Scott Shaw

It's time.? Actually, it's past time, but here we go on a mid-season review of my pre-season Top 41 Prospect Rankings for the 2009 season.? We'll be going through in groups of five, although this first review has an extra bonus as 36-41.? If I get 10 prospects done a day, we'll finish up next week, and unveil a new top 20 (in honor of Hojo) or 31 (for Piazza) or some other number for some other reason.? I'm open to suggestions.


#36 RHP Scott Shaw

Stock: Holding, barely

Tags: Eduardo Aldama, James Fuller, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Roy Merritt, Scott Shaw, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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Here's a look at who's hot in the Met system:
  • OF Fernando Martinez, Bisons: He's hit safely in six of his last seven games and is hitting .323 over that span (10-for-31) with 4 runs and 4 doubles.
  • LHP Casey Fossum, Bisons (pictured):? The veteran has been phenomenal so far in his first two starts. In 11 innings combined, he's allowed just 1 run and 5 hits in addition to 11 strikeouts. He was promoted to the Mets last night.
  • C Josh Thole, B-Mets: Prior to going 0-for-3 yesterday, the young catcher was 7 for his last 13 with 3 doubles and 4 runs scored.
  • OF Carlos Guzman, St. Lucie: The Brookdale Community College product (NJ) is putting on an offensive display so far - .371 AVG (13-for-35).
  • RHP Scott Shaw / LHP Angel Calero, St. Lucie: Shaw has allowed just 2 runs over 12 innings in his 2 starts while strike out 9. Calero has been dominant, surrendering just 1 run and striking out 10 over 11 innings in his first two trips to the mound this season.
  • IF Josh Satin, Savannah: He's been a consistent force in the Gnats lineup. He leads the SAL in hitting with a .433 AVG (13-for-30).
  • SS Wilmer Flores, Savannah (pictured): Over the last two games the Mets top infield prospect is 5-for-8 with 2 runs, a double, and 3 RBI.
  • 3B Jefry Marte, Savannah: The infielder is 7 for his last 19 and is hitting .317 on the season (13-for-41).
  • RHP Christopher Schwinden, Savannah: The twenty-two-year-old has been dominant, allowing just one runs over 11 innings in his first two starts - both victories.
Tags: Angel Calero, Fernando Martinez, Notes, Scott Shaw, Wilmer Flores

John Manuel of Baseball America ranked the top 20 Prospects in Hawaii Winter Baseball, a list that did not include any Mets. However, he took two Mets questions in his associated chat
Jack from Africa - for now asks:

John, How did Scott Shaw not make the list? He didn't have to be #1 but he was the best pitcher in the league statistically - he dominated. He should have been on the list somewhere.

A: John Manuel: I hate to sound like a broken record, but his fastball was a bit short for me to put him on the top 20. He had an incredible year after signing -- more than 100 IP as a pro after 50 or so at Illinois, and he sounds like he has a chance to be a durable, back-of-the-rotation guy if it all works out. But he works at 87-88 mph with his fastball, and the life on the pitch is just OK according to my info. Great scouting by the Mets (Scott Trcka's the area guy there) on getting him and he could be a real find, but I thought his fastball was short to make the list.

Tags: Baseball America, Hawaii Winter Baseball, Ruben Tejada, Scott Shaw, Toby Hyde
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Once again, Scott Shaw turned in the best Mets performance in the Islands.? Saturday, Shaw threw five shutout innings dropping his ERA to 1.91.? In those five innings, he gave up one hit, walked two and struck out six.? Thirty-eight of his 68 pitches - 56% - were strikes.

In 28.1 IP, Shaw has given up 10 hits, seven walks and struck out 33 while the League has hit .105 against him.

2B Greg Veloz (.214/.290/.238) was 2-3 Friday night and 1-4 Saturday.? He's struck out 25 times and walked 9 in 84 AB.

Tags: Hawaii Winter Baseball, Scott Shaw, Toby Hyde
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Baseball America did their Draft Report Card feature for every MLB team last week.? My comments on their selections for the Mets are italicized.

Best Pure Hitter: The Mets' top two selections, 1B Ike Davis (1) and SS Reese Havens (1), went in the first 22 picks due to their offensive potential. Both have quick bats and hand-eye coordination that allow them to get the barrel to the ball consistently when they're going well.

This answer is a massive copout.? Neither had the debuts the Mets could have hoped for, but the magazine still didn't pick a player.? I'll take Havens since I saw an Ike Davis who was anything but "pure" this summer.

Tags: Baseball America, Brad Holt, Ike Davis, Reese Havens, Scott Shaw, Toby Hyde
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