Cam Maron

On its face, this trio is a hodgepodge. It is. However, when read as part of a greater group that covers #26-33 it makes more sense as a range where the rankings mix unproven guys with upside like Chris Flexen and Corey Oswalt with more accomplished players like Jack Leathersich and Cam Maron with lower ceilings.

#31 - LHP Jack Leathersich

Born:?7/14/90 (Beverly, MA)

Tags: Cam Maron, Chris Flexen, Jack Leathersich, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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Who plays is often as important as the results in the low minors. That was the case with the Gnats this weekend. Savannah elected to skip RHP Michael Fulmer, who was scheduled to start on Sunday in favor of RHP Marcos Camarena. The 19-year old Fulmer, the Mets' supplemental first round pick in 2011, is fine physically. However, the team is contemplating whether to shut him down for the year. As of Sunday, the Mets and Gnats staff had not made a final decision about whether Fulmer would make another start.

Fulmer threw 68 innings in high school last year and 5.1 as a professional for a total of 73.1. He's up to 108.1 innings now, an increase of 35.1 innings over a year ago. The 19-year old has improved measurably over the course of the year, lowering his ERA from 3.35 in 11 starts and 51 innings in the first half to 2.20 over 57.1 inning and 10 starts in the second half. His strikeout rate increased from 20% in the first half to 24% as his slider improved.


Tags: Cam Maron, Matt Reynolds, Michael Fulmer, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 5?

Jacob deGrom was ok, but not great: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

RF Cory Vaughn was 1-for-3 with a homer, his 22nd of the year, and a walk. I'm a broken record on Vaughn: the power (21 2B, 22 HR) and the speed (19 of 22 stealing bases are great), but the .243 batting average at age 23 in the FSL is scary. The physical tools are there, but scouts as one scout gently put it, the swing is "complicated."

Tags: Cam Maron, Cory Vaughn, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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1. At ESPNNY, Adam Rubin talks to Savannah catcher Cam Maron, who grew up admiring Mike Piazza, this week. The lefthanded hitting Maron's game is structured very differently than Piazza's as he relies on contact and plate discipline rather than power. Maron is 11th in the SAL in batting average at .303/.394/.410 in 81 games with the Gnats with 41 walks against 66 strikeouts.

2. At Amazin' Avenue, Rob Castellano profiles the Brooklyn rotation. He writes:

The Brooklyn rotation is the rare staff that offers top tier stuff, long-term projection and last but not least excellent results from top to bottom. And they feature six starters to boot. This group of hard-throwing righthanders all fall within the NYPL top 21 in ERA while almost to a man featuring excellent K rates balanced with stellar command.
Here's the thing. Rob is right, the Brooklyn rotation is very talented. It's also just not as good as the group that was in Savannah in June that included RHP Jacob deGrom, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Michael Fulmer, RHP Domingo Tapia, RHP Logan Verrett, RHP Tyler Pill and LHP Alex Panteliodis.
Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Cam Maron, Toby Hyde

A: Savannah Sand Gnats 5, @ Rome Braves 2?

The Gnats ended the South Atlantic League first half winners of six in a row with a four-game sweep of the hapless Braves.

C Cam Maron tied a Gnats' season-best by extending his hitting streak to 13 straight games. He's hitting .473 (26-for-55) with five doubles and a triple, over his streak which began on May 25, to lift his season line to .296/.378/.389.

Tags: Cam Maron, Savannah Sand Gnats, Travis Taijeron, Toby Hyde
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Earlier this week I started on the season review with a look at the catchers for the full-season affiliates. It wasn't pretty as whole, although there are some interesting guys in a-ball.

Brooklyn CyclonesThe Mets 14th round pick this June, Xorge Carillo made his professional debut for Brooklyn on July 4. Carillo, who turned 22 in April, has been drafted four times, by the Jays (2007), Indians (2009), Padres (2010) and then the Mets. He didn't hit much at all - .217/.298/.304 in 104 PA. On the other hand, the good news is that he controlled the strike zone well - nine walks against just 11 strikeouts, with a very low BABIP of .231. He's probably destined for Savannah to start 2012.

At the beginning of the season, Nelfi Zapata split the catcher's job with Amauris Valdez. He hit .269/.271/.403 while swinging at everything, as evidenced by his one walk and nine strikeouts. He showed a little pop, but missed nearly all of August with a sprained ankle. Zapata, the Mets' 19th round pick in 2009, has moved one level a year beginning at the Gulf Coast League in 2009.

Tags: Cam Maron, Season Review, Toby Hyde
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