As everyone now has probably heard, the Mets agreed to trade closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers late last night. The trade will relieve the Mets from an impending option that even a team in good financial standing wouldn’t want to incur. The Mets acquired 2 PTBNL from the Brewers that have been confirmed to be coming from the farm system. Supposedly, the Brewers gave the Mets a list of 5 players to choose from. The Mets brass will now have until sometime in September to scout the prospects and determine who they like.
The problem is the Brewers have an almost non-existent farm system. After completing deals in the offseason that saw them add Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to their staff, the farm system is slim picking’s. Regardless, let’s look at some of the names who may be on the Mets list.
#1 – SP – Cody Scarpetta
Scarpetta was named the Brewers #2 prospect in 2011 by Baseball America. This of course by default due to the Greinke/Marcum deals. Scarpetta is currently in Double-A where he has posted a 4.40 ERA, 5-4 WL, 79 K, 43 BB, 79 H in 86 IP. These stats tell me he isn’t afraid to go after hitters and pitches to contact. However he also appears to have control problems issuing exactly 1 walk every 2 innings.
#2 – SP – Wily Peralta
Peralta was named the Brewers #3 prospect in 2011 by BA. Like Scarpetta, Peralta also finds himself in Double-A Huntsville. He’s pitched to a 3.95 ERA, 6-6 WL, 86 K, 36 BB, and 86 H in 86.2 IP. He’s averaging ALMOST a K per inning, while also average ALMOST a hit per game. He appears to be a contact pitcher, with stuff good enough to strike you out. The walks are also a bit higher then i’d prefer, however his K/BB ratio is better then that of Scarpetta.
#3 – SP – Tyler Thornburg
Thornburg may be my favorite option. Thornburg was rated the #6 overall Brewers prospect by BA in 2011. He is currently pitching in the Single-A Florida State League. I see Thornburg as more of a RP longterm due to his small frame (5-11″ 185). Also he has posted high strikeout numbers (76 K in 68.2 IP) in Single-A Wisconsin, before his promotion to FSL. Since his promotion he has posted a 2.81 ERA, 20 K, 7 BB, 10 H in 16 IP. Needs to work on his control a bit, which could be why he’s still in Single-A at almost the age of 23 (September).
#4 – SP – Jimmy Nelson
Nelson, the #8 rated Brewers prospect by BA, is currently pitching for Single-A Wisconsin. He’s not much to write home about. Walks to many, strikes out too few. Though he’s just 22, his numbers are not impressive in Single-A. The one thing he has working for him is his size however. 6-6″ 245 frame. However like the Mets saw with Eddie Kunz, bull-dog pitchers with thick frames don’t always work out.