Mets Winter League Update - 11/15

With the AFL in it's final week, let's take another look at how some of the most intereresting Mets names playing in the warmer weather have fared since we last checked:

CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (AFL - Mesa)

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
MSS AFL .272 22 81 13 22 6 1 1 12 33 9 23 1 2 .352 .407 .759

Another OK week for The Captain though he did finally show off that power/speed combo with his first homer and his first steal of the fall season.

2B Jordany Valdespin (AFL - Mesa)

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
MSS AFL .355 19 76 19 27 3 1 1 11 35 4 12 7 0 .388 .461 .848

Unfortunately, Valdespin left last Monday's game with a strained muscle in his forearm, ending his AFL season. He ended his campaign on a hot streak, batting .395 over his last ten games.

C Kai Gronauer (AFL - Mesa)

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
MSS AFL .205 11 39 3 8 2 1 0 7 12 4 5 0 0 .279 .308 .587

Kai seems to be getting used to the irregular playing time (which has included some time at DH of late) as he's now hit in five of his last six games, including 6 for his last 16.

1B Josh Satin (AFL - Mesa)

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
MSS AFL .417 10 36 4 15 2 0 1 6 20 5 12 0 0 .500 .556 1.056

With Valdespin out of commission, Satin was pulled off of the taxi squad and is now seeing action at second base nearly ever day. And he deserved it considering the kid has gone hitless just once so far out in AZ and knocked his first homer this week. Satin can also help himself out with a solid showing back at second.

RHP Brad Holt (AFL - Mesa)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
MSS AFL 2 1 2.92 5 4 0 0 0 12.1 10 7 4 0 9 13 0.64 .222

Holt has not made an appearance since Nov. 3rd and considering he was pulled from the Rising Stars game last week I think we can assume there's an injury here.

LHP Robert Carson (AFL - Mesa)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
MSS AFL 1 1 7.98 5 5 0 0 0 14.2 23 13 13 1 3 11 1.64 .365

Hattiesburg's less famous son made likely his last couple appearances out in AZ this fall and completed his roller coaster campaign with one five-run, three inning disaster and a solid, three inning, one-earned start.  Carson's earned run totals in his five appearances (in order): 0, 6, 1, 5, 1. Though he pitched to solid results in his last start, Carson still only threw 38 of 66 pitches for strikes last Saturday including one wild pitch. However, he was throwing more sliders/changups than in previous outings and as before was working in the low 90's with his fb; he also picked off a runner at first.

RHP Nick Carr (AFL - Mesa)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
MSS AFL 0 1 5.65 9 0 0 0 0 14.1 15 11 9 1 11 9 0.55 .254

It was feast or famine once again for Carr as he had one dominant outing where he struck out three men followed by a disaster where he allowed three runs on two hits and two walks. We know he's got the arm strength but some consistency/command would be nice; even in the good game he threw only 16 of 29 pitches for strikes.

LHP Eric Niesen (AFL - Mesa)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
MSS AFL 1 0 6.10 10 0 0 0 0 10.1 17 11 7 2 4 7 0.92 .333

So much for righting the ship; in Niesen's appearance on Monday he too allowed three runs on a walk and three hits (including a home run) in 2/3 of an inning. I don't know what's been more alarming this year, the disappearance of his command or the regression of his stuff.

3B Eric Campbell (VWL - Anzoategui)

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
ORI VWL .210 25 81 8 17 6 0 0 5 23 17 21 0 0 .354 .284 .637

Campbell is still looking pretty cold right now as he had just one more hit in three games this week. He's batting .138 over his last ten, though to his credit he does have eight walks (versus seven strikeouts) over that span.

RHP Manny Alvarez (VWL - Magallanes)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
MAG VWL 0 0 2.70 9 0 0 0 1 13.1 13 5 4 0 4 9 0.41 .255

In his only appearance this week Alvarez gave up another run. After a hot start he has now allowed a run in three of his last four appearances.

RHP Jose De La Torre (PWL - Caguas)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
CAG PWL 0 0 3.24 7 0 0 0 0 8.1 6 4 3 0 4 7 2.00 .214

Like Alvarez, De La Torre has been shaky of late and floundered in his only chance this week, a 1.2 IP, 2-run appearance. 

2B Daniel Murphy (DWL - Aguila)

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
AGU DWL .297 20 74 5 22 5 1 2 12 35 7 6 4 0 .349 .473 .822

Murph has looked good offensively so far down in th DR, including another homer on Friday night and his fourth stolen base overall, matching his total in 155 game in '09. He is also riding a seven-game hit streak. No word though on how he's looked defensively.

LHP Raul Valdes (DWL - Este)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
TOR DWL 1 1 3.86 4 3 0 0 0 16.1 19 7 7 4 5 19 0.58 .279

Valdes was hit hard in his only start this week, allowing five runs on eight hits (including four homers) over four innings. Ouch.

Francisco Pena (DWL - Cibaenas)

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
AGU DWL .147 14 34 1 5 1 0 0 1 6 2 9 2 0 .194 .176 .371

He's 1 for his last 14.

RHP Jeurys Familia (DWL - Cibao)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
GIG DWL 0 0 18.00 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 1 0.00 .400

Didn't make any more appearances this week.

RHP Armando Rodriguez (DWL - Escogido)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
ESC DWL 1 0 2.70 4 0 0 0 0 3.1 4 1 1 0 1 6 1.00 .286

Gave up his first run of the winter season in his only appearance of the week.

LHP Michael O'Connor (DWL - Licey)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
LIC DWL 1 0 2.57 9 0 0 0 0 7.0 6 2 2 0 2 9 0.33 .214

Another clean week for O'Connor who didn't allow a run in his two games. 

LHP Oliver Perez (MWL - Culiacan)

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
CUL LMP 0 0 7.36 3 0 0 0 0 3.2 4 3 3 0 2 6 1.50 .267

If you haven't heard, Ollie's been getting beat up down in Mexico, not that that should surprise anyone who was even kind of paying attention last season. It's kind of sad but the guy literally has nothing left, there's nothing left to salvage, no mechanical flaws to correct and no chance he makes it out of the second week of ST, if he even makes it that far. At this point I'd actually be a little surprised if he ever pitches in the majors again.

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