Updates from the Arizona Fall League
Stewart has gone deep four times so far
Stewart has gone deep four times so far
Inside Pitch Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2007


The players representing the Mets’ system on the Scottsdale Scorpions have found it to be a tough transition into the Arizona Fall League. In a notorious hitters league, the guys with the sticks have gotten off to slow starts, while the pitchers have run into their fair share of troubles. Here are updates on those out West.

Mike Carp: 10 G, .256, 7 RBI, 3 runs, 3 2B, 3 BB

The pace at which Carp has started the fall league has not deviated far from what he was doing during the regular season. He has not demonstrated much power yet while being slotted lower in the Scottsdale’s lineup as opposed to his traditional spot in the three-hole. It is hoped that time in Arizona will allow Carp to regain that power stroke which diminished in a season interrupted and slowed by injury. He has struck out eight times so far this season, but he is 6-for-21 in his last five games.

Mike Nickeas: 4 G, .200, run, 2B, BB

With the catching duties on a rotating schedule between the four backstops in Arizona, Nickeas will try to do the most he can in limited playing time. He has not had much of an opportunity at the plate, entering the game as a substitute twice, only gathering one at-bat in each game. Defensively, Nickeas has not committed any errors, but he has thrown out only 1-of-5 basestealers who have attempted on him. Nickeas game behind the plate is steady, but without any consistent playing time, it seems like he will not have much of a shot to iron out any of his shortcomings.

Caleb Stewart: 5 G, .316, 4 HR, 4 RBI, 4 runs, 3 BB

Early signs point to a healed Stewart who was hampered by an oblique strain in the second half of the B-Mets season. So far in Arizona, it has been all or nothing for the outfielder as he jockeys for playing time in the Scorpions rotating outfield. He four solo home runs have accounted for all of his production save two singles in his second game. He has been a streaky hitter for most of his career to this point, and that has surely held true so far this fall. Yet, if Stewart continues to mash, he should see more playing time which will boost his confidence heading into the spring.

Eddie Camacho: 4 G, 0-2, 4.50, 4 IP, 2 K, BB, .368 OBA

After 46 games across three levels this season, Camacho was sent to Arizona to work out the last details on his changeup for what will seemingly be his last tour through minor league ball. However, it has not started as planned for the left-hander as he has notched two blown saves in his four appearances. The first came in the eighth inning on October 9 when an error led to two unearned runs crossing the plate. The next came on October 20 when an inherited runner scored after his removal from the game. Camacho, a cool customer on the mound, should get the ship righted before too long.

Carlos Muniz: 4 G, 0-0, 3.18 ERA, 5.2 IP, 5 K, 3 BB, .208 OBA

It has been a bumpy start to the fall for the New Orleans reliever. After pitching in 49 games, including two in Flushing, Muniz has been touched up in Scottsdale where he has surrendered home runs in consecutive appearances, bookended by shutout innings. The key for Muniz will be to not leave his sinking fastball up while he works on his slider and changeup.

Adam Bostick: 2 G, 2 GS, 0-0, 1.80 ERA, 5 IP, 5 K, 5 BB, .222 OBA

The New Orleans right-hander is the sole starting pitcher from the system in Arizona, and has executed well in his first two starts, giving up one earned run. Bostick had a rough season with the Zephyrs, and the fall league will give him an opportunity to head into the spring on a positive path. His walk rate is the one negative so far.

Eddie Kunz: 3 G, 0-1, 20.25 ERA, 4 IP, 3 K, 4 BB, .429 OBA

Kunz has ran into a buzzsaw so far in Arizona, getting torched in each of his three appearances, surrendering four runs in each of his first two outings. His groundball rate is down significantly from the regular season, his opponent’s batting average, and the home run allowed (he allowed zero with Brooklyn) is a sign he is having trouble keeping low or out of the strike zone. After going to the College World Series, the layoff before he joined the Cyclones in late July, and now into the fall, fatigue certainly seems to be catching up to Kunz.



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