Saturday, November 11, 2006

League Updates

Michel Abreu already has plenty of good things to remember from his Arizona Fall League season.

The highlights include a seven-game hitting streak capped by a two-homer, five-RBI performance. The 27-year-old first baseman added his second three-hit game on Tuesday, when he went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and four runs scored in the Mesa Solar Sox's 21-4 drubbing of Grand Canyon. On Thursday, he delivered a walk-off single in the 11th inning to propel Mesa to a 5-4 triumph over Phoenix.

Plenty of other New York Mets prospects are prospering in fall and winter league action. Here's a look at their progress:

Arizona Fall League

OF Bobby Malek -- Malek went 9-for-20 from Oct. 23-Nov. 2, raising his average 99 points to .306. He cooled off slightly in the past week, collecting hits in three of five games, including a bases-loaded triple on Monday. He is batting .247 in 21 games with Mesa.

RHP Kevin Mulvey -- Mulvey came back with a strong outing on Tuesday after registering a 7.36 ERA in his first four outings by surrendering a run on four hits in four innings against Grand Canyon. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Mulvey will have a couple of weeks to improve on his 0-2 record and 6.00 ERA.

Fernando Martinez -- Martinez is heading into the homestretch of the AFL season, but he's showing no signs of tiring. The 18-year-old outfielder has put together a nine-game hitting streak to raise his average to a season-high .253.

RHP Brandon Nall -- Nall tossed another scoreless frame in his second AFL appearance. The right-hander also picked up a win in his season debut on Nov. 1.

Hawaii Winter Baseball

RHP Blake Eager -- Eager made his first start for the North Shore Honu on Tuesday, giving up two hits in five scoreless innings. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.93 ERA.

1B Mike Carp -- The 20-year-old Carp went 6-for-15 to extend his hitting streak to a season-high six games.

RHP Robert Parnell -- After giving up 17 runs over 10 1/3 innings, the 22-year-old right-hander worked four hitless frames this week for North Shore. He picked up his first save on Tuesday, knocking his ERA down to 8.68.

OF Dustin Martin -- Martin went hitless in consecutive games for just the second time this season. The 0-for-7 stretch dropped his batting average below the .300 mark for the first time at .264.

C Drew Butera -- Butera has been in 3-for-24 funk since Oct. 18, sending his batting average below the Mendoza line to .195.

Dominican Winter League

RHP Henry Owens -- Owens horded 20 saves in the Eastern League. Not much has changed in the DWL, with the right-hander picking up saves in his first four games with Tigres del Licey. He has yet to allow a run.

Venezuelan Winter League

RHP Miguel Pinango -- The 23-year-old Pinango had a respectable beginning to his winter season, posting a 3.24 ERA in his first three games. Last week was even better, as the right-hander worked 5 1/3 scoreless frames over three games, including winning his first decision on Nov. 2. He lowered his ERA to 1.98.

RHP Yusaki Iriki -- After losing three of his first four starts, Iriki made a relief appearance on Sunday. He didn't fare much better, yielding three runs in 1 1/3 frames to raise his ERA to 10.05.

OF Jonel Pacheco -- The 24-year-old outfielder went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI on Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to four games. It was snapped on Wednesday. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound outfielder is batting .296 in his first seven games in the VWL.

RHP Lino Urdaneta -- The 6-foot-1, 170-pound right-hander has given up runs in each of his eight appearances, spanning seven innings. He has a 14.14 ERA.

LHP Ryan Cullen -- The 26-year-old southpaw was charged with two unearned runs in his last appearance on Saturday. He has a 10.12 ERA in five games with Pastora de los Llanos.

Mexican Pacific League

RHP Brian Bannister -- After winning his first two decisions, while posting a 1.56 ERA in his first three starts, Bannister gave up five runs on eight hits in seven innings in a loss on Sunday.

2B/SS Anderson Hernandez, C Sandy Martinez, LHP Edgar Alfonzo and RHP Rafael Cova have not played since the last update.

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