- I touched on the 20-year old Carson (1-6, 8.74) earlier on Tuesday. Sure, he's been sitting in the low 90s and touching 94, but the 20-year old has been getting torched regularly in AA.
- The 22-year old Stinson was Binghamton's best starter in the season's first half and left AA with a 9-3 record and a 4.24 ERA and 68 strikeouts against 50 walks in 110.1 IP.
Pre-All Star Break: 3.31 ERA in 26 games and eight starts, Post ASB: 6.91. I talked to a few scouts about him and the general consensus was at best, an "eh." He's made a pair of starts for Buffalo and his last was brilliant: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K.
- The 23-year old Gronauer was a South Atlantic League All-Star in a first half in which he hit .267/.349/.361 before his promotion to St. Lucie where he's hit .333/.386/.425 in 33 games. The German native has collected 15 doubles and four home runs in 83 games. He works counts well, 27 BB against 53 K between the two levels and was one of Savannah's most disciplined hitters in the first half. I know a few SAL managers who were very impressed by Gronauer and his ability to handle a pitching staff and manage a game defensively. The AFL will be an interesting test.
- The Mets promoted the 22-year old Valdespin from St. Lucie where he was hitting .289/.323/.437 in 65 games to AA Binghamton, where's he's hitting .244/.253/.317 in 20 games. He's a terrific athlete blessed with speed and some strength, but he's still pretty raw. At AA, he's fanned 15 times and walked just once. He simply must learn some plate discipline if every going to be an asset at the MLB level. He's stole 16 bases this year, but been caught 12 times. Maturity has been an issue in the past; he was suspended for repeated offenses last year in Savannah.
Instructional LeagueThe News-Press in Fort Myers reported that the Mets will move their fall instructional program to City of Palms Park in Fort Myers Florida, where they will share the facility with the Boston Red Sox. The Twins also train in Fort Myers and the Tampa Bay Rays are in nearby Port Charlotte, so there will be enough competition to keep everyone entertained on the west coast of Florida this winter. A Mets person also told me that they are still thinking about sending some guys to the Dominican complex.