The Mets' selected the right-handed closer in the 13th round of the 2003 MLB Draft. In the last…
Arizona Fall League Wrap-Up
The New Orleans right-hander had been tough to decipher all season long by his up and down performances, but he strung together a number of quality starts in Arizona. He was not taken out of the yard after surrendering 20 long balls in 97 regular season innings. He gave up just three earned runs in his first 19 fall innings before his rocky last start, [including two scroreless appearances] and gave up less hits than innings pitched. However, his lack of control and high walks still persisted. It was hoped that he would straighten out his command issues in Arizona, but his control problems will not improve until he has better a grip of his secondary pitches.
Eddie Camacho: 10 G, 0-2, 2.31 ERA, 11.2 IP, 9 K, 2 BB, .300 OBA
The southpaw's outings averaged out better than his season-long splits, however the focus of Camacho's fall was simply to improve upon his mechanics and his changeup. It appeared the work paid off as his performances sharpened as the season went on. He gave up three earned in his first five innings, but followed that up with 6.2 shutout innings. Camacho is could see time this season with the Mets as a left-handed specialist in 2008, so any progress he made with his delivery and changeup will go a long way to making that possibility into a reality.
Eddie Kunz: 9 G, 0-1, 10.13 ERA, 10.2 IP, 11 K, 8 BB, .333 OBA
It was not a pretty fall season for the Mets' top overall pick in 2007. He did recover to throw five shutout innings after allowingd 12 earned runs in his first 5.2, but the walk total is still a concern after he walked eight in 12 innings with Brooklyn during the summer. Kunz still needs better command of his slider, and when his sinker is not dropping through the zone as he needs it to, he can run into trouble. It has been a long year of baseball as the closer pitched as deep into the college season as possible, and despite the inconsistent outings, he should make a significant jump up the ladder next season.
Carlos Muniz: 8 G, 0-1, 3.27 ERA, 11.0 IP, 9 K, 5 BB, .283 OBA
The Binghamton closer's fall season had a pace very similar to his year in Double-A. Muniz went into Arizona looking to shore up his slider and changeup and left with a great confidence in both pitches. The two home runs he allowed in Arizona matched his season total of round-trippers allowed during the regular season. One alarming note was the .438 average lefties racked up against him. After making a his brief big league debut this year, Muniz is a pitcher the organization wanted to keep working as he is on a short list of relievers who could break into Shea next season.
Mike Carp: 29 G, .243, 0 HR, 16 RBI, 12 R, 8 BB, 9 2B, .317 OBP
The left-handed first baseman's struggles continued in Arizona after a disappointing, injury-riddle season in Binghamton. The drop of power during the regular season was used as a significant measuring stick to Carp's progress, but his lack of power as an everyday player in Arizona did not do anything to quiet grumblings about what is wrong with Carp's game right now. His .185 average against left-handers also continued a downward trend he endured versus lefties during the regular season. He also committed five errors, half of his regular season total in 97 games in Binghamton. He reported to Arizona to get his game back on track, but six weeks later, Carp seems to have an upward battle come spring training.
Caleb Stewart: 12 G, .318, 6 HR, 11 RBI, 10 R, 6 BB, 2 2B, .400 OBP
After hitting four home runs in his first four games in Arizona, Stewart missed nearly two weeks due to a flare up in the oblique injury he suffered during the regular season. Yet upon his return, he hit two more home runs and drove in seven runs on his way to an impressive season despite the limited playing time. His numbers really dipped in the second half with the B-Mets, but given the positives he attained this fall, he has regained confidence as he looks towards the spring. His strikeout ratio was still a fairly high, but Stewart is a power hitter with a big swing, so those numbers are still expected for now.
Mike Nickeas: 13 G, .196, HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB. 2 2B, .260 OBP
The B-Mets backstop's performance during the fall was much like his regular season. He was steady and reliable defensively, committing zero errors in his limited time, but at the plate Nickeas continued to be light with the stick. The bulk of his numbers came in his final three appearances in which he went 4-for-14 with his home run and five of his RBI. Nickeas could find himself in a heated battle come February and March.
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