Tuesday, April 10, 2007

More on Deolis Guerra

Not only is he starting tomorrow in St. Lucie, which might make up for the fact that the mets dont play tomorrow, but I also have more praises from prospect sites on him

From Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus:

"Deolis Guerra, rhp, St. Lucie (Mets): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. No longer all about projection, Guerra was hitting 95 mph this spring and I woefully under-ranked him in the Mets Top 10."

SOJseth (Shea on Monday): Kevin, In their '07 organizational talent rankings, your former employers indicated that Deolis Guerra has shown some mid-90's heat this spring. Can you confirm? Based on his advanced changeup, would that kind of velocity rank him among the top pitching prospects in the low minors? Thanks a ton for chatting. Seth

Kevin Goldstein: We've mentioned it here as well, including in today's blog on Opening Day performances. His stock is WAY WAY up. Two years ago, the Mets signed the best international hitter (Fernando Martinez) and the best international pitcher (Guerra), and right now both investments look to be outstanding.



Guerra’s fastball was up to 94-95 mph in minor league camp, an increase of four-to-five miles an hour from where he was last season. He also worked hard on his curveball, which lagged behind his fastball and plus changeup, during the offseason.

He also apparently grew at least an inch.

“He’s up to 6-foot-6 now,” Mets vice president of player development Tony Bernazard said. “His body is getting there and he’s progressed a lot, not only with his stuff, but with his delivery and his work habits.”

Guerra was clocked consistently in the low 90s in the Mets rain-shortened 2-0 win against Vero Beach on Thursday and showed the same consistency with his breaking ball as he had during spring training."

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