Showing posts with label Future Stars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Future Stars. Show all posts

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Future Stars: CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and 2B Reese Havens, Are they ready for prime time??

(CF) Kirk Nieuwenhuis is a Mets Future Star and one of the Mets Top Ten Prospects coming into the 2012 season (ranked 7th according to Baseball America). He had undergone surgery on July 2011 to repair a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. This was not only a season-ending injury for Kirk, but a potentially career damaging one.

Although it was not to his throwing shoulder, an injury of this sort completely stops their ability to play baseball until it is fully healed. He cannot swing, and for a player who needs more at-bats in AAA to continue his development, this injury will halt his potential MLB debut by at least a year. That means he probably won't touch a baseball field until Late July 2012, just for rehab.

Nieuwenhuis, 24, hit .298 (56-188) with six home runs and 14 RBI in 53 games for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League last season. The 6-3, 215-pound outfielder participated in his first major league Spring Training in 2011.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Future Star: Jordany Valdespin could possibly win the 2B job this spring

Remember the name Jordany Valdespin, He was on the Mets 40 man roster in 2011 and invited to shared some time with the team last spring. He started his season in Binghamton with Wally Backman and moved his way to the Triple-A level with Tim Teufel , who now is the Mets 3rd base coach..

Valdespin could be the answer the Mets are looking for at second base. The Mets also have Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy, who could get a shot playing there everyday or might get the 3rd baseman job by default, if David Wright is traded this off-season.

There a couple of reasons to like Valdespin.. For One, The kid hits and hits for power.  Valdespin big lefty swing had 17 HRs with 32 doubles and 3 triples last year combined between Binghamton and Buffalo... He also hit .294. combined with a .333 OBP. (which should improve over time). Valdespin also has some speed, as he swiped 37 bases (Combined).. His speed can compensate the loss of Jose Reyes, which so far looks like a reality coming to the Mets..

Jordany Valdespin right now is playing for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League where he only batting .220 in 59 AB's, but has time to improve that since the league ends 12/21/11...

2011 Season
2011 Offseason Leagues
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