Binghamton Mets' Pitching Prospect Review

Tim Lavigne Had a Rough Time in 2004

NYfansonly.com looks at the peripheral stats of the Binghamton pitchers. We will look at the pitchers who logged a minimum of 40 innings with Binghamton and did not accrue more than 40 innings at Norfolk. <b>(Free Preview of Premium Content)</b>

Brian Bannister - RHP

Drafted in the 7h round of the 2003 draft out of USC, Bannister just completed his fourth season as a pitcher...two at USC and two in the Mets' system. His stuff is much better than his numbers and has pedigree working on his side. Bannister had very solid peripheral numbers pitching for St. Lucie in 2004 which makes his overall numbers (5-7, 4.32 ERA) somewhat baffling. His 3.93 strikeout-to-walk ratio with St. Lucie gives a clear indication of the type of control he has on the mound. With the addition of a very good cut-fastball, Bannister has the repertoire now to go with the talent. He should start off 2005 right where he left off, pitching in the Binghamton rotation. Bannister could reach AAA by mid-season next year.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AA

Binghamton

4.06

1.40

44.1

3.45

5.68

0.41

.283

A

St. Lucie

4.32

1.25

110.1

2.20

8.65

0.49

.270



Ken Chenard - RHP

Chenard has had an injury plagued career thus far, to say the least. In fact, his 123 innings at AA-Binghamton this past season was the first time he's thrown over 100 innings in any given season as a professional. Drafted in the 46th round of the 1998 draft out of Cal-State Fullerton, Chenard had a very solid season for the B-Mets. He went 9-6 and held opposing Eastern League batters to a .222 average this season. That said, Chenard is 26 years old and does not figure in the Mets' plans at this time. He could pull a Rick Reed and become a late bloomer seeing as he's only thrown 454 innings in his six minor league seasons, but even that is doubtful.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AA

Binghamton

4.45

1.21

123.1

3.50

8.90

1.24

.222



Jake Joseph - RHP

Once again Joseph was solid for AA-Binghamton but could not transfer that same success with the AAA-Norfolk Tides. 2004 was the third straight season he's pitched at both levels. Joseph, who will turn 27 in January, was the Mets' 2nd round pick back in the 1999 draft. His career ERA at Norfolk is a lofty 5.63 in 103 2/3 innings. Conversely, Joseph has a career 3.53 ERA in 183 1/3 innings at AA-Binghamton. A little old for AA-ball, Joseph simply does not project to be a useful pitcher for the Mets despite showing success at the lower levels.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Norfolk

4.08

1.53

28.2

2.20

4.71

0.94

.296

AA

Binghamton

3.32

1.06

43.1

2.91

5.82

0.62

.203



Tim Lavigne - RHP

Drafted in the 32nd round of the 2000 draft out of the University of Virginia, Lavigne has made 184 appearances for the Mets in his minor league career...including just four starts (all four starts were for Binghamton in 2004). His peripheral numbers were not very good, including a strikeout-to-walk ratio barely over one. Like most of the pitchers on the Binghamton staff this past season, Lavigne is 26 years old and is not really considered a pitcher in the Mets' plans.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AA

Binghamton

5.70

1.59

83.2

4.20

4.73

0.54

.277



Blake McGinley - LHP

Drafted in the 21st round of the 2001 draft out of Texas Tech University, McGinley has been a dominant left-handed reliever for the Mets in his four seasons in the minor leagues. In his two stops between AA-Binghamton and AAA-Norfolk, McGinley's strikeout-to-walk ratio was a dazzling 5.05 which is right on par with his career ratio of 4.59. His peripheral numbers were fantastic across the board and despite being 26 years old, McGinley could prove to be a worthwhile reliever for the Mets should they give him an opportunity.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Norfolk

4.05

1.39

26.2

2.36

9.45

0.34

.273

AA

Binghamton

3.72

1.05

72.2

1.86

10.3

1.11

.225



Neal Musser - LHP

The good news for Musser in 2004 was that it was the second straight season making at least 26 starts after getting in just eight back in 2002. His stint in AA-Binghamton this past season was reminiscent of the type of success he had when he was considered a top pitching prospect for the Mets a couple of years ago. His peripheral numbers were solid, not spectacular, for the B-Mets and had a rough go of it in his first taste of AAA-ball later in the season. Drafted in the 2nd round of the 1999 draft out of Benton Central High School in Indiana, Musser is still just 24 years old and should not be forgotten as a legitimate pitching prospect for the Mets. He'll be back in Norfolk next season as 2005 will be a pivotal year in his development.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Norfolk

6.25

1.56

36.0

4.25

6.00

1.00

.291

AA

Binghamton

3.41

1.32

108.1

3.32

5.82

0.58

.257



Wayne Ough - RHP

Drafted out of Australia in the 15th round of the 2000 draft, Ough had his first true "down year" in 2004. After getting in four starts with St. Lucie, Ough posted numbers he'd rather forget at Binghamton. His peripheral numbers for Binghamton were a complete 180 from his career numbers and will need some more seasoning at AA in 2005. However, he turn 26 years old (in November) and appears on the outside looking in as a potential pitching prospect. Time is running out for Ough.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AA

Binghamton

6.63

1.69

73.1

4.30

5.89

1.72

.298



Jason Scobie - RHP

Scobie, who pitched his way from St. Lucie all the way to Norfolk in 2003, had a very solid season for Binghamton in 2004. Drafted in the 15th round of the 2001 draft out of LSU, Scobie is like McGinley in the way he simply puts up solid numbers despite not having overpowering stuff. Yes, he's another 26-year old pitcher (he just turned 26 in September) that was in AA this past season. But it's hard to ignore the results. Scobie's peripherals were very steady in every category and will be given a shot at Norfolk in 2005. Chances are, at his age, that he may never see Shea Stadium. But it's going to be hard for the Mets to count him out if he continues to put up good numbers. Scobie could make it as a long reliever and spot starter for the Mets, much in the same manner Tyler Yates, Jae Seo, and Matt Ginter did this past year.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AA

Binghamton

2.82

1.27

147.0

3.00

5.82

0.67

.250



Kole Strayhorn - RHP

Acquired from the Dodgers in the Jeromy Burnitz trade, Strayhorn was drafted by Los Angeles in the 4th round of the 2001 draft out of high school. After dominating high-A ball in 2003, he had a tough time in his first taste of AA-ball in 2004. He came close to averaging almost two home runs served up per nine innings, a stat that is certainly not a good one for a closer. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was the worst it has been since being drafted. With all that said, Strayhorn was a 21-year old pitcher playing against guys much older than he so he gets a pass until he gets some more seasoning. He just turned 22 years old in October and should return to Binghamton in 2005 as the closer for the B-Mets.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AA

Binghamton

5.22

1.52

50.0

4.86

7.74

1.80

.250



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