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To kickoff our year-end posts here at Point Blank, I've compiled a list of the biggest stories on the Island this year. It was quite a year with the move to Brooklyn being announced, the lockout and much more. There's more to come in the next couple of days, but for now here's a quick look at everything that happened.

JANUARY

8 Kevin Poulin had a long shutout streak10 Mike Babcock got pissy about a timeout13 Rick DiPietro got hurt23 There was that whole thing about John Tavares not being a Top 25 player. Howie Rose voiced his concern.

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Our never-ending position-by-position review of the Mets organization finishes up the infield today with guys who manned the hot corner for the short-season affiliates.

 

BrooklynBrian Harrison and Richard Lucas, split this job.

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Yesterday, we looked at a bunch of guys who played third base in the upper minors, and are unlikely to be successors to David Wright. ?Today, lets move down the chain and check out two interesting a-ballers who just might be the Mets' third basemen in a post-Wright world, if the Mets ever have to face a post-Wright world.

A+On the surface, Jefry Marte had a disappointing regular season, hitting .248/.313/.346 in 131 games for St. Lucie after spending the previous two years in Savannah. ?On the other hand, the mitigating factors for Marte are his age - he turned 20 in June, and the league - the FSL hit .262/.331/.386. ?Marte got off to a hot start in April (.321/.396/.524 - 5 2B, 4 HR), producing the most extra-base hits of any month in 2011 in his first try. ?However, as the summer wore on, he wore down, hitting just .210/.263/.284 in the second half.

One reason for optimism about Marte's offensive game: his 2011 strikeout rate of 16% was his lowest in his three years of full-season baseball, a full 6% lower than his 22% whiff rate in 2009 with Savannah. ? A second reason for optimism: his strong Arizona Fall League performance, in which he had an equal number of walks and strikeouts (12 in 22 games) or 12.8% of plate appearances. ?That kind of strike zone control is a very large step forward.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Jefry Marte, Season Review, Toby Hyde
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We've gone through catcher, first base, second base and shortstop, so lets slide over to third base to finish up the infielders in the Mets minor league system.

At the big league level, even coming off the worst season of his professional career, the Mets are set with David Wright. ?I am willing to bet a full paycheck (of mine, not Wright's) that Wright, who from 2006-2008, was one of the very best players in baseball, will be the Mets third baseman to begin 2012. ?I believe that he will Met for Opening Day 2013, too, but after that, it's unclear whether he and the Mets will be right for each other. ?Moving Citi Field's walls in will help him, although by how much is difficult to say. ?For the Mets to be contenders in 2012, Wright would need to turn back the clock four years,?shucking?aside the concussion related problems, and yes, more recently, his broken back.

Secure in the knowledge that thirdbase is occupied, at least for the next year, and likely two, lets take a look at guys who played third base in the minors.

Tags: Eric Campbell, Joshua Satin, Season Review, Zach Lutz, Toby Hyde
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Appropriately, the guys playing shortstop in the lower levels of the Mets' minor league system are interesting prospects in their own right.

 

SSA - BrooklynNo player had a better professional debut than Danny Muno, the Mets' eighth-round selection out of Fresno State who hit .355/.466/.514 for Brooklyn in the New York Penn League. ?Forget the batting average for a moment: he walked (in 16% of his PA) more than he struck out (14.6% of his PA). ?He led the NYP in OBP ?and was third in slugging. ?He rapped out 23 doubles, tied for the NYP lead, and accounted for an extra-base hit in over 10% of his plate appearances. ?His 43 walks were third in the NYP.

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Continuing on with our never-ending look at prospects by position, we move to the guys who played shortstop for the A-ball affiliates in St. Lucie and Savannah in 2011.

A+Perhaps the Mets prospect who engenders the most passionate reactions, rightly or wrongly, is 20-year old shortstop Wilmer Flores, who manned the position for 129 of St. Lucie's 140 games in 2011. Flores hit a superficially unimpressive .269/.309/.380 in 133 games. The most impressive thing he did make contact: he fanned in just 12.2% of his at-bats. That was fifth in the Florida State League among all qualified batters. Also, he was the 11th youngest player in all of advanced-A at 19.92 years. That's the good stuff.

