Draft And Follow: 7-14-09
Gulf Coast League
- The GCL Mets beat the GCL Astros 7-6 Monday. 5 players drafted in 2009 took part. 3B Josh Dunn came on for defensive purposes in the 8th inning but did not make a plate appearance. RF Cody Holliday was 0 for 2 with 2 walks. In the 2nd inning, 1B Travis Ozga walked and came around to score. He finished the game 0 for 3. CF ZeErika Hall had a 4th inning RBI single and stole his 2nd base of the season. The RBI was his 4th of the season. He wound up 1 for 4 in the game. C Nelfi Zapata singled in the 5th inning and hit his 4th double of the season in the 7th to drive in his 12th run in 14 games this season. His 2 for 4 on the game raised his average to .378. For more see the box score and recap. The GCL Mets are currently in 1st place in the GCL East division with a record of 12-5.
Since once again 2 of the 4 teams that have 2009 draftees on them had the night off, let's fill some space by taking a look at another Mets top 10 prospect.
- The Bristol Sox beat the Kingsport Mets 7-4 Monday. It was not a big night for 2009 draftees. Darrell Ceciliani came on as a defensive replacement in RF in the 7th inning and walked in his only plate appearance. He replaced John Semel who went 0 for 3. C John Freeman also went 0 for 3. Kurt Steinhauer singled pinch hitting for Freeman in the 9th and finished 1 for 1. See the box score and recap for more. The K-Mets are currently in last place in the Appalachian West Division with a record of 7-14, 10 games out of 1st place.
- Baseball America ranks Jonathon Niese the #3 prospect in the Mets system. Niese was selected in the 7th round of the 2005 draft. He made 7 appearances, 5 starts, in the rookie level Gulf Coast League that year. 2006 he spent mostly at the A ball level (then Hagerstown) from where he was briefly promoted to advanced A ball, where he spent all of 2007 with the St. Lucie Mets. In 2008 he made 22 starts at AA Binghamton, 7 at AAA (then New Orleans), and 3 for the major league club. This year he has spent the majority of the season at AAA Buffalo, but did make 2 starts for the Mets May 8th and 13th, both no decisions for Niese. May 8th was versus Pittsburgh and Niese allowed 2 runs over 6 innings. 5 days later versus Atlanta he allowed 5 runs in 4 2/3 innings, and was shortly returned to Buffalo. His stay in Buffalo has been A Tale Of Two Seasons. In April and May, he made a total of 7 starts for Buffalo. He allowed 48 hits and 34 runs (28 earned) in 31 2/3 innings to go 0-4 with an ERA of 7.96. Since then, in 8 starts he has allowed 45 hits and 13 runs (12 earned) in 55 2/3 innings, going 4-2 with an ERA of 1.94. Jon may be letting the Mets know he's ready to help them in the second half, and beyond. Niese was recently named IL Pitcher of the Week. Mike Silva of New York Baseball Digest believes it is time for Niese to join the Mets rotation. He played little league and high school varsity baseball with Chad Billingsley. Jerry Manuel considers Niese to be a safety valve that he's not sure he wants to use right now. Mack's Mets has a quickie take on what Niese attributes his recent improvement to.