Mets prospects getting their work in

The Mets have six of their best and brightest prospects performing in the Arizona Fall League with the Mesa Solar Sox, and five more soaking up the sun with the North Shore Honu of the Hawaiian Winter League. A glance at some of their early results:


1B Michel Abreu The Eastern League's leading hitter with a .332 average, Abreu earned an organizational Sterling Award, indicative of being Binghamton's most valuable player this season. Considered to be an advanced hitter due to substantial playing experience in Cuba, Abreu has appeared in three games for Mesa, stroking one hit in 11 at-bats (.091). He has walked twice and struck out twice.

RHP Philip Humber After getting into two games and pitching two innings for the Mets in 2006, partially as a reward for coming back strongly and quickly from Tommy John surgery last summer, Humber has made one start for Mesa. The right-hander hurled two innings on Oct. 14 against the Peoria Saguaros, allowing one run and two hits while walking one and striking out three.

OF Bobby Malek Malek came back from a wrist injury and continued his progression through the Mets' farm system by making it all the way to Triple-A Norfolk, though he went all the way back to the Gulf Coast League on a rehab assignment. In five games for Mesa, Malek is batting .077 with just one hit in 13 at-bats, playing three games in right field and twice serving as a designated hitter. He has walked twice and struck out once.

OF Fernando Martinez The Mets' Sterling Award winner for Hagerstown (A) of the South Atlantic League, Martinez has just one hit in five games for Mesa, batting .067 (1-for-15) with no walks and four strikeouts. It's quite impressive that Martinez, who turned 18 last week, is in the AFL at all, but that's indicative of his advanced skills and the Mets' confidence in him. Expect to see the Mets continue to push this prized prospect.

RHP Kevin Mulvey The Mets' top selection in the 2006 draft, Mulvey was a second-round pick from Villanova and finished the season at Double-A Binghamton. He has made one start for Mesa, firing two innings against the Grand Canyon Rafters on Oct. 12. In that start, Mulvey allowed two hits and two runs, walking one and striking out one.

RHP Steve Schmoll A throw-in in the deal that brought the Mets Duaner Sanchez from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jae Seo, Schmoll pitched 42 games with Triple-A Norfolk, going 5-4 with a 4.69 ERA. He has yet to appear in the AFL.


C Drew Butera Considered more of a defensive backstop this season at Class-A Hagerstown, Butera's bat warmed up nicely with a relocation to Hawaii. He's hitting .308 with a double and two RBI in 13 at-bats for North Shore, including a 3-for-4 performance on Oct. 7 at Waikiki.

1B Mike Carp The Sterling Organizational Player of the Year after batting .287 with 17 homers and 88 RBI in 137 games for Class-A St. Lucie, Carp is off to a solid start through seven games with the North Shore Honu. The 20-year-old is considered one of the Mets' rising offensive prospects and is batting .263 with a double, triple and two RBI in 19 at-bats, having scored five runs and walked three times while striking out twice. He drove in both of his runs in a 3-for-4 performance on Oct. 13 when he finished just a home run shy of the cycle.

RHP Blake Eager A 23-year-old right-hander, Eager has already appeared in four games for the North Shore Honu in the Hawaiian Winter League. He is 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA, having allowed eight runs (six earned) and 12 hits in 6 1/3 innings. He suffered a loss in a 9-8 defeat to Honolulu on Oct. 10 and allowed four runs (three earned) in a two-inning performance on Oct. 13.

OF Dustin Martin The Sterling Award winner at Brooklyn this season, the fair-haired Martin has been enjoying his share of the sun in Hawaii. The left-handed hitting outfielder is batting .400 through eight games, with eight hits in 20 at-bats. The 22-year-old has scored six runs, homered and has collected five RBI, with his best performance coming on Oct. 4. In that game, Martin went 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored.

RHP Bobby Parnell – Parnell has made three appearances and one start for the North Shore Honu in Hawaii. He pitched two scoreless, hitless innings, striking out two, on Oct. 6 to record a win over Waikiki, and made a start on Oct. 10 at Honolulu. That didn't go well, as Parnell surrendered six runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. Overall, he's 1-0 with a 9.95 ERA in 6 1/3 innings pitched.

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