Posted tagged ‘Luis Castillo’

Mets second base candidates for next season

December 22, 2010

The Three main candidates for next season in Turner, Murphy, and Emaus. Photo Courtesy of US Presswire, Getty Images

Here is an article from ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin discussing next years candidates and Terry Collin’s view on the players competing:

Terry Collins , during a visit to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, L.I., on Wednesday, spoke about the candidates to emerge as second baseman for the Mets to open the season — Luis Castillo, Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner.

  “Going into camp there’s four legitimate guys,” said Collins, who omitted Ruben Tejada, who is expected to be assigned to Triple-A Buffalo to allow him to develop.

The Mets selected Emaus last Thursday during the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings from the Toronto Blue Jays for $50,000. He must remain on the major league roster for the entire season in order to become Mets property. Otherwise, Emaus must be placed on waivers. If he clears, he must be offered back to the Jays for $25,000.

The 24-year-old infielder, who played college ball at Tulane, was an 11th-round pick in 2007. He hit .290 with 15 homers and 75 RBIs, and had a .397 on-base percentage and 13 steals in 15 attempts, during the 2010 regular season while splitting time between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas. He is currently playing for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic, where he has a .263 average, four homers and 17 RBIs in 114 at-bats.

Emaus played 87 games at third base and 32 games at second base last season, but in 2009 in Double-A he played exclusively second base (132 games).

“Obviously, with [former Blue Jays GM] J.P. [Ricciardi] involved, we had real, real good information on him — what kind of player he was,” Collins said. “We talked to some of the people down in the Dominican. I talked to Obie [new bench coach/Dominican winter league manager Ken Oberkfell] about him, because Obie has seen quite a bit of him. He said he’s a solid player, who looks like he can play a couple of positions. His approach at home plate is something that’s going to fit here. He’s a big pitch-selection kind of guy, a good walk-to-strikeout ratio [81 walks, 69 strikeouts during the regular season]. We’re going to give him a shot and see him in that mix at second.”

Murphy suffered a left hamstring strain while playing winter ball with Aguilas in late November. He was hitting .320 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 103 at-bats in the Dominican winter league before suffering the injury. And Murphy has pledged to Sandy Alderson that he will make the Opening Day roster in some capacity, even if it’s as a backup at several positions. Murphy, whose 2010 regular season was mostly lost due to a pair of knee injuries, played second base both in the fall instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla., and then in the Dominican Republic before suffering the hamstring injury.

“Work is not an issue with Murph,” Collins said. “He’s worked very, very hard to play second. I saw him play three games down there [in the Dominican Republic]. His range is OK. His hands are fine. It’s just he’s got to be familiar with turning double plays. He’s got to get used to it.”

Castillo is owed $6 million next season, in the final year of a four-year, $25 million deal. If he is beaten out, it’s hard to imagine he will be on the Opening Day roster. The Mets likely would be forced to eat the money and release him since Castillo would not be capable of backing up at other positions and wouldn’t exactly provide power on the bench. Alderson recently admitted Castillo, like Oliver Perez (owed $12 million next season), cannot be traded this winter because there’s no market.

Collins also cautioned not to forget the 26-year-old Turner, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles in May at the suggestion of Wayne Krivsky. In Triple-A with the Orioles and Mets, Turner hit a combined .316 with 12 homers and 43 RBIs in 396 at-bats, although he was snubbed for a September call-up, despite going 6-for-6 and hitting for the cycle on the final day of Buffalo’s season. Turner currently is playing for Oberkfell with Escogido in the Dominican Republic, where he has a .308 average, one homer and eight RBIs in 65 at-bats.

“People are not mentioning him, but he’s also down in winter ball, having a very, very good winter,” Collins said. “He had a very good finish in Triple-A. So we’ve got to include him in that mix.”

