The Arizona Fall League released the first draft of its rosters Wednesday. The Mets assigned 23 year old RHP Tobi Stoner and 25 year old LHP Jason Vargas, 21 year old C Josh Thole, 23 year old INF Dan Murphy and 23 year old 3B Shawn Bowman to the Peoria Saguaros. The Mets can send two more pitchers to the league.
The AFL begins play on October 7th, which happens to be the day that both NL Division Series are tentatively scheduled for game five if they go that far. So hopefully Dan Murphy’s resting up for the NLCS.
Stoner is 4-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 14 starts for Binghamton. In 74 IP, he’s fanned 57 (6.9 K/9) and walked 26 (3.2 BB/9).
Shawn Bowman who had back surgery last year to alleviate the pain caused by his pars defect is hitting .250/.269/.375 in 23 games with Binghamton after torching the FSL for a .340/.369/.485 line in 26 games.
The lefthanded hitting Thole is hitting .304/.388/.436 with 25 doubles for St. Lucie while displaying an extraordinary plate eye. He’s walked 45 times while striking out just 36 times in 335 AB over 107 games.
Vargas was placed on the disabled list on March 23rd as he recovered from left hip surgery in March after having a bone spur removed from his pitching elbow in October 2007. He threw one inning in a spring training game in 2008.