On the downside, his walk rate of 4.8% was the 9th-lowest in the FSL. His isolated slugging percentage was just .110 and his extra-base hit rate declined slightly from 8.4% overall in 2010 to 6.6% in 2011. Bottom line offensively: he can make contact, but he must develop his secondary skills - the ability to draw walks and hit for power.

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The biggest decision of the Mets' off-season, which will shape the franchise for years, clearly has to do with the shortstop position. ?This is not a post about whether the Mets can or should resign Jose Reyes, although I hope they do. ?Instead, it's about everyone else who played shortstop around the system.

I will point out that even if Reyes departs, the Mets have a reasonable replacement in Ruben Tejada. ?Just 22 on Opening Day 2012, Tejada hit a very solid .284/.360/.335 in 98 games for the Mets. ?Sure, he didn't hit for any power as his .052 isolated slugging makes plain, but his plate discipline peripherals were strong, a 9.3% walk rate and a 13.3% k/rate. ? In fact, his wRC+ was 100, precisely Major League average. ?Even more to the point, among all shortstops with over 350 plate appearances, he was 14th. He fell comfortably in a group that included Alexei Ramirez (96), Elvis Andrus (96), Hanley Ramirez (96 -suffering through his worst year as a professional), Jamey Carroll (104) and Derek Jeter (104) clustered within four percentage points of average. ?Given that Tejada is the second-youngest of the top 30 shortstops sorted by wRC+, older only than Starlin Castro, he has plenty of room for growth. ?Again, he's not Reyes, who was the best offensive shortstop in baseball in 2011 by rate, but he certainly looks like a capable Major League player.

I'm loathe to use defensive statistics over partial seasons, but Tejada, by UZR and defensive runs saved grades out as near average in the last two years.

Tags: Jordanny Valdespin, Ruben Tejada, Season Review, Toby Hyde
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So lets rank Mets minor league second basemen!

Excluding the big league guys, here's what we're left with on the farm in order of overall prospect status at second:

  • Reese Havens
  • Jordany Valdespin
  • Wilfredo Tovar
  • Josh Satin
  • Robbie Shields
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Obviously, the most interesting choice is at the top where you can choose between the plate discipline of Reese Havens versus the athleticism, and hacktastic ways of Valdespin.
Tovar makes this list because while he can play second base, his value as a prospect comes from his ability to also play short very well. ?His youth, defensive ability, and even a little bit of plate discipline, push him past Satin and Shields. ?Satin, who can hit, doesn't have a defensive home, while Shields, needs to get healthy again.
This is a weird list.
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Lets finish up the second-base thing by looking at the guys who played the position in short-season ball. Part one on upper-level second basemen is here, while the guys in A-Ball are here. This might be the most boring post I've ever written. Again, Major League second basemen are usually converted shortstops, so the guys playing second in the low minors are often place holders or organizational fodder.

BrooklynBrandon Brown, who turned 24(!) in 2011 led the Cyclones with 28 games played at second while hitting .303/.361/.465. He's 24, folks.

Ismael Tijerina, who turned 22 in August, split time between short (24 games) and second (23 games) while hitting .223/.307/.268.

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Earlier this week, I wrote about the guys who played first base for the Mets full-season affiliates, so lets move on to the guys who played first for the short-season teams.

Brooklyn

Cole Frenzel, the Mets 7th round pick out of the University of Arizona played the most at first for Brooklyn. He has some power, but at least in college was fairly pull oriented. In Brooklyn, he hit .238/.321/.294 with just six extra-base hits in 43 games. He showed some patience (17 walks). The bet here is that he starts for Savannah on Opening Day 2012.

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We covered catchers last week, so lets move on to perhaps the least-interesting position in the Mets' minor league system: first base.

Same format as before, I'll look at the guys who played everyday for the full-season affiliates in one post, the short-season affiliates in a second post and then rank 'em in a third post.

First base in the minors is a little funny: one needs to be an offensive monster to project to play the position in the big leagues, but, especially at the lower levels, the best athletes (those who can really hit) are trying to prove that they can stick at other positions.

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So we've looked at all of the catchers in the system, both at the full-season level, and in the short-season level.

Here's how I rank them:

1. Albert Cordero

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Earlier this week I started on the season review with a look at the catchers for the full-season affiliates. It wasn't pretty as whole, although there are some interesting guys in a-ball.

