— Days Without Shea —

by Kingman on July 28 at 9:34AM
It is just about official: Carlos Beltran will be a SF Giant. His 6 1/2 year tenure as a Met is over.

What did Carlos do during his Met career?

* Five-time All Star
* 149 homers and 559 RBI's
* A .280 batting average
* Three Golden Gloves
* Two Silver Slugger awards

But everyone will remember:

* The unapproved surgery
* The check swing
* No World Series

All that said, I liked Carlos. He tried his best to come back from injuries in 2009, playing hard in meaningless September games. Carlos says he'd like to come back as a Met, under the right conditions. I don't expect us to be in that right condition anytime soon.

And who is Zach Wheeler? The NY Post sums him up thusly:

Wheeler is exactly the type of high-level prospect the Mets were looking for in exchange for Beltran. The sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft, the Georgia native is a hard-throwing right-hander, with a fastball that ranges from 92-97 mph. After entering the season ranked as the No. 55 prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America, the 21-year-old shot up to 35th in BA's midseason rankings that came out earlier this month.

Wheeler is 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 16 starts for the Giants' High-A affiliate, striking out 98 and walking 47 in 88 innings. There are concerns going forward about his control, but Wheeler's strikeout rate shows he has the power stuff, along with the ability to miss bats, needed to be a true top of the rotation starter. He is similar to the Mets' top prospect, Matt Harvey, who ranked 30th overall on BA's midseason rankings.

Given how the deck was stacked against the Mets when they began shopping Beltran around the league, Alderson couldn't have hoped for much more than Wheeler. Now Harvey and Wheeler give the Mets have a pair of prospects who have the potential to pitch at the top of their rotation for years, and help push them back to the top of the National League East.

Good luck Carlos.

[July 28, 2011 6:59 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

You know what this means???
All the players on your Loge 13 Banner and now history.....

[July 29, 2011 7:52 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman Author Profile Page replied to Paul

Yup you are right. Now those little babushka dolls are finally worth something!

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