Dillon Gee?(2-0, 2.49) will start for the Mets and will be opposed by Ross Detwiler (0-1, 4.15) for the Rangers.
Dillon Gee?(2-0, 2.49) will start for the Mets and will be opposed by Ross Detwiler (0-1, 4.15) for the Rangers.
"The arterial blood clot in Dillon Gee's right shoulder has resolved?and Dillon will be discharged from New York-Presbyterian Hospital today.?During the next several days, Dillon will consider additional treatment options,?including possible surgery, to prevent a recurrence of clotting in the same location."First the good news: Gee is healthy enough to leave the hospital.
Now the not so good: as I suggested yesterday upon examining the history of baseball players and blood clots, it was more likely than not to be a season-ending issue. Today's news does not confirm that, but it certainly raises that as one potential path with the phrase "including possible surgery."
Part 5 on players ranked 16-20 is here. ?Part 4 on players ranked 21-25 is?here. ?Part 3 on players ranked 26-30 is?here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is?here.?Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ??Each player?s name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.
Dillon Gee's second outing was much better than his first as he picked up the first win by a Bisons' starter Tuesday.? His line: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.? Gee told Bisons.com: "I got them to hit my pitches tonight and luckily the defense did a great job... I felt a little bit more in control tonight; all my pitches were a little bit sharper tonight. I was locating better than I did last time, and again the run support definitely eases the game, I got to give credit to those guys."
Frankly I was not shocked to see Gee on the list, but I was a little surprised to see Nieuwenhuis appear on this list.? Here are Goldstein's comments on Gee and Nieuwenhuis:
Gee is the only player from the 21st round in 2007 to reach the Major Leagues with the team that drafted him.? The only other Major Leaguer: the White Sox Chris Sale.? The Rockies took a gamble on Sale with the eighth pick of the 21st round but he did not sign.? Instead, he went to Florida Gulf Coast University and transformed himself into a first round pick of the White Sox this summer. ? After 10.1 innings in the minors, he was dropped directly in the Sox bullpen where he's been very good.
Ten players, including Sale, did not sign with the team that drafted them.? Of the 20 players who signed, 11 were out of affiliated baseball in 2010.? Only seven of the 30 picks in the round had made it to AA by 2010.? Only one other player, the Yankees infielder Justin Synder has played at AAA for the team who drafted him in '07; he had a whopping six at bats at triple-A this summer.
You have not written anything about Gee over his last two starts against what you would call ?"real" major league lineups! ?The best era logged in first 4 mlb starts by a Mets pitcher since 1995 and you don't have anything to say?? ?Why?? ?You owe this kid an apology for your lack of being a prognosticator!! ?You need to look beyond the stat line. ?Go back and look at the film of him being a pitcher. ?Keeping the mlb bats guessing by not throwing what they would normally look for even in a hitters count. ?Plus, he sets them up. ?He undisputedly (sic), has had successin 4 quality starts at the mlb level. ?So, suck up your pride and tellCouple things here.
everyone you were wrong when you said it would be ugly or you didn't believe it would go well.
We'll start at the top, where Dillon Gee, was named the Sterling Award Winner for AAA Buffalo.? How bitter sweet an award must that be?? This is the "Hey, man, you were really good, but not good enough to get a call-up before September" award.
Gee, who's been outstanding his two big league starts finished AAA with a much more ordinary 4.96, but set a new Bisons' single-season record with 165 strikeouts.? He missed the final half of the 2009 season with shoulder problems, rehabbed instead of turning to surgery, and returned strong in 2010.? He was durable,? tying for the International League in starts (28)? and finishing third in innings pitched (162.2), while leading the circuit in strikeouts.? His K/9 of 9.20 was second in the IL behind only Tampa's Jeremy Hellickson.? He was also was second in HR allowed (23) and led the league in HBP (13).? Leading any minor league, but especially AAA in counting stats is a slightly dubious honor, the player was good enough to succeed at the level without moving up.
- There is precedent for this in Gee's season: he began 2010 by shutting out the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees for 13 over two two consecutive starts.? In those 13 innings he struck out 12 and walked one.
- In Gee's 13 MLB innings against the Pirates and Nationals: 7 walks and 7 strikeouts.
The Bisons were mathematically eliminated in front of a serious crowd of 15,539 in their home finale.
Dillon Gee (13-8, 4.96) was not good: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP.? Explain to me why a guy with an ERA pushing five in AAA deserves a shot in the big leagues, or could help in the big leagues?
