Monday, June 21, 2004

Minor League News 

The rosters for the sixth annual New York Mercantile Exchange All-Star Futures Game were announced this afternoon live on MLB.com via free live video webcast. The futures game is an exhibition played during All Star Sunday, which features the top prospects in the minors and is broadcast live on ESPN2 and MLB.com Radio. Several years ago Jose Reyes participated in the game and turned heads with his blazing speed and overall freakish talent. This year, the Mets will be represented by AAA Norfolk third basemen David Wright who will play for the United States and A Capital City Bombers starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit who will play for the World team. AA Binghamton B-Mets Manager Ken Oberkfell was also selected as an assistant coach for the World team.

Wright's stock has been skyrocketing for months due to his complete destruction of the Eastern League that prompted a promotion to AAA. ESPN's John Sickel's recently opined that Wright is ready for the big leagues right now:
Wright was promoted to Triple-A last week, and is hitting .346 in seven games. In my opinion, he is ready for major league action, both offensively and defensively, and would make an impact as soon as he gets an opportunity
Petit has lit up the Sally League, striking out 101 while walking a miniscule 20 with a 2.14 ERA in 71.1 innings of work and he also leads the league in wins with 9. Petit's selection comes on the heals of getting some much deserved publicity from Baseball Prospectus, who included him in their Low-A All-Star Team, and Baseball America, who raved about Petit in their Daily Dish. It will be great to see Petit get out of the Sally League where he is clearly overmatching the competition and get an opportunity to face the best the minor leagues has to offer.

Congratulations to all three.

Edit: Click here for a link to the mlb.com story on the futures game roster announcement. The story links to the rosters and also the webcast. There is an interview with David Wright conducted via telephone about half way through the webcast, in which Wright speak of, among other things, how closely he is following the progress of the big league Mets.
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