The Mets in the AFL:
LHP Robert CarsonRHP Collin McHughRHP Taylor WhitentonRHP Erik TurgeonC Juan Centeno2B Wilfredo Tovar3B Jefry MarteOF Juan LagaresI covered the initial assignments in two parts here in August, discussing McHugh and Lagares here and Carson, Whitenton, Marte and Centeno here.
The news today is the substitutions. SS/2B Wilfredo Tovar has taken the spot that was originally supposed to belong to Reese Havens. Adam Rubin reports that Havens, who lost 20 pounds during the 2011 season, and dealt with a back problem after off-season surgery to shave down his rib, will use the time to bulk back up and take care of his back. That's fine, as long as he's healthy for Opening Day 2012 in either AA or AAA a few weeks in the Fall League aren't a big deal.
Tovar is a brilliant defender whose value is maximized at shortstop. The little guy, who turned 20 in August, hit .251/.318/.318 in Savannah in 2011, but was better in the second half when he became more disciplined at the plate as part of a .265/.346/.341 line in 66 games. Something else to like in the second half: 28 walks against 25 strikeouts. For the year, he was the third-toughest player in the SAL to strikeout (10.43 TPA/SO). Slick defense, contact and some on-base skills are a nice skillset for a middle infield prospect, just ask Ruben Tejada. Tovar, who's listed at 5'10", 160 has even less pop than Tejada, but that's not what his game is all about.
Also, Turgeon replaced RHP Brandon Moore in the Javelinas' bullpen. Moore is ineligible to play in the AFL after earning a 50-game suspension, which by definition is his second, for a "drug of abuse."