Kingsport Mets Pitching Prospect Review

David Torres Was Excellent in 2004

The Kingsport Mets did not have a great season, finishing 4 games under .500 (32-36), mostly due to the less than stellar pitching. We will look at the peripherals stats of these pitchers, some that answered the proverbial bell, and some that disappointed...again. We will look at the pitchers who logged a minimum of 25 innings with Kingsport and did not accrue more than 25 innings at a higher level.

Aristides Almenar - RHP

A free agent signing out of Venezuela, Almenar repeated his stop in Kingsport in 2004 after a so-so professional debut with Kingsport in 2003 (3-5, 4.59 ERA). Almenar looked more comfortable in his second season, making nine starts for Kingsport before being called up to Brooklyn and making seven relief appearances for the Cyclones. At 6'0" and just 170 lbs, his physique resembles that of Pedro Martinez. Despite his slight build, Almenar can really bring the heat and has really good control of his pitches. It is still too early to tell if his future is as a starter or a reliever, but his peripheral stats show he's one to keep an eye on in the coming years. Turning 21 in December, the Mets might challenge him in low-A Hagerstown as a member of the bullpen to begin the 2005 season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

1.46

1.14

12.1

2.19

10.2

0.73

.229

R

Kingsport

2.20

1.29

41.0

2.85

7.46

0.44

.250



Jeff Brewer - RHP

Drafted in the 14th round of the 2002 draft out of the University of British Columbia, Brewer finally showed some promise in his third professional season, albeit as a 23 year old pitcher (he turned 24 in October) facing much younger hitters in the Appalachian League. His peripheral numbers were decent for Kingsport this year (even logging one relief appearance for Cap City) but Brewer's designation as a prospect is losing momentum until he can show more some success in the long-season leagues when he opposes batters closer to his age.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

3.83

1.37

51.2

2.96

9.06

0.70

.261



Troy Fry - RHP

Selected in the 24th round of the 2003 draft out of Berry College in Georgia, Fry is certainly a control pitcher. Like Brewer and Almenar, Fry repeated his stint with Kingsport in 2004 after an inauspicious professional debut with Kingsport in 2003. Also like Brewer, Fry (who is 23 years old) was quite old for the Appalachian League. Still, he only walked seven batters in over 57 innings pitched but opposing batters did hit .296 off of him this season. At this point in time, Fry does not figure in the Mets' long term plans until he shows some success at the higher levels.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

4.06

1.30

57.2

1.09

7.65

0.47

.296



German Marte - RHP

Marte made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Mets and was promoted to Kingsport after just four games with the GCL Mets. Marte has filthy stuff and has a chance to be a good pitching prospect for the Mets, but its certainly going to take a little more seasoning. He averaged better than one strikeout per inning pitched in his two stops this past season, but needs to work on his control. Marte will almost certainly be ticketed for a return trip to Kingsport in 2005 with a call up to Brooklyn if he shows some success.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

5.13

1.48

26.1

3.08

11.3

1.37

.280

R

GCL

2.40

1.27

15.0

2.40

9.0

0.60

.254



Orlando Rengel - RHP

Like most of the Kingsport pitchers, Rengel repeated the Appalachian League in 2004 after a disappointing professional debut with Kingsport in 2003 (1-5, 5.76 ERA). But unlike most, Rengel responded very well with an excellent season for Kingsport. Rengel posted a very good 3.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and held opposing batters to a paltry .206 batting average. His 1.01 WHIP (walks + hits per innings pitched) ratio gives a good indication of the type of control he possesses. Rengel, who pitched three innings of relief for Brooklyn this past season, could find his way on to the Hagerstown staff at some point in 2005 as a result of his fine season with Kingsport in 2004.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

3.26

1.01

69.0

2.35

8.22

0.39

.206



David Smith - LHP

Drafted in the 16th round of the 2003 draft out of Pfeiffer University, Smith found his way back to Kingsport in 2004 after logging just 13 2/3 innings last season in two stops between Brooklyn and Kingsport. Simply put, Smith was easily one of Kingsport's least effective relievers. Making 17 relief appearances for the K-Mets, Smith's 1.77 WHIP ratio tells the whole story. When you are putting close to two base runners on base each inning, you have no shot at preventing runs. Forget about his 1.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio (which doesn't help), Smith is a virtual lock to repeat Kingsport in 2005 if he remains in the Mets' organization.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

6.39

1.77

31.0

4.65

5.81

0.00

.295



David Torres - RHP

While Smith was dreadful out of the pen for Kingsport this past season, David Torres was "lights out" for the K-Mets as a reliever. After posting an incredible a better than 7-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio for Kingsport, Torres was called-up to Brooklyn where he made four relief appearances for the Cylcones (1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings). Drafted in the 47th round of the 2003 draft out of Central Florida University, Torres was a little old for the Appalachian League. Considering his age (he turns 24 in March), Torres should be a fixture in the Hagerstown Suns' bullpen to begin the 2005 season with a possible quick promotion to St. Lucie if he has some success in Hagerstown. We'll reserve his "prospect" status until he can show some success in the Florida State League against batters closer to his age.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

2.52

0.98

35.2

1.51

10.9

0.76

.215



Jason Weintraub - RHP

It's hard to believe that Weintraub has been in the Mets' farm system since the summer of 2001. Drafted in the 6th round of the 2001 draft out of Jefferson High School in Tampa, Weintraub missed the entire 2003 season after arm surgery. Weintraub, once one of the most intriguing Mets' pitching prospects, managed to make nine starts for Kingsport this past season and the mere fact he was able to stay on the field was enough to keep Weintraub supporters happy. He posted decent numbers across the board, including a very good 3.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Still just 22 years old, Weintraub should be challenged in low-A ball in the Hagerstown Suns' rotation next season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

3.88

1.34

46.1

2.33

8.74

1.17

.287



William Weitzman - RHP

Weitman followed the likes of Jeff Brewer, Aristides Almenar, and a host of others, repeating another year of Kingsport after a subpar 2003 season with Kingsport in 2003 (4.63 in 17 relief appearances). And for a second straight season, the Mets' 37th round draft pick in the 2002 draft struggled mightily. Like David Smith, Weitzman will most likely be given a final chance in Kingsport in 2005 to show some sucess.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

5.36

1.55

50.1

3.75

6.08

0.72

.278


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