages 88. Last year, Syndergaard’s own slider averaged 88. Now, it’s sitting 92, and somehow touching 95. Syndergaard has taken things to a new level.
Mack – We really are entering new territory here. It’s impossible to predict how long the kid can keep this up, but, trust me, the Mets pitching brass will be all over this kid trying to keep this golden arm in one piece.
St. Lucie roster –
Pitchers - Chris Flexen, Michael Gibbons, Josh Prevost, Corey Oswalt, Casey Delgado, Ricky Knapp, Scarlyn Reyes (2012: $25K), Robert Coles, Alberto Baldonado, Jimmy Duff, Ben Griset, Kevin McGowan, Tim Peterson, Paul Paez, Corey Taylor
Catchers - Tomas Nido, Lednier Ricardo
Infielders - Michael Katz, Luis Guillorme, Jonathan Johnson, Amed Rosario (2012 - $1.75mil), Phillip Evans, Jhoan Urena (2011 - $425K), Kevin Taylor
Outfield - Wuilmer Becerra - (2011 - $1.3mil), John Mora, Patrick Biondi, Champ Stuart
It looks like Nido has already been accredited with a roster change, going from Columbia to St. Luci before the first game was players.
Taylor is an ex-36th round (2011) pick by the Dodgers, that never got out of A-ball (2013: .247) and then played two seasons, including 2015 with Laredo (AmerAssoc – 346-AB, .327, 11-HR, 54-RBI). Taylor is primarily a second baseman, but has also played third.
Interesting players left off the four full season teams – Gaby Almonte, A.J. Pinera, Duane Below, John Mincone, Nico Black, Ty Williams, Cameron Griffin, Adrian Abreu, Rene Rivera, Jon Leroux, Brock Peterson