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Eric Beaulac

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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This is part four of my continuing review of my pre-season ranking of the Mets Top 41 prospects.? Part 1 (36-41) is here, part 2 (31-35) is here and part 3 (26-30) is here.? Among this group, there's only one guy decidedly up (Beaulac) while Nieuwenhuis is in a similar position he was at the beginning of the year.

#21 LHP Angel Calero

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Tags: Angel Calero, Eric Beaulac, Greg Veloz, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Michael Antonini, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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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

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brad Holt, Buffalo Bisons, Eric Beaulac, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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AAA: OF Fernando Martinez, C Robinson Cancel

... ... Martinez: 2-for-4, 2B

... ... Cancel: 2-for-4, R

Tags: Eric Beaulac, Eric Niesen, Ruben Tejada, Stars of the Day
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@ Rome Braves 7, Savannah Sand Gnats 6

The line from Kyle Allen's first start of the year was ugly: 2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.? It will be interesting to see what kind of adjustment period the 19-year old will need after jumping to the SAL straight from the GCL.? On the other hand, Eric Beaulac was superb out of the Gnats' 'pen.? He dealt four shutout innings yielding just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

With the bats, two Gnats had multiple hits, although Jefry Marte's triple was Savannah's only extra-base hit of the night.? 2B Jordany Valdespin was 2-5 and scored twice.

Tags: Daily Recap, Eric Beaulac, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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