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It's been a rough few days for the first-rounders from the 2008 draft class who are not Ike Davis. Friday, Reese Havens, the 22nd overall pick in 2008, was put on waivers and cleared allowing the Mets to remove him from the 40-man roster but keep him in the organization. Saturday morning, Brad Holt (pictured), the 33rd overall pick was released.

In parts of three seasons in AA (his age 23, 24 and 25 seasons), the 26-year old has hit .255/.357/.422. However, his numbers have declined every year from a 1.062 OPS in 18 games in 2010 to an .827 OPS in 2011 to a .691 OPS in 94 games in 2012 when he hit .215/.340/.351 and struck out 113 times in 94 games. He's also immobile these days. It's sad in a way how much injuries have changed his game, and what his body can do.

Like Havens, Holt's carrer had stalled at AA, where he has been working out of the bullpen for most of the last two years with modes success. In 2012, he put up a respectable 3.40 ERA in 47.2 innings with 42 strikeouts. However, he walked 13% of the batters he faced (28 of 212) and did so with an average ish fastball and a below average slider. Given a chance in AAA, he was bombed in six appearances: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. Yikes. There were at least a few teams interested in Holt when the Mets left him unprotected in this past year's Rule 5 draft, so I expect he'll get picked up somewhere now that doing so is totally costless.

Tags: Brad Holt, Reese Havens, Toby Hyde
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1. Matt Cerrone tries to distill some of the buzz around Jordany Valdespin in camp in Port St. Lucie. I had Valdespin ranked #12 pre-camp. Few have questioned his physical gifts, but many have questioned his maturity in his professional years.

 

2. Joel Sherman discussed Mets prospects in his 3UP this morning. There's some play-by-play of the conversations with the Rangers and Giants that ultimately landed Zack Wheeler, but his comments, clearly pulled from conversations with key decision-makers are interesting.

Tags: Brad Holt, Jordanny Valdespin, Matt den Dekker, Toby Hyde
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Brad Holt- 8/25/11 vs. Altoona: 2 IP, K.

One of my focuses on my three day stay in Binghamton was to get a glimpse of Mets former 1st round pick Brad Holt.? On day two of my visit, Holt entered the game and tossed two perfect innings of relief.

The 24-year old Holt began the 2011 season in the starting rotation, but was moved to the bullpen in late June.? Since moving to the bullpen, Holt has improved across the board:

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Altoona Curve 5, @ Binghamton Mets 4

The Binghamton Mets had their 7-game winning streak snapped by the Altoona Curve by the score of 5-4.? Altoona center-fielder Starling Marte launched an opposite field homerun to lead off the top of the ninth off of B-Mets reliever Josh Stinson, to break the 4-4 tie.

Jeurys Familia pitched five erratic innings, but showed flashes of dominance at times.? He gave up four runs on seven hits.? Familia also walked two, tossed two wild pitches, hit a batter, and struck out four.? I spoke with Familia following the game, and he told me he is completely healthy after missing nearly a month in July.

Tags: Brad Holt, Jeurys Familia, Josh Stinson, Reese Havens
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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ Columbus Clippers 2

Zach Lutz (2-3, HR(10), 3RBI) homered for the fifth time in his last 12 games, leading the Bisons to a 10-2 rout over Columbus. ?Lutz pushes his season totals to .312/.398/.534, with 10 HR and 27 RBI (53 games).

When healthy and in the lineup, Lutz has hit at every level, but like a couple of other unnamed Mets prospects he just has to find a way to stay on the field.

Tags: Brad Holt, Dylan Owen, Tobi Stoner, Zach Lutz
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It's time for part three of my review of my pre-season Top 41 prospect rankings.

Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is here. Each player's name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Brad Holt, Kyle Allen, Matt den Dekker, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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@ Binghamton Mets 3, Akron Aeros 2

Matt Den Dekker makes an immediate contribution,?singling?in four at-bats, scoring the game tying run in the sixth, and also adding a stolen base.

Brad Holt (2 IP, 1 hit, 2 bb, 3 k) picked up the victory in relief of a struggling Robert Carson (4 IP, 4 hits, 2 er, 6 bb, 4 k).

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This is probably going to be my last Brad Holt post for a while, because, unless something dramatic happens, I'm out of things to say on him.

