Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Davis homers, Mets catching prospects not hitting

Ike Davis homered! He hit it yesterday in the fifth inning of St. Lucie's 4-3 over Jupiter. The homer, his only hit of the game, was his seventh extra-base hit this season in 68 at-bats and his first homer as a Met.

By the same score, Savannah lost to Greenville. The Drive (weird nickname) scored all their runs in the first two innings off Sand Gnats starter Jeff Kaplan. Only two of the runs were earned.

In Portland (Maine), Binghamton lost 9-8, blowing a five-run lead. Both Lucas Duda and David Wabick had three hits, with Wabick driving in four runs while Josh Thole's two hits upped his average to .373.

Unfortunately, Thole is the only Mets minor league catcher who's hitting well. In yesterday's minor league games, here's how each team's starting catcher is hitting. Savannah's starting catcher, Kai Gronauer, is hitting .237; and St. Lucie's starting catcher, Rafael Arroyo, is hitting .150. The Bisons were rained out; however, none of their catchers is hitting higher than .233, and Rene Rivera was hitting so poorly (.182) that he's been reassigned to the Brooklyn Cyclones. Two other Mets minor leaguers, Francisco Pena, who's also on St. Lucie's roster, is hitting .191 and the Sand Gnats' Jean Luc Blaquiere is batting .184. So, the bottom line is that aside from Thole, the Mets minor league catching prospects are underperforming.

Strangely, Baseball America ranked Pena as a better prospect than Thole. Pena, however, has yet to hit well in the minors. Unless his hitting significantly improves, he'll never make it onto the big club's roster.

It's unfortunate that Minaya wasn't able to draft Jason Castro in last year's baseball draft. Now playing for Triple-A Lancaster, Castro has an OPS of .805.

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