Minor League Players of the Week - 5/2-5/8

Yusmeiro Petit Struck Out 16!

In order to take a closer look at the top prospects and top performers for these Minor League teams, NYFansonly will be naming each respective team's "Player of the Week". Here are the awards given for the week of May 2nd through May 8th.

AAA Norfolk: Craig Brazell, 1B

Brazell, capturing his second NYF Player of the Week award for AAA Norfolk, hit an impressive .347 for the period. In 23 AB, Brazell had three 2Bs, three runs scored and three RBI.

Still, Brazell did not take a walk during the week. While he only struck out four times, his inability to draw the base on balls will continue to delay his call-up to the Major Leagues, where Jason Phillips is starting to hit as the everyday first basemen. Brazell also can play the outfield, but with Cliff Floyd on his way back and the platoon of Karim Garcia and Shane Spencer delivering more than the Mets could have ever envisioned or even hoped for this off-season.

AA Binghamton: Prentice Redman, OF

The 24-year old outfielder hit a blistering .413 on the week, driving four doubles, two homeruns and cashing in 12 RBI. While the speedster didn't put up a tally in the stolen base department, he did receive four free passes to first base, giving him a .484 OBP for the week.

The bottom line is that Prentice Redman needs to be at AAA. He had a mediocre year there last year, but his performance at Binghamton indicates that he is now ready for the AAA challenge. Redman saw some time as a September call-up in 2003, and if the Mets want to add the speedy outfielder to the 40-man roster come this fall, he needs some at bats in Norfolk, especially over the recently signed retread, Gerald Williams.

A+ St. Lucie: Brett Harper, 1B

For the second time, the big first basemen at St. Lucie wins their player of the week award. Harper hit an even .500 in his 26 ABs, swatting three doubles and scoring three runs. Unfortunately, the rest of the St. Lucie offense around him was lethargic, and he was only able to drive in three runs. Continuing the pattern of threes was his walk total, and he struck out seven times on the week.

Harper should be at AA Binghamton soon, especially with non-prospect Josh Pressley manning first in upstate New York. He could provide a real boost to their offense, giving slumping prospect Justin Huber some protection other than David Wright.

A- Capital City: Yusmero Petit, RHP

The most clear-cut winner of the week was the 19-year old right-hander at Cap City. In two starts, Petit threw 11 1/3 innings, letting up only five hits and three earned runs. While he did walk six, Petit struck out a phenomenal 16 batters!

Petit will most likely stay at Cap City for the time being, with the logjam of starting pitchers at St. Lucie. At only age 19, staying there would not hinder his development. Scott Kazmir's eventually call-up to AA Binghamton may provide him the opportunity to go to St. Lucie.

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