Friday, October 27, 2006

Fall Prospects

Michel Abreu appears to have a knack for coming up in big spots, especially during his six-game hitting streak last week.

The 27-year-old first baseman singled in the go-ahead run in the Mesa Solar Sox's 6-3 victory over Peoria on Oct. 20. He topped that performance with an historic RBI single to propel Mesa to an 8-7 victory over the Grand Canyon Rafters, ending what is believed to be the longest game in Arizona Fall League history. The 6-foot, 220-pound Abreu also added his third homer Wednesday.

The other New York Mets' prospects also made the most of their opportunities. Here's an update on their progress in fall league action:

Mesa Solar Sox

RHP Mike Pelfrey
-- Pelfrey made his first AFL start on Oct. 20, yielding one hit in three scoreless frames. The Solar Sox went on to beat the Saguaros, 6-3. Pelfrey was also named to the league's inaugural "Rising Stars Showcase," which will be played on Oct. 27.

OF Fernando Martinez -- The 18-year-old Martinez is the youngest player in the AFL this season. He's hitting .213 in 13 games. Martinez slugged two homers in the past week. His highlight came on Oct. 20, when he crushed a two-run blast and drove in three runs in the Solar Sox's 6-3 victory over the Saguaros. Martinez was also named to the Rising Stars Showcase.

RHP Kevin Mulvey -- The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Mulvey made his third start with Mesa on Tuesday, yielding three runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk in three innings. The Solar Sox overcame the poor outing by battering the Saguaros pitchers in a 12-7 victory. Mulvey has a 5.63 ERA.

RHP Philip Humber -- Humber was pulled from the AFL after experiencing tendinitis in his shoulder. He appeared in one game, giving up a run on two hits in two innings. The Mets replaced him with 28-year-old southpaw Blake McGinley on Oct. 23, who compiled a 2-2 record with one save and a 2.95 ERA in 22 games with Triple-A Norfolk of the International League.

OF Bobby Malek -- Malek's batting average has taken a steady climb to .263 with three two-hit games in the past week. He has also shown extra-base power with five of his 10 hits being doubles. He went 2-for-4 in the Solar Sox's 7-3 loss to Scottsdale on Wednesday.

RHP Brandon Nall -- The 24-year-old right-hander replaced Steve Schmoll on Oct. 20. Nall spent most of the regular season with Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound hurler went 5-5 with a 2.91 ERA in 38 games with the Suns. He also fanned 88 in 86 2/3 innings and held batters to a .220 average.

North Shore Honu

OF Dustin Martin -- After hitting .435 through his first nine games with North Shore, the 22-year-old Martin cooled off by going hitless in nine at-bats this week. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound outfielder drove in a pair of runs without getting a hit during the three-game slump.

RHP Robert Parnell -- The 22-year-old right-hander had a rough start since the last update. He took the loss in a 4-0 defeat to Waikiki on Oct. 22, surrendering four runs on seven hits, including three homers, in four innings. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Parnell has given up 13 runs in his last 8 1/3 frames, boosting his ERA to 10.22.

1B Mike Carp -- The 20-year-old Carp had his best game in Hawaii on Oct. 21, when he went 3-for-5 with a season-high three RBIs and a run scored against Waikiki. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the BeachBoys topped the Honu, 6-5. It did help the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Carp pad his stats. He is hitting .263 with seven RBIs in 13 games.

C Drew Butera -- Butera is hitless in his last 10 at-bats, dropping his batting average to .185. He also struck out four times on Oct. 21.

RHP Blake Eager -- Eager pitched a scoreless inning in the past week to help lower his ERA to 6.75.

Some of my favorite prospects are the ones that are in italics.

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