Final 2003 Scouting Report: P, Kenneth Chenard

Kenneth Chenard was a draft and follow signee in the spring of 1999. He was originally a 46th round draft selection in the June 1998 free agent draft. Chenard missed his senior season in high school due to an injury. His father who was his high school coach contacted a friend who knew a Mets scout. Chenard got a tryout and was drafted by the Mets late in the draft. His father had taught Chenard how to throw a 2-seam fastball and slurvy slider.

In the 1999 Florida Instructional League, the Mets taught Chenard how to throw a 4-seam fastball and a power curve ball.

With Chenard's injury history, the Mets should make a permanent decision to convert him to a relief pitcher. He's pitched only 149 1/3 innings the last three years. Don't let the fact that 16 of Chenard's 17 appearances in 2003 were starts fool you. Even with the 16 starts, Chenard averaged less that 4.5 innings per appearance (4.45 to be exact) this past season for St. Lucie. But the production was still there. Chenard held opposing batters to a .231 average this past season and he averaged 9.87 strikeouts per nine innings...excellent peripherals for right handed setup man.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2003

St. Lucie

7-4

75.2

65

32

83

4.04

2002

St. Lucie

2-4

56

42

25

39

3.72

2001

St. Lucie

0-1

1.2

3

4

2

37.80

2001

Cap City

0-2

16

14

8

12

4.50

2000

Cap City

4-5

94

75

48

112

2.86

1999

Kingsport

6-3

76

64

25

80

3.07


* Stats as of 9/7/03.

Repertoire. 4-seam fastball (FB), 2-seam fastball, curve ball (CB), slider (SL), and change up (CU).

Fastball. Chenard throws his explosive 4-seam FB in the 93-94 mph range with an ability to reach 95-96 mph. His 2-seam fastball sits in the 89-91 mph range with good sinking action.

Other Pitches: Chenard has an excellent power CB and SL. The CU needs work.

Pitching: Chenard has good command and will work both sides of the plate. His stuff is dominant enough that the art of pitching is mostly throwing pitches to good spots and working both sides of the plate.

Projection: Chenard's durability raises concerns about his ability to develop into a SP. Chenard's stuff would make him a solid closer prospect, or at minimum, an excellent setup man.

ETA: Late 2005 or 2006.

Relievers Team
Tyler Yates AAA - Norfolk Tides
Orber Moreno AAA - Norfolk Tides
Dan Wheeler AAA - Norfolk Tides
Heath Bell AAA - Norfolk Tides
Jason Scobie AAA - Norfolk Tides
Mike Cox AA - Binghamton Mets
Paul-Jon Bevis AA - Binghamton Mets
Jason Saenz AA - Binghamton Mets
Nick Mattioni AA - Binghamton Mets
Tim Lavigne AA - Binghamton Mets
Steve Bennett A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake McGinley A - St. Lucie Mets
Rafael Lopez A - St. Lucie Mets
David Byard A - St. Lucie Mets
Bryan King A - Capital City Bombers
Carlos Muniz A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Celso Rondon R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


The Mets possess good depth at RP. Most teams normally convert SP into RP at some stage in the development process. The Mets have 3 closer prospects that were recovering from surgery in 2003: Tyler Yates, Orber Moreno and Franklin Nunez. The Mets added closer prospects in Royce Ring and Kole Strayhorn in deals respectively with the White Sox and Dodgers. The Mets also added Josele Diaz and Anderson Garcia in trades with the Dodgers and Yankees. The Mets are currently using them as SP, but neither yet have the repertoire to start. Thus, the eventually might be added to the closer mix.

The Mets have decent depth in LHP RP prospects: Mike Cox; Jason Saenz; and Blake McGinley. Further, Yunior Cabrera, Brian Walker and Ross Peeples could easily be lefties added to the bullpen. There is also some depth in pitchers who might serve a variety of roles in the bullpen such as Heath Bell, Jason Scobie, Tim LaVigne, PJ Bevis, Rafael Lopez, Celso Rondon, Carlos Muniz, and Bryan King. Certain SP such as Jake Joseph and Joey Cole should find their way into the bullpen.

1. Tyler Yates who reached 100 mph in Spring Training is recovering from TJ surgery. The Mets have been using him as a starter. I still expect him to return to the bullpen. His FB possesses good movement and his SL sharp break. He'd be the top closer prospect.

2. Orber Moreno, once the KC Royals closer of the future, is recovering from both shoulder and elbow surgeries that have derailed him since 2000. He features a mid-90s FB with great movement, SL and CU. He struggled in his September callup.

3. Franklin Nunez features a high 90s FB with a SL, Splf. FB, and CU.

4. While Cox may have better stuff, McGinley is the surest of the lefty prospects to pitch in MLB. He features a mid-to-high 80s FB with excellent movement, a sharp break curve and effective CU. He's added a SL. His repertoire is extensive enough to be considered for an opportunity to start.

5. Mike Cox has been plagued by control issues, he has great stuff a low-90s FB with excellent movement and a sharp breaking CB.

6. Royce Ring throws a low 90s FB with nasty movement, a sharp breaking pitch and a decent CU.

7. Kole Strayhorn features a mid-90s FB that tops out at 97-98 mph.

8. P J Bevis should be an effective in either as a middle RP or in a setup role.

9. Tim LaVigne who features a big breaking CB is another candidate for middle RP or setup.

10. Jason Scobie looks at best candidate like a middle RP/long RP/spot SP. He features a quality CB and SL. He also has a 2-seam FB with solid sink and a CU with good drop.

11. Rafael Lopez is another RP who could fill the middle RP/long RP/ spot SP role.

12. Jake Joseph might make an excellent setup with his excellent 2-seam FB, slurvy SL and CU. Combo.

13. Heath Bell's FB sits at 92-95 mph. He also complements with a decent SL and spl. FB.

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