The Norfolk Tides compiled a 67-76 record this season, with a fairly weak offense and a decent…
Farm Report II – Rookie Pitchers
Edwin Almonte There should always be a place in the Mets organization for natives of the NYC area. Almonte was acquired in a deal that sent Robbie Alomar to the Chicago White Sox. Almonte is a soft tossing RHP who features a 88-mph FB and an outstanding CU. Almonte struggled with his command in 2003 both at AAA and for the Mets. In particular, Almonte regularly leaves his CU up in the strike zone where it is very hittable. With improved command, Almonte projects as a serviceable middle RP, although some claim he might become a decent setup. I can see no useful role for Almonte with the Mets in the foreseeable future. As a middle RP, Almonte would functions best as a change of pace following hard throwing starters; and, if also followed by a hard-thowing pitcher. The 2003 Mets lacked hard throwing pitchers whether starters or relievers in 2003 and that problem is likely to continue in 2004. Thus, no advantage would be gained by including him on the 2004 staff as a...
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