Armando Rodriguez

Update: the Brewers have claimed Josh Stinson.

Brew Crew Ball looks at his ugly numbers and writes, "To be honest, I'm not sure what led the?Brewers?to be interested in this guy. I'm assuming he has options remaining and will start the year with Huntsville or Nashville."

Tags: Armando Rodriguez, Josh Stinson, Transactions, Toby Hyde
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St. Lucie Mets 4, @ Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 0

Armando Rodriguez put together his best start of the season Sunday: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. ?In 13 starts, he's given up 46 hits in 60 innings, for a .210 batting average against and struck out 66 (9.9 K/9), but he's walked 24 (3.6 BB/9). ?He's on the 40-man roster, but I did not have him among my pre-season Top 41 this year. ?I'm not sure whether he'll sneak onto the back end this time around.

Josh Edgin, rolling: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. He's allowed a run to score in just one of his last nine appearances. ?I like.

Tags: Armando Rodriguez, Josh Edgin, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde

@ Charlotte Stone Crabs 3, St. Lucie Mets 0

Armando Rodriguez (3-4, 4.25): 3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. He's missing bats 10.0 K/9 IP(59 K in 53 innings this year), but he's walking way too many guys (4.1 BB/9 IP).

Both Cory Vaughn (.243/.349/.393 - 35 games - age 22) and Cesar Puello (.245/.299/.379 - 103 G - age 20) were 1-3 with a walk.

Tags: Armando Rodriguez, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde

@ Charlotte Stone Crabs 4, St. Lucie Mets

The St. Lucie offense was limited to five hits, and only got one?base-runner?past second-base all game. ?Juan Lagares collected two hits to raise his season totals to .329/.373/.482.

Armando Rodriguez was solid (4 IP, 3h, 2r, 1er, bb, 2k- 6GB), but took the loss for St. Lucie.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Armando Rodriguez, Darrell Ceciliani, Josh Edgin, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Wilfredo Tovar
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Yesterday, ?I caught up with Mets Director of Minor League Operations Adam Wogan for some injury updates.

Nick Carr, who has not pitched since April 20, has a left AC joint sprain. ?That's a shoulder injury to his non-throwing shoulder that also goes by the name, "separated shoulder." ?According to Wogan, he "has thrown bullpens and is close to returning." ?I've been high on Carr's arm strength for a long time. ?He's always had trouble throwing strikes thanks to a violent delivery, but this year, he seemed to turn a corner as he had 12 strikeouts and just one walk in 8.2 innings out of the St. Lucie bullpen. ?He could move relatively quickly when he's healthy.


Tags: Armando Rodriguez, Nick Carr, Toby Hyde
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As I strolled into the Mets minor league camp today, the first rounds of intersquad games were under way. I was really focused on getting a good look at the pitchers today, and got some good video of a number of guys. I was impressed by some of the arms I saw, and was equally disappointed in others. Here are some of the notes I took from today's action:

- Matt Harvey showed why the Mets selected him in the first round. His fastball sat comfortably at 93-95mph with life in the zone. His front side flew open when he tried to overthrow the baseball, but he showed clean and easy mechanics. He threw a power slider (82-84 mph) with good tilt and late bite, and commanded it well. His curveball (80-81) was his best offspeed offering. It had hard two-plane break to it with very tight spin and hard downward break. He also showed a potential plus change-up (83-84), with good arm speed, fade, and sink. His demeanor on the mound was outstanding as well.

- Steven Matz, who did not pitch today, told me he has had a couple of minor setbacks in his rehab stint, but he is on schedule to pitch later this summer for a short-season team.? He will be staying in PSL for extended spring training.

Tags: Armando Rodriguez, Brad Holt, Eric Beaulac, Francisco Pena, Kyle Allen, Mark Cohoon, Matt Harvey, Scott Moviel, Steve Matz
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Satin GraduatesJosh Satin had graduated from the Arizona Fall League's Taxi Squad to the varsity.? Taxi squad players are only allowed to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays.? However, Jordanny Valdespin strained his forearm, so the Mesa Solar Sox needed a second baseman.? In nine games, Satin is hitting a robust .438/.526/.594 with two doubles, a home run, five walks and 12 strikeouts in 32 AB.? How unsustainable is that line? He's running a .684 BABIP.? Satin, who will be 26 two days before Christmas, hit .308/.395/.472 and looks destined for a 2B/utility role at AAA in 2011.

STS on Armando Rodriguez Mike Newman of Scouting the Sally.com writes up a scouting report on RHP Armando Rodriguez. Mike is not a fan, concluding:

"I just don?t know how I can possibly project 90-92 MPH with fringe breaking stuff as a future big leaguer.? In trying to run the big league scenarios for a pitcher with his arsenal through my head, I just don?t see where he fits into a major league pitching staff.
Tags: Arizona Fall League, Armando Rodriguez, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde

AAA: SWB Yankees 9, @ Buffalo Bisons 2

The Bisons were mathematically eliminated in front of a serious crowd of 15,539 in their home finale.

Dillon Gee (13-8, 4.96) was not good: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP.? Explain to me why a guy with an ERA pushing five in AAA deserves a shot in the big leagues, or could help in the big leagues?

Tags: Armando Rodriguez, Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Dillon Gee, Jeurys Familia, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ Jupiter Hammerheads 6, St. Lucie Mets 2Brandon Moore (2-4, 4.05): 4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.

After dominating the South Atlantic League by getting hitters to chase his soft stuff, he's had a tougher time in the advanced-a FSL.

At least Wilmer Flores (.297/.321/.414) was 2-4 with a double.? He's up to 32 doubles between the SAL and the FSL.

Tags: Armando Rodriguez, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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In the Farm report on ESPNNY, B-Mets Manager Tim Tuefel gives Kirk Nieuwenhuis high praise:

?He?s shown opposite-field power last year in St. Lucie at the big fields. He can be a guy that you can project out with some big-league power. To be able to hit the ball out the other way, you?ve got to be real strong -- especially at the ballparks we played at in the Florida State League. He?s got a lot of strength, man. He?s just a strong, strong kid. He?s learned how to turn on pitches.?
Nieuwenhuis has gone from a small-college 3rd round pick, to a legitimate prospect. According to the ESPNNY piece, a scout who watched Nieuwenhuis last season and this week suggested Nieuwenhuis has improved the ?quietness? of his hands as he begins to swing as compared with the ?slight hitch? he used to have. This helps him create a better and shorter path to the ball. Nieuwenhuis is off to a solid start to his 2010 season: 19 games, 27-85 (.318), 16 runs, 7 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 17 K, 4 SB. Nieuwenhuis still needs to cut down his K%, but he is showing that he can handle AA pitching. 

Tags: Armando Rodriguez, Kirk Nieuwenhuis
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