May 31, 2010 7:00 AM
Jon Niese makes a rehab start for the Buffalo Bisons this Memorial Day afternoon.
(It's better this year than last, but I can't believe not everyone plays on Memorial Day anymore. I'm pretty sure it used to be that everyone played on the holidays. Supposedly scheduling is one of the things the players' union wants to renegotiate in the next round of bargaining. What could they get that's better than what they have? Sorry - I digress. This topic will continue another day.)
Anyway, with Niese putting some focus on Buffalo, I thought I'd keep the focus on the Mets' minor league system and update you on a few of the Mets' prospects.
Bradley Holt - I hate to say it, but things are not looking good for UNC-Wilmington product Bradley Holt. Holt is pitching with the Binghamton Mets, the Double-A affiliate. So far this season, Holt is 1-4 in 7 starts, with a 9.90 ERA. Now, here's reason for hope - he's 1-1 in 2 home starts with a 1.29 ERA. And his last start, a home start, was a win in which he went five innings giving up just one hit. Maybe he's figured something out. We'll keep an eye on him. (And I have my eye on a trip to see him this summer - the B-Mets will be in New Hampshire in both July and August. I might try to coordinate a trip to see him start.)
Jesus Feliciano - Fernando Martinez has been on the shelf with an(other) injury since early May, and that seems to have opened up some regular playing time for Jesus Feliciano (pictured above left). (Or maybe he was playing anyway - I don't know - this is the Buffalo Bisons I'm writing about, for crying out loud.) Anyway, at Triple-A, Feliciano is tearing it up. Funny thing is, he seems to rock the minor leagues - he's hitting over .400 right now after a 5-for-5 on Sunday, and consistently hits .300 - but he's 31 years old and hasn't had a cup of coffee in the majors. What's that all about? Anyway, he's the hitting star at Buffalo.
Mike Jacobs - Here's a little known fact...or at least, I had no idea. Mike Jacobs accepted his assignment to Triple-A, since he was designated to make room for Ike Davis. Jacobs is doing OK - 5 homers, .271 average in 33 games. But 29 strikeouts in those 33 games. Seems about right.
And keep an eye on Daniel Murphy, who was 2-for-5 with a homer and 4 RBI Sunday in the Bisons' loss. (He was 8-for-11 rehabbing in the Florida State League.) Murphy is hitting .261 with Buffalo, and is playing first base, but there's still talk that he'll be considered at second base if the Mets call him up.
Not exactly an embarrassment of riches in the minors.