February 07, 2007

Pelfrey and Humber ready for the test

John Delcos at the Journal new writes about Mike Pelfrey, Phil Humber and how they're ready for spring training:

Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber, the organization's top two pitching prospects, have no doubt the team did the right thing.

With Zito in San Francisco, the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation is open, and despite their limited experience, both prospects will get a chance to compete for it in spring training.

"I definitely paid a lot of attention to what we were doing in the offseason," said the 23-year-old Pelfrey, the club's first-round selection in the 2005 draft.
"It's not like I did cartwheels when I heard he signed (with the Giants), but there now is definitely an opportunity available. There is a chance I can make this team."
Humber, a first-round pick in 2004, underwent Tommy John surgery the following year. But he said he will be ready when pitchers and catchers report next week.

"It was hard not to pay attention to the Zito thing because it affects your chances of making the team," said Humber, 24. "I think the Mets did the right thing. They want to believe in their young guys."

"I don't think they are too young to compete," Minaya said. "They both have talent, and it will be a matter of time before they pitch in the major leagues. When? I can't say. But why not now?

"They'll both get a chance."

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