Today's Mets News and Notes:
First-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a prep shortstop from Louisiana, will play for manager Jose Leger with the K-Mets.
2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo has been expected to be sent to Brooklyn, while 2009 top pick Steven Matz was expected to end up in Kingsport.
After making seven starts across three levels of the minors, Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to make his bullpen debut with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday or Friday. The script calls for Mejia to face different types of situations -- mid-inning, back-to-back days -- over a two-week span. After that, Mejia could find himself in the major league bullpen.
Observers continue to express concern about the lack of development of a changeup with 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey. In his most recent outing, Friday at Columbus with a bevy of scouts on hand, Harvey opened the first inning by throwing a changeup. He then served up a homer to former Mets farmhand Ezequiel Carrera later in the at-bat on that pitch. Afterward, Harvey threw the changeup only once or twice more the remainder of his 90-pitch, four-inning outing.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Friday, April 15, 2011
Jason Stark of ESPN :
There's nothing the Mets would love more this spring than to have Carlos Beltran play well enough to make himself tradeable in July. So scouts are already bearing down on him just in case. But when we asked one of those scouts if he could see himself recommending that his team trade for Beltran, his answer said it all:
"Noooooo. I'm rooting for him, because I feel bad for him, seeing a guy who was once a great player limping around with a brace on his knee. … But would I recommend him? No -- because I don't want to get fired."
Another NL scout on whether he'd recommend his team trade for Jose Reyes: "I'd take him as a rental. I wouldn't want to commit to him long-term. But I'd trade for him for two months."
Thursday, March 10, 2011
"Lucas Duda has been generating considerable buzz among scouts, who say he is doing a much better job handling and turning on inside fastballs compared with a year or two ago.
When Duda was an A-ball player, he would put on power exhibitions in batting practice, but it did not translate into games, because his "long" swing made it difficult to catch up to pitches without committing early.
One scout who watched Duda as a youngster in the instructional league said he remembers seeing a similar "inside-out" swing from Adrian Gonzalez as a younger player and never imagined he would become a major league slugger. But the scout watched Gonzalez and begin to turn on those inside pitches rather than flick them the other way, like Duda is now starting to do.
Self-confidence is an issue with Duda, but he may have a serious future with the Mets. Before Carlos Beltran's left knee flared up, Duda was scheduled to split duty between first base and left field at Triple-A Buffalo. Now, he's being exposed to right field as well. And it wouldn't be shocking for him to be the Opening Day right fielder in 2012, if not sooner taking over that position if Beltran's knee woes persist."