Kunz Finding His Role

In sticking with the draft theme, Inside Pitch caught up with the Mets 2007 top overall pick Eddie Kunz. The right-hander details his continued work, how he has settled into a middle man's role, his willingness to help the big league club and more.

After having been drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2007 draft, Eddie Kunz, the 42nd overall pick has quietly done his job well without creating much of a stir or buzz about himself.

The former Oregon State Beaver started the 2008 season with Double-A Binghamton were he assumed the closer position. During his time with the B-Mets, Kunz saved 27 games and did not give up a run through is final 15 appearances on the hill. He also saw time in Triple-A New Orleans, pitching scoreless outings in five of his six appearances.

His major league debut with the New York Mets came on August 3rd, a little more than one year after being drafted. The one-inning that Kunz threw against the Houston Astros proved to be the first and last he would throw in that season in a Mets uniform after four appearances; the young reliever blanked the Astros but was sent back down to the minors two weeks later.

Since his time pitching for various teams in the Mets organization, Kunz has seen his pitching role change from a potential closer to that of a set-up guy or mid-reliever after the Mets signed pitchers J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez.

"The biggest thing for me is to do whatever they want me to, whether its long-relief, short-relief, either way to do it, either way, pretty much whatever they want I'll do it," Kunz said on the situation.

"I'm adjusting real well. It's not too bad," he continued. "I started out in college, I was kind of more of a long to middle relief guy and then I became kind of a closer the same year and then last year. I was closing and this year they've bumped me up to two to three innings at a time. It's something to work on, but it's not that bad for me, I like, it's not too bad."

For the 2009 season, Kunz seems to have adjusted to his new role; making 16 appearances on the bump for the Herd earning a 4-2 record and managing a 2.73 ERA with an opponents batting average of .202.

"I'm working on a fastball, command, getting on both sides of the plate, working on my slider and just trying not to walk that many people right now. Just the little things, nothing too big yet," he added about the changes he has made since the start of the season.

"Just more of the mechanical things, getting more upright, like I said, just work on throwing more strikes which is the biggest thing for me," he added.

"I had gotten into a little bit of a slump after the first month or so here and I kind of found out what I was doing wrong, fixed it, had Ricky Bones working with me, fixed it and got it going again and now I'm right back to where I was during spring training."

In Kunz's most recent outing on June 15th, he threw two perfect innings, four days after throwing 1 2/3 shutout innings in which he gave up two hits and struck out one. Prior to that game, he had given up one earned run over his previous eight innings pitched , continuing his reliability as a pitcher for the Bisons and potentially, the Mets in the future.

"I'll just be ready whenever they call me. If they have a spot open sooner or later and they want to bring me up there, I'll be more than happy to and be ready to do my job. But for now, I'm just going to be down here and help this team out as much as I can."


