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Robert Carson

After the raw potential of Cesar Puello and Wuilmer Becerra, these ranking will take a hard turn for the next eight slots into the realm of "MLB Spare Parts and Bullpen Pieces." I view all of the next eight as very likely to play in the big leagues, or in Carson's case already have, but unlikely to be average regulars. The big league at bats and innings this group will provide will separate them from many other players on this prospect list.

#24 LHP Robert CarsonBats/Throws:? Left/Left

Height/Weight:? 6?4?, 240 lbs

Tags: Juan Lagares, Robert Carson, Top Prospects Series, Wilfredo Tovar, Toby Hyde
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1. Jenrry Mejia is headed back to the Buffalo Bisons rotation. He's now scheduled to start Monday. In 16 relief outings with the Bisons, he have up 27 his over 21.1 innings for an opponents' batting average of .303 and a K/BB ratio of 1.1 (10 K/9 BB). He simply was not pitching well in the role.

There's an interesting degree of double-talk from the Mets about the shift back and forth. In June, with three AAA starts to his credit, when he was moved from the Bisons rotation to the bullpen, the idea was that he would be ready to help the big league team in 2012. Now, he's going to start for a month as the team's slide has lessened the demand for immediate bullpen help.

 

Tags: Adam Kolarek, Analysis, Jenry Mejia, Logan Verrett, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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Mike Pelfrey has been placed on the Mets' disabled list with right elbow swelling and the Mets have recalled LHP Rob Carson from AA Binghamton. Obviously, since the Mets have not ruled out ligament damage, this is awful news for the Mets and Pelfrey.

Pelfrey was scheduled to start Friday in Colorado, so the Mets will likely need to add a starter then. That puts Carson on the roster for three days .

In five appearances in double-A this season, Carson has given up eight hits, including two home runs, and two runs overall while striking out six and walking one. Carson was a starter during his minor league career until 2012 when he was moved to the AA bullpen. He's a big-bodied left-hander (6'4", 230 lbs) who throws hard. His fastball is regularly 93-95 mph and he mixes in a slider and a changeup. He has had consistent control problems throughout his minor league tenure.

Tags: Robert Carson, Transactions, Toby Hyde
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How have Mets' pitchers fared in the hostile desert?

Overall

This Week
  • McHugh: 1 GS, 3.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. ?McHugh started on eight days rest Saturday. ?More importantly, he was our guest on the Mostly Mets Podcast last week.
  • Carson: 1 G, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Juan Lagares committed an error in right that led to both runs being unearned. ?However, Carson invited trouble by issuing a leadoff walk and then a one-out double.
  • Whitenton: 1 G, 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Turgeon: 2 G, 2.2 IP, 3 solo homeruns, 0 BB, 0 K
Notes
- Of Carson's 31 pitches, 19 were strikes. ?He threw five pitches that pitch-fx calls change-ups and two sliders. ?So, that's 77% fastballs, 16% changeups, and 6% sliders (does not add to 100 thanks to rounding).
- Whitenton threw 19 of his 35 pitches, or 54% for strikes. ?The MLB average is 62%.
Tags: Arizona Fall League, Collin McHugh, Robert Carson, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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Salt River Rafters 12, @ Peoria Javelinas (Mets and others) 9Hey, look a box score with Mets farm hands. It shouldn't make me that excited, but it does.

Anyway, this one comes has pitch-fx with velocity readings for pitchers.

The pitch-fx star of the day was Robert Carson who sat 92-95 with his fastball and hit 96 once. He threw 63% of his pitches for strikes (22 of 34). The velocity readings on his change-up (82-86) and slider (81-91) seem a little inconsistent, so I wonder if 1. he really was that erratic, or 2. pitch-fx was misclassifying his pitches. Carson: 1.1, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Collin McHugh, Pitch FX, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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Monday, I touched on the first round of AFL roster announcements with a look at RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Brandon Moore, OF Juan Lagares and 2B Reese Havens, but today we'll examine four more additions mostly from the a-ball levels: advanced-A 3B Jefry Marte, A RHP Taylor Whitenton, advanced-A C Juan Centeno and double-A LHP Robert Carson.

