Mets Minor League Free Agents; Nieuwenhuis goes yard

Baseball America has released a list of minor league free agents.  What makes a minor league FA?  Here is Matt Eddy’s explanation:  Any player who was not on a 40-man roster on Nov. 7 qualified for free agency if he had accumulated at least six years of service time (minors and majors inclusive) while still bound by his first uniform player contract. That contract is broken if the player is released or granted free agency by other means before he logs six years.

The Mets have 24 total minor league free agents, which ranks them in the top 10 organizations, in total FAs.

Here are the Mets minor league FA:

RHP: Yhency Brazoban (AAA), Brian Bruney (AAA), Chad Cordero (AAA), Jack Egbert (AAA), Johan Figuereo (SS), Carlos Muniz (AA)
LHP: Derrick Ellison (AA), Arturo Lopez+ (AAA), Mike O’Connor (AAA), Adam Pettyjohn (AAA), Raul Valdes (AAA)
C: Michael Barrett (AAA), J.R. House (AAA), Salomon Manriquez (AA), Luke Montz (AA)
1B: Marshall Hubbard (AA)
2B: Russ Adams (AAA), Alex Cintron (AAA), Jonathan Malo (AAA)
3B: Mike Cervenak (AAA)
SS: Jose Coronado (AA)
OF: Brahiam Maldonado (AA), Jorge Padilla (AAA), Jesus Feliciano (AAA)

Other teams notable FAs:  Carlos Delgado (BOS), Ray Chang (BOS, he is a co-worker of mine in the offseason), Jeremy Reed (CWS), Jason Isringhausen (CIN), Kaz Matsui (COL), Alfredo Amezega (LAD, former teammate of mine), Johnny Raburn (MIL, former college teammate), Tyler Yates (PIT), Ruben Gotay (STL), Yusmiro Petit (SEA), Mark Prior (TEX), Shawn Bowman (TOR).

AFL Update

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his first AFL home run last night, in the 7-5 Mesa Solar Sox victory over the Surprise Rafters.  Nieuwenhuis, who played CF last night, has been hot of late, with three consecutive multi-hit games (6-13, 3 doubles, HR, 4 RBI).  Nieuwenhuis has a season line of  .308/.384/.477, in 65 AFL at-bats (18 games).

Kai Gronauer was 1-3 and threw out a would be base stealer on the night for Mesa.  Gronauer is now hitting .167/.242/.267 in 30 AFL at-bats (9 games).

TH: I spoke with Kirk earlier this week.

Here are some excerpts from that conversation.

On the AFL:

It’s been a good opportunity for me to get some work in.  …

What he’s working on

At the moment, it’s pretty much just some timing with my hitting and trying to simplify things… It could be anything from where my weight is on my back foot or where my stride foot lands.