Dylan Owen made his AA debut last night and earned his first win after going 6 innings while allowing 1 run on 6 hits. Fernando Martinez who was hitless in his last 4 games had a very good night going 3-4 with a double and 3 runs.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Dan Murphy is turning heads right now as he is 10 for his first 20 with a home run and 5 rbis. Murphy has not always been this highly looked upon. In November of last year, when Murphy was tearing up the Arizona Fall League, Minor League baseball rated him as the 18th best prospect behind players like Hector Pellot, an ok second baseman, and Mike Carp, who at the time had not hit for power or average after his wrist injury.
Even as early as spring training Murphy was not getting the respect he deserved. Everyone talked about Nick Evans or Mike Carp ahead of Murphy. I always thought Murphy would be the best player out of the three and now everyone is seeing his patience, desire to win, and apparent opposite field power...
Friday, August 01, 2008
I was fortunate enough to attend the Bingamton Mets game tonight in New Britain. Bobby Parnell made the start tonight pitching 6 innings while allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. Personally, I am a big fan of Parnell. He has a very good fast ball, a pretty good change, but a pretty flat breaking ball from what I saw. His biggest problem was leaving his fastball up in the strike zone and that resulted in two big home runs. He looks good but very raw and needs more work until he will be ready for AAA or the Majors.
Prior to the game, I showed up nice and early to interact with the players. Fernando Martinez did not play tonight but he said that he thinks he will play tomorrow night. He did however take batting practice and boy does he look good using the entire field. He was also real nice and signed autographs for everyone. Carp signed for only a short time because he was so busy trying to practice first and outfield. By the way, Mike Carp and Shawn Bowman look exactly the same. Bowman even ran by saying, "Sorry, I'm not Carp." The nicest guy though was Eddie Kunz. He signed before and after bp making sure everyone was happy. I asked Joe Hieptas if he was planing to catch again and he said that ship has sailed which cracked up Kunz. (Pictures: Martinez top, Kunz bottom)
The Mets have called up Dan Murphy to AAA. Murphy was batting .308 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI to go with 14 stolen bases for AA Binghamton. Earlier in the week, the Mets promoted Jon Niese who had a successful first start where he went 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits.