Wilmer Flores, Brad Emaus and Some other Notes from Winter Ball

A few notes on some Mets guys playing winter ball….

Wilmer Flores (pictured) is hitting the cover off the ball in Venezuela.  He had two hits in both Saturday and Sunday’s contests. In the Venezuelan Winter League (VWL) he’s hitting .369/.397/.538 with five doubles and a pair of home runs.  The VWL is averages .257/.341/.364.

Newly acquired Brad Emaus is hitting .263/.349/.456 in 114 AB over 33 games for the Toros del Este in the Domincan Winter League.  He’s shown his usual outstanding control of the strike zone with 13 walks against 17 strikeouts.  His platoon split has been huge: .462/.533/.731 in 26 AB vs. lefties and .205/.293/.375 in 88 AB vs. righties.  Why shouldn’t you take this seriously at all?  In AAA, the right-handed hitting Emaus hit .206/.333/.365 in 63 AB vs. lefties and handled righties at a .321/.411/.528 rate in 246 AB.

Francisco Pena has seen action in 31 of 43 games for Aguilas Cibaenas in the DWL and hit a meager .165/.230/.228 and has struck out in 22% of his plate appearances (19 K/87 PA).

Presented for goofiness:
Aussie Stefan Welch is playing in the new Australian Baseball League but hitting just .172/.254/.375 for the Adelaide Bite.  He’s played 16 games at third and two at first.  Welch has not played a single game at third in the US since 2008.

Your 2011 Bullpen?
Oliver Perez
in Culiacan in Mexico: 5.73 ERA, 9 G, 4 GS, 22 IP, 22 H, 14 R, 3 HR, 14 BB, 17 K.
…..What’s the over/under on his release date?

LHP Michael O’Connor has been effective for Licey in the DWL with well over a strikeout an inning: 18 G, 1.38 ERA, 13 IP, 17 K, 4 BB, 11 H, 3 R.
….. He’s not on the 40-man roster at the moment.  The only left-handed reliever aside from, ahem, Oliver Perez is Pat Misch.
RHP Manny Alvarez has been unexceptional for the Navegantes del Magallanes in the VWL: 2.95 ERA, 21.1 IP, 19 H, 9 R, 8 BB, 14 K.
….. Unlike O’Connor, Alvarez is already on the Mets 40-man roster and has some shot to break camp with the Mets after a strong 2010 season that finished up in Buffalo.
RHP Francisco Rodriguez made one appearance for the Tiburones de la Guaira on December 2, pitching 1.2 innings to earn the save.

Presented for goofiness:
RHP Marcos Tabata, who throws a ton of breaking balls, has a 0.39 ERA for Aguilas del Zulia in the VWL in 23 innings despite walking 19 (!) while fanning 23.

Presented for old-times sake:

Jesus Flores
, who the Washington Nationals swiped from the Mets in the 2006 rule five draft, is hitting .360/.396/.520 in 14 games in the VWL.  Flores missed all of the 2010 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

The full stats of all of the Mets’ players in Winter ball are here.

There are 5 comments

  1. mark4212

    So pretty much Flores looks awesome.. Emaus looks ok…

    O’Conner looks good… Other then that everyone looks bad.

    Is it time to give up on Pena yet? He’s shown nothing.

  2. NateW

    I’m not seeing the plethora of prospects at C that would force Pena out of action. He’ll be a full season regular again this year, no reason not to give him the playing time and see what happens.

    Toby thanks for compiling this info, its great to see what some of the guys are doing without spending a couple days looking them all up… :)

    1. mark4212

      Agreed on Pena,

      Just kind of meaning that he’s any sort of prospect.

      He’s shown nothing since he was given a pretty big bonus.

  3. Bren

    Murphy is not back yet? Maybe they’re being cautious and stuff, but I wasn’t too optimistic about his chances at 2B to begin with, and he sure does get hurt a lot when he plays there. I think fantasy Baseball fever has a lot of people thinking this is a lot easier said than done…

    De La Torre has gotten shellacked a few times of late. Hope he can get it together, because his 2010 season made him worth a look…

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