Height/Weight: 6’2”, 192 lbs
Acquired: 16th Rd 2006 (Davis & Elkins College)
Born: 12/03/84 (Landstuhl, Germany)
2009 Rank: 31
Why Ranked Here: Stoner made his MLB debut last season, and has the most outside of outside shots (like 5%) to break camp with the Mets this year. That counts. Stoner sat at 87-89 mph with his fastball when I saw him at the end of June in Buffalo. His curveball had below average velocity as well at 67-71 mph while his change (78-81) and slider (81-82) had average velocity. His slider was probably his best pitch. Stoner makes the whole package work by throwing strikes. He commands his arsenal well, which combines with his strong feel for sequence and preparation, lead to an ability to set up hitters. His coaches rave about his work ethic, and it does show on the mound. However, despite the fact that Stoner is on the verge of the big leagues, scouts who saw him, just didn’t think he was ever going to help a winning team all that much. None were ready to put more than a 45 on him.
2009: Stoner’s season began late with a shoulder problem, but he needed only seven starts at AA to prove that his full, four-pitch repetoire, and his ability to throw strikes with each pitch was too much for the Eastern League. After 16 starts in Buffalo, Stoner made his MLB debut out of the bullpen in September.
Strange but true: Despite a much better strikeout rate and K/BB ratio on the road, Stoner’s ERA was over half a run better at home with AAA Buffalo:
ERA IP BB K
Home 3.60 45.0 16 23
Road 52.2 52.2 18 41
Dr. Pangloss Says: Stoner sticks as a middle reliever who can make a spot start.
Debbie Downer Says: He’ll be a below replacement level MLB pitcher who belongs in AAA or Japan.
Projected 2010 Start: Buffalo