Note that Marte and Whitenton are already on the official Peoria Javelinas roster. Centeno and Carson are not, but Adam Rubin reported that they will both head to the desert.

CarsonMichael covered Carson at some length earlier this week. He's a hard-throwing lefty for whom the results do not yet match the good fastball. He'll need to tighten up his slider, which in Mike's opinion was his best breaking ball. Getting him more innings, and more at-bats against high-level competition is a good thing.

Tags: Analysis, Jefry Marte, Juan Centeno, Robert Carson, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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Robert Carson- 8/24/11?vs. Erie: 6 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 3 er, 3 bb, 4 K, 9GO/5AO.

Double-A lefthander Robert Carson has not had a statistically impressive season, but after seeing him in person last weekend, I liked him more than the numbers suggest.

His 2011:

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@ Binghamton Mets 10, Erie Sea Wolves 2

Wednesday night?s battle between the Binghamton Mets and the Erie Sea Wolves paired two hard throwing left handed prospects.? Robert Carson faced off against Tigers prospect, Casey Crosby, but it was the B-Mets offense who stole the show.

Matt Den Dekker (2-4, 2 HR(11), 4 RBI) homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the B-Mets to the 10-2 victory.? The win pushes the B-Mets winning streak to a season high of seven.? Den Dekker smacked the second pitch he saw from Crosby over the left-field wall to tie the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.? In his second at-bat, Den Dekker hit yet another opposite field home run, this one a three-run shot.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Kai Gronauer, Matt den Dekker, Reese Havens, Robert Carson
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@ Binghamton Mets 8, New Britain Rock Cats 7?

The B-Mets scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth with the following rally: C Kai Gronauer walked, Matt den Dekker bunted pinch-runner Michael Fisher to second, Fisher advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a Jon Malo sac fly.

1B Allan Dykstra's grand slam highlighted a 5-run B-Mets third that put Binghamton up 6-3. ?The 24-year old is hitting .260/.386/.457 with 19 doubles and 16 homers in his first crack at AA.

Tags: Allan Dykstra, Binghamton Mets, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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@ Binghamton Mets 13, Portland Red Sox 2

With the game tied at two heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Binghamton Mets decided it was time to turn on the afterburners. The B-Mets used a six-run sixth and a five-run seventh to run away from Portland 13-2.

Brahiam Maldonado (2-5, 3B, HR(19), RBI) lead-off the sixth with his team leading 19th home run. Maldonado (pictured) was named Eastern League Player of the Week on Monday. For the week, Maldonado batted .450 (9-for-20), including a double, a triple, three home runs, five runs scored, and nine RBIs.

Tags: Jordanny Valdespin, Robert Carson
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It's time for part three of my review of my pre-season Top 41 prospect rankings.

Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is here. Each player's name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Brad Holt, Kyle Allen, Matt den Dekker, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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Game 1: Binghamton Mets 6, @ Erie Seawolves 3Game 2: @ Erie 4, Binghamton 2

 

Robert Carson (2-7, 4.25):?3.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K... For the year, Carson's walked 28 and fanned 53 in 65.2 innings. ?By the way, Carson's given up two extra-base hits in 65 AB against lefties this year. ?After the game, Carson tweeted: "#Honestyhour I have lost that killer instict I use to have.. But tonight I got a #rudeawakenthat put it back in me..#startsnow"

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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At Baseball America, Matt Eddy talks to new Mets Minor League Pitching Coordinator Rick Tomlin to put together an interesting piece on the Mets new pitching philosophy and the hard-throwing prospects in the AA rotation, Jeurys Familia, Brad Holt and Robert Carson.

 

Tomlin summarizes the new pitching philosophy as emphasizing:

Tags: Baseball America, Brad Holt, Jeurys Familia, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 2

The good: Fernando Martinez was 2-4, HR (2), RBI. He raises hit season totals to .283/.358/.433.

