St. Lucie Mets' Pitching Prospect Review

Petit Went from Cap City to Binghamton

NYfansonly.com looks at the peripheral stats of the St. Lucie pitchers, some of whom had very good seasons in 2004. We will look at the pitchers who logged a minimum of 40 innings with St. Lucie and did not accrue more than 40 innings at Binghamton.

David Byard - RHP

Drafted in the 35th round of the 2000 draft out of Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Ohio, Byard was 26 years old as a reliever in the Florida State League for the St. Lucie Mets....way too old for that level. And despite having a significant age advantage over many of the FSL batters, Byard was not very effective this past season. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was actually negative, which is all you need to really see. Byard has achieved the dreaded "NP" label, meaning not a prospect.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

4.55

1.57

57.1

4.40

4.08

0.63

.266



Kevin Deaton - RHP

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2000, Deaton surely has made a name for himself as a legit starting pitching prospect for the Mets. Deaton was having another fine season again in 2005 for St. Lucie when his season was cut short due to tendonitis. His peripheral stats were once again very good, posting a better than 3-1 strikeout to walk ratio and keep runners off base. Deaton is getting some more seasoning in the Arizona Fall League and looks to be on track to begin the 2005 season in AA-Binghamton.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

2.99

1.21

96.1

2.15

6.82

0.19

.268



Bryan Edwards - RHP

Originally drafted by the Reds in the 9th round of the 2000 draft, Edwards is 25 years old despite just finishing up his second season of professional baseball. The name of Edwards' game is pinpoint control. He's effective because he walks very few batters. While not a strikeout pitcher, Edwards puts the ball in play and lets his defense do their job. At 25 years old, Edwards was certainly old for A-ball. He logged nine innings in AA-Binghamton at the end of the season and that's where he should be starting the 2005 campaign.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

3.30

1.19

90.0

1.90

3.5

0.60

.254



Matthew Lindstrom - RHP

Lindstrom has always been notorious for his stuff, routinely hitting 96 mph with his fastball and even reaching 100 mph on the gun at times. He certainly has shown an ability to get South Atlantic League batters out and had a decent debut in the Florida State League this past season. Selected in the 10th round of the 2002 draft out of Ricks Junior College, Lindstrom has been used primarily as a starter in his minor league career thus far. However, many scouts project Lindstrom to evolve into a very effective reliever and has the look of the Cubs' Kyle Farnsworth on the merits of his blazing fastball. Lindstrom might make the transformation into a reliever in 2005, probably starting with St. Lucie with a possible quick call up to AA-Binghamton if he shows some success.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

3.73

1.29

79.2

2.26

5.65

0.56

.283

A

Cap City

3.21

1.02

56.0

1.61

10.3

0.48

.230



Tim McNab - RHP
Drafted in the 22nd round of the 2002 draft out of Florida Atlantic University, McNab's season for St. Lucie was not very good. Opposing batters hit .295 off of him and he allowed too many base runners to be an effective reliever. McNab could use some more seasoning in A-ball in 2005 and will most likely find his way back to St. Lucie next year.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

4.65

1.58

71.2

2.76

6.66

0.50

.295



Ryan Olson - LHP
Jumping up a level to the Florida State League in 2004, Olson had a hard time adjusting to high-A ball this past season as his command surprisingly went south. Selected in the 10th round of the 2001 draft out of the University of Nevada, Olson had averaged better than 10 K's per nine innings in his minor league career prior to 2004. Despite holding batters to a .210 average, he walked way too many batters this past season. Olson, who turns 25 in January, was a little old for his level and his regression this past season could cost him. He might be back with St. Lucie in 2005 to try and resurrect his command.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

4.38

1.54

49.1

6.75

8.39

0.36

.210



Robert Paulk - RHP

Paulk led the St. Lucie Mets in wins with eight and had a solid year overall, making 10 starts in his 31 appearances. Drafted in the 24th round of the 2002 draft out of North Florida Community College, Paulk has the look of fellow Mets' farmhand Jason Scobie, a possible long reliever and spot starter. He still gives up too many hits to be truly effective as opposing Florida State League batters hit .301 off of him this past season. Paulk turns 24 before the start of next season where he'll most likely have the same role with Binghamton.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

3.70

1.45

92.1

2.24

5.85

0.68

.301



Yusmeiro Petit - RHP

A product of the Venezuelan Summer League, Petit was signed as an international free agent in 2001. At just 19 years old, Petit has vaulted himself from the rookie Appalachian League in 2003 all the way to AA-Binghamton this past season, dominating at every stop along the way. His peripherals were off the charts this past season, holding opposing batters to a tiny .166 batting average in his two stops between Capital City and St. Lucie (we won't review his 12 innings at Binghamton) while posting a better than 5 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio despite his young age. Forget his "stuff". The results speak for themselves and he'll be a big part of the Binghamton staff in 2005.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

1.22

0.92

44.1

2.84

12.6

0.00

.174

A

Cap City

2.39

0.83

83.0

2.39

13.2

0.87

.162



Luz Portobanco - RHP

Portobanco was back in the Florida State League for a third straight season in 2004 with the St. Lucie Mets. Drafted in the 36th round of the 2000 draft out of Miami-Dade College, Portobanco finally had the decent season, at least from an ERA standpoint, the Mets have been waiting on from him. But a closer look at the peripheral stats show that the ERA might have been achieved with smoke and mirrors. With a 1.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 1.40 WHIP ratio, Portobanco's peripherals were not very good.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

3.77

1.40

76.1

3.77

6.84

0.59

.255



Orlando Roman - RHP

Drafted in the 31st round of the 1999 draft out of Indian Hills Community College, Roman is a six-year free agent this fall. Roman just completed his third straight solid season in the Mets farm system, posting decent peripheral numbers in 102 innings for St. Lucie. He had an impressive 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and consistently kept opposing hitters at bay, holding them to a combined .227 average. Roman, who turns 26 in November, is not a prospect at this time but could turn into a Matt Ginter type down the road...somebody to serve as an emergency spot starter in a pinch. The question is will he be in the Mets system?

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AA

Binghamton

4.35

1.32

31.0

4.35

9.0

0.87

.226

A

St. Lucie

3.71

1.13

102.0

2.91

8.74

0.88

.227


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