Brooklyn CyclonesThe Mets 14th round pick this June, Xorge Carillo made his professional debut for Brooklyn on July 4. Carillo, who turned 22 in April, has been drafted four times, by the Jays (2007), Indians (2009), Padres (2010) and then the Mets. He didn't hit much at all - .217/.298/.304 in 104 PA. On the other hand, the good news is that he controlled the strike zone well - nine walks against just 11 strikeouts, with a very low BABIP of .231. He's probably destined for Savannah to start 2012.

At the beginning of the season, Nelfi Zapata split the catcher's job with Amauris Valdez. He hit .269/.271/.403 while swinging at everything, as evidenced by his one walk and nine strikeouts. He showed a little pop, but missed nearly all of August with a sprained ankle. Zapata, the Mets' 19th round pick in 2009, has moved one level a year beginning at the Gulf Coast League in 2009.

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I want to do a position-by-position review of the Mets system this year. I have no interest in going affiliate-by-affiliate. We've covered the 2011 versions of the affiliates, but grouping players by affiliate no longer makes sense. The players are home or in instructs, or the Arizona Fall League or preparing to play winter ball.

We'll start our position-by-position wrap at catcher.

There's a sense in which it's difficult to write about minor league catchers for what I'll call the Mike Nickeas effect: any catcher with enough catch and throw skills can reach the big leagues. Nickeas, now 28, has actually seen action in 26 games in the big leagues in the last two years for the Mets, predictably "hitting" .190/.239/.254 for an OPS+ of 37. Yeah, 37! And yet, he's there. His batting performance was not aberrant: he hit .232/.326/.321 in 1111 PA over parts of six AA seasons and .211/.275/.296 in 412 PA over parts of four AAA seasons. So anyway, the lesson is that sometimes, nay often, defensive skills will take a catcher to the big leagues. ?Hitting "enough" is really just hitting?occasionally.

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Next on our tour of the NFC East is the Cowboys 2011 draft.? While it would have been more economical to continue down 1-95 from New York to Philadelphia to Washington DC and visit the Redskins next, we will instead take a plane to Dallas.? It?s all being written off and paid for by SNY anyway.

Being that this is Jason Garret?s first draft, this was an opportunity for him to put his stamp on the team.? He did so, taking an offensive lineman in the first round; the first time the Cowboys have done so in roughly three centuries.

The Cowboys had the ninth overall pick, which they used on USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith.? Smith was the right pick for the Cowboys, even if it wasn?t a great value pick.? In a perfect world, they would have traded down and let Smith or Anthony Castonzo fall to them, but taking Smith ninth is the next best thing.? He was the most talented tackle in the draft, and he could anchor their offensive line for the next ten years.

Tags: bruce carter, cowboys, demarco murray, dwayne harris, grades, Jason Garrett, josh thomas, New York Giants, nfl draft, review, tyron smith
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Join me on a journey around the NFC East, won't you? ?Today, we visit the Philadelphia Eagles' 2011 draft.

The Giants? most bitter rivals had possibly the most interesting draft of them all.? I?m not sure if that?s a good or bad thing, but I know that a lot of football fans were confused with some of the picks the Eagles made.

To start off, they took Danny Watkins with their first pick when cornerback Jimmy Smith was still available.? Watkins is a great story, a 26 year old former Canadian firefighter who went back to school and made himself into a first round draft pick.

Tags: alex henery, brian rolle, Casey Matthews, danny watkins, dion lewis, eagles, grades, jaiquawn jarret, New York Giants, nfl draft, review
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AARecord: Binghamton Mets 3-6, sixth place, out of six, in the Eastern League Eastern Division

Quick Overview: The B-Mets are hitting an anemic .189/.261/.302.? They're last in the 12-team league in runs scored, batting average, 11th in OBP and 8th in slugging.? The team hit three home runs Sunday, and is now tied for second in the league in the category.? By the way, the Eastern League as a whole is hitting .238/.306/.350.

The pitching staff, led by Brad Holt and Mark Cohoon is third in the League in ERA (2.91) but 10th in strikeouts (60 in 77.1 IP), which isn't totally fair because the B-Mets have thrown the fewest innings of any team in the league.? The B-Mets have issued the fourth-fewest walks (25).

