Around Winter Ball

As exciting as Sandy Alderson’s press conference was Friday, there are still Mets farmhands playing baseball in Arizona and the Caribbean.  In general, it was a brutal week for Mets pitching in Arizona.

I’ve excerpted the highlights for me, but the full list of Mets’ guys playing winter ball and their stats is available here.

Position Players
2B Jordany Valdespin – Mesa Solar Sox – AFL
Valdespin, who had the day off Saturday, has hit safely in five straight games and sits at .339/.362/.429 overall after 14 games.  He’s shown off his speed too: he’s stolen seven bases without getting caught even once.  Here’s the issue for the 22-year old Valdespin: he’s drawn two walks in two weeks’ worth of games and has walked in 3% of his Arizona plate appearances.  He simply must learn to draw a walk more than once a week, if he’s going to be a valuable big leaguer.

OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis – Mesa Solar Sox – AFL
Captain Kirk played all three outfield positions this week, hitting safely in four of six games.  He’s hit .297/.381/.405 in 11 games in Arizona with three extra-base hits, four walks and 11 strikeouts.  Obviously, the versatility to play any of the three outfield positions, but if he does move to a corner full-time, the offensive expectations move up dramatically.

2B Daniel Murphy – Aguilas Cibaenas – DWL
Murphy was 3-4 with a home run on on Halloween Sunday to lift his Dominican batting line to .250/.333/.438 in nine games.  He’s played everyday at second for Aguilas.

3B Eric Campbell – Caribes de Anzoategui – VWL
After a quick start with the Caribes, Cambell is in an 0-13 skid that’s taken his overall line down to .250/.371/.346 in 15 games.  Even while hitting .129/.308/.194, he’s still shown a strong plate eye (8 BB & 8 K) but he just hasn’t found any room on balls in play recently.

C Kai Gronauer – Mesa Solar Sox – AFL
Gronauer picked up his first, and only extra-base hit in seven games last Wednesday, but is hitting a meager .087/.192/.217 in those seven games which is to say, he’s 2-for-23.

C Francisco Pena – Aguilas Cibaenas – DWL
The 21-year old Pena was 1-4 with a double on Halloween and is now 2-for-15 (.133) after the opening week in the DWL.

Util Josh Satin – Mesa Solar Sox – AFL
Satin was 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of strikeouts Saturday while playing first base.  In four games, he’s hit a robust .357.

No Wilmer Flores yet while he rehabs a strained calf.

Nick Carr – Mesa Solar Sox – AFL
Carr gave up three runs, only one of which was earned in two innings on Friday in Arizona.  His AFL line now reads: 10 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 5 K.
I still I still like the arm, but…

LHP Robert Carson – Mesa Solar Sox – AFL
Carson got ripped in his second AFL start last Wednesday for six runs, all earned, on five hits, and a walk.  His AFL line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K

RHP Jeurys Familia – Gigantes del Cibao – DWL
Working in relief last Tuesday, Familia gave up two runs on two hits, one of which was a homer. He walked one and fanned two.

RHP Brad Holt – Mesa Solar Sox – AFL
Holt, the AFL’s pitcher of the week for week one was at his best a week ago Saturday (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K), but followed that up with a stinker on Friday: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K.  In 11.1 innings in the AFL, Holt has now walked eight and fanned 12.  The control problems, continue.

LHP Eric Niesen – Mesa Solar Sox – AFL
Niesen was better than Holt on Friday, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings, but on the whole, he’s been hit very hard.  In 6.1 innings in the AFL, he’s yielded 14 hits, eight runs, and three walks against six strikeouts.

RHP Armando Rodriguez – Leones del Escogido – DWL
Rodriguez made his only appearance for the Leones a week ago Saturday, tossing a scoreless inning with a strikeout.  Since then: nothing.

LHP Raul Valdes – Tores del Este – DWL
Valdes tossed 5.1 shutout innings on Thursday, yielding just two hits and a walk while fanning eight.  Why am I writing about Raul Valdes?  Mostly to point out something out about the level of play at this point in the DWL:  in 7.1 innings, he’s given up four hits, fanned 10, and walked one.

There are 3 comments

  1. garik16

    Much as i agree with your point on the level of play in the DWL, please don’t disparage Valdes too much.

    The guy was really really good against LHBs all year, and while he was poor against RHBs, a lot of that came in his last few appearances.

    He deserves a shot in a major league pen, at the worst as a LOOGY. Lets not necessarily use him as the failed MLB player who can dominate the winter league example…

    1. Toby Hyde

      Sure, Valdes is not a “failed” MLB pitcher, just a very limited one.

      The point about the level of competition in the DWL, especially early, before some of the Island’s stars show up, stands. It’s AA-ish.

  2. mark4212

    Hey Toby,

    Any word on how Murphy has handled 2nd from a defensive perspective.

    I don’t hold up the highest hope that he will become the 2nd baseman next year or ever… But if he can be solid i think his bat could play at 2nd.

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