1. Losing It

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At Baseball America, Matt Eddy talks to new Mets Minor League Pitching Coordinator Rick Tomlin to put together an interesting piece on the Mets new pitching philosophy and the hard-throwing prospects in the AA rotation, Jeurys Familia, Brad Holt and Robert Carson.

 

Tomlin summarizes the new pitching philosophy as emphasizing:

Tags: Baseball America, Brad Holt, Jeurys Familia, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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Has the bad Brad Holt of 2010 returned? ?His start yesterday was a disaster: 4 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 1 K, 4 WP.

Lets take a look at the numbers before we continue:

ERAG/GSIPHRERHRBBSOBB/9SO/9SO/BBHR/9H/9BABIP -ISH
2010 Total8.3424/23951119288679877.58.21.10.610.5.374
2011 Through May22.965/527.3320119116185.35.91.10.36.6.288
2011 Last 3 starts5.563/311.33797118714.35.60.40.85.6.118
 

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AAA: @ Rochester Red Wings 3, Buffalo Bisons 2

Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 0-4 with a strikeout. That ends the outfielder's 16-game hit streak as well as his 20-game on-base streak to start the season.

Lucas Duda was the hitting star, going 2-4 with his first home run of the season, an opposite field laser in the fourth inning.

Tags: Allan Dykstra, Brad Holt, Daily Recap, Erik Goeddel, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker
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Baseball America has their weekly Prospect Hot Sheet list revealed every Friday afternoon.? Last week, Matt Harvey was #7 on the list, and Jeurys Familia was named "In the Team Photo".? This week, two Mets prospects were listed. RHP Brad Holt at #8 and 3B Jefry Marte at #13, came off of an outstanding week of play to propel themselves back into the prospect spotlight.? Also mentioned was LHP Mark Cohoon, as he was named to "In the Team Photo".

Here are the excerpts from Baseball America:

Holt: 2 GS, 0-0, 1.29 ERA, 13 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 er, 3 bb, 11 k, 19:4 (GB:AO).

Tags: Baseball America, Brad Holt, Jefry Marte, Mark Cohoon
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AARecord: Binghamton Mets 3-6, sixth place, out of six, in the Eastern League Eastern Division

Quick Overview: The B-Mets are hitting an anemic .189/.261/.302.? They're last in the 12-team league in runs scored, batting average, 11th in OBP and 8th in slugging.? The team hit three home runs Sunday, and is now tied for second in the league in the category.? By the way, the Eastern League as a whole is hitting .238/.306/.350.

The pitching staff, led by Brad Holt and Mark Cohoon is third in the League in ERA (2.91) but 10th in strikeouts (60 in 77.1 IP), which isn't totally fair because the B-Mets have thrown the fewest innings of any team in the league.? The B-Mets have issued the fourth-fewest walks (25).

Tags: 2009 Month-by-Month Review, Binghamton Mets, Brad Holt, Mark Cohoon, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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AAA: @ Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5, Buffalo Bisons 3

Manny Acosta gave up a two-run triple and allowed another run to score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth, that gave Scranton the 5-3 victory.? Casey Fossum started: 4 2/3 IP, 6 hits, 2 er, 3bb, 6k.? The Bisons offense could only muster five hits, the big blow coming from a two-run double by Russ Adams (1-4, 2B, 2rbi).

 

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AAA: Pawtucket Red Sox 8, @ Buffalo Bisons 3

Jason Pridie pretty much was the Bisons' offense Saturday, going 2-4 with a pair of home runs, a solo shot in the second inning and a two-blast in the eighth. Pridie, now 27, was limited to 40 games last year with hamstring issues.? He established a pretty consistent level in his last two full-ish seasons at AAA hitting .270/.305/.435 in 2008 for Rochester and .265/.295/.382 for Buffalo in 2009.

Pat Misch (7 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) gave up a pair of home runs, including a second-inning grand slam.

