Meet Pedro Beato, owner of the best ground ball ratio in Mets camp.
On Friday the Mets cut 11 players from major league camp including five pitchers: Manny Alvarez, Johan Lujan, Armando Rodriguez, Josh Stinson, and Tobi Stoner. I've left D.J. Carrasco and Taylor Buchholz on the list for now even though both pitchers signed major league contracts and are near certainties to be on the Opening Day roster. I also added Bobby Parnell to the list, who is assured of nothing but does probably have an inside track to the big league bullpen.
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|Manny Acosta, RHP||Five strikeouts, two walks, and just one run allowed in 6.0 innings pitched. If he gets beat out for a bullpen spot it won't be because he pitched poorly in the spring.|
|Pedro Beato, RHP||That he was a Rule 5 pick doesn't guarantee him a spot on the team. With so many other pitchers throwing well it's no longer a safe bet that Beato makes the cut. It's worth pointing out that his 14-to-2 ground ball ratio is the best on the team.|
|Boof Bonser, RHP||Hasn't walked anybody in six innings and he legally changed his name to "Boof" because that's what everybody called him. He has a clause in his minor league deal with the Mets that allows him to opt out if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster. Let's hope he sticks around.|
|Blaine Boyer, RHP||He picked up a few innings last week and has eight ground outs to just one fly out. No surprise as he has always been a ground ball machine. Should provide some bullpen depth in Buffalo.|
|Taylor Buchholz, RHP||Hasn't allowed a run in eight innings. Major league contract, yada yada yada.|
|Tim Byrdak, LHP||Three strikeouts, one walk, and no runs allowed in 4.1 innings. With Tankersley pitching poorly, Byrdak could squeak into the bullpen.|
|D.J. Carrasco, RHP||Blah results so far but his ground ball rate has been terrific. He has a major league deal so it hardly matters anyway.|
|Dillon Gee, RHP||At this point, a couple of guys will need to get hurt for Gee to avoid a trip to Buffalo.|
|Ryota Igarashi, RHP||Nine strikeouts in 4.0 innings is pretty sweet. Three walks and three runs allowed are less sweet.|
|Jason Isringhausen, RHP||Izzy is back! Nice story, but it's been five innings with one strikeout and two walks, not much on which to base a roster decision.|
|Jenrry Mejia, RHP||No runs allowed. WE NEED HIM IN THE BULLPEN. #2010 #firejerrymanuel|
|Pat Misch, LHP||He limits the walks and keeps the ball on the ground. He is better than Oliver Perez at everything worth being better at.|
|Michael O'Connor, LHP||Just 3.0 innings so far, you'd think he would pitch more if the Mets expected him to make the team.|
|Bobby Parnell, RHP||Also getting a lot of ground balls this spring, Parnell will probably make the big league team out of the gate.|
|Oliver Perez, LHP||Any appearance could be his last. He might be worse than every other pitcher in camp, which leaves no excuse for him to beat any of them out for a spot on the roster.|
|Taylor Tankersley, LHP||Process is good: eight strikeouts and no walks in 3.1 innings. Results are bad: four runs allowed and a 10.80 ERA.|