2005 Kingsport Pitching Prospect Review

Inside Pitch takes a look at the peripheral stats of the Kingsport pitchers to find out what their strengths and weaknesses are as they continue to develop in the Mets' farm system. Though very early, we'll even handicap where this hitters will be playing in the 2006 season. Here are the pitchers that amassed at least 30 innings for the Kingsport Mets and did not have more than 40 innings at a higher level.

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Daniel Arizmendi - LHP

Drafted in the 33rd round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of Santa Anna College, Arizmendi pitched a lot better out of the rotation for the Kingsport Mets in his professional debut than he did coming out of the bullpen. Overall however, he just wasn't too effective at the rookie level in a league where he was considered one of the older players. While his walk and strikeout ratios were acceptable, the bottom line was he got tagged early and often. Opposing Appalachian League batters hit .391 off of him as a reliever and .333 overall. He's a true long shot to make a long-season league in 2006 and appears ticketed for either Brooklyn or Kingsport again next season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

4.63

1.77

44.2

3.43

7.05

0.81

.333



Alexis Beras - RHP

Drafted in the 37th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of the University of Scranton, Beras wasn't hit as hard as some of the other Kingsport pitchers this past season. Beras, who turned 22 in September, was facing much younger competition in the Appalachian League. His walk ratio was below average and he nearly served up one home run per nine innings pitched. Hardly differentiating himself in his professional debut, Beras will most likely join Arizmendi in short-season baseball in 2006.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

5.73

1.42

33.0

4.64

8.73

0.82

.246



Jonathan Castillo - RHP

Drafted in the 25th round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of Miami-Dade Community College, Castillo was a guy Gaby Hernandez told Inside Pitch to watch out for last season. Castillo, who posted a 5.67 ERA with the Gulf Coast League in 2004, did a complete 180 degree turnaround in 2005. He was among the Appalachian League leaders in several pitching categories and he was pretty much the only bright spot on a rather dismal starting staff in Kingsport. Castillo's fantastic season, combined with the fact he'll turn 22 years old in December, makes him a leading candidate to be a part of the Hagerstown Suns' rotation in 2006.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

2.04

1.09

53.0

2.72

6.96

0.51

.213



Dustin Childress - LHP

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Baptist University, Childress was another college hurler who did not fair well in the rookie league with the K-Mets this past season. There wasn't too many positives among his peripheral stats in 2005. Childress, along with the likes of Beras and Arizmendi, seems destined for Extended Spring Training next year and another season of short-season baseball.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

6.98

1.68

40.0

3.83

7.65

0.68

.314



Jusef Frias - RHP

A product of the Dominican Summer League Mets, Frias was signed as an International free agent back in 2003. Frias, despite going 5-11 in his two seasons in the Dominican, posted a 2.83 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 108 innings before making his debut on U.S. soil with the Kingsport Mets this past season. The 20-year old hurler could not duplicate the same type of success with the K-Mets however. He's still very raw and could use some more seasoning in the Appalachian League in 2006.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

6.99

1.70

55.1

3.90

6.99

0.49

.310



Jose Gonzalez - RHP

Gonzalez was signed out of the Dominican Republic and had a whale of a year with the Dominican Summer League Mets in 2004, going 8-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 13 games, striking out 68 batters in 74 1/3 innings. Like Frias, Gonzalez wasn't nearly as good in the Appalachian League as he was overseas. He gave up more than one home run per nine innings pitched and had a strikeout-to-walk ratio barely over one. And like Frias, Gonzalez is still just 20 years old and could benefit from more development time at the rookie level next season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

7.13

1.72

53.0

4.92

5.94

1.02

.295



David Koons - RHP

Drafted in the 27th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of St. Leo College, Koons was one of the lone bright spots on the Kingsport staff this past season. Koons, as expected from a college pitcher pitching in rookie ball, was a very consistent reliever for the K-Mets. His walk ratio was spectacular and his polish out of the bullpen could be a welcomed sight for the Hagerstown Suns next season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

3.46

1.21

39.0

2.08

5.77

0.46

.250



German Marte - RHP

Signed as an International free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in 2002, Marte had a wonderful debut with the Dominican Summer League Mets in 2003. He posted a 1.56 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 75 innings with the DSL Mets that year, allowing just 44 hits as opponent hits just .165 off of him. Marte pitched for both the GCL Mets and the Kingsport Mets in 2004. Despite striking out better than one batter per inning with Kingsport last season, Marte was sent back to the Appalachian League in 2005 where he and Koons helped solidify the bullpen. Marte's peripherals couldn't have been any better. He allowed less than one base runner per inning pitched and posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio reaching five-to-one. Marte should join Koons in the Hagerstown bullpen in 2006, possibly as the Suns' closer.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

2.91

0.95

43.1

2.49

11.0

0.21

.190



Javier Perdomo - RHP

Perdomo, signed out of Venezuela back in 2002, is another International free agent signing who displayed very good success overseas before coming states-side. In three seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League, Perdomo went 14-9 with a 1.99 ERA with 172 strikeouts in 176 2/3 innings before making his U.S. debut with Kingsport this past season. Perdomo, like Frias and Gonzalez, struggled in his first taste of professional baseball in the states. Opposing Appalachian League batters hit .331 off of him and he nearly allowed two base runners per inning pitched with the K-Mets. The 21-year old right-hander needs some more seasoning in the Appalachian League next summer.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

6.69

1.82

39.0

3.46

4.38

1.15

.331



Jeramy Simmons - RHP

Drafted in the 36th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of the University of Southern Alabama, Simmons was solid, albeit unspectacular in his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets this past season. His WHIP ratio and strikeout-to-walk ratio were quite good. But at 23-years old, it is unclear whether or not he did enough in 2005 to breaking Spring Training next year with a long-season league. Buried on the depth chart among the starting pitching prospects at the lower levels, Simmons is a long-shot to make the Hagerstown club to begin the year next season. The smarter money says he'll be in Brooklyn on the Cyclones' starting staff.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

4.26

1.28

57.0

2.37

7.42

0.79

.253



Jim Wladyka - RHP

Signed out of St. John's University as an undrafted free agent, Wladyka was very effective in both a starting and relieving role for the Kingsport Mets in his professional debut this past season. The one alarming peripheral was the amount of home runs he served up. Otherwise, he was solid across the board. Wladyka conjures up memories of Chuck Smith's performance in 2004 and he could have a Smith-like career path in 2006. He could be a strong candidate for the Hagerstown bullpen to begin the season next year.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Kingsport

1.98

1.30

50.0

3.24

7.20

0.90

.249



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