Tobi Stoner is playing in the Dominican Republic for Leonis Del Escogido. He has started off strongly, going 3-1 with a 1.86 ERA and a .93 WHIP. In 5 starts and 29 IP he has given up 20 hits, walked 7 and struck out 21. It’s good to see Tobi doing so well. Tobi had pitched 9 innings for the Mets as a September call up. He will play next year as a 25 year old and should be given the opportunity to make the major league team.
Chris Carter is playing in Venezuela for Tigres de Aragua. Chris is the 1st baseman/outfielder that the Mets received in the Billy Wagner trade. He’s hitting .294 with a .360 OBP, with 2 HR and 7 RBI in 68 at bats. Chris should be given the opportunity to make the Mets this spring. It’s hard to say. He’s 27 years old and has some power. He’s a lefty and otherwise seems to be the Nick Evans type player. Carter had been a highly rated prospect earlier in his career. In 2005 in the Arizona system, he hit 31 HR and had 115 RBI in a A/AA split season. In ’08 for AAA Red Sox he hit 24 HR and in ’09 his HR dropped to 16.
Scott Moviel is playing in Arizona for the Surprise Rafters. In 12.2 innings he is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA. However he has walked 8 and allowed 13 hits. And in his last 3 games has allowed 6 runs in 5.2 innings pitched. Scott is currently 21 years old and a 6’11″ lefty. He was the Mets 2nd round draft pick in 2007. Scott injured his knee so only pitched 73 innings in GCL and Savannah this year. Being a lefty and so tall, Scott will surely be given time to develop. He will probably begin this season at Savannah.
Jordany Valdespin is playing in the Dominican for Tigres del Licey. He plays 2B and in 18 at bats he is hitting .333 including 1 HR and 2 RBI. He has no walks but also no strikeouts. Jordany played on four different Mets minor league teams this year – DSL Mets, GCL Mets, Savannah, and Brooklyn. In total he had 278 plate appearances and hit .298 with an OBP of .349. He had 4 HR and 28 RBI. Only 21 years old, he will start the season in Savannah, hopefully quickly moving up to St. Lucie.
- Quick note on Jenrry Mejia – His ERA has now risen to 11.91. He just turned 20 and obviously needs more seasoning before considering his value as a major league pitcher.
More next week…