As InsidePitchMagazine.com kicks off its formal Spring Training coverage, we offer this extended…
Prospect Predictions for 2009 – Part II
The Superlatives First Player to be Called Up to the Major Leagues: Fernando Martinez – We hit this prediction on the nose in 2008 when Carlos Muniz was called up just two weeks into the season. Going with another pitcher is a reliable pick, but given the new found depth both in the rotation and in the bullpen we're going with Fernando. Despite an elbow injury that had people holding their breath, Fernando should be ready to go at the start of the season and it may not take long for him to finally make his big league debut after years of anticipation. The Mets outfield is pretty much set for Opening Day, however, it will be difficult for the organization to hold him down in the minors if he gets off to a hot start. Comeback from Injury: Brant Rustich – The big right-hander recorded 50 innings last season, but competed the entire season with a stress fracture in his throwing arm that was not fully diagnosed until the after the season was over. Come April, Rustich should be...
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