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\r\n \r\n\r\nAfter having been drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2007 draft, Eddie Kunz, the 42nd overall pick has quietly done his job well without creating much of a stir or buzz about himself.
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\r\nThe former Oregon State Beaver started the 2008 season with Double-A Binghamton were he assumed the closer position. During his time with the B-Mets, Kunz saved 27 games and did not give up a run through is final 15 appearances on the hill. He also saw time in Triple-A New Orleans, pitching scoreless outings in five of his six appearances.
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\r\nHis major league debut with the New York Mets came on August 3rd, a little more than one year after being drafted. The one-inning that Kunz threw against the Houston Astros proved to be the first and last he would throw in that season in a Mets uniform after four appearances; the young reliever blanked the Astros but was sent back down to the minors two weeks later.
\r\n
\r\nSince his time pitching for various teams in the Mets organization, Kunz has seen his pitching role change from a potential closer to that of a set-up guy or mid-reliever after the Mets signed pitchers J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez.
\r\n
\r\n\"The biggest thing for me is to do whatever they want me to, whether its long-relief, short-relief, either way to do it, either way, pretty much whatever they want I'll do it,\" Kunz said on the situation.
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\r\n\"I'm adjusting real well. It's not too bad,\" he continued. \"I started out in college, I was kind of more of a long to middle relief guy and then I became kind of a closer the same year and then last year. I was closing and this year they've bumped me up to two to three innings at a time. It's something to work on, but it's not that bad for me, I like, it's not too bad.\"
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\r\nFor the 2009 season, Kunz seems to have adjusted to his new role; making 16 appearances on the bump for the Herd earning a 4-2 record and managing a 2.73 ERA with an opponents batting average of .202.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm working on a fastball, command, getting on both sides of the plate, working on my slider and just trying not to walk that many people right now. Just the little things, nothing too big yet,\" he added about the changes he has made since the start of the season.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just more of the mechanical things, getting more upright, like I said, just work on throwing more strikes which is the biggest thing for me,\" he added.
\r\n
\r\n\"I had gotten into a little bit of a slump after the first month or so here and I kind of found out what I was doing wrong, fixed it, had Ricky Bones working with me, fixed it and got it going again and now I'm right back to where I was during spring training.\"
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\r\nIn Kunz's most recent outing on June 15th, he threw two perfect innings, four days after throwing 1 2/3 shutout innings in which he gave up two hits and struck out one. Prior to that game, he had given up one earned run over his previous eight innings pitched , continuing his reliability as a pitcher for the Bisons and potentially, the Mets in the future.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'll just be ready whenever they call me. If they have a spot open sooner or later and they want to bring me up there, I'll be more than happy to and be ready to do my job. But for now, I'm just going to be down here and help this team out as much as I can.\"
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\r\n","mobileBody":" \r\nAfter having been drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2007 draft, Eddie Kunz, the 42nd overall pick has quietly done his job well without creating much of a stir or buzz about himself.
\r\n
\r\nThe former Oregon State Beaver started the 2008 season with Double-A Binghamton were he assumed the closer position. During his time with the B-Mets, Kunz saved 27 games and did not give up a run through is final 15 appearances on the hill. He also saw time in Triple-A New Orleans, pitching scoreless outings in five of his six appearances.
\r\n
\r\nHis major league debut with the New York Mets came on August 3rd, a little more than one year after being drafted. The one-inning that Kunz threw against the Houston Astros proved to be the first and last he would throw in that season in a Mets uniform after four appearances; the young reliever blanked the Astros but was sent back down to the minors two weeks later.
\r\n
\r\nSince his time pitching for various teams in the Mets organization, Kunz has seen his pitching role change from a potential closer to that of a set-up guy or mid-reliever after the Mets signed pitchers J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez.
\r\n
\r\n\"The biggest thing for me is to do whatever they want me to, whether its long-relief, short-relief, either way to do it, either way, pretty much whatever they want I'll do it,\" Kunz said on the situation.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm adjusting real well. It's not too bad,\" he continued. \"I started out in college, I was kind of more of a long to middle relief guy and then I became kind of a closer the same year and then last year. I was closing and this year they've bumped me up to two to three innings at a time. It's something to work on, but it's not that bad for me, I like, it's not too bad.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor the 2009 season, Kunz seems to have adjusted to his new role; making 16 appearances on the bump for the Herd earning a 4-2 record and managing a 2.73 ERA with an opponents batting average of .202.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm working on a fastball, command, getting on both sides of the plate, working on my slider and just trying not to walk that many people right now. Just the little things, nothing too big yet,\" he added about the changes he has made since the start of the season.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just more of the mechanical things, getting more upright, like I said, just work on throwing more strikes which is the biggest thing for me,\" he added.
\r\n
\r\n\"I had gotten into a little bit of a slump after the first month or so here and I kind of found out what I was doing wrong, fixed it, had Ricky Bones working with me, fixed it and got it going again and now I'm right back to where I was during spring training.\"
\r\n
\r\nIn Kunz's most recent outing on June 15th, he threw two perfect innings, four days after throwing 1 2/3 shutout innings in which he gave up two hits and struck out one. Prior to that game, he had given up one earned run over his previous eight innings pitched , continuing his reliability as a pitcher for the Bisons and potentially, the Mets in the future.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'll just be ready whenever they call me. If they have a spot open sooner or later and they want to bring me up there, I'll be more than happy to and be ready to do my job. But for now, I'm just going to be down here and help this team out as much as I can.\"
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