The New York Mets have selected seven players to participate in the MLB’s Arizona Fall League (AFL). The following players will be part of the 2013 Scottsdale Scorpions’ roster:
Familia, Robles, Maron, Rodriguez, and Vaughn have all been mentioned and discussed on Mets360.com before. There have been comments and thoughts on how these five players fit into the Mets’ short and long-term plans.
That leaves Bradford and Satterwhite. What about them?
Bradford is a 24 year old right-handed reliever who started this year with the Mets’ St. Lucie ballclub and finished up at AA Binghamton. This is his third year in the Mets’ organization. He was drafted in the thirty-fifth round of the 2011 June Amateur Draft. Overall, for the year, he went 9-3 with 4 saves. He threw 69 innings and finished with a 2.61 ERA. He faced a total of 287 batters and ended up with a 1.174 WHIP. At 6’1 and 185 lbs, he may not be the biggest or hardest thrower the Mets have in the Minors and he may not be in their current list of top twenty prospects, but he’s good enough to get a look at Scottsdale.
Satterwhite is two years older than Bradford. At 26, the righthander stands 6’4 and weighs 205 pounds. He had been a highly ranked, hard-throwing, pitching prospect for the Detroit Tigers until injuries derailed his ascent to the majors in 2010. The Mets purchased his contract from the American Association’s Sioux City Explorers earlier this year after he went 2-1 with a 0.65 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched. At St. Lucie, for the Mets, he appeared in 16 games, threw 22.2 innings and went 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA. Apart from a short appearance in the Tiger’s Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2011, this is Satterwhite’s first show of momentum in getting his career back on track.
These two pitcher’s performances in the AFL are likely to be considered as the team begins to evaluate their future bullpen options.