Saturday, July 24, 2010

Quick Hits

☛ Two current members of the Mets organization and one ex-Met are mentioned in Baseball America's  latest Prospect Hot Sheet. In the six-slot is Cory Vaughn, who continues to pound the ball for the Cyclones. In the NOT-SO HOT SHEET section is Jeurys Familia, who's not having a stellar season for St. Lucie though his fastball can reach the upper 90s. Joining Familia is ex-Met Deolis Guerra. Though only 21 years old, his career seems to be on the decline. One of the players the Mets traded to get Santana, Guerra's recent performances have made observers question whether he has the skill set to succeed as a starter.

☛ Though the Mets won last night, their performance this season, once again, is disappointing. This is just a flawed team. It's too bad they can't swing the bat as well as the Cyclones. The new Brooklyn bums are leading the NY-Penn League in hitting. Their team OPS of .844 is 89 points higher than the number-two-hitting team. They lead the league in hits, runs, home runs, RBIs, and total bases. Outfielder Cory Vaughn leads the league in homers, RBIs, and OPS: He's the only player in the league with an OPS above 1.000. I don't know how much of the credit can be given to Cyclones hitting coach hitting coach Benny Distefano; however, I don't think the Mets scouts are that much better than are other teams in picking hitting talent.

☛ Yesterday, the Cyclones pounded out 16 hits. Leading the hit parade was Jeff Flagg, who drove in three runs. Six Mets got two hits in the game.

☛ Hopefully, we're a day closer to Wally Backman managing the Mets.

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