Gulf Coast League Mets Pitching Prospect Review

The Gulf Coast Mets finished their 2004 season at 36-24, mostly on the strength of their hitting. NYfansonly.com takes a look at the peripheral stats of the pitchers to find out what their strengths and weaknesses are as they continue to develop in the Mets' farm system. Though very early, we'll even handicap where this hitters will be playing in the 2005 season. Here are the pitchers that amassed at least 25 innings for the GCL Mets and did not have more than 40 innings at a higher level.

Jonathan Castillo - RHP

Castillo was the Mets' 25 round draft selection in the 2004 draft out of Miami-Dade Community College. Castillo, who turns 21 the day after Christmas this year, is going to have to learn to make a few more batters miss if he's going to progress through the Mets' minor league system. Gulf Coast League batters hit .300 off of him this past season. Other than that, his peripheral numbers were pretty decent as Castillo has solid command of his pitches. Castillo could see a return trip to the GCL next season or make a jump up to Kingsport to start the 2005 season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Gulf Coast

5.67

1.59

39.2

2.72

5.45

0.45

.300



Blake Eager - RHP

Drafted in the 30th round of the 2004 draft out of Metro State College and pitched primarily for the Gulf Coast League Mets where he posted solid peripheral numbers. Like Castillo, Eager served up a few too many hits and will have to work on that as he continues he development...but still not bad numbers making his professional debut. What was perhaps a sign of things to come, Eager did manage to pitch in a playoff game for the Cyclones. Showing the pressure didn't get to him, Eager pitched in Game 2 of the NYPL Semi-Final Series going 3.1 innings while allowing 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Eager could start off the year in the Hagerstown bullpen to start off 2005 and could be a fixture in the Cyclones rotation once the short-season leagues begin.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Gulf Coast

3.93

1.41

52.2

2.91

7.35

0.68

.275



Gaby Hernandez - RHP

What can you say about the performance of the Mets' 3rd round pick out of Belen Jesuit Prep in the 2004 draft? Gaby was simply dominant at 18-years old in the Gulf Coast League, posting a 4.83 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a tiny 0.74 WHIP (walks + hits per innings pitched) ratio in almost 50 innings for the GCL Mets. After limiting opposing batters to a .151 average, Hernandez was called up to the NY-Penn League where he made just one appearance for the Cyclones, striking out six batters in three shutout innings of relief. The Mets might be tempted to test the young phenom in low-A ball next season as a part of the Hagerstown Suns rotation...much in the same manner the Mets tested Yusmeiro Petit this past season when he made the leap from Kingsport to Cap City. Though very early in his development, he's one to get excited about in the coming years.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Gulf Coast

1.09

0.74

49.2

2.17

10.5

0.18

.151



Travis Hope - RHP

Hope was solid for the GCL Mets in 2004, picking up a team-leading four saves in 17 relief appearances. There isn't one category where Hope shined in for the GCL Mets but did enough to warrant a look in the Appalachian League for the Kingsport Mets in 2005 or possibly a spot in the Brooklyn bullpen next season. Hope, who turns 24 in January, is quite old for the Gulf Coast League and is not a true prospect until he can show some success in low-A ball pretty soon.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Gulf Coast

3.54

1.43

28.0

2.57

7.39

0.64

.274



Waner Mateo - RHP

At 6'5", 175 lbs, and just 19-years old, Mateo is an intriguing prospect as he has a ton of room to fill out and add some good velocity to an already solid fastball. Mateo, despite the less than sexy overall numbers, shows glimpses of potential. He held opposing batters to a .247 average but will have to work on his control (21 walks in 41 innings) if he's going to further his development. The jury is still way out on Mateo and he should get some more seasoning in Kingsport next season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Gulf Coast

4.14

1.49

41.1

4.57

7.40

0.22

.247



Matthew Miramontes - RHP

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2003 draft out of University of Nevada-Reno, Miramontes has not shown much in his brief Mets' minor league career thus far. He was absolutely brutal for Capital City to begin the 2004 season, allowing opposing South Atlantic League batters to hit .374 off of him and posting a dreadful 1-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25 innings for the Bombers. He did manage to settle down a bit in the Gulf Coast League, but still walked way too many batters to be successful. Miramontes will most likely get another shot at low-A ball in 2005 and he'll have to do a complete 180 if he's going to avoid the "bust" label.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

12.24

2.76

25.0

8.28

8.28

1.08

.374

R

Gulf Coast

3.14

1.33

28.2

3.77

6.59

0.00

.234



Reynaldo Pereyra - RHP

Pereyra, like Travis Hope, was somewhat solid for the GCL Mets' bullpen in 2004 but still has a ways to go in his development. While he showed some glimpses of potential (striking out better than one batter per inning), he simply allowed too many base runners in his 18 relief appearances this season. The smart money says he'll be in the Kingsport bullpen in 2005 to work on his control.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Gulf Coast

4.50

1.58

26.0

4.50

9.69

0.00

.269



Jose Sanchez - RHP

Sanchez went 4-5 with a 4.42 ERA for the GCL Mets in 2004. At first glance, those numbers would appear quite pedestrian...until you look closer at his peripherals. Sanchez posted a very impressive 5.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a very good 1.16 WHIP ratio, showing that he can keep runners off the base paths. He walked just nine batters in his 55 innings of work, but did allow a team-high five home runs. Still, Sanchez has the stuff and the control to be an intriguing prospect as he climbs the Mets' farm system. At 20 years old, Sanchez could be a front-end rotation starter for Brooklyn in 2005 to showcase his stuff against much older hitters.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Gulf Coast

4.42

1.16

55.0

1.47

7.53

0.82

.253



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