Posted by Mack Ade at 10:02 AM
7-13-11: - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/765098-new-york-mets-dillon-gee-and-the-mets-top-10-young-pitching-prospects#/articles/765098-new-york-mets-dillon-gee-and-the-mets-top-10-young-pitching-prospects/page/2 - Familia, who led the St. Lucie Mets with 137 strikeouts in 2010 (K per nine of 10.2), was called up to play AA ball for Binghamton this May. Earlier this season, his line (1.49 ERA, 36 K’s, 0.798 WHIP) in six games for St. Lucie certainly made the pitcher out to be a young sensation. While once a victim of terrible control issues, his velocity has been climbing and now can reach up to 96-97 mph. He’d fumbled here and there, perhaps throwing off the perceptive development curve, but most of it was due to his learning of a changeup. Familia also throws an above-average slider, sported a 50 percent groundball rate in 2011, and is working on his command. As his numbers improve, so does the general word on his scouting report and the development has been a treat for those fortunate enough to watch him. Lots of officials like Familia, and think that he could skyrocket on the 2012 prospects board. Just recently, Mets Geek called him the third-best upside arm behind Mejia and Holt.
There’s one argument that the Mets won’t trade Izzy because they’ll need him once K-Rod is gone, and further, he’ll continue to be something of a mentor to potential closer-in-waiting Bobby Parnell. Nice thoughts, but I doubt Sandy Alderson would refrain from actively marketing Izzy’s services, considering the dearth of quality middle relief around MLB. At the same time, Izzy won’t be given away — if he is traded, the Mets will get something of value in return. - http://www.metstoday.com/6684/opinion-and-analysis/who-will-the-mets-shop-this-month
A - After struggling early in the year, Parnell hit the disabled list and came back looking like he did in 2010. With 10.9 K/9 and a reasonable 3.3 BB/9, Parnell's 2.92 ERA is no fluke. His FIP and xFIP are nearly identical: 2.67 and 2.66. If and when Francisco Rodriguez is traded, Parnell is the most likely pitcher to take over as the Mets' closer. http://www.amazinavenue.com/2011/7/12/2272199/new-york-mets-pitchers-mid-season-grades
7-13-11: - http://www.amazinavenue.com/2011/7/13/2272873/new-york-mets-batters-mid-season-grades - C- - There are, actually, things to like in Duda's line. He's now showing the ability to strike out at an average rate, as he did on the farm, and his 26.3% line drive rate is superb even in a small sample. Once he gets some loft on the ball (36.3% fly balls), his power should look better. It's not even that improbable that he could hit .250/.325/.430 if handed the every-day reigns. He just needs to lift the ball a little more. In San Francisco, he hit the ball out of triples alley in BP, about 430 feet deep. He has real power.
1955-1963 (Athletics/Yankees/Mets/Orioles) - "Marvelous Marv" was the worst player on the worst team of all time. Playing for the 120-loss 1962 Mets, Throneberry set a record for lowest fielding percentage by a first baseman. He once hit a triple, but was called out after missing both first and second base while on his way to third. Like Uecker, Throneberry turned his ineptitude into glory, with the help of Miller Lite commercials. "If I do for Lite what I did for baseball," he said. "I'm afraid their sales will go down." Jimmy Breslin agreed. He once wrote that "Having Marv Throneberry play for your team is like having Willie Sutton work for your bank." - http://deadspin.com/5820716/the-100-worst-baseball-players-of-all-time-a-celebration-part-1