Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Verrett Won't Pitch This Season for Mets

Someone tweeted Logan Verrett, the Mets third-round draft choice, and asked him if he expects to pitch this season for a Mets farm team. Here's Verrett's response: "Taking it slow right now. Possible bullpens at instructional league."

On the GCL Mets, recently signed Philip Evans is off to a much better start with the bat than top-choice Brandon Nimmo, though Nimmo did drive one out of the park today in his last at bat. In his two prior games, Nimmo struck out seven times in eight at bats, which made me wonder whether the Mets overrated him in the draft. Nimmo's now hitting only .182. In contrast, Evans went 2 for 4 today and is batting .429.

Though drafted in the 15th round, Evans received $650,000 to sign which, according to the New York Times, is "the most they have given a player selected after the second round."

The GCL Mets got slammed today, 13-2. Their pitchers did too good a job of hitting Nats bats led by Craig Missigman, who in two innings enabled seven runners to cross the plate. Before today's game, his ERA was 3.86; after, 5.48. When you haven't pitched many innings, one bad outing can skyrocket your ERA.

Nick Evans, who's been on a merry-go-round this season between the Mets and the minors, had a memorable day with the bat, singling, doubling, and homering in the Mets game against the Phils.

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