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Monday, March 8, 2010

Some other random tidbits from Spring Training

  • Kelvin Escobar has been completely shut down from throwing and hasn't even tossed in the past week. Great news for our supposed 8th inning guy and a guy who has thrown in 1 major league game in the past 2 years.
  • Omar said today that J Mejia will start in Double A. Thank you Omar for doing the right thing!
  • Mike Pelfrey got roughed up in his spring debut, literally and figuratively, but at least his knee is fine after taking a comebacker off of it, and he isn't expected to miss any time.
  • O Perez threw yesterday and was focused on throwing strikes, which he did well. The results on those strikes weren't great, but in the spring those results aren't that important.
And the highlight of yesterday's spring training game, Japanese import, LHP Hisanori Takahashi, struck out six hitters and allowed only one hit in a three-inning relief appearance. He threw 42 pitches, 34 strikes. Everyone kept talking about his great control, but that is very impressive. I didn't see the game, but here is a link to his 6 strike outs. http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100307&content_id=8706032&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym

He showed a 89 mph fastball with great location, a change up in the upper 70s, and a curve ball in the 60s. That is a big gap and may be very effective the 1st time through the league.

I didn't expect him to make the team out of spring training, but if he continues to throw like that he will have to go north with the team.

1 comment:

  1. Like the idea of Mejia in the minors. He is only 20 and a bad start with the big club in the big city would not go over well. Let him develop, develop arm strength and endurance, then the Mets will have a strong, young, starting pitcher.

    Now we can only hope Reyes is ok and will be fine. He might be by now, I haven't kept up with it as I should.

    Pelfrey and Perez will be fine--I think--or hope.