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I should have finished this series up last week, but the reason I do month-by-month analysis is to give myself a chance to break down the season into manageable chunks to tease out various story lines.

Despite a potent offense, the K-Mets struggled to a 9-17 record in July.? The offense hit .290/.368/.436 and scored 184 runs, 7.1 runs per game.? Meanwhile, the pitching owned a 5.25 ERA and allowed 6.6 runs per game, 172 overall.? Once again, a Mets affiliate with a positive run differential, had a losing record.? If this sounds familiar, St. Lucie pulled the same trick in July.? How to explain this?? I can?t.

Player of the Month2B Alonzo Harris (.306/.366/.541) led the K-Mets with seven and tied for the team lead as one of three players with eight stolen bases.? He?s just 19, and was a good enough athlete to attract attention as a defensive back at DI schools for football.? He?s a prospect.? One note of caution, as is common for young hitters, Harris is aggressive; he walked ten times and struck out 24 in 111 AB over 25 games.? He?ll need to be careful with that strikeout/walk rate as he moves up.? Also, as long as we?re talking about 19-year olds, remember that he?s the same age as Ruben Tejada but is playing four levels below him.

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So I'm bringin back the monthly reviews for each affiliate, starting in St. Lucie...

The New York media has, over the course of the summer of 2009, become fixated on the angle that the Buffalo Bisons and Binghamton Mets poor overall records reflect a weak New York Mets farm system storyline.? The link between actual farm system strength and affiliates' wins and losses is not strong.? However, St. Lucie, which struggled to an 8-19 July after playing .500 baseball for the rest of the season had as rough a month as any other Mets affiliate.

Yet, the team's July record, going 11 games under .500, looks fairly fluky.? The team hit .252/.334/.385 and scored 129 runs or 4.8 runs per game, a solid mark in the FSL and yielded 127 runs. So, St. Lucie had a positive run differential (+2) which would predict that the team would be at about .500, and yet they underperformed by 11 games.? Wow.

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The Gnats in May were largely similar to the Gnats in April, sporting an offense that relies very heavily on batting average (.255/.319/.376) and a strong pitching staff (3.11 ERA). However, the team was three-games over .500 in April and three games under (13-16) in May. The team finished May at an even 25-25, in fifth place, three and a half games behind first-place Rome in the tightly bunched Southern Division.

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The biggest story in May in St. Lucie was on the mound where Brad Holt and Jenrry Mejia were simply dominant. Both earned their promotions to Binghamton earlier this week and will throw for the B-Mets this weekend.

On June 1, Mejia?s 2.06 ERA was fourth in the FSL, while Brad Holt?s 50 strikeouts were second. Ike Davis? 16 doubles was led teammate Carlos Guzman by one, for the top spot in the league. Guzman?s .503 SLG was fifth in the FSL.

On June 1, after a 13-12 May, the St. Lucie Mets were 23-22, 7.5 games behind the first-place Fort Myers Miracle (Twins) who were setting a blistering pace atop the FSL South. The Mets began May in streaky fashion, alternating three-game winning streaks with three game losing streaks, a run that was interrupted by the rain in the middle of the month, which rained out four of the five St. Lucie games from 5/17-5/19.

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The Binghamton Mets finished May 11-18, in last place in the Eastern League Northern Division, six games behind the Connecticut Defenders. The B-Mets allowed 5.6 runs per game in the month and scored but 4.2, easily explaining their mark at seven games under .500.

The thing that stands out in the month about the B-Mets pitching staff was the lousy K/BB ratio. The B-Mets pitchers walked 4.2 batters per nine while striking out just 5.8 for a k/BB ratio of 1.4.

On the first of June, Josh Thole led the Eastern League in batting average and OBP while DJ Wabick was 8th with his .327 average. The common knock on Thole is that he doesn?t hit for enough power, and yet, his 16 doubles were tied with DJ Wabick and two others for the league lead. Ryan Coultas?s 2.55 ERA was sixth on the circuit. Manny Garcia?s 14 stolen bases were fourth.

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Back-to-back Bisons posts!? That doesn't happen much.

