Monday, March 24, 2008

The Mets like Stokes ?

It appears that Duaner Sanchez isn't going to be ready to open the season with the big league club. Sanchez has looked good in the appearances he has made this spring, his velocity and command have both been there but his recovery time between outings just isn't sufficient for a major league reliever. There really isn't a rush for Sanchez to return, the pen will be fine to start the year and the prudent course to take would be the cautious one.

Of the pitchers not guaranteed a spot in the pen Steven Register has pitched the best. Register making the team would give the club a longer look at the rule V selection and if they did need to send him down, once the season starts it might be easier to retain him. But even if they weren't willing to give a spot to a guy who's highest level of experience is AA, then I would think Joe Smith or Ricardo Rincon would be next on the depth charts. Even Joselo Diaz and Nate Fields who both have limited major league experience had decent springs.

But of all the pitchers in camp, I would think the Brian Stokes didn't have a chance and was just playing out the string. Since Stokes is out of options, if he had pitched well I could understand Omar giving him an extra chance instead of losing him but Stokes hasn't been good at all. I can't see anyone claiming him and if they did or he refused assignment then it wouldn't be any big loss. But Stokes does have a chance to make the team and it not because of his options status, apparently the team likes what they see.....

If Sanchez doesn't, the chances of Joe Smith or -- and this is a surprise -- Brian Stokes are enhanced. The Mets staff likes Stokes' fastball-changeup combination. Rule 5 Draftee Steve Register, who seemed to gain favor early on, evidently has fallen behind Stokes. source