Arizona Fall League Preview

An article by posted on October 7, 2008

Today, several Mets players will start play in the Arizona Fall League. I mentioned some stats about these players before, who are Dan Murphy, Eddie Kunz, Bob Parnel, Tobi Stoner,
Jason Vargas, S Bowman and Thole. The big story line with these players
is Dan Murphy who will be playing in the infield (most likely at 2B or
1B) which could be a hint at things to come in Queens for the Mets next
year. Murphy has been a big surprise for the Mets this year, who really
just exploded on the scene. Smaller stories involve Parnell and Kunz.
Kunz, who will be heading to the Mets pen one day, needs more tuning
and Parnell could end up in the pen like his brief time this year, or
could be a starter like how he was in the minors this year. So lets
take a look into Murphy, Kunz and Parnell.

Dan Murphy
MILB 08: (3 Levels) 99 G, 375 AB, 59 R, 118 H, 26 2B, 13 HR, 69 RBI, .315 BA
MLB 08: 49 G, 131 AB, 24 R, 41 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, .313 BA, .397 OBP
There
are a couple of numbers that need to be highlighted here. The first is
his BA, which stayed pretty constant from the Minors to the Majors. In
both situations he started very hot, tailed off, and then evened out.
(So the numbers you saw from him at the start of his majors career was
very similar to what he did in his time in the minors). To feel better
about the drop in BA, I would hope that he puts up a BA in the fall
league around .300. That would be very nice. He also had a lot of power
in the minors, that hasn’t translated yet into the majors, but the 9
doubles is a start. We all know that doubles, turn into homers (look at
players like Wright) and especially for Murphy because he is a bit
slower than the average player his age. All in all, he is the main
player to watch this fall because his performance will have a direct
impact on what the lineup of the Mets looks like in 2009.

Eddi Kunz
MILB 08: (2 Levels) 1-5, 50 G, 54 IP, 3.33 ERA (2.79 ERA in AA), 27 BB, 43 K
MLB 08: 4 G, 2.2 IP, 4 ER, BB, K, 13.50 ERA
Kunz
was flying in double AA this year, he was looking very good. He hit a
snag though in AAA and in the majors. He still has very good stuff but
it is becoming more and more clear that 09 might not be his time yet,
it might be 2010. Now he of course can change this by having a great
fall and a great spring. The way the Mets pen is, and the way Mets fans
are about the pen, might propell Kunz through the system faster than he
should go. So it will be interesting to see how all of this plays out
over the offseason to the beginning of the 2009 season.

Bobby Parnel
MILB 08: (2 Levels): 12-8, 29 G, 28 GS, 148 IP, 4.62 ERA, 91 K, 57 BB
MLB 08: 6 G, 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5.40 ERA
First 4 Games: 4.2 IP, ER, BB, 3K, 1.93
Fans
were crying out for Parnell at the end of the season, and rightfully so
because until the last week, he was actually getting people out. The
question with Parnell is now what? Do we rush him through to the pen?
Do we develop him into a starting pitcher? He has good stuff and
probably could also be used as trade bait. His ability to be in the pen
and the rotation gives the Mets a lot of options and could give other
teams a lot of options. Either way it goes, this fall will be looked at
to determine his future.

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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