ALL STATS IN TABLES CURRENT AS OF JULY 1, 2009.
The 5?11? 213 lb Guerra pitched over four levels in the system, spending most of his July with Savannah where he was 1-1 with two saves in 25.2 dominating IP. He gave up just 14 hits and two walks while punching out 34. Guerra didn?t give up a hit in his four innings at St. Lucie to conclude his season. I missed Guerra when I saw Savannah, but an AL scout told me that he liked Guerra a little bit as a relief prospect. After all, Guerra had thrown 93-95 mph the night before to go along with an 83 mph slider. A strong Hawaii showing could set up Guerra for an Opening Day assignment to Binghamton and a rapid rise through the system in 2009.
Abruzzo, who the Mets picked in the 13th round in 2007, played at three levels in 2008 showing some power, and solid receiving abilities to go with an aggressive approach. Like Guerra, his Hawaii assignment should prepare him to start 2009 in Binghamton. Unlike Guerra, Abruzzo is not a candidate for a subsequent rapid ascension.
Tags: Francisco Pena, Hawaii Winter Baseball, Jordan Abruzzo, Junior Guerra, Stephen Clyne, Toby Hyde
Speaking of bullpen arms, I'm planing on posting some Eddie Kunz content this afternoon.
Tags: Analysis, Stephen Clyne, Video, Toby Hyde
Stephen Clyne was the third college reliever the Mets drafted in 2007, behind Eddie Kunz and Brant Rustich. The theory was that one or all of the hard throwing hurlers would ascend rapidly through the system and be ready to help fill middle relief roles in short order. Clyne had an encouraging debut in Brooklyn in 2007, striking out 30 in 26 innings, but walking 19. When I talked to a scout in August of 2007 who had seen the Cyclones, he liked Clyne as much as the other two, praising both his hard sinker and slider.
Coming into the season, Baseball America ranked Clyne as the Mets 13th best prospect suggesting that ?if he comes out throwing strikes in 2008, Clyne could speed through the system.? He hasn?t thrown enough strikes and thus hasn?t sped through the system. More alarming perhaps was that he experienced a significant dip in velocity. Now back in Brooklyn, Clyne thinks he?s discovered part of the answer.
With the Brooklyn coaching staff, he compared video in 2007 with 2008 and noticed a change in his set position. In 2008, he had raised his hands as demonstrated in the pictures below.