Hawaii Winter Baseball released its official 2008 rosters. The Mets will send (age in parentheses): RHP Stephen Clyne (24), LHP Roy Merritt (23), RHP Josh Stinson (20), C Francisco Pena (18), SS Ruben Tejada (19), and 2B Greg Veloz (20) to Oahu to play for the Honolulu Sharks.
No Reese Havens.
HWB mixes minor leaguers from 22 MLB teams, six Japanese teams and one Korean club. The level of play is most comparable to advanced-A, although the Japanese pitchers, who rely more heavily on breaking balls than their American counterparts, offer a different challenge.
With exception of Josh Stinson, the Mets are sending older relievers (Clyne and Merritt) and younger, Latin position players.
|2008 HWB Average Age By Position|
There are 16 players out of the 114 who will not be 21 on the league's opening day and cannot legally buy beer in America. Four of these players are Mets. There are seven players in the league who will be teenagers on the League's Opening Day. Two of these are Mets. The Mets position players average 19 years of age, nearly three full years younger than the HWB average. Mets pitchers are right in line with the average age for HWB pitchers.
|Mets Players Average Age in HWB|
In 2007, over the course of the HWB season, the Mets sent a delegation to Hawai that included: Mets SS Jose Coronado (21), SS Manny Garcia (21), C Sean McCraw (21), 3B Daniel Murphy (22) , 1B Lucas Duda (21), RHP Nick Carr (20), RHP Jose De La Torre (21), and RHP Brant Rustich (22) to Hawaii when the Mets were Waikiki Beach Boys. The position listed next to each player was his primary position in Hawaii and his age on the 2007 HWB Opening Day.
The position players the Mets are sending to Hawaii in 2008 average 2 full years younger than their 2007 counterparts while the pitchers are a year and a half older. Don’t expect to see big numbers from Mets youngsters in Hawaii this year.