Here Comes Vinny. And Weekend Links

1. 1B/3B/OF/C Vinny Rottino is back and RHP Chris Schwinden is headed back to AAA Buffalo.

Things that make the 32-year old Rottino an attractive fit on the May 2012 Mets roster:

  • He’s on the 40-man roster.
  • He bats right-handed.
  • He can hit. He’s after a three-homer game Saturday, he’s up to .307/.361/.479 in 36 games in Buffalo in 2012. That’s no small-sample size aberration; he’s a career .294/.360/.436 hitter in seven seasons in AAA.
  • He abuses lefties. He was hitting .333/.361/.606 in 33 AB vs. lefties in the Internal League this year. Last year, in 119 AB it was .353/.394/.454 for New Orleans. In 2010 in AA he smoked ‘em at a .323/.428/.511 clip in 133 AB.
  • He owns lots of different baseball gloves. Here are his minor league games played by position: C – 303, 1B – 164, LF – 197, RF – 87, OF – 70, 3B – 223, SS – 3, 2B – 1, P – 1. Versatility is a good thing.
  • Can he really catch? Right now, he’s the Mets’ third catcher. Can he be a backup? The most he ever worked behind the plate were the 2007 and 2008 seasons in AAA with Nashville when he caught 57 and 101 games respectively and threw out 35% and 28% of attempted thieves against him, two of his four best three career marks. He nailed 33% of runners against him in New Orleans in 2011 in 39 games.

 

2. In the New York Post, Tim Bontemps catches up on the progress of Jefry Marte. Said B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez: “We have a philosophy that we’re trying to execute, and having a kid like Jefry, at 20 years old, being able to buy into our hitting philosophy, I think it’s paid big dividends for him.”

3. Baseball America place Binghamton CF Matt den Dekker at #13 on their weekly Prospect Hot Sheet and recognized Jefry Marte “in the team photo.” About den Dekker, they wrote in part, “The center fielder out of Florida still has a high strikeout rate, but his improving average and power numbers show signs of promise.”