Mets prospects wrap up AFL season
Dropping a 3-1 game to Peo Saguaros yesterday afternoon, the Mesa Solar Sox — and the eight Mets on the roster — wrapped up their Arizona Fall League schedule. Here’s a look at how the bunch performed:
Jordany Valdespin, SS: Finishing seventh in the league with a .355 average, Valdespin (right) missed the final week of the season with a forearm strain. Still, he impressed with the bat, knocking in 19 runs and stealing seven bases in 19 games.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF: After a Minor League season that saw him perhaps supplant Fernando Martinez’s as the organization’s top overall outfield prospect, Nieuwenhuis struggled a bit in the Fall League, batting .256 with one homer and 12 RBI in 26 games. Compare that to Niewenhuis’s 94 games this year with Double-A Binghamton, which saw him hit .289 with 16 homers and 60 RBI.
Joshua Satin, 2B: More of a contributor after Valdespin’s injury, the 25-year-old Satin hit .390 with one home run in 12 games with the Solar Sox. Had he accumulated enough at-bats to be eligible, Satin would have ranked third in the AFL in hitting. And perhaps that’s no surprise. Though not a top prospect, Satin is a career .300 hitter over three years in the Minors.
Kai Gronaeuer, C: The native of Germany hit .222 without a home run in 13 games behind the plate. The Mets signed him as an international free agent prior to the 2008 season.
Brad Holt, RHP: Injury interrupted what had been a strong AFL season for Holt, who managed a 2-1 record and 2.92 ERA in five games, after posting some miserable numbers for both Binghamton and Class A St.Lucie this year. A sandwich-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Holt will look to build upon his AFL successes next season.
Robert Carson, LHP: Not exactly the autumn that Carson had envisioned. After a relatively successful stint at St. Lucie this summer, Carson stumbled with a 7.71 ERA in six Fall League starts, allowing 27 hits in 18 2/3 innings.
Nick Carr, RHP: Carr didn’t exactly light it up, either, going 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 relief outings, and walking more batters (12) than he struck out (10).
Eric Niesen, LHP: In 11 relief appearances, Niesen posted a 5.40 ERA with eight strikeouts and four walks in 11 2/3 innings.
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