We'll start with Dillon Gee (13-7, 4.87): 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3 HR.
I was watching this one not on SNY, but on MiLB.tv running the SNY feed.? MiLB.tv, because it's encrypted with windows media, makes it just barely worth it on a mac, but I was disappointed there was no radar gun on Gee all night. ? Generally he located well, with a fastball that the Buffalo broadcasters described as topping out at 91.? That, and the types of swings he was getting, suggests he wasn't above 89-90 mph most of the night.? He used his changeup and curveball.? It's tough to be too precise commenting on pitches while watching in a few inch-square box.? However, the curve, which he didn't use that much, stuck out to me as an improved offering.
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I don't see much in Gee's splits to tell me he's ready now and wasn't earlier.? Do you you?? Even in August, when he owns a pretty 26 strikeouts against four walks, he's allowed 13 runs in 24.1 innings.
GEE and STONER Are What They AreComing off four strong starts that ranged between effective and excellent, Dillon Gee (9-6, 4.82) was ripped for six runs, all earned, on nine hits including two home runs, in four innings on Friday.
While Tobi Stoner has not had Gee's brilliant starts, but he's also avoided the worst of his blowups.? Saturday, Stoner (5-8, 5.67) gave up five runs on nine hits, including one home run, while walking one and fanning four in five innings.
Gee in July: 21.2 IP, 14 H, 2.49 ERA, 7 R, 2 HR, 2 BB, 25 K.? This impressive run comes on the back of an rough June (7.12 ERA, 41 H, 5 HR, 30.1 IP).? With Gee pitching like this, how many more ugly starts will the Mets endure from Hisanori Takahashi before giving Gee a shot?
What Happened: The Mets skipped the 21-year old Lucas, coming off a good year in Kingsport, and a so-so few weeks in the NYP, over Savannah (where Jefry Marte was holding down the hot corner) to St. Lucie, where's he's struggled.? He just hasn't made enough contact in the FSL.? However, his ten home runs are good enough for fifth in the League, so he?s hit for some power.? Now, can he make more contact in the second half?
"You never want to be due for one of those [bad starts], but it's just that I wasn't making good pitches. And when you make bad pitches in tough situations like that when you have guys on base, you're going to get hurt. That's no matter where you're playing. It's just one of those things."After that performance he's now?3?0 with a 2.78 ERA in?four starts with the Herd,?having?struck out 22 in 22 innings against just three walks? It'll be interesting to see how Dillon deals with adversity and?bounces back from this, knowing full well the Mets are keeping a close?eye on him...
Bottom line is that Maine simply isn?t producing and is rarely hitting 90 mph on the gun with his fastball ? so it?s time for Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya?to explore other options while the organization tries to figure out what is going on with his velocity? Rather than dipping into the pen (Fernando Nieve, Raul Valdes,?or Hisanori Takahashi) for an answer, the organization needs to take a solid look at Bisons right-hander Dillon Gee.
Critics will say he doesn?t throw hard enough, but he has rebounded phenomenally from a shoulder injury that shut him down for the year last May. He?s 3-0 and has allowed just 2 runs with Buffalo in 18 innings? Dillon mixes his pitches extremely well and displays excellent control, similar to that of Rick Reed...
Gee has been on the Bisons disabled list since May 29.? Gee was 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA in 48.1 innings for Buffalo this year with 42 strikeouts against 16 walks.
Perhaps his shoulder strain had something to do with his heavy workload in 2008, when following 154.1 innings split between St. Lucie and Binghamton, he was brilliant (4-0, 2.22 ERA) in 48.2 innings for Ponce in Puerto Rico.? For Ponce, he fanned 43 and walked just 13.
Alex Cora will also join the Bisons on an MLB rehab assignment starting tonight.? So, Mets fans, the Ramon Martinez experiment might be over soon.
The Mets also acquired OF Emil Brown from the San Diego Padres.? The 34 year old is a career .258/.323/.398 hitter in 2244 MLB AB over parts of nine seasons spent with the Pirates, Padres, Royals and A's.?? Brown was hitting .260/.345/.432 with the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League where he had made 21 starts in right, 7 in LF and one in CF.
Both homers came on elevated inside fastballs on 2-0 counts.? Cantu's was wind aided.? Uggla's was a shot.
