The attention will be turned up on Brad Holt in AA
As the calendar flips to June, promotions are being handed down. They include two of the top pitching prospects in the organization heading up to Double-A after very successful stints in St. Lucie to begin the season.
Brad Holt: 4-1, 3.05 ERA, 8 GS, 41 1/3 IP, 33 H, 50 K, 10 BB, .219 OBA
Not too surprising Holt gets the call to Binghamton following the month of May that he had. He posted a 3-0 mark with a 1.30 ERA in 27 2/3 IP for the month with 22 strikeouts against seven walks.
Holt now brings an ace to the Binghamton staff and will surely ratchet up the attention being paid to the Mets’ Double-A roster. Observers have always been impressed by the velocity and stamina on his fastball, but the rapid improvement of his breaking pitch – which has developed into a plus pitch – and the ascension of his changeup in the season’s first two months make this move a no-brainer.
The move to Binghamton will be a challenge for Holt and how he performs this season could go a long way as to whether or not a big league debut happens sometime in 2010. Or, does it leave the door open for Holt to make it to New York should the situation and opportunity present itself? That is something to watch as the Mets hit the dog days of summer.
Jenrry Mejia: 4-1, 1.97 ERA, 9 GS, 50 1/3 IP, 41 H, 44 K, 16 BB, .217
As good as Holt as been, and as much attention that has been paid to the 2008 first round pick, Mejia, arguably, has been even better and is simply rocketing up the ranks. Signed as an undrafted free agent in April 2007, he goes from the Gulf Coast League in 2008 to the Eastern League in just 122 innings pitched.
The popular characterization of Mejia has been that of a short pitcher with a small frame, but though he is 6-feet tall, he is built strong and durable, with a powerful lower half, and also maintains his fastball velocity deep into games.
Scouts are impressed with his slurvy breaking ball and his command of it down in the zone. It is a pitch he will need to have full command of as he faces yet another challenge. At 19 years old, he immediately becomes one of—if not the youngest—pitchers in the entire Eastern League.
Edgar Ramirez: 1-0. 0.00 ERA, 9 G, SV, 21 2/3 IP, 11 H, 18 K, 5 BB, .147 OBA
The 36th round pick in the 2006 draft also heads to Binghamton for the first time in his career. Ramirez posted a combined 4-2 record and 3.92 ERA in 28 games split evenly between Savannah and St. Lucie last season. Ramirez boasts solid control (14 BB in 62 IP in 2008) and will certainly be a valuable addition to a B-Mets bullpen in need of consistency.
Dylan Owen: 0-5, 6.97 ERA, 10 GS, 50 1/3 IP, 66 H, 30 K, 27 BB, .327 OBA
Owen heads back to St. Lucie after a very rough two months in Binghamton. His troubles with the Double-A level continued after an inconsistent three starts at that level at the end of 2008.
Owen has the two breaking pitches to be successful at higher levels, but inconsistency with his fastball can be a backbreaker once a pitcher reaches Double-A. He has good ride and sink action on his two-seamer, but when he leaves that and his four-seam up in the zone at an average of 88 MPH, he will find trouble.
The Binghamton rotation – at the moment – is now comprised of Holt, Mejia, Tobi Stoner, Michael Antonini and Ryan Coultas which will no doubt draw more eyeballs to the Mets Double-A club.