Mets' Pelfrey off to strong AFL start

In our weekly look at the Arizona Fall League and the Hawaiian Winter League, this week's top performers include right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey (Mesa), first baseman Mike Carp (Honu) and right-handed pitcher Robert Parnell (Honu).

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE - MESA SOLAR SOX

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 seven games for Mesa. He is batting .241 (7-for-29) with two home runs and five RBI.

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 made just one start for Mesa before heading home with shoulder soreness that is not considered especially threatening for his 2007 season. 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 11 games for Mesa, he is batting .235 (8-for-34) with four runs scored, four doubles and three walks. Malek has played left field, right field and designated hitter.

OF Fernando Martinez – The Mets' Sterling Award winner for Hagerstown (A) of the South Atlantic League, Martinez has batted .233 (10-for-43) through 12 games for Mesa, with two home runs and five RBI. Martinez had a three-RBI game on Oct. 20. 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 three starts for Mesa, going 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA. Mulvey pitched two innings on Oct. 12 and has made a pair of three-inning starts since, taking a loss on Oct. 18 vs. Scottsdale even though he did not allow an earned run. In 8.0 innings, Mulvey has struck out five, walked three and allowed nine hits.

RHP Mike Pelfrey - Pelfrey has made two appearances in the AFL with Mesa, pitching a scoreless inning on Oct. 14 against the Peoria Saguaros, then following that with a three-inning start on Oct. 20 against the same team. Pelfrey limited the Saguaros to just one hit over three shutout innings, striking out one. Pelfrey pitched at four levels in the Mets system in 2006, going 2-1 with a 5.48 ERA in four big league starts.

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.

HAWAIIAN WINTER LEAGUE - NORTH SHORE HONU

C Drew Butera – Considered more of a defensive backstop this season at Class-A Hagerstown, Butera's bat warmed up quickly with a relocation to Hawaii but has cooled off. Butera is batting .217 (5-for-23) through eight games, with two doubles and four RBI. He has also struck out eight times.

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 12 games with the North Shore Honu. The 20-year-old is considered one of the Mets' rising offensive prospects and is batting .286 with two doubles, two triples and six RBI in 35 at-bats, having scored eight runs and walked five times while striking out nine times. He was 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and three RBI on Oct. 21 vs. Waikiki.

RHP Blake Eager – A 23-year-old right-hander, Eager has already appeared in six games for the North Shore Honu in the Hawaiian Winter League. He is 0-1 with an 6.75 ERA, having allowed nine runs (seven earned) and 14 hits in 9 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 .313 through 12 games, with 10 hits in 32 at-bats. The 22-year-old has scored seven runs, homered and has collected 10 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. Martin also had three RBI in a 2-for-3 performance on Oct. 18 vs. Honolulu.

RHP Robert Parnell – Parnell has made five appearances and two starts for North Shore. 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. Parnell also allowed four runs and seven hits in a four-inning start on Oct. 22 vs. Waikiki, walking none and striking out five. Overall, he's 1-1 with a 10.22 ERA in 12 1/3 innings pitched, walking three and striking out 13.

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