Video of Hansel Robles pitching against the University of Michigan on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at Mets spring training.
Last but not least from Mets spring training on Sunday, Hansel Robles pitched against the University of Michigan. Robles pitched for the Brooklyn Cyclones last year and dominated to the tune of a 1.11 ERA with 8.2 strikeouts per nine and merely 1.2 walks per nine. While it's tough to put too much stock into a pitcher's stats in the New York-Penn League, Robles was impressive in Brooklyn.
Here he is pitching against the Wolverines on Sunday:
Rob Castellano ranked Robles as the Mets' twenty-eighth best prospect for 2013. Here's what he had to say about him in Amazin' Avenue's top fifty prospects.
Of all the Brooklyn starters, none was more successful in 2012 — or perhaps unexpected — than Robles. The 22-year-old led the NYPL in ERA (1.11) and placed top three in FIP (1.86), BB/9 (1.06), and opponent average (.184). The strong-armed righty allowed more than one earned run just once in twelve starts and finished the season by allowing zero earned over his final 45 innings. A smallish/stocky build (5'11", 185 lbs) allows him to very effectively repeat his delivery -- however it also leads some to see a reliever long-term. Either way, a mid-90's fastball as part of a solid four-pitch mix will play in the bigs -- as evidenced by his surprising addition to the 40-man this winter.