Updated Post 4/25 2:00 PM
While digging up some information on Gee, I came across some glowing remarks by Bisons manager Ken Oberkfell after his last start.
“He was outstanding,” Bisons manager Ken Oberkfell said. “He had control of his pitches. He went after hitters and worked ahead and gave us a solid seven innings on a pretty cold day. … Each outing he’s going a little deeper in the pitch count, a little deeper in the game.”
Dillon last pitched on Friday in a 12-3 Bisons win. He is now 3-0 which leads the league. He also is second in the league with a 0.63 WHIP. In 18 innings pitched he has allowed just 11 hits and 1 walk while striking out 16 batters. JD
Original Post 4/24 10:20 PM
Over the last three years the Mets have had several rookie phenoms come up from their minor league system. In 2008 there was Nick Evans and Argenis Reyes. There was also talk about Fernando Martinez being the next #1 prospect. He made his debut along with Omir Santos in 2009, but struggled and was sent back down. Now in 2010 there are even more prospects everyone is excited to see. There’s still talk about F-Mart, Josh Thole showed flashes in 2009, and Jenrry Mejia made the bullpen this spring, but of course the biggest buzz is now Ike Davis, who has just debuted this week.
However, the newest talk of the town is the 23-year old, right handed starter, Dillon Gee. Gee was selected in the 21st round in the 2007 amateur draft out of Texas-Arlington, and the 6-foot-1 righthander enjoyed a nice 2008 season before opening more eyes in Puerto Rico. He went 4-0, 2.22 in 48 2/3 innings, finishing third in the circuit in ERA. He struck out 43 and issued 13 walks as he showed a 92-93 mph fastball and a slider with a short break. In 2008, Gee was 10-6, 2.92 with 114 strikeouts and 24 walks in 154 1/3 innings as he pitched for high Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton.
Gee won five straight decisions from May 30-July 6 with St. Lucie. Pitched 15 consecutive scoreless innings over two starts from June 20-25. He was later promoted to Double-A Binghamton in August. And only allowed one run in each of four starts for Binghamton, going 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA.
Currently with the Buffalo Bisons, Gee is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.00. He has only given up eleven hits and two runs in eighteen innings pitched. But his most impressive numbers are his K/BB. Try 16 Ks and only 1 walk. Of course his most impressive game was April 17th, where he went seven innings giving up three hits and striking out eight.
I bring this up because John Maine is currently day-to-day with muscle spasms in his left elbow. He says he will make his next start but what if he doesn’t make the one after that. He also has had the worst starts for the Mets out of the rotation. The Mets currently have three starters in their bullpen. Fernando Nieve, who had a great run before his injury last season and rookies Jenrry Mejia and Hisanori Takahashi who have yet to make their first major league starts. However, many believe the Mets should skip their turns as starters and give Dillon Gee a start.
Takahashi has recorded 79 wins over in Japan with 1,032 strikeouts but it’s still unknown how many many innings he could go. Jenrry Mejia has a fastball that won’t go lower than 95 MPH but that seems to be his only effective pitch. Some people related him to Bobby Parnell who only threw fastballs and hitters quickly figured him out. So it seems like Gee would be the best choice as major league hitters have never seem him and could be very effective. If he could go 5-6 innings and only give up three runs, striking out five he could stick around for a few more starts.
So all you Dillon Gee fans out there let us know what you think. If John Maine can’t make a few starts who should get the job. Hisanori Takahashi, Dillon Gee or Jenrry Mejia. Or maybe someone else?