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Mark Himmelstein

  • joined Nov 10, 2008
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Minor League Splits MLE Batting Calculator

I never noticed this before recently, so I have no idea how long its been around for, but it is friggin' awesome. I used to to determine that if Reese Havens were in the California League instead of the FSL, he would be hitting about .255 / .381 / .479 and Kirk Nieuwenhis would be hitting about .287 / .386 / .487!

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Mets Community Prospect List: #3

  With 54% of the vote, the winner of round two is: Jenrry Mejia Welcome to the Amazin' Avenue Mets Community Prospect List, where you get to vote on who the Mets best prospects are.  Every poll...

Niese Continues Run of Positive Results

6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 6/2 K/BB, 6/5 GO/AO. All of a sudden, the Bisons are converting some balls in play into outs for Niese. You're welcome T Pac.

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Mets Community Prospect List: #2

With 72% of the vote, the winner of round one is:  Fernando Martinez Welcome to the Amazin' Avenue Mets Community Prospect List, where you get to vote on who the Mets best prospects are.  Every...

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Mets Community Prospect List: #1

The Community Prospect List is something they do in the fanposts section over at John Sickels' Minor League Ball, a fellow SB Nation website (and a good one at that).  The idea is, every few days...

Moviel, Aderlin, Honkballer sightings

GCL Mets roster released. Last year's international haul, Aderlin Rodriguez, appears on the roster, as does rehabbing RHP Scott Moviel, and the Mets favorite only Honkballer, Marinus Vernooij.

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When Fernando Met Wilmer

Entering the 2009 season, the consensus top two prospects in the Mets system were Fernando Martinez and Wilmer Flores.  There was some disagreement about specific ranking, but they were considered...

Ken Takahashi Demoted

Adam Rubin claims there are more roster moves to follow, though no word yet. Or maybe Jerry just likes the challenge of a 24 man roster.

Ike Davis promoted to Binghamton, Havens activated

Looks like we owe someone an apology. The way the season started, who'd have thought Reese Havens would be the only 2008 First Rounder left in St. Lucie at this point? Hopefully, he comes back strong and shows his slump was more pain related than anything else, and joins his first round brethren soon enough.

Flores is another player whose numbers really don't tell the whole story. Now 8-for-17 in his last...

Flores is another player whose numbers really don't tell the whole story. Now 8-for-17 in his last four games, Flores' line of .273/.316/.357 doesn't blow anyone away, but it becomes a lot more impressive when you look at the other big number on his stat sheet – his date of birth. Still almost six weeks from his 18th birthday, Flores is younger than most of this year's high school draftees, and how many of them do you think could put up this kind of line in a full-season league right now?

Kevin Goldstein discusses Wilmer Flores in today's Minor League Update at BP

The Mets are another team that loves to rush prospects, and right now things are going well with...

The Mets are another team that loves to rush prospects, and right now things are going well with RHP Jenry Mejia. He began the year going 4-1, 1.97 with a 44/16 K/BB in 50 innings for St. Lucie, with a 2.21 GO/AO ratio in nine starts. Promoted to Double-A Binghamton earlier this month, he's 0-2 in three starts, but with a 2.25 ERA and a 17/7 K/BB in 16 innings, with 17 hits allowed. I like the fact that he's maintained his strong GO/AO, with a 2.22 mark so far in the Eastern League. Mejia is just 19 years old, and skipped low Class A, having pitched in the New York-Penn League last year. He posted a 3.49 ERA in 57 innings for Brooklyn, with a 52/23 K/BB. In 66 combined this year, he has a 2.04 ERA with a 61/23 K/BB. The fact that he's maintained virtually identical ratios at a higher level of competition is a really good sign, especially given his age. As with Stanton, I'd leave him in Double-A the rest of the season. I gave him a Grade C+ "but with a very high ceiling" rating in the book. I'm jumping that up to Grade B+ now, and he could be a Grade A- or perhaps even a Grade A by the end of this season.

John Sickels discusses Jenrry Mejia I warned you guys, hype explosion in progress. This is very, very high praise from Mr. Sickels.

Two in a Row for Kyle Allen

Kyle Allen put together his second straight strong performance since joining Savannah rotation full time. This time, he gave up two runs, both earned, on three hits, one home run, while striking out five and walking just one over six innings. Nine of his 13 outs in play were recorded via ground ball. This coming off a previous outing in which he pitched 6.2 scoreless innings. Allen's ERA for the season is now down to 3.99, and since April 30 he has a 2.66 ERA with a 45/19 K/BB in 47.1 innings. With that, this young man just earned himself a FanShot :).

This kid has a muscular, powerful body. There is power to his body. I have no issues with his...

This kid has a muscular, powerful body. There is power to his body. I have no issues with his perceived lack of height. He held his velocity at 95 mph through seven innings. I don't see him wearing down just because he is not 6-foot-4. He also has a good mound presence. He has a plus changeup, and an average slider and curveball. So he has a change that is very good and his curve might be better than average. He just doesn't have to use it much right now. So he has two plus pitches, and a couple of average ones. So he starts for me.

