Here is another rundown of a group of players who are moving their way up, but still needs further…
Updates from the Hawaiian League
The Brooklyn first baseman, who fell just a point shy of .300 during the regular season, continues to rake in Hawaii in limited time. He is hitting .368 [14-for-38] in 11 games played, slugging a robust .737. He is 9-for-18 with runners on base with nine RBI. He has gone hitless in only three games, while racking up four multi-RBI games. Coaches and scouts wanted to see Duda carry over the strong plate awareness and patience he demonstrated the Cyclones, and so far, he has done just that.
Emmanuel Garcia: 17 G, .348, 0 HR, RBI, 5 2B, 2 3B, 8 SB, .427 OBP%
The infielder hit well in Hawaii, but the majority of his hits were singles with the bases empty. He hit .425 with the sacks clear and only .200 [3-for-15] with runners in scoring position. He showed good bat control, striking out only 8 times in 66 at-bats, a big drop from his regular season ratio when he struck out 103 times in 488 at-bats. In his final ten games with the BeachBoys, Garcia registered six multi-hit games, including a four-hit game on October 17 that included a double and a triple. Most importantly for Garcia, he made just one error during his time in Hawaii. He is no longer on the roster as he joined the Canadian team in Taiwan for the World Cup.
Jose Coronado: 7 G, .150, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2B, SB, .261 OBP%
The light-hitting Binghamton shortstop went sent to Hawaii as Garcia's replacement. The Mets continue to work with and test Coronado to see if he can piece together the talent they believe is there. However, much like during the regular season in which he hit .212 in 81 games, Coronado has yet to offer much with the bat, going 3-for-20. Coronado's production has been a disappointment this season and his average of one strikeout per game in Hawaii is right on par with his season average.
Daniel Murphy: 22 G, .275, 3 HR , 17 RBI, 7 2B, .341 OBP%
Murphy's winter numbers project to numbers nearly identical to those posted with St. Lucie this season. He has not been flashy during the Hawaiian season, but consistent in the way he typically is. He had many chances to bulk up his power numbers with 49 at-bats with runners on base, and 35 with runners in scoring position, but he is hitting just .204 in those situations, compared to .387 with the bases empty. He has made three errors so far this year. His best game came on October 31 when he went 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and four runs scored.
Hector Pellot: 22 G, .284, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2B, 3 SB, .333 OBP%
Pellot has endured an up and down winter thus far. He got off to a scorching first five games, and then cooled until his recent 13-for-36 stretch of his last nine games. He has not shown the same gap power he did during the regular season, but Pellot has still performed well enough to his own and coaches expectations for the winter. The one downside has been a rather porous defense as he has committed five errors so far.
Sean McCraw: 11 G, .143, HR, 5 RBI, 2B, .295 OBP%
McCraw really never got himself together in Hawaii and endured a disappointing tenure with the BeachBoys. He struggled at the plate, accumulating just five hits in 35 at-bats, and went hitless in ten at-bats with runners in scoring position. He struggled badly in the area he sought improvement in the most—throwing out baserunners, gunning down just one in ten. His best game came on October 28, his final game, in which he went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and his lone double.
Brant Rustich: 10 G, 3-0, 5.54 ERA, 13.0 IP, 10 K, 10 BB, .340 OBA
Rustich's winter struggles are fairly well known and because of them, he has not seen much more time on the mound the past three weeks. Since our last Hawaiian update on October 22, Rustich has made just three more appearances, totaling 2.2 innings pitched and allowing one earned run, three walks while striking out five. His ten walks are well above his regular season total of two, but his groundball ratio is way up, averaging five groundouts for every fly ball in Hawaii.
Nick Carr: 4 G, 1 GS. 0-0, 2.89 ERA, 9.1 IP, 9 K, 10 BB, .161 OBA
Carr has been effective during his four outings, indicative by his opponent's batting average and the five hits he has given up so far. His strikeout to innings ratio is in step with the numbers he posted in Brooklyn, however, his walk total has really led him into trouble. It is a disconcerting statistic considering he walked 27 hitters in 66.1 regular season innings. Lefties have hit .286 off him while righties have mustered just a .059 effort. In his one start, he pitched three shutout, hitless innings, but walked three and struck out one.
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