Gee then started Cody Ross out with a changeup, and later in the AB puched out Ross on another change that tumbled away from the batter.? Gee consistently induced swings and misses from the Marlins with his change.? He fanned Hanley Ramirez with a changeup that faded down to end the third inning.
While with the Mets earlier this spring Gee allowed?two earned runs and seven hits in six innings while striking out four and walking one.
After being promoted to AA at the end of last season, he allowed just four runs in 27 innings?before following that up with winning Pitcher of the Year honors in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
The schedule includes five games against the Jacksonville Suns (AA affiliate of the Marlins) and six games against the Springfield Cardinals (AA affiliate of the Cardinals).
Mets minor league pitchers and catchers reported to camp last Friday while position players will report on Wednesday. However many of the teams top prospects have already been at the Mets' Port St. Lucie complex working and / or seeing action with the major league club over the last few weeks.
He played the whole game, hitting out of the eigth spot, and went 1-for-4. According to Adam Rubin at his Daily News blog, Wilmer swung at the first pitch in his first two plate apppearances.
He will be in the lineup again today against the Nationals, hitting sixth and playing short. C Josh Thole is also slated to start, hitting fifth.
RHP Dillon Gee took over in the third and was impressive, allowing just an infield hit to Cameron Maybin while fanning two over his two innings of work. Maybin wasn't on base for long, as Gee promptly picked him off a few pitches later.
The right-hander had a good 2008 at St. Lucie and an even better debut in Binghamton, allowing just four runs over 27 innings. He followed that up with a solid performance in the Puerto Rican Winter League, going 4-0 while allowing just 12 runs and 13 walks in 48.2 innings (10 starts) for a 2.22 ERA.? It earned him the league's Pitcher of the Year honor.
Right-hander Dillon Gee continued his successful winter league season with Leones de Ponce on Saturday, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just five hits against Carolina. After being promoted and allowing just four runs in 27 innings to end last season with Binghamton, Gee is 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA, 42 strikeouts, and 12 walks in 46.2 IP in Puerto Rico. His pitching coaching is Ricky Bones, who was also his coach with the B-Mets.
... the twenty-two-year-old continues to impress, relying on a high 80s to low 90s fastball with very good location? he's not going to overpower you by any means but works the corners very well, mixing in a changeup and soft curve?he'll likely begin the 2009 season with the B-Mets...
...and on a side note I'd like to thank Toby for the warm introduction and the opportunity to contribute... i look forward to the months ahead and certainly wish we could fast forward to March and spring baseball, to say the least... i'm sure you all agree...
Overall he is:
1-0, 1.57 ERA, 23 IP, 17 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 25 SO, 1.11 GO/AO, .215 Opp AVG
In his final minor league report, Adam Rubin writes about the ascension of Dillon Gee and the pitchers of the 2007 draft class. Rubin explains that Gee expanded his arsenal this year:
Gee asked permission to add a curveball to his repertoire this season, then worked with St. Lucie pitching coach Dan Murray to develop it this year. He still throws his slider, and said about adding the curveball: ?It?s not like my go-to pitch, but I throw it a lot first pitch for a strike to get ahead ? just something else besides a fastball. Now I have a couple of ?out? pitches. The curveball I can throw for a strike, and the fastball, changeup.?
After a strong performance Thursday, Dillon Gee left the Florida State League 8-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 127.1 IP for St. Lucie. He allowed just 117 hits, less than one per inning. With 94 strikeouts and 19 walks, he?s working with a very strong K/BB ratio of a 4.94. His home run rate is a modest .42 per nine innings and his walk rate is a tiny 1.34 per nine. That?s all good stuff.
However, there are two major statistical markers that give reason for pause. Gee has struck out only 6.64 batters per nine innings. I?m really dogmatic on this point: at high-A, the best pitching prospects strike out a batter an inning. Moreover, he?s a relatively extreme flyball pitcher with a gb/fb ratio of 0.86. As hitters get stronger, those drives that have been swallowed by the FSL?s heavy air and big ballparks could turn into extra base hits.
The night I saw Gee, in a game against Dunedin that was later rained out, he didn?t appear to be at his best, or at least failed to live up to his otherwise impressive stat line from the rest of the year in the FSL. Gee gave up a long pair of homers to former Cubs top prospect Brian Dopirak, trying to rescue his career with the Blue Jays. He was throwing his fastball 89-91 and working with a soft curve that was in the 69-75 mph range. The fastball was consistently up in the zone that evening. I liked the run on his 82 mph changeup.