Sunday, March 02, 2008

Where did all this Hype come from?

Everyone is saying Eddie Kunz is on the fast track to the Mets and that he will be the Mets version of Joba Chamberlin. He was the Mets first pick in the 2007 draft and has been reportedly taken under the wing of Billy Wagner. All I have to say is prove it to me Eddie?

Scouts say Kunz's package of stuff is well-suited to the back of a bullpen, but the lack of the third pitch may keep him from closing as a pro. His future may be as a setup man who can pound his sinker-slider combination in on right-handed hitters.

Kunz went 3-1 with a 3.05 era and 10 saves in his final year for Oregon State. He then was the first pick for the Mets in last year’s draft. He pitched in 12 games going 0-1 with a 6.75 era, 8 walks, and 9 strikeouts for A Brooklyn. Kunz followed his poor performance by continuing to play badly going 0-1 with a 10.13 era in 9 games (10.2 innings), with 15 hits, 2 homers, 8 walks, and 11 strikeouts. And boy did he have trouble with lefties (19 era in 3 innings) and runners in scoring position (21.21 era in 4.2 innings) while playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. In his only inning thus far this spring training, Kunz allowed 1 run of 2 hits with 1 strikeout, giving him an era of 9.

As you can see Eddie has struggled to say the least, so I just can not figure out where all this hype came from? I mean what he has done other than be a pretty affective closer for the repeat college World Series champions Oregon State. Until I see Edward Kunz pitch well out of college, I am not going to say he is on the fast track. I am more worried that he is on the slow track than anything else. He is just a kid and most likely he will only get better but so far he has not progressed at all.


Anonymous said...

Glad to see you posting again, telling it like it is. With all the hype out there it is next to impossible to pick fact from fiction.
I would really like to see some real first hand prospect reports on a lot of the newest recruits out there, like first hand scouting reports from coaches, scouts etc. Not just Impressions from writers stated as first hand fact etc.
Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

How silly...

So according to you, Kunz only has two plus pitches so how could he be a closer??

How many pitches does the best closer of all time, Mariano Rivera, have? He has ONE. A Nasty split finger fastball. All a closer needs is one Great pitch and the nerve to take the ball with the game on the line. Anything else is gravy.

Keep doing your homework- for now you get an incomplete.

Anonymous said...

Buddy that was his scouting report out of college why would he make that up?? He is probably working on a new pitch genius...