The Buffalo Bisons improved from miserable in April to simply bad in May when the team went 12-18. Once again, the team?s offense was largely punchless, as the Bisons hit .251/.311/.375 as a team. As June dawns, the Bisons sit 17 games behind the first-place Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

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TH: Josh Thole hit a little and reached base a lot in the FSL and AFL.? My guess is that you'll say that questions about his defensive ability prevented him from cracking the top 11.? True?

KG: and the fact that he just doesn't have much juice in his swing.

KG: It's hard to rank catchers with defensive issues.? They have to be good enough offensively to start, because it's hard to find backups who aren't defensively oriented.

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Following his the release of his list of the Mets Top 11 Prospect List at Baseball Prospectus, I chatted with prospect guru Kevin Goldstein.   Please read his piece first, as our talk is meant as an auxiliary to his posted work.  Our conversation largely focused on those players who were included on his list, although we also covered some of the near misses.  To keep the comment section clean, I've cut the interview into six pieces, each focused on a particular player or issue.

TH: Lets do a general question or two first.  Does ranking the Mets system pose any particular challenges versus other systems?

KG: Well, you do have the issue of the top talents are so young, especially Marte and Flores. Obviously, they had great scouting reports coming up as amateurs, and they lived up to, if not exceeded expectations in their pro debut, but there is still a lot of unknowns with them.  Even with a guy like F-mart, you're always trying to keep the age in mind with reference to what he's done and what the scouts are telling you.

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For a New York Penn League team, this is an unusually interesting bunch of hard throwers.? Of course, in so many ways, the Cyclones are not an average Short Season team.

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R/R ? 6?4? 195 ? 1s ?08 (UNC Wilmington) ? b. 10/13/86

This one?s simple: for me, Brad Holt is the best pitching prospect in the Mets system. Holt has a perfect pitcher?s frame and uses it to generate a plus fastball (93-95 mph) that he has learned to locate. His breaking ball made significant progress over the summer as he tightened up a slurvy offering from college into a sharp curveball. The pitch is still inconsistent, but Holt?s progress leaves room for optimism. Holt almost never threw his changeup in the NYP because he didn?t need it. If he?s going to develop into a top of the line starter, that pitch must at least become usable.

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3B - R/R ? 6?1? 220 lbs ? drafted 5th rd 2007? b. 6/3/86

Lutz, who missed the entire 2007 season with an injury suffered on Opening Night, showed power, patience and contact ability in 2008. Scouts loved his swing. One described an MLB caliber bat where even his outs were hit hard. However, injuries struck Lutz again, ending his season early on July 18th. Beginning 2009 as a 22-year old with 74 professional AB in two years trying to make a full-season club is a difficult way to forge a big league career.

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The 2008 Brooklyn Cyclones finished 45-30, in second place in the New York-Penn League McNamara Division four games behind the Staten Island Yankees. The Cyclones fell just 1.5 games shy of the wildcard spot eventually controlled by the Jamestown Jammers. Brooklyn burst back into the playoff race by reeling off nine straight wins from August 24th-September 1st bringing drama to the season?s final weekend.

Brooklyn led the NYP in attendance for the eighth straight year, pulling in 265,200 over 36 dates for a 7,367 average.

The Mets stock the Cyclones with the best of their recent college draftees and other A-ballers from around the system. As a result, Brooklyn has never finished below .500, coming closest in 2002, when the team was 38-38.

I?ll go through the position players today, and the pitchers tomorrow.

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LHP Michael Antonini ? R/L ? 6?0? 190 ? 18th Rd ?07 ? b. 8/6/85

I wrote about Antonini?s excellent season in the St. Lucie wrap.

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Francisco Pena? R/R ? 6?2? 230 lbs ? NDFA ?06 ? b. 10/12/89

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The 2008 Savannah Sand Gnats finished 61-76. The Gnats were 33-37 in the first half, 13 games out in fifth place, but slipped a little to 28-39 in the second half into 8th (last) place in the SAL Southern Division in the second half.

The Savannah offense was the league?s lowest scoring unit, plating only 540 runs (3.94 r/g). The team?s AVG (.250) and OBP (.308) were second from the bottom, while the Gnats were last in the league in slugging (.357) and homers (62).

The Gnats hard-throwing pitching staff was the strength of the team. seventh in the league with a 3.88 ERA with the seventh most strikeouts (1006) with the fifth-most walks (438), but the fifth fewest hits (1145).