Tags: Brad Holt, Francisco Pena, Jordanny Valdespin, Toby Hyde
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There was a flurry of Mets minor news over the last couple of days.? With official rosters trickling in, we can now form rotations and lineups based on who is going where.? Here are some of the most newsworthy notes:

  • Josh Stinson (pictured), who many thought would be headed to AAA, will get the ball on opening day for the Binghamton Mets.
  • Rounding out the rest of the B-Mets rotation behind Stinson will be Mark Cohoon, Brad Holt, Robert Carson, and Brandon Moore.
  • B-Mets manager Wally Backman says Eric Campbell will hit third and Josh Satin will play second base and bat fourth.
  • Jeurys Familia apparently will be headed back to St. Lucie (A+), instead of moving up to Binghamton.
  • With news that Satin will be the B-Mets starting second baseman, it reveals that Reese Havens, who would be slated to Binghamton, is not healthy enough to start the season.
Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brad Holt, Brandon Moore, Eric Campbell, Jeurys Familia, Josh Stinson, Joshua Satin, Mark Cohoon, Reese Havens
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Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6?4?/200

Acquired: Supplemental 1st rd ?08 (33rd overall) (UNC Wilmington)

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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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I'm pretty jealous of Mike hanging out and covering Spring Training right now, but here are a few other links while he waits out the rain in PSL.

Eric Beaulac had off-season hip surgery to shave down some extra bone that led to a torn hip labrum.  Great story.  In Savannah in 2009, he had 133 strikeouts against just 41 walks in 116 IP for a 3.23 K/BB ratio. Last year, working mostly for St. Lucie with two appearances for Binghamton, he fanned 79 and walked 62 in 108.2 IP for a K/BB of 1.27.  Here's to his health. 

Collin McHugh writes entertainingly about early Spring Training soreness. 

Tags: Brad Holt, Eric Beaulac, Toby Hyde
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Adam Rubin has a fascinating interview with Brad Holt, who's down in Port St. Lucie early to get ready for the 2011 season on his way to putting a bad 2010 behind him.

There are a few absolute gems.

Holt claims he doesn't know what went wrong:

?I could never pinpoint what started the downfall at the beginning of the season because the spring training went great ... We kind of agreed on it being a ?mental year.?

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Yesterday in the Arizona Fall League, three Met pitchers threw an inning of relief: Eric Niesen, Brad Holt, and Nicholas Carr.? This would normally not be notable except once again the pitchers were pitching in Peoria, which has Pitchf/x cameras installed.? Naturally one inning per pitcher results in a tiny sample size for each, but it's better than nothing, so let's take a look at the three pitchers today.

Brad Holt

Brad Holt has been a very frustrating pitcher.? In Brooklyn, and even part of last year his fastball was said to hit 94-95 and be a pitch that at worst made scouts think he might be a good reliever.? This year however, his results fell off a cliff and his velocity dropped.

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Feeling that empty space in your life with no baseball on TV?? Or did you tune out in August?? Set your DVR for the MLB network for Saturday at 9 pm for the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars showcase.? The prospect laden rosters are here.? Seriously, who's staying home on a Saturday night to watch a collection of minor leaguers, even if they are the best prospects in the land?? Nice job MLB.? If you do set your DVR, you can catch RHP Brad Holt and 2B Jordanny Valdespin.

Valdespin who will be 23 two days before Christmas, is hitting a healthy .362/.397/.464 with two doubles, a triple and one home run in 69 at-bats.? He drew his fourth walk of the AFL season on Wednesday.? With just 10 strikeouts in 60 plate appearances, he's fanned in 17% of his plate appearances, so he's making lots of contact. Oh, and he's 7-for-7 stealing bases.? How much are the hitters ahead of the pitchers in the AFL?? Valdespin's .362 batting average is 11th in the AFL.

Holt who is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 12.1 innings.? He's allowed seven runs, four earned while strikeout out 13 and walking nine for a K/9 of 9.5 and a BB/9 of 6.6.? Wednesday, according to pitch fx, he was sitting 90-92, and touched 93 twice in his inning of work.? Pitch fx shows three offspeed pitches over three velocity ranges: a curveball at 77-79 mph, slider at 88 mph, and a change up 80-83.

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Brad Holt was named the Arizona Fall League's Pitcher of the Week for Week 2.? In his nine AFL innings, he's allowed four hits, four walks and struck out nine.? Scouts have noted that he's working in the low 90s and touching 95 and been working on an upper-80s cutter-type offering that is, to quote one, just "meh" right now.

Daniel Murphy, despite going hitless in his first two games had three doubles in his third, which was enough to earn Aguilas's team Player of the Week, says Adam Rubin.

