Eric Campbell is off to a hot start
The first full week winter league action is in the books. With Mets prospects scattered about the many places where they play winter ball, each week is a good opportunity for a one-stop look at how these prospects fared. Who came up big in the Arizona Fall League? How’s Wilmer Flores’ winter going so far? Look inside for the answers to those questions and more.
Arizona Fall League
Jordany Valdespin: 6-for-18, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB, BB
Valdespin, who is playing both shortstop and second base, is off to a hot start. He registered a single in each of his first three games of the week before his Saturday night outburst. Valdespin went 3-for-3, two RBI, two runs scored and a run-scoring double.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 4-for-12, 3 RBI, 4 R, 2 2B, 3 BB
Nieuwenhuis had Saturday night off but before that he posted two multi-hit games with a double in each on Tuesday and Thursday. His best game came in his opener when he went 2-for-3 with two runs, a double and two RBI. It is only four games, but Nieuwenhuis boasts a .500 OBP and 1.000 slugging percentage.
Kai Gronauer: 0-for-7, BB
Gronauer has made just one start this week, going 0-for-4 on Friday and 0-for-3 combined on Wednesday and Thursday.
Brad Holt: 3 IP, H, K, BB
Holt took the ball in the Solar Sox opener and, on the stat sheet, put together a performance is at the least a step in a positive direction. His fastball was 90-92 MPH while his breaking ball was in the mid-80s. After enduring a 3-14 regular season with an 8.34 ERA, the AFL will provide Holt the chance to build something for the start of the 2011 season.
Nick Carr: 2 G, 4 IP, 2 H, 2 K, BB
Carr has made two appearances and is 2-for-2 with strong outings. He tossed two innings on Tuesday and Friday, limiting the opposition to just one hit while striking out one in each outing. He was responsible for a pivotal hold in Mesa’s season opener.
Eric Niesen: 2 G, 2 IP, ER, 3 H, K, HR allowed
Niesen has made two appearances, the first coming on Wednesday when he gave up a solo home run and two hits in one inning. He subjected to some poor defense behind him on Friday when he allowed two unearned runs on one hit in one inning.
Venezuelan Winter League
Eric Campbell: 9-for-21, 3 RBI, 6 R, 3 B, BB
Campbell probably couldn’t ask for a better start to his fall league season. He has at least one hit in all five games he’s started, including three multi-hit games. In his opener, Campbell went 3-for-6 with two RBI, three runs scored and two doubles. After going 2-for-7 in his next two games, Campbell went a combined 4-for-8 with two runs scored, an RBI and a double on Friday and Saturday. Campbell is playing for Caribes de Anzoategui
Wilmer Flores: 3-for-9, 2 RBI
Flores got off to a red hot start, going 3-for-4 with one RBI in his opener on Tuesday. He followed that with a 0-for-4 showing the next night but recorded a sac fly. He went 0-for-1 on Thursday before exiting the game with a mild calf strain. Flores has not seen game action since. Flores is playing for Bravos de Margarita.
Jose Coronado: 1-for-3, RBI, BB
Coronado returns to the VWL, but is playing in just limited so so far. He went 1-for-1 in a late-game entrance on Thursday. He returned on Friday and went 0-for-2 with a walk and one RBI. Coronado is playing for Caribes de Anzoategui.
Jhonathan Torres: 2 G, 1.2 IP, K
Manuel Alvarez: 2 G, 3.0 IP, ER, 3 H, 2 K
Alvarez, pitching for Navegantes del Magallanes, gave up one earned run on two hits in two innings in his first outing on Tuesday. He returned to the mound on Saturday and gave up one unearned run one hit in one inning. Alvarez went a combined 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 17 saves in 78 2/3 innings between St. Lucie, Binghamton and Buffalo this season.