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New York Mets outfield prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis is off to a fast start for Triple-A Buffalo:...

New York Mets outfield prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis is off to a fast start for Triple-A Buffalo: .344/.452/.574 in 18 games, with a 12/16 BB/K in 61 at-bats, including a .400 mark in his last 10 games. This is in stark contrast to his struggles at Buffalo in the second half last year (.225/295/.358 in 120 at-bats). His strikeout rate is still rather high, but he's already drawn more walks in 18 games this year than he did in 30 games in Triple-A last year, so progress with the strike zone is evident. Angel Pagan isn't exactly tearing things up this year, and I don't see Willie Harris as a long-term deterrent to playing time for Nieuwenhuis. If he remains hot, he'll get a chance in New York fairly soon. I've seen him as more of a fourth outfielder than a future regular, but he could end up being a very solid player who contributes in multiple departments.

Minor League Notes, April 25th, 2011 - Minor League Ball
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