You can follow all of the Mets playing in winter-ball here at MLB.com's aggregate page.? They've had this feature for a few years on their proprietary site, but I hadn't seen it publicly available before.? So good job MLB.com.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Dan Murphy, DWL, Toby Hyde
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I talk to Adam Wogan, the Mets Director of Minor League Operations about Jordany Valdespin, Brad Holt and the team's farmhands in the Arizona Fall League.

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The first day of the Arizona Fall League is in the books and on the whole, it was a good one for the Mets who this year year will be playing as Mesa Solar Sox.? Mesa defeated the Phoenix Desert Dogs (one of my favorite logos in all of baseball) 8-3.

2B Jordany Valdespin was 1-5 with an RBI and two 2K? and a stolen base from the leadoff spot.

CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 2-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two R from the #8 spot in the Mesa order.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Jordanny Valdespin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Carr, Toby Hyde
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Today is opening day for the Arizona Fall League, with Brad Holt getting the call for the Mesa Solar Sox today against the Phoenix Desert Dogs.? Holt is looking to rebound after a disastrous (and thats an understatement) 2010 regular season.

Holt, the former 2008 1st round pick (33rd overall), finished his season 3-14 with a 8.34 ERA between AA Binghamton and A+ St. Lucie.? The most puzzling stat was he walked (79) nearly as many batters as he struck out (87).? His?BB/9 was a whopping 7.48!!!? After bursting on the scene in 2008, Holt's stock has fallen faster than an Aroldis Chapman fastball.? With all that being said, with a solid AFL campaign in front of numerous scouts and baseball front office personel, Holt has a chance to redeem himself and springboard into 2011.

Wishful thinking? Lets hope not.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Eric Niesen, Jordanny Valdespin, Kai Gronauer, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Carr, Robert Carson
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According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY, the Mets have added hard-throwing RHP Brad Holt and Nick Carr and LHP Eric Niesen to their Arizona Fall League squad.? All three guys have shown plus fastballs in the minors, and all have struggled to throw strikes.? Both Carr and Niesen missed time this year with injuries.? It'll be nice to get pitch/fx readings on all three guys.

Holt, who will turn 24 on the second day of the AFL season on October 13, was the single biggest disappointment in the system in 2010.? The 33rd overall pick in the 2008 draft bombed out of AA with a 10.20 ERA in 30 innings only to struggle in the advanced-A Florida State League with a 7.48 ERA with 56 walks and 62 strikeouts in 65 innings.? Scouts reported varying velocities on Holt in AA, but the Mets claimed that his velocity was consistently better in the FSL than it was in AA.? Maybe the Mets saw something better from Holt in Instructional League, going on in Florida, that made the team think Holt was ready for the advanced hitters and tough pitching conditions in Arizona.

Coming off a strong finish to 2009 at AA, Niesen too had a disappointing 2010.? He began the year as a starter going 4-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 13 starts.? His peripherals were ugly:? he walked 41 batters and fanned 38 in 52 innings.? He missed a month, from April 23 to May 26 with a concussion after getting hit by a throw down to second by Luke Montz.? You can watch the video of the play here.? The Mets moved Niesen to the bullpen in the second half and he was strangely hittable, yielding 40 hits in 25 IP with 19 walks against 21 strikeouts.?? Check out this discrepancy: as a starter, Niesen allowed a .219 opponents' batting average on a .260 BABIP while as a reliever, opponents hit .360 against him with a .412 BABIP.? Wow.? Overall, Niesen prevented lefties from hitting for any power at all, hold them to a .296 slugging percentage as part of a .241/.396/.296 line while righties hit a much more robust .287/.408/.473 against him suggesting that he might end up as a left-handed specialist.

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Thursday was ugly for the full-season teams.

AAA: @ Syracuse Chiefs 5, Buffalo Bisons 4 (14 innings)LF Lucas Duda, 1B Nick Evans and CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis were a combined 1-19.? Seven of Nieuwenhuis's 14 hits in AAA have gone for extra-bases, but overall he's at .197/.278/.338 with 21 strikeouts in 80 plate appearances, a K% of 26.25%.? The 0-6 takes Duda down to .311/.385/.623 in AAA.

Russ Adams, who will turn 30 next Monday was 3-4 with a solo home run? and three walks to lift his season line to .276/.340/.488.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brad Holt, Buffalo Bisons, St. Lucie Mets, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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A+: Lakeland Flying Tigers 9, St. Lucie Mets 3

Brad Holt (2-5, 5.85) didn't work a clean inning in the first four, but the wheels fell off in a seven-run fifth.? His final line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K.? The 23-year old remains the biggest mystery in the Mets system this year.? The St. Lucie staff combined to issue nine walks Tuesday as the team lost for the 13th time in 14 games.

