Tom Glavine – obviously was working on the curveball, and it was looking good. Big, loopy, but good steep drop. His mechanics looked to be in regular-season form, and he worked at a quicker than normal pace which made him in control of setting the tempo. If he looks like this every start in 2007, he will legitimately fulfill his role as the #1 starter.
David Wright – Like Glavine, looks to already be in midseason form.
Carlos Beltran – Picking up right where he left off last year with the bat. His desire to win an MVP is evident by his readiness with the bat so early in the spring.
Steve Schmoll – finally got to see this guy in the flesh. Unfortunately, not impressed. Very ordinary, even as a funk thrower. For a guy who relies on an unusual delivery, he doesn’t hide the ball from the batter at all, which is incomprehensible for a sidewinder. In addition, his control was mediocre at best, at least on this day.
Jorge Sosa – it’s easy to see how he gave up so many gopher balls last year. Though he allowed “only” two dingers in his two innings of work, he easily could have allowed as many as four or five, based on his location. He threw a lot of fastballs over the heart of the plate, belt-high, with no movement. It looked as though he was throwing BP for a home run contest.
Chip Ambres – his number is 89, which is more fitting for his former career as a football player. With a number that high, you can figure it will take an enormous set of circumstances for him to make the team.
Clint Nageotte – intriguing. He has a strong, solid body, easy, repeatable mechanics, and it seems like everything he throws is moving down. Only got to see him throw one quick inning, but I liked the downward plane on his pitches and his location (knee high).
Jose A. Reyes – not quite as quick as the “other” Jose Reyes. In fact, he’s the second-slowest catcher on the team, slower than Ramon Castro and faster than Sandy Alomar, Jr. He cannot make the team simply because there is, and can be, only one Jose Reyes. Maybe he should take on a nickname, like Skippy.
Ambiorix Burgos – he throws gas, and everybody was hyped up about his picking up the save. However, let’s look at this from a more realistic perspective. It was the end of a spring training game, and so he faced AA and AAA batters. Though he threw with good velocity, his location was not as wonderfully low as Willie Randolph was saying — maybe being down in the dugout, below field level, was throwing off his perspective. In fact, most of his pitches were belt-high and higher, similar to Sosa. I’m excited by this kid’s potential, but not ready to hand him 7th and 8th inning responsibility just yet.
About the Author
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.