January 05, 2007

The Mets young arms

Kyle at Mets Prospects, writes about the role the young guns are going to have next season:

The role of the young Mets pitchers seems to be growing as we get further and further into the off-season. As of now the Mets have failed to pick up a valuable starting pitcher. This means the young Met arms will have an opportunity to pitch. The Mets starting rotation is Glaive and Hernandez. There will be three guaranteed spots in the rotation for guys like Maine, Perez, Williams, Vargas, Soler, and Pelfrey, and Humber. I believe Maine, Perez, and Pelfrey will be the three that fill the starting rotation while Dave Williams occupies the bullpen. That does not mean Vargas, Soler, and Humber will not start or pitch. Last season the Mets used 13 different starters. Not to mention that Soler has some experience pitching in Cuba. The young guns will decide the fate of the Mets season.

The ability of the young pitchers was shown in the playoffs by two 25 year olds, John Maine and Oliver Perez. If they can pick up where they left off and if Pelfrey is as good as he is being projected to be the Mets will be set. Even if Maine, Perez, and Pelfrey are not great there are enough other good young pitchers that hopefully could get the job done. 24 year old Phillip Humber is the next option after John Maine, Oliver Perez, and Mike Pelfrey. Humber was the Mets first round draft pick out of Rice University in 2004.

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