Armed and Ready

tony_armas_jr.jpgIf Oliver Perez doesn’t get things together quickly, there is an able and willing arm waiting down in triple-A: Tony Armas, Jr.

Armas is only 3-5, but the record is deceiving. He has made seven consecutive “quality” starts, and has not allowed more than three runs in any of his 12 starts this season. In those dozen games, he has averaged over six innings per outing, and posted a svelte 2.29 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider he is tallying them in the PCL, a notorious “hitter’s league”.

“I’ve been working on a lot of the mental stuff,” Armas said. “Throwing inside, pitch selection, throwing different pitches in different locations. It’s building up a lot of confidence.”

In 74 IP, Armas has walked 15, allowed 59 hits, and struck out 59. I keep looking at the stats trying to find a reason not to promote him, and not finding it.

Armas is nowhere near the raw-skilled talent he was six years ago, when he hummed in the mid-90s and overpowered Major League hitters. However, he may have finally learned how to pitch. Combine his newfound guile with his competitiveness (which was never an issue), and perhaps the Mets have a valid comeback guy in the mold of Darren Oliver or (a healthy) Orlando Hernandez.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Micalpalyn June 6, 2008 at 4:22 pm
    eddie kunz
  2. joe June 6, 2008 at 10:10 pm
    elaborate?
  3. Micalpalyn June 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm
    Joe that’s your job. (:

    1. Eddie kunz is the best arm we have in the minors with Muniz.
    2. My opinion is that Heilman is nursing Kunz spot.
    3. Kunz is a closer. was a closer for the CWS champs, and now the bings.
    4. This IS the best group of starters we have had in yrs. We have Pedro, santana, Maine, Pel, Ollie(?), vargas, Figs and duque…armas is a factor only if there is a salmonella outbreak in the shea stadium catering service.
    5 We do need a bullpen arm. Heilman, Smith, muniz and now sho have had their armor pierced. BUT we do have Sanchez and wags.
    I’d give Kunz a shot. I’d like to see him as a ROOGY option to start out.