The bad: Newly signed starting pitcher Brian Sweeney gave up three home runs in his six innings of work.? He gave up 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 er, walking none and striking out 8.

Tags: Daily Recap, Fernando Martinez, Robert Carson
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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 4, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 2

Josh Stinson had his best start for Buffalo thus far.? He pitched 5 innings, giving up only 2 hits, 1 earned run, walked only one, and struck out two.? Stinson induced eight groundball outs and only two flyball outs.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis (1-2, 2 runs, 2B, 3 bb, K)? continues to get on base. He reached safely four times with a hit and three walks, extending his season long on base streak to 16 games.? Nieuwenhuis raised his triple slash line to .346/.460/.558.? He is top 10 in the INT in all three categories. What's more encouraging is that Nieuwenhuis is tied for 6th in the INT with 11 walks.? Yes that's both exciting and encouraging.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Daily Recap, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt Harvey, Robert Carson
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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).

Tags: 2009 Month-by-Month Review, Binghamton Mets, Brad Holt, Mark Cohoon, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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@ Buffalo Bisons 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 1

The Bisons won despite picking up just three hits, a triple from Justin Turner, and a pair of singles from Nick Evans (who it seems, does indeed exist after all).? Evans was 2-4.

Perhaps my favorite line of the day belonged to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, batting from the seventh spot: 0-0, 3 BB.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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Robert Carson started on Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League and threw 58 pitches over 4 innings, giving up just 4 hits (2 doubles, 2 singles) and 1 run while striking out 4 and walking none.? Interestingly, he did so in Peoria, one of the two parks with Pitchf/x cameras set up (Met pitchers have had little games seemingly in these parks so far, which is kind of lame).? As such, we can take a look at what pitches Carson was throwing on that day, their movement and their speed.

Figures 1 and 2: The Movement and Velocity of Carson's pitches.? The Graph is shown from a catcher's point of view. To Read:

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Pitch FX, Robert Carson
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Today is opening day for the Arizona Fall League, with Brad Holt getting the call for the Mesa Solar Sox today against the Phoenix Desert Dogs.? Holt is looking to rebound after a disastrous (and thats an understatement) 2010 regular season.

Holt, the former 2008 1st round pick (33rd overall), finished his season 3-14 with a 8.34 ERA between AA Binghamton and A+ St. Lucie.? The most puzzling stat was he walked (79) nearly as many batters as he struck out (87).? His?BB/9 was a whopping 7.48!!!? After bursting on the scene in 2008, Holt's stock has fallen faster than an Aroldis Chapman fastball.? With all that being said, with a solid AFL campaign in front of numerous scouts and baseball front office personel, Holt has a chance to redeem himself and springboard into 2011.

Wishful thinking? Lets hope not.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Eric Niesen, Jordanny Valdespin, Kai Gronauer, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Carr, Robert Carson
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The Portland Sea Dogs became the latest Eastern League team to beat up on Robert Carson (1-6, 8.74)? in a 6-7 B-Mets loss on Monday night.? Carson gave up seven runs for the second-straight start: 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 with a WP and HBP.? Carson has made nine starts in AA and has allowed at least four runs in all but one.? After a 9.61 ERA in four July starts, he's run a 8.06 ERA in August.

I expected the 20-year old Carson to have trouble initially at AA.? I just didn't see the numerical indicators (K/9>1, K/B >2/5) at advanced-A that suggested he was ready for AA.? I didn't think that he was going to get abused all summer long.? Check his July/August splits.? Do you see anything to get excited about?? His home run has dropped from obscene to "high."? Nope, that's not it.