Not a mystery: SS Wilmer Flores (.310/.319/.411), apparently rejuvenated after an off-day Monday, who was 2-4 with a homerun, his fourth in the FSL.? Combining his time in Savannah and St. Lucie, he has 25 doubles and 10 homers.? The kid can really hit.? Last year, Flores hit a huge wall in August in Savannah.? At the end of July, he was hitting .281/.317/.364, but he cratered to .188/.245/.198 in the month of his 18th birthday.? Now, at age 19, is he strong enough to handle a full, hot southern summer?

Tags: Brad Holt, Cesar Puello, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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A+: Brevard County Manatees 5, @ St. Lucie Mets 1

Is it crazy, or funny, or sad that I thought this line (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) might be progress for Brad Holt (2-4, 5.60) until I read the walk column?? That's now 30 strikeouts against 24 walks in 35.1 innings (6.2 BB/9) in Advanced-A.? Holt walked 13 in 43.1 (2.7 BB/9) at the same level last year.? Why is his walk rate over 2x what it was last year?? Figure that out, and the Mets would like to talk to you.

And lookee here, in his first FSL game of the year, Brant Rustich gave up two hits and struck out a batter in a scoreless inning.? The big guy is now 25, but has been effective when he's been on the hill.? His 2010 was delayed by a broken arm suffered at the end of '09. Rustich, like Lutz, is a nice AFL candidate to make up for lost playing time during the regular season.

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A+: Daytona Cubs 8, @ St. Lucie Mets 3

Unbelievable.? Brad Holt: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 WP.? Sure, he retired eight in a row, but gave up six runs in the fourth.? To put this in perspective, last year, Holt yielded nine runs in 3.2 innings on Opening Night in the FSL and then didn't allow more than two runs in any of his subsequent eight starts while running a 49/9 K/BB ratio in 39.2 innings.? This year, in six starts, and 30 innings, the 23-year old is at 25 K/19 BB.? He's just not the same pitcher.? No, I don't know why.? People have asked me about trade scenarios involving Holt, but would you want to acquire him right now?? C'mon, folks.

Other pitching notes: In his third relief outing, Nick Carr's control problems returned, as he walked three in just an inning while giving up a run on one hit.

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#1 1B Ike Davis

Why Ranked Here: I liked that Ike played everyday and had learned to turn his power into game production in his first full minor league season in 2009.

What Happened: The 23-year old beat up on AAA pitching for a week and a half while Mike Jacobs sucked it up at first base. Davis was installed as the Mets? everyday first baseman from the day of his call up on April 19.? He's been a few runs above average both at the plate and in the field, and by WAR is the fifth-most valuable Met.

Stock: I feel good about ranking Davis #1 coming into the season.? This might have been my best call.

Tags: Brad Holt, Fernando Martinez, Ike Davis, Jenry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Jon Niese, Josh Thole, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Reese Havens, Top Prospects Series, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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Adam Rubin, in his weekly Farm Report for? ESPNNY focuses on RHP Brad Holt this week.

So far this season Holt has struggled.

5 starts: 12 1/3 IP, 22 hits, 15 er, 7 bb, 12 k, 10.95 era, and opponents are hitting .400 against him.

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In this weeks BA's, Prospect Hot Sheet, our very own Brad Holt made the Not So Hot Sheet list. Here is the BA excerpt on Holt:

Brad Holt, rhp, Mets: It's gone from bad to worse for Holt at Double-A Binghamton. The 23-year-old began the season on the disabled list with a wrist injury and has worked on a strict pitch count since his return on April 24. In his three starts on the year, Holt has allowed nine runs in 4 1/3 innings (18.69 ERA) with batters going 11-for-21 (.524). The good news for Holt, such as it is: Of those 11 hits, nine of them were singles. After tearing through short-season Brooklyn and high Class A St. Lucie on his way to the Double-A, he has hit a serious wall in the Eastern League since making his debut there last June. In 14 starts for Binghamton, which he's made between trips to the DL, Holt has gone 3-8, 7.07 with a 1.85 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Not much else to say on Holt. He has been absolutely dreadful. AA seems to have his number, but I would say let's take a deep breath and let him find himself. He has not been dominant since getting hurt last season, but its only 3 starts. Bad starts, but only 3 starts. Let's hope this is the last time we see Holt on this section of the Hot Sheet.
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Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6?4?/200lbs

