Thursday, May 31, 2012

2012 Mets Prospect Report: Week 8 (5/24 - 5/30)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Elvin Ramirez, RP (AAA) - 5.2 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

What a return it's been for Ramirez (2004 international) who was drafted away from the Mets in the December 2010 Rule 5 draft, only to spend all of 2011 on the Nationals' DL and then be returned to New York last fall. The 24-year-old's sterling week is really just a microcosm of his dominance over the past 2 months. For the year, Ramirez has thrown 27.2 innings (13 in AA, 14.2 in AAA) and has surrendered just 12 hits, 2 runs, and 8 walks, while amassing 35 strikeouts. The way the Major League bullpen has struggled, Ramirez should be on the next flight to New York City. Major League roster issues are the only thing holding up a callup, but he's making it harder and harder for that to remain a viable excuse.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

2012 Mets Prospect Report: Week 7 (5/17 - 5/23)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Zack Wheeler, SP (AA) - 15.0 IP, 2-0, 1.80 ERA, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 15 K

Wheeler (2011 trade, originally 2009 1st round 6th overall) has been everything the Mets had hoped he'd be when they acquired him from the Giants last summer in exchange for two months of Carlos Beltran. The walks are the biggest (and perhaps the only) black mark on his 2012 season so far, but even with them the soon-to-be-22-year-old has been dominating AA hitters. Despite skipping a start with a fingernail issue, Wheeler leads the Eastern League in strikeouts. He also ranks 3rd in WHIP and 5th in ERA among pitchers with at least 8 starts. Wheeler is Rule 5 eligible, meaning he'll need to be placed on the 40-man roster prior to this winter's draft. So at the risk of getting way ahead of ourselves, if he's promoted to AAA mid-year and performs well there, it's possible that Wheeler could even see a September call-up in 2012. And if not, it's a safe bet that we'll see him at Citi Field at some point in 2013.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

2012 Mets Prospect Report: Week 6 (5/10 - 5/16)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Collin McHugh, SP (AA) - 7.0 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

McHugh (2008, 18th round) tossed 7 scoreless last night, scattering 6 singles and a walk to go with his 6 punchouts in a game the B-Mets would ultimately win 1-0 in walkoff fashion, adding yet another exhibit to his case for a promotion to AAA. Over his past 18 games in AA (17 of which were starts), McHugh is sitting at 11-2 with a 1.73 ERA. In 104.1 innings, he's surrendered 77 hits and issued 28 walks (1.01 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9) while picking up 107 strikeouts (9.2 K/9). And of the 416 batters he's faced over that stretch, he's given up just 3 homeruns. A promotion to Buffalo for McHugh could come at any time.

(McHugh also writes a fantastic blog about his experiences - A Day Older, A Day Wiser. Definitely worth checking out.)

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Monday, May 14, 2012

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

2012 Mets Prospect Report: Week 5 (5/3 - 5/9)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Domingo Tapia, SP (A) - 7.1 IP, 1-0, 1.23 ERA, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

There were several good pitching performances this week from Mets prospects, but the 20-year-old flamethrower who lasted into the 8th inning gets the nod. Through 7 innings of his lone start last week, Tapia (2009 international) held opposing Delmarva hitters to 4 singles and no walks. The strikeouts weren't really there this start but he did induce 12 groundouts, two of which were double plays. The lone run Tapia surrendered was a baserunner he handed off to the pen with one out in the 8th. Apart from his bizarre 1.1 inning, 8-run clunker 2 weeks ago, Tapia has been one of the brightest young prospects in the system in 2012. And this week was just another example of that.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

2012 Mets Prospect Report: Week 4 (4/26 - 5/2)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Erik Goeddel, SP (A+) - 9.0 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 10 K

It wasn't a great week for Mets pitching prospects, but Goeddel (2010 24th round, over slot) acquitted himself well in his first two starts since coming back from his second strained pitching shoulder in the past calendar year (he lost over two months to a shoulder strain last summer). The only negative in the 23-year-old righty's week was a bout of "effective wildness" yesterday morning (Goeddel walked 5 in 5 innings, but surrendered just 1 hit and didn't allow a run). All in all, encouraging results.

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