The Biggest Loser
Are the Mets one of the biggest losers from the draft? Maybe not, but they are most likely pretty close to it. As harsh as Dayn Perry's words were, for the most part he was right.
Top pick Kevin Mulvey (RHP, Villanova) showed poor hit rates against relatively weak competition, and second-rounder Joe Smith is a relief prospect with a history of shoulder problems. Also, junior-college right-hander John Holdzkom was a stretch, even by fourth-round standards.
Well, here is where I'm conflicted. Baseball America did list him as the 30th best prospect for the draft and said he was the best pitching the Northeast, but Villanova did not exactly have a strong schedule.
W L ERA IP H/9 BB/9 K/9 WHIPNow Mulvey might end up working out and that pick is more defendable than the next two, but his stats were pedestrian. A guy like Mark McCormick, who was drafted by the Cardinals last year, had mediocre numbers as a college player, but has much better pure stuff than Mulvey and throws in the high 90's. If Mulvey got hit pitching for Villanova, it is understandable why people question his ability to get pro hitters out. Joe Smith probably could have been picked in the next round and John Holdzkom was not going to break the top ten rounds unless a team really thought highly of him. From maybe not breaking the first ten to becoming a fourth round pick, it seems like the Mets did not make the most out of the picks that they had.
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However, the picture has gotten a bit brighter in that Daniel Stegall has signed with the Mets.
"I told them that playing professional baseball has really been my dream since I was a little kid," said Stegall, a two-sport standout at Greenwood (Ark.) High School. "I never thought I would get the chance to do it."
While that is certainly encouraging news, Justin Woodall looks like he is going to be a tougher sign.
"Baseball, I stand around too much. I like moving," Woodall said. "Everybody tells me I need to play baseball. They're just looking at the money. If I was hurting (financially), I probably would. My family's fine."
The buzz was that the Mets promised Woodall $1 million dollars if he fell to the in the third round. Woodall, who was named the best high school athlete by Baseball America, declined that offer and the Mets took a shot on him anyway with a pick in day two. Of course it was a worthwhile gamble for the Mets as Woodall, who had been previously uninterested in baseball, showed some interest by doing a private workout for the Mets.
With Daniel Stegall in the mix and the Mets trying to bring Justin Woodall into the mix, things are better and could improve even more. If the Mets are able to bring both into the system, they will bring in two top tier athletes with tremendous athleticism. The last two drafts were brutal for the most part and the Mets are in dire need of making some things happen and Stegall helps that. Now Omar needs to try and get Woodall.
I was talking to my brother about HGH to see if he knew anything about it. My brother is a personal trainer and he is very knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition and biology as well. While he did not know much about HGH itself, he said anything that you put into your body that occurs naturally in your body has a negative effect in that your body begins to produce less of it or stops making it all together. Your body produces less and less of HGH as you get older so when you stop taking the HGH supplements when you are done with baseball, your body starts to break down and you will have a lot of problems down the line. While it may be a wonder substance, it is a wonder substance for people who really need it and do not make enough of it naturally.
Barry Bonds is eager for a sit-down with former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, his attorney said yesterday, but the embattled slugger will not talk until his lawyer can be assured the information won't be used by federal prosecutors.
"I personally am disappointed I couldn't produce and live up to the expectations," Matsui said through an interpreter.
Start speculating as to what this means for the Mets and Xavier Nady....now.
"No preference," Zito said when asked about a favorite New York team. "There are so many factors. I haven't even thought about it and I won't until I have to. I don't really know what will happen. And I can't really say all bets are off with the A's, either."
The Mets have the youth, the Rick Peterson factor, deep pockets, and more excitement surrounding the team. That looks like a check mate to me in any head to head showdown for Zito's services between the Mets and the Yankees.
"When you're healthy, you can do a lot of things," he said. "When you're hurt, you take the field and there's a lot of things you're not capable of doing."
Beltran is batting .294/.407/.631 with 17 homers, and 44 RBIs. He's on pace for 131 runs scored, 36 doubles, 52 homers, 134 RBIs, and 30 stolen bases. Is it too early to start talking about Beltran as an MVP candidate?
Xavier Nady (appendectomy) is flying to Florida this morning to begin his rehabilitation, but still has no date set for resuming baseball activities.