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CF Ezequiel Carrera ? L/L ? 5?10? 180 lbs ? NDFA ?05 ? b. 6/11/87

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Lucas Duda ? L/R ? 6?4? 225 lbs ? 7th Rd 2007 ? b. 2/3/86

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Jordan Abruzzo ?S/R ? 6?2? 220 lbs ? 13th rd ?07 ? b. 8/2/24

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The Mets Florida State League team finished with a league worst 53-81 record. However, the good news in terms of wins and losses is that after a dreadful 19-50 first half, the club improved to go 34-31 in the second half, finishing 5.5 games behind the first place Daytona Cubs.

The Mets started the season as poorly as a team possibly could ? by losing its first six games. Before April was out, the Mets had lost 11 in a row on their way to a 5-21 opening month. May, which featured a 12 game skid, was not much kinder, as the team finished the month 7-22.

As a team, the Mets lived near the bottom of the league statistical record boards in most categories. The team ERA of 4.43 was the worst in the league by over a third of a run. The Mets did walk just 389 batters, second fewest on the circuit. However, all of those strikes came at a cost, the staff gave up the second most homers (107), and struck out the second fewest (902) of any of the league?s units. The team scored 517 runs (3.7 r/g), second worst in the league and was in the bottom third of the league in AVG, OBP, SLG, HR, 2B, BB, and SB.

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LHP Adam Bostick ? L/L ? 6?1? 233 lbs ? Acquired in trade w/ FLA w/ Jason Vargas for H. Owens & M Lindstrom ? b. 3/17/83

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Now that I'm not watching Mets games every night, I can return to my end-of-season recaps.? We resume by taking a look at some of the guys who pitched in New Orleans in 2008.

LHP Jon Niese ? L/L ? 6?4? 215 lbs ? 7th Rd ?05 ? b. 10/27/86

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LF Chris Aguila ? R/R ? 5?11? 200 ? MiLB FA ? 2/23/79

AAA: .295/.378/.560 20 2B, 2 3B, 29 HR, 53 BB, 102 K, 13/17 K ? 420 AB, 116 G

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3B Fernando Tatis ? R/R ? 5?11? 195 ? MiLB FA 3/07--1/1/75

AAA: .242/.345/.592, 6 2B, 12 HR, 17 BB, 23 K ? 120 AB, 37 G

MLB: .297/.369/.484, 16 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 29 BB, 59 K ? 273 AB, 92 G

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The New Orleans Zephyrs finished the 2008 season 66-75 with a crazy 11 inning win as Hurricane Gustav closed in on the Big Easy. The Zephyrs finished their two-year run as a Mets affiliate with a 141-144 record and the American South Division Championship in 2007.

On April 5th, 2007, in Nashville, the New Orleans Zephyrs began their time as a Mets affiliate with a 4-1 win in a game started by Philip Humber. Anderson Hernandez played shortstop, while Ruben Gotay was his double-play partner at second base. The real excitement for the team appeared to be in the outfield, where Carlos Gomez was in center, Ben Johnson roamed in right, and Lastings Milledge waited in the wings. However, those three talented players almost never played together thanks to injuries, and big league call-ups necessitated by other big league injuries. The ?07 team made a late run, capturing the division before reaching the league finals.

So on April 3rd, 2008 the Zephyrs hosted the Nashville Sounds to begin their second year as a Mets affiliate. Anderson Hernandez, leading off and playing shortstop, was the only repeat starter from the previous year. Now, he had Argenis Reyes as his double-play partner and Fernando Tatis, to his right, at third.

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RHP Eduardo Aldama ? R/R ? 6?1? 180 ? NDFA (7/15/06) ? 12/23/89

1-5, 4.75 ERA, 12 G, 9 GS, 47.1 IP, 48 H, 36 R, 25 ER, 1 HR, 13 BB, 42 K

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CF Javier Rodriguez ?R/R? 6?2? 165 lbs - 2nd rd 2008 - 4/4/90

.193/.258/.237 ? 3 2B, 1 HR, 10 BB, 27 K ? 135 AB, 38 G

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3B Jefry Marte ? R/R ? 6?1? 190 ? NDFA (7/2/07) ? 6/21/91

.325/.398/.532 ? 14 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 13 BB, 30 K ? 154 AB, 44 G

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