By Mike Steffanos
Not much time for a big post today, so here's a quick look at how some of the Mets minor league prospects closest to the majors have been faring in the early going.
OF Fernando Martinez: .267/.353/.567, 1 HR, 3 RBI
In only 30 AB this season, Martinez has 4 doubles, a triple and a home run. Currently DHing, he will reportedly begin playing OF again by the weekend.
1B, OF Nick Evans: .077/.273/.192, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Evans is off to a rough 2-30 start in Buffalo.
SP Dillon Gee:0-2, 4.66 ERA, 1.55 WHIP
In his first two starts in Triple-A Gee has allowed 10 hits, including 3 HR, in 9 2/3 innings. He has struck out 9 and walked 5.
SP Jonathon Niese:0-1, 9.00 ERA, 2.71 WHIP
Also in 2 starts Niese has been roughed up somewhat, with most of the damage coming in his first start. He's allowed 13 hits and 6 walks in 7 innings of work so far.
SP Nelson Figeroa:0-0, 3.00 ERA, 0.70 WHIP
Figueroa, who is likely to take Mike Pelfrey's upcoming turn, had an excellent first start against Pawtucket, pitching a scoreless 7 inning 2-hitter.
RP Eddie Kunz:0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.79 WHIP
In 6 1/3 innings spanning 3 appearances, Kunz has allowed 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. Kunz has pitched 2 innings and 3 innings in his last couple of outings, perhaps signaling that the Mets now see him more of a middle innings guy at the major league level.
C Josh Thole: .316/.409/.421, 0 HR, 1 RBI
The Mets most advanced catching prospect is off to a good start through his first five games in Double-A.
SP Michael Antonini:1-0, 2.79 ERA, 1.55 WHIP
The southpaw Antonini who, like Dillon Gee, got a long look from the Mets this spring, is off to a good start two games into the season. He has 12 strikeouts and 4 walks in 9 2/3 innings.
Much farther away, of course, are the players in the two full-season Class-A leagues, St. Lucie and Savanna.
At Advanced A St. Lucie, last year's 3 top picks -- Ike Davis, Reese Havens and Brad Holt -- are playing together.
Davis, playing first base, is hitting .333/.333/.417 with 0 HR and 1 RBI in 6 games. He's still looking for his first professional home run.
Havens, playing shortstop, is hitting .261/.333/.522 with 1 HR and 3 RBI.
Starting pitcher Holt is 1-1 with an 8.38 ERA in 2 starts. Almost all of the damage was from his first start, last time out he went 6 shutout innings with 7 Ks and a walk.
Class A Savannah has two of the Mets best young prospects, SS Wilmer Flores and 3B Jefry Marte. Both are off to good starts 6 games in. Flores is hitting .320/.333/.360 with 3 RBI while Marte is hitting .308/.308/.385 with 3 RBI. Both players will turn 18 later this summer.