An unnamed scout discusses Jenrry Mejia with Joel Sherman Sherman also paraphrases the scout: "The scout said think a 6-foot version of Roger Clemens or Curt Schilling."

Nick Evans Called Up?

A source of Adam Rubin's says yes. Evans has been hitting well in Double-A of late, recording exactly two hits in each of his last four games, including at least one XBH per game, good for a 8 for 18 stretch that included four doubles and a homer. Rubin speculates that Fernando Martinez will receive the demotion, as many expected he would when the Mets returned home.

Jenrry Mejia continues to Impress

In a bit of an odd outing, Mejia allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits in five innings, but he also struck out eight, walking two. Mejia now has a 2.25 ERA with a 17/7 K/BB and 17 hits over his first 16 Double-A innings. The transition to Double-A probably hasn't been quite as smooth as those numbers suggest, but for such a young kid to make this kind of instant impression at such a high level is just more news to get excited about.

With their first pick (second round), the Mets stayed local and picked New York high school lefty...

With their first pick (second round), the Mets stayed local and picked New York high school lefty Steve Matz, who has a live arm and some projectability but needs polish with his mechanics and command. Florida Southern shortstop Robbie Shields was the third round pick; he had a disappointing spring but is athletic and has performed very well in the past. Fourth round Columbia CC outfielder Darrell Ceciliani runs well and is athletic, but scouts have doubts about his power and he might be an overdraft here. Fifth round Texas prep RHP Damien Magnifico can hit 95 MPH but is raw. Sixth round David Buchanan, RHP from Chipola JC, is similar: arm strength, but needs more pitchability. Seventh round Kutztown lefty Darin Gorski is a soft-tosser but has excellent college stats. I can't say that this class really impresses me. Matz and Shields are interesting, but both come with questions. I do like the raw arms in the fifth and sixth rounds.

John Sickels recaps the Mets draft
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Mets Minor League Roll Call #4: Mystery Men in Savannah

In the wake of a couple of brutal Jerry Manuel Decisions losses, now seems like a good time to hunt for some good feeling in the depths of the Mets Minor League system.  At the end, we'll take a...

Carlos Delgado's a Tweeter

I think this is the first time I've actually ever bothered to read a whole twitter post. Cerrone claims this in fact the real Carlos Delgado. I wonder if our Delgado is the real Delgado too....

Mets Draft LHP Steven Matz with 72nd Overall Pick

The Mets top pick this year, Matz stands 6'3" and comes out of Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, NY. The link is a scouting video, where Matz throws what appears to be exclusively fastballs, ranging from 88-90 MPH. I know virtually nothing about young Mr. Matz. However, a decent sized lefty High School arm who can touch 90, plenty intriguing for a late second round pick.

Jenrry Mejia dominates in first Double-A start

Brad Holt also pitched into the seventh in his first start, giving up three runs (two earned), but once again Mejia went on to show him up, pitching seven scoreless innings in his B-Mets debut.

Wagner expected to face batters by the end of June

With all the negative injury news, its nice to hear something positive. Rubin says Sept. 1 is being called a "Very conservative" estimate for his return.

Will Carroll tells us to calm down regarding the medical staff

This is actually a really interesting read. Cerrone deserves some credit, his content seems to be ticking up slightly, even if there's still only so much we can expect. Maybe his comments section fix is actually helping him find more interesting things to write about. Even if he wasn't the one making the interesting comments in this piece, he still made the effort to get ahold of the right guy to ask these questions of.

Reyes Suffers Setback, Returns to NY for Further Evaluation

Craptastic. At least Rubin also notes in a previous post that Beltran is feeling better and should be good to go tonight, albeit at least five pounds lighter.

Holt, Mejia Promoted to Double-A

Despite his dominance, I still maintain this is ballsy for Mejia, but it'll be an interesting test at the least. Hopefully, next up on the promotion list is Josh Thole to Buffalo.

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Game Theory 101: The Chaos Gangsta

  Gary Cohen made an interesting point last night, and it got me thinking.  For all the things Jerry Manuel is, one thing he is not is predictable.  This was noted by Gary in a positive light.  In...

Mets Acquire Emil Brown, Gee and Muniz to DL

Sweet, another fringe replacement level outfielder. That's a shame for Gee though, they're calling it a right shoulder strain.

I use the statistics pretty much as confirmation as to the decision I made. I’ll look back and say, ...

I use the statistics pretty much as confirmation as to the decision I made. I’ll look back and say, ‘At least it lines up with the stats,’ and sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t.

Jerry Manuel talking to Kevin Burkhardt about stats And this, ladies and gentleman, is our manager. Also, according to this link, he'll be doing interviews with Cerrone once per homestand. I shudder at the thought. I imagine it will go something like this. Cerrone: Omir Santos? Jerry: Love the guy. Cerrone: Ramon Castro? Jerry: Who? Cerrone: Nevermind.

Perez pitched in two extended spring training games in Port St. Lucie earlier this month, including...

Perez pitched in two extended spring training games in Port St. Lucie earlier this month, including a five-inning outing last week that apparently was so shaky the Mets refused to release the statistics from it.

Bart Hubbuch discusses Oliver Perez's rehab
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