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.