Baseball America Showing Some Love for Some Farmhands
Right fielder Victor Diaz went deep twice as Triple-A Norfolk defeated Charlotte 5-3 in 15 innings. Diaz, who came over to the Mets with righthanders Kole Strayhorn and Joselo Diaz from the Dodgers for outfielder Jeromy Burnitz last season, is hitting .290/.326/.498 with 23 homers in 126 games. Diaz was moved from second base to the outfield this season and has responded well to the new position.
This is pretty good to see him get some attention and for them to say that he is responding to right field pretty well. Maybe he'll end up being in right or left field next year. I guess we'll have to see if he plasters some pitching in September.
Some of the best news in the Mets system is coming in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where righthander Gaby Hernandez, a fourth-round pick out of a Miami high school, continues to throw well. Hernandez struck out eight in six shutout innings, giving up two hits, in a 4-2 win against the GCL Dodgers. He lowered his ERA to 1.09 and has 58 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 49 2/3 innings as a pro.
Really, no one from the GCL league gets mentioned much at all. He has been mentioned twice (that I know of) already. Hopefully he can turn into a steal. You have to love that K/BB ration though for a kid coming out of high school no matter what league he is in.
Another Mets farmhand, lefthander Evan MacLane continues to dominate the short-season New York-Penn League. Of course, since MacLane, 21, was 5-2, 2.39 with low Class A Capital City in the first half, it makes sense that he would be pitching well with Brooklyn, facing generally less-experienced players. He struck out 10 in eight shutout innings Tuesday to move to 5-2, 2.18 with an impressive 58-5 strikeout-walk ratio in 62 innings. The Cyclones, 35-27, have a one-game lead in the McNamara Division.
This is something Avkash at The Raindrops was critical about when Evan MacLane was demoted. It did not make too much sense then and sure does not now. He should not be in Brooklyn, but it is nice to see him get some attention. This was definitely added to the Daily Dish after yesterday's little dig here to prove their point further. At this point, you cannot argue with them, but I do not think it is always that cut and dry...but in this case it is that cut and dry. He should be in Cap City.
The good people at Baseball America also had this gem:
Scott Kazmir's major league debut sure was fun to watch, wasn't it? Unless you're a Mets fan, of course
They are just letting the Mets have it. I really want to try and forget about it, but it's hard not to get pissed when people keep writing crap about it. I guess this is going to happen after each good start, so I better get used to it.