I came across a name yesterday that put a smile on my face.
Back in 2011, there was a 6-3 lefty out of TCU that was projected as the first overall pick on most mock drafts…
Matt Purke was the darling of the 2011 draft until his shoulder problems began. It cost him most of the pre-draft season in school and drove down his being picked in the draft to the 3rd round (96th pick overall) by the Washington Nationals (he still got a $4mil signing bonus).
I never expected the Mets to take a chance on him because they just don’t draft like the Nats do (see Lucas Giolito), but I cringed every time a name was called out when the Mets time came up before the Purke pick…
Brandon Nimmo… Michael Fulmer… Cory Mazzoni…
Purke eventually pitched five seasons in the Nats system, though he never did pick up a baseball the year he came out of college. His five tear minor league stat line was unimpressive: a mere 58G/44starts, 10-18, 4.54 and only 174-Ks in 214-IP. The Nats eventually cut fish and Purke signed this season with the Chicago White Sox.
So far, his relief work at the AA level has been mildly impressive… 10 games, (one start), 0-0, 2.30, 14-K, 15.2-IP (though much improvement is still needed on the 8-BB). Still, it was an article in MLBTR that caught my eye this week that brought a smile to my face. The White Sox had promoted Purke to the major leagues.
We wish my favorite 2011 pick well and we’ll keep an eye on him this season.
Well, it seems that, after another Matt Harvey difficult start and a Logan Verrett blowup, we’re back to trying to find an answer for the supposedly world’s best rotation (sic).
Another name to throw back in the pot might be Rafael Montero, who has another excellent outing Saturday night for Las Vegas in their 1-0 loss played in Oklahoma City… 6.0-IP, 2-H, 0-R, 7-K, 2-BB, seasonal ERA down to 3.94.
Yes, I do swing back and forth on this guy, but I still feel his major league talent is being wasted in the minors. I still like by backend 7-8-9 bullpen idea a few years ago of Montero-Familia-Mejia, but we all know what happened to that pipedream.
Anyway, keep your eyes on Montero every fifth outing of the 51s season.
The 2016 baseball season is starting to get far more interesting for Mets fans than last year. 2015 was basically a two horse race to get to the NL East crown and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be that easy this season. We were just in first place, now we’re in third, and, as of close of business Saturday night, we’re only two games out of fourth.
I pretty much have tunnel vision when it comes to this sport, so I have no idea why both Philadelphia and Miami are both playing so much better this season. I’m sure it falls into the same category Texas, the Cubs, and the Nats fell into before… you will eventually draft a bunch of top prospects if you continue to suck and get early picks in drafts.
Add this to a team (Mets) that currently is both hitting and pitching at a sub-par level and this creates the kind of competitive situation we are seeing right now.
Last year was too easy. Washington just continued to sit on their hands and allowed the Mets to build up an unsurmountable divisional lead. This doesn’t look like what’s going to happen this year. This could easily be a four horse race with each team playing each other three and four games series for the rest of the season.