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Wright: Bourn, Can We Buy You?

 

The Official Unofficial Captain.

The Official Unofficial Captain.

David Wright joined the Mets push to acquire Michael Bourn on Monday.

While the Mets engage in draft jujitsu with Major League Baseball over their eleventh round draft pick, and play a game of cat and mouse with Scott Boras, Wright contacted Bourn personally to lobby the center fielder to come to Flushing.

Wright talked, and exchanged text messages with, the speedy center fielder in an effort to sell him on the Mets.

“I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here and he’d obviously be welcomed here,’’ Wright said after his first early workout at Port St. Lucie.

“I talked to him a couple weeks ago, and I told him, ‘You’re always in the right place at the right time, your work counts,’’’ Wright said. “I’ve always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game and have always kind of chatted with him when he gets to third base.”

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Marte, McHugh Talk to Bloggers

Marte in last year's Future's Game.

On Friday, the Mets Media Relations department was kind enough to hold a conference call between Mets bloggers and B-Mets Jefry Marte and Collin McHugh.  Both players are off to prodigious starts for Binghamton.  Marte was named Mets minor league hitter of the month.  He’s hitting .326/.389/.442.  McHugh, the Mets minor league pitcher of the month, has a 4-2 record with a 2.05 ERA, and a K/BB ratio of 2.80.

During the conference call, they graciously answered one question apiece from each blogger.  Here were my questions:

MetsToday: Obviously you’ve made a smooth transition to AA, but what are the greatest differences you’ve found between A ball and AA, as far as the level of competition?

Marte: It’s the same game.  I try to stay focused, get good pitches to hit, and be confident in my approach at the plate.  Also, the umpire’s strikezones are better in AA, allowing me to get more consistent pitches to hit.

MetsToday: I’m not only a fan of yours as a pitcher, but also as a blogger.  What do your teammates think of your blog?

McHugh: I don’t think they know about my blog.  But I enjoy writing, especially on the road.  It’s a good outlet for my thoughts and perspectives.  Writing is something I’d like to do after my career is over, however many years down the line that is.

McHugh delivers.

Among other questions to Marte, he was asked what it was like to play third base in the Mets organization, knowing that David Wright may have the postition secured for many years into the future (about those contract talks…).  Marte said he will keep focusing on his game in the minors, and would be willing to change positions, or do whatever the Mets want him to, if and when he reaches the big club.

Throughout the call, Marte emphasized his approach at the plate and having confidence.  Marte spoke through a translator, but sounds like he’s focused on his game.

McHugh was asked if he felt the need to work harder to gain name recognition, like other players in the organization, such as Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, and Jeurys Familia.  He said he has respect for those pitchers, and doesn’t feel slighted.  He likes playing with the current starting rotation in Binghamton, because they challenge each other, and they win ballgames.  He feels that winning is part of their development.

McHugh is very articulate which would make him a good fit for a big media market like New York.  He’s also a good writer, but hopefully, his primary career will take place on the mound for many years to come.

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Blog Roundup: Mets Prospectus

The time of year you’ve been waiting for has arrived. No, not the beginning of Spring Training, the time of year where everyone and Mr. Met’s brother comes out with their list of top prospects. For the Mets, most pundits and bloggers put the latter-day Generation K at the top of their lists (Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Jeurys Familia), and include 2011 first-round draft pick Brandon Nimmo in their top 5.  The latter could be as good as the scouts, and the Mets brain trust, think he will be, or he could turn into another Fernando Martinez.  It seems too early to tell for a kid like Brandon, who’s barely old enough to shave, and has only a few games of professional experience.  But maybe the experts know something we don’t.

Today’s prospect – Blogs:

  • Seedlings to Stars has a rather optimistic evaluation of the Mets farm system (I wish I had grades like that when I was in school).
  • Bleacher Report lines up the usual suspects (Warning – slideshow).
  • Amazin’ Avenue rounds out their top 50 with a rather surprising choice at number 4.
  • Minor League Ball rates the Mets’ top 20 prospects.
  • Metsblog has their “hype” list (bonus points for using parentheticals).
  • Sandy Alderson jokes about the Mets financial prospects (See what I did there?).

Thanks for reading, and remember, Mets Today is a can’t-miss talent.

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