7/10/16

PCL AAA SUCCESS AND MAJOR LEAGUE SUCCESS ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS

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PCL AAA SUCCESS AND MAJOR LEAGUE SUCCESS ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS by Tom Brennan

I noticed yesterday that Matt Bowman is pitching quite nicely for the St Louis Cardinals this year since he was snatched from the Mets in the offseason.  

Matt was an awful 7-16, 5.53 and 1.68 WHIP with the Vegas 51s in 2015.

In the majors with the Cards in 2016, a vastly better 1-2, 3.12, 0.95 in 28 relief outings.

Say what?

Brandon Nimmo may have been torching Vegas, but last night got "Scherzered", with 3 Ks.

Kevin Plawecki and Michael Conforto in 91 combined at bats in Vegas since being sent down by the Mets are hitting .330 with 6 homers and 26 RBIs, and a .600+ slug %.  Making it look REAL easy.

With the Mets, they had 330 at bats and combined to hit about .210 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs and about a .350 slug %.  Inflated #s actually, due to Conforto's great April with the Mets.

Virtually every hitter in 2015 that the Mets promoted from Vegas, except Conforto, collapsed in a heap when facing big league pitching once removed from Vegas Hitters' Heaven.

So how do you project how a AAA guy will do when he joins the Mets?  Heck if I know, but if you are a hitter, generally "much worse" and if you are a pitcher, often "much better."

So we need pitching in Queens, and Rafael Montero is getting pounded in Vegas and has a 7.20 ERA.  Based on the above, he's probably ready for a call up.  Probably has a no hitter up his sleeve too.  

8 comments:

Reese Kaplan said...

Conforto was promoted from AA and had skipped Vegas until he was demoted this year.

Thomas Brennan said...

Right, Reese. Had he gone to Vegas for a month last year, he'd have hit like the Babe, and still hit the wall this year. They ought to leave Vegas. Numbers are fairy tale #s there with almost no major league predictability.

Anonymous said...

It is no so easy to leave without a place opening up somewhere else. There are safe guards set up by the minor league teams and baseball so places are not just abandoned.

Thomas Brennan said...

Anonymous, that is true, but they should get out of Vegas as soon as possible. Hitters have a party and it kills the pitchers. They have scored an unreal 6.2 runs per game - but also surrendered an unreal 6.2 runs per game.

Also, being multiple (3 hour) time zones away complicates calling guys up and down, so it is a bad idea even before you get to hitting environment. Some other team left Vegas before Mets went there, and did so for a reason.

Frankly, if there was a way to get our AAA team onto LI (where Cyclones play or where Ducks play, or a new park), or in Binghamton, that would make more sense.

Reese Kaplan said...

The logical move would be to talk to the Oakland A's about switching affiliates in AAA. Oakland is in Nashville which is about as far from Oakland as Las Vegas is to New York. It would still be the PCL but at least Nashville wouldn't be at the high altitude.

Thomas Brennan said...

That work work...from sin city to blue grass country. Seems both teams would benefit

Thomas Brennan said...

That work work...from sin city to blue grass country. Seems both teams would benefit

Anonymous said...

Where did all the comets go to ,it us depressing. Mack please come back

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