IPHRERHRHBBBSOERAK%BB%HR%AVGK/BB
July19.67292221409129.6112.509.384.17.3411.33
August25.673723233113168.0613.3310.832.50.3591.23
Meanwhile, while Mark Cohoon has made the adjustment.? The Mets made the aggressive decision to promote Cohoon directly from the South Atlantic League directly to AA Binghamton coming out of the SAL All-Star Break.? And Cohoon had trouble initially.? In his first seven starts, he only threw six innings once, and that came in a start when he gave up six runs.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Mark Cohoon, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Pawtucket Red Sox 8, @ Buffalo Bisons 3 (10 innings)

Josh Reddick's grand slam in the top of the tenth, his fourth home run in the last three games, finished off the Bisons in this one.? The good news for the Bisons is that Columbus lost as well, so Buffalo remains two games out of a playoff spot.

Nick Evans (.308/.388/.582) was 3-4 with a triple and a walk.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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Friday, the Mets promoted LHP Robert Carson from St. Lucie to Binghamton to join the AA rotation, bumping LHP Eric Niesen back to the bullpen.? The 21-year old Carson had been pitching better and better in St. Lucie, but struggled in his AA debut, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings of work with four strikeouts.

The 24-year old Niesen had a 3.63 ERA as a starter, which masked his 41 walks against 38 strikeouts, which simply isn't good enough.? In his short professional career, Niesen has had trouble throwing enough strikes.? It appeared that Niesen had figured something out in St. Lucie last year when he walked just 6.7% of opposing batters, but he's gone backwards this year, with a walk rate of 17.3%, his highest since 2007! The chart below shows Niesen's walk and strikeout rates in his career.

ERAIPBBSOHRBB%SO%HR%
2007SSA3.30302527117.619.00.7
2007A+0.0031307.723.10.0
2008A+4.64118.14677108.614.41.9
2009A+3.2857.2164956.720.62.1
2009AA4.66834185611.423.71.7
2010AA3.7153.14338317.315.31.2
Niesen, a reliever in college, said last year that sometimes he has trouble controlling his focus: "Somtimes as a competitor I get going a little bit and get too aggressive and get away from just executing pitches and start focusing on too big of a picture and I think the key is to just stay pitch-to-pitch,? he explained. ? Maybe coming out of the bullpen can help him stay in the moment.? Given his command issues, he was probably destined for the bullpen eventually.

Tags: Analysis, Eric Niesen, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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#20 3B Richard Lucas

Why Ranked Here: I liked Lucas? strength and ability to use the whole field at the plate.? I thought he had a chance to stay at third.

What Happened: The Mets skipped the 21-year old Lucas, coming off a good year in Kingsport, and a so-so few weeks in the NYP, over Savannah (where Jefry Marte was holding down the hot corner) to St. Lucie, where's he's struggled.? He just hasn't made enough contact in the FSL.? However, his ten home runs are good enough for fifth in the League, so he?s hit for some power.? Now, can he make more contact in the second half?

Stock: Down.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Alonzo Harris, Brant Rustich, Darrell Ceciliani, Dillon Gee, Eduardo Aldama, Robert Carson, Zach Dotson, Zach Lutz, Toby Hyde
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AAA

Fernando Martinez has returned to active duty for the Buffalo Bisons, sending Connor Robertson (0-3, 5.46) down to AA.? Robertson had 23 K and 10 BB in 28 innings while giving up 32 hits. The Mets also claimed LHP Arturo Lopez from the San Diego Padres.? Lopez had a 2.77 ERA in 20 games with the Portland Beavers.

AA

Tags: Awards, Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Robert Carson, Savannah Sand Gnats, Transactions, Toby Hyde
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After seven shutout innings for Kingsport Tuesday, Robert Carson (2-1, 0.41) boasts a microscopic 0.41 ERA. He?s allowed six runs overall, which means his total runs/game is 2.45. However, those impressive numbers are supported by unimpressive peripherals of 15 walks and 13 strikeouts in 22 IP. On the other hand, he coaxed the Danville Braves into an awesome 14 ground balls Tuesday. His extreme groundball tendency is not new. In the GCL he had a gb/fb ratio of 6.00.

Carson, a big lefty throws 90-93, and uses a slider and changeup.

Remember, ground ball rates are better predictors of future home run rates than home run rates themselves.

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