Acquired: Supplemental 1st Rd ?08 , 33rd Overall (UNC Wilmington)

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Adam Rubin, of the Daily News, posted a great video of this morning's minor-league intersquad game, featuring Brad Holt vs. Lucas Duda. Holt survived just one hitter in this morning's intersquad game. Facing Duda, Holt gets nailed by a line drive in the leg. The injury does not seem to be serious, but Holt was removed from the game.
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Friend of the blog Joe Zwierzynski checks in from Binghamton last night with some thoughts on Brad Holt's Thursday evening:

If there's one thing to take as a positive from last night from Holt, its that he was very aggressive, and threw strikes.?? ...? Most of the hits he gave up last night were on fastballs that were grooved.? He threw the fastball from 90 to 94 for most of the night, touching 96 on one pitch (the home run to Alderson).

I had him at 100 pitches last night, of which 67 were fastballs, 14 were curves, and 19 were changeups.?? Of the 14 curves, 9 were strikes, although that includes foul balls and balls put in play and not all of them would be strikes if they had been taken.?? He threw three that I thought were dynamite, and the remainder were decent.

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Friday, Baseball America put Brad Holt at #5 on their weekly Prospect Hot Sheet for umm, Hot Prospects. BA wrote:

The 6-foot-4 righthander from UNC Wilmington closed out the first half with a nifty 80-to-22 strikeout-to-walk ratio... According to Mets vice president of player development Tony Bernazard, the ankle no longer is an issue for Holt, the 33rd overall pick last year. His primary developmental goal for the second half: finding consistency with his changeup and curveball.

Saturday, Holt won his second straight start with 6.2 innings of two-run ball.? He fanned seven and walked two and has now punched out 24 batters in his last 18.2 innings in the EL.

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Baseball America released their new Top 50 prospects list today.? Brad Holt and Jenrry Mejia both made the cut in the 26-50 range.

Both righties blew through Advanced-A this year on their way to AA.? Holt missed a couple of starts with an ankle injury, and has taken three starts to shake off the rust, but is conclusively back after a 10 strikeout/1 walk effort over five innings Wednesday night.

Mejia hasn't pitched since June 23rd.? In his first four AA starts, he's fanned 24, walked nine and posted a gb/fb ratio of two while hitting 97 and regularly throwing 94-95 mph.

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Friday, in his chat at Baseball America, Matt Eddy took a few Mets related questions:

    richard (brooklyn): do you think jerry mejia,brad holt, and josh thole will be in the top 100 and if so where?
Matthew Eddy: Holt and Mejia have a bead on the Top 100 if they keep up the pace. Though Holt's ankle injury has sidelined him since his first Double-A start. Thole shows an impressive feel for hitting (he leads the EL in average), but without another standout tool, he's probably not a Top 100 prospect.

Just to review, the traditional five tools are: hitting, hitting for power, catching, running and throwing.? Thole's hit tool is just fine, his power is below average, and his arm is average.? That leaves the big question: his defense.? I'm hoping to catch him in person by the end of this week and get some other perspectives on his development.

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AA

Brad Holt pitched to six batters in his return from a sprained ankle.? His night: single (by rehabbing Asdrubal Cabrera), walk, flyout, walk, 2 RBI single, 3 run HR, showers.? The good news from the B-Mets 8-3 loss to the Aeros: 1B Ike Davis continues to hit.? He was 2-4 with two doubles and is now 7-for-16 (.438) with five walks (.571 OBP) and three doubles (.625) in his first five AA games.? No, I don't think he's the cure for the Mets offensive woes.

AAA

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From B-Mets beat writer Brian Moritz:

"[the ankle] feels good, a lot better," Holt said. "It's been a while since I've pitched, and I'm looking forward to it."

"He did good today," [B-Mets Pitching Coach Hector] Berrios said. "His command was game-ready."

Holt threw Thursday and will do some fielding drills Friday as a final test for his ankle. Holt has not appeared in a game since his AA debut on June 5th.
Tags: Brad Holt, Toby Hyde
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