Things that make the 32-year old Rottino an attractive fit on the May 2012 Mets roster:
- He's on the 40-man roster.
- He bats right-handed.
- He can hit. He's after a three-homer game Saturday, he's up to .307/.361/.479 in 36 games in Buffalo in 2012. That's no small-sample size aberration; he's a career .294/.360/.436 hitter in seven seasons in AAA.
- He abuses lefties. He was hitting .333/.361/.606 in 33 AB vs. lefties in the Internal League this year. Last year, in 119 AB it was .353/.394/.454 for New Orleans. In 2010 in AA he smoked 'em at a .323/.428/.511 clip in 133 AB.
- He owns lots of different baseball gloves. Here are his minor league games played by position: C - 303, 1B - 164, LF - 197, RF - 87, OF - 70, 3B - 223, SS - 3, 2B - 1, P - 1. Versatility is a good thing.
- Can he really catch? Right now, he's the Mets' third catcher. Can he be a backup? The most he ever worked behind the plate were the 2007 and 2008 seasons in AAA with Nashville when he caught 57 and 101 games respectively and threw out 35% and 28% of attempted thieves against him, two of his four best three career marks. He nailed 33% of runners against him in New Orleans in 2011 in 39 games.
2. In the New York Post, Tim Bontemps catches up on the progress of Jefry Marte. Said B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez: “We have a philosophy that we’re trying to execute, and having a kid like Jefry, at 20 years old, being able to buy into our hitting philosophy, I think it’s paid big dividends for him.”
3. Baseball America place Binghamton CF Matt den Dekker at #13 on their weekly Prospect Hot Sheet and recognized Jefry Marte "in the team photo." About den Dekker, they wrote in part, "The center fielder out of Florida still has a high strikeout rate, but his improving average and power numbers show signs of promise."