Today’s games

Posted: March 5, 2010 in Mets

For the first time in a long time, the Mets have prospects galore in spring training. Today, pitchers Jon Niese and Jennry Mejia have combined for eight strikeouts in four innings, each with drastically different approaches. Niese is a crafty lefty who works the ball in and out, up and down, changing speeds with a nice change up and a huge looping curveball. Mejia throws an exploding cut fastball. He can dial it up to 98-99 with great movement. He’s still raw at 20 years old, but he could make an impact on the team’s bullpen by the end of the year (although I’d keep him starting in the minors).
Big first baseman Ike Davis hit a monstrous homer yesterday and looks like a future starter both at the plate and around the bag. Fernando Martinez seems like he’s been around forever, but he’s just shy of 21 and has plenty of power potential to go along with respectable speed and athleticism. Kirk Nieuwenheis is another outfield prospect who does just about everything well. He’s still a year or two away but if he continues to develop, he could take over an outfield spot when Carlos Beltran’s contract is up (assuming the Mets don’t re-sign Carlos, which isn’t a given). Other youngsters impressing in camp are catcher Josh Thole, shortstop Ruben Tejada, third baseman Shawn Bowman and pitcher Tobi Stoner. The Mets’ future looks much brighter thanks to an improved farm system.

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