…It should be a tight race this year and right now, I think Daniel Murphy has the lead. In second place I would say it would be Brad Emaus, the talented player from the Rule 5 draft. Next, Justin Turner is a fine talent with power and offensive ability but will need more time in the minors to develop his defense. As for Luis Castillo, he is on his way out and needs to find a team that will use him off the bench because I don’t think he could start on many teams with his bad knees. Finally, Ruben Tejada is a good talent but needs more development which is why he is not named on this list. I agree with Terry Collins that this is the best for the kid because you don’t want him to be exposed to something he might not be able to handle yet. It should be an interesting race come spring training but if the Mets want to win and try to make the Wild Card they will need production from that position…

New York Mess

August 30, 2010

The New York Mets have seriously become “The Mess.” They went from almost World Series in 2006 to the years of 2007 and 2008 choke artists. Oh and by the way, in 2009 almost half the team was injured. It has gone from the New York Amazin’s to the New York Mess’ too fast over the past decade. But what do the Mets have to do to bring themselves back to contention? Take a look at these articles that Adam Rubin from ESPN New York wrote about the whole situation.

Part 1: Meet the Mess

Part 2: What do they do next year in 2011?

 I don’t know where to start here but the teams have been terrible since that curve ball by Adam Wainwright to Carlos Beltran in the 2006 NLCS and that fly ball that Ramon Castro hit short 2 feet of a home run with the bases loaded in the final game during the 2007 season. But it really is the production of the players that makes me cringe. Take a look:

Jose Reyes – missed 36 games last year after a hamstring injury and has missed a part of the year because with a olblique injury and spring training because of thyroid imbalance in his body.

Ryan Church – on the 07-08 team but was released because he suffered multiple concussions during the season running into Marlon Anderson and sliding into Yunel Escobar’s knee. Up to that point he was batting 320 with 10 home runs and 33 rbis and an OBP of .384 

Carlos Beltran– a star in the 2006, 07, and 08 seasons. Got hurt in 2009 and since being hurt in 2010 he is batting .212 with 2 homers and 14 rbis in 40 games and has really hurt the Mets since the All Star break starting the team on their downfall.

Luis Castillo – batted .302 last year and was a bright spot for the team but with injuries and inconsistency the past years and terrible defense all year (Ex. Dropping pop up by Alex Rodriguez to lose a Subway Series game last year). Not mention the 6 million they owe him next year as well.

Oliver Perez – the man who pitched 194 innings and over 180 strikeouts in 2008 worth earning a three-year deal has been terrible since. He blew out his arm during the World Baseball classic and has been hurt with his knee and an ERA of over 6 the past two years and is a mess. Oh, they owe him 12 million dollars.

Billy Wagner – hurt at the end of the 2008 season, pitches well in the second half of the 2009 season, traded to the Red Sox who becomes the set up man and then becomes the closer for the Braves and now has 30 saves with an ERA of 1.65.  Why did they get rid of him?

Fransisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez – signed him to a big 3 year deal and had an ERA of 6.75 in the second half of the year and just recently beat his father in law and broke his hand and can’t pitch the whole season. Up to now he had 25 saves but  his actions were way out of line and the Mets need to do something about it.

John Maine – this guy was a Met savior in the 2006  and 2007 season and was going to become one of the top pitchers in the league but then had a so so year in 2008 but then got hurt in the 2009 and 2010 season. He has become nothing ever since the injuries and his velocity has been way down.

Jason Bay – signed a big deal in the offseason and was looking to help out the Mets offense this year but with a concussion in Los Angeles last month and him striking out and hitting into too many double plays has made this signing look terrible. .259 average 6 home runs and 47 rbis are not numbers that Jason Bay puts up. Something’s wrong!

This mess has got to stop but Omar Minaya is too afraid to trade away his prospects and is relying on Ike Davis, Jon Niese, Josh Thole, Jenry Mejia, Fernando Martinez, Ruben Tejada, Bobby Parnell, and Wilmer Flores to make a huge difference. Will they?? I don’t know if they can because they might need a miracle…