2005 Brooklyn Pitching Prospect Review

Bobby Parnell's Peripherals Were Outstanding

Inside Pitch takes a look at the peripheral stats of the Brooklyn 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 Brooklyn Cyclones and did not have more than 40 innings at a higher level.

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Salvador Aguilar - RHP

Drafted in the 29th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of Lewis & Clark State College, Aguilar was very impressive in his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones this past season. He finished second on the staff in WHIP ratio, third in ERA among pitchers with a minimum of 30 innings pitched, and not only first on the team in walk ratio, but among the NY-Penn League leaders in that category. Aguilar, as a late round draft pick, is going to have to continue to put up numbers like this at the higher minor league levels in order to open some eyes. He is an early favorite to anchor the Hagerstown bullpen in 2006, possibly as the Suns' setup man and part-time closer.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

2.24

1.11

52.1

1.55

7.74

0.69

.253



Aristides Almenar - RHP

Signed out of Venezuela back in 2001, the 21-year old Almenar entered the 2005 season with a career ERA of 2.88, including a breakout season in 2004 with the Kingsport Mets. Seemingly destined to open up with Hagerstown this past season, Almenar was held back in Extended Spring Training. Despite a somewhat alarming walk ratio, Almenar had an excellent season for the Cyclones. Opposing NY-Penn League batters hit just .174 off of him, a big reason why his WHIP ratio was stellar in 2005. He had success against both right-handed and left-handed hitters too, but was inexplicably released a week ago.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

1.76

1.17

30.2

4.99

7.04

0.88

.174



Eric Brown - RHP

Drafted in the 18th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of Wingate College, Brown was another solid pitcher on the Cyclones' staff that doesn't project to be a major contributor at the big league level someday, but could have a nice career. He finished second on the staff in walk ratio and struck out nearly one batter per inning pitched. Brown's dominance against right-handed batters is a big reason why he's an early favorite to land a spot in the Hagerstown Suns' bullpen in 2006.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

3.97

1.18

34.0

1.85

8.21

0.79

.254



Travis Hope - RHP

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Berry College, Hope was solid with the Gulf Coast League Mets in 2004 before putting up eerily similar numbers with the Brooklyn Cyclones this past season. His strikeout-to-walk ratio wasn't too grand however. Hope, a college teammate of Chuck Smith, should follow a similar path as Smith in 2006, opening up the 2006 season in the Hagerstown bullpen and if all goes as well, perhaps the 24-year old hurler could see some action with St. Lucie next year.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

3.95

1.39

41.0

3.51

5.71

0.44

.253



Waner Mateo - RHP

A product of the Dominican Summer League Mets, Mateo was signed as an International free agent back in 2003. The 20-year old is one of the skinniest pitchers in the entire farm system but still managed to turn in a very good season on the Cyclones' starting staff in 2005. His peripherals weren't as good as his overall numbers however, posting a rather high walk ratio and surrendering nearly one and half base runners per inning pitched. With the 2006 Hagerstown staff seemingly wide open right now, Mateo is one of the early favorites to land a spot on the starting staff.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

2.56

1.41

63.1

4.26

7.53

0.57

.240



Ryan Meyers - RHP

Drafted by the Mets in the 17th round of the 2003 MLB Draft, Meyers had made a grand total of 18 appearances in the Mets' system prior to the 2005 season. He made five relief appearances with the GCL Mets this season before finishing the year in the Cyclones' rotation. Meyers, still just 20 years old, had a decent year in Brooklyn despite missing the majority of the 2004 season. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was below average and he has the ability to improve on those numbers a lot more down the road. Depending on his Spring Training next season, Meyers could be competing for a spot on the Hagerstown staff, but he's not one of the early favorites.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

4.08

1.53

35.1

3.57

4.58

0.25

.276



Bobby Parnell - RHP

Drafted in the 9th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of Charleston Southern University, Parnell was clearly the Cyclones' best pitcher in 2005 and one of the biggest surprises among the 2005 draftees. He served up just one home run all year long and opposing NY-Penn League batters hit just .185 off of him in 2005. His 1.05 WHIP ratio lead the entire club as did his 1.73 ERA, among pitchers with a minimum of 30 innings pitched. Parnell will be out to prove he's more like the dominant Cyclones' pitcher than the hurler that finished his college career with a 2-4 record and a 4.76 ERA in his final year of school when he anchors the Hagerstown Suns pitching staff to open up the 2006 season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

1.73

1.05

73.0

3.58

8.26

0.12

.185



Jorge Reyes - RHP

Signed as an International free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in 2003, Reyes pitched out of the bullpen for the Dominican Summer League Mets for two seasons before breaking Extended Spring Training with the Brooklyn Cyclones this past summers as a starting pitcher. Reyes is a prime example of why just using statistics to determine a prospects' value is very unwise. The hard-throwing righty got hit hard in his first test in the United States as opposing batters hit .313 off of him. He allowed more than one and half base runners per nine innings and his 5.20 ERA was easily the worst on the starting staff. However, Reyes has a lot more talent than he showed this past season and he seems like a lock to open up the 2006 season on the Hagerstown staff next season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

5.20

1.59

62.1

2.74

5.05

0.72

.313



Kyle Risinger - RHP

Drafted in the 24th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of Galveston College, Risinger got hit hard in his professional debut with the Cyclones. His numbers were average and he has a long road ahead of him as a late round draft pick. Risinger didn't do anything well enough in Brooklyn to make him a favorite for the Hagerstown bullpen next season, but with the race wide open at this point, he could pitch his way into the fray in Spring Training.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

4.04

1.74

35.2

3.79

5.80

0.25

.324



Kevin Tomasiewicz - LHP

Drafted in the 26th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the left-handed Tomasiewicz not only got hit hard by right-handed batters in the NY-Penn League this past season, he struggled mightily against lefties as well. He allowed more than one home run per nine innings pitched, the only Cyclones pitcher to do so. Tomasiewicz also averaged close to two base runners per inning pitched and if his results in his professional debut mean anything, he's going to find it hard breaking Spring Training with a long-season team in 2006.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

5.62

1.78

41.2

3.89

7.99

1.08

.324



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