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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/21

It’s getting down to the most interesting time in camp, when game action is magnified and competitions really start heating up. To that end, Terry Collins called Johan Santana’s 69 pitches in Wednesday’s game “a giant step forward” in Santana’s road back from left shoulder surgery.

Other than Santana, the most interesting aspect of camp right now may be the center field situation, with Andres Torres still nursing a tight left calf, Jason Bay volunteering to sub in center, Jordany Valdespin experimenting at the position while hitting the cover off the ball, and Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen still duking it out for a bench job that is purportedly still one of theirs to lose. I profiled Baxter, a Queens native, for today.

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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:

valdespinAFL.jpgJordany 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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Holt and Valdespin earn AFL honors

Mets prospects Brad Holt and second baseman Jordany Valdespin were named Tuesday to the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game. Holt, 24, a right-handed starting pitcher, is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in four starts with the Mesa Solar Sox. Valdespin, 22, a second baseman, is batting .355 with 11 RBIs in 15 games for Mesa.

The honor is particularly notable for Holt, a former supplemental first-round pick who, after entering this season as one of the organization’s top pitching prospects, went a dreadful 3-14 with an 8.34 ERA in 24 games split between Double-A Binghamton and Class A St. Lucie.

The Rising Stars Game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. ET.

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