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June 2, 2005
BASEBALL: At Norfolk

Far as I can tell, there are three guys now at Norfolk who might reasonably help the Mets in the near future. One is a familiar major league face, 33-year-old Brian Daubach (see the Norfolk stats here), who's hitting .358/.628/.429; Baseball Prospectus' forecast (subscription only) for Daubach this season, following a .274/.530/.403 campaign at Pawtucket last year, is .260/.452/.371, which even when adjusting for Daubach's poor defense at first base would be a heck of an improvement over Minky.

The second is Jeff Keppinger, batting .332/.446/.373. I'm not a huge Keppinger fan, but he's someone to consider in the second base mix if things continue to go awry with Matsui. I'm not sure he'd be a real improvement over Cairo.

The third and perhaps most immediately interesting is an ex-Yankee farmhand, reliever Juan Padilla, who posted a staggering 52/6 K/BB ratio and just 1 homer allowed in 58 innings at Columbus in 2004 and has followed up with a 1.01 ERA in 35.2 IP this season, striking out 36, walking 5 and allowing just 1 home run. Numbers like that demand some attention.

(Jae Seo, of course, also continues to pitch well in AAA).

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:05 AM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

You should be talking about the imminent promotion of Scott Kazmir. Duquette will rot in hell for that one!

Posted by: Greg Schreiber at June 3, 2005 4:02 PM

Yeah, he would have been nice to have around. He's got a 3.82 ERA now for TB, and will probably be at least as good as Victor Z this year, and most likely better. I still don't think Zambrano was a bad guy to be interested in, but that deal is just indefensible.

Posted by: The Crank at June 3, 2005 4:10 PM
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