What’s not to like? A K/9 between 10 and 11 and a BB/9 in the mid 2s makes for a beast of a pitcher. Throw in a 52.8% GB Percentage in 2006, although it was closer to 45% in 2005 and 2004. Either way, Wagner is one of the top relief pitchers in all of baseball. Needless to say, he is also a very good fantasy option.
Heilman is one of the premier setup men in Major League Baseball. His K/9 was 8.83 in 2005 and 7.55 in 2006, so I think a K/9 in the high 7s or low 8s is reasonable for Heilman this year. A BB/9 around 3 is also probable. Add in a GB Percentage around 45% and Heilman should be one of the top relievers in a very good Mets bullpen this year.
May not be ready for opening day, but Sanchez is a very good reliever that the Mets will need to get them through the year. A K/9 in the mid-7s is a good start, but in order for Sanchez to become elite he needs to improve his control. His BB/9 was 3.90 and 3.95 in 2006 and 2005. That leaves his K/BB a tick below 2. A GB Percentage in the high 40s helps make up for this, but his BBs will really need to come down for Sanchez to become great.
As is more common with relievers than starters, Schoeneweis’s K rate is somewhat inconsistent. Floating between 5.05 and 6.79 the past three years, a K/9 closer to 5.5 should be expect in addition to a BB/9 rate around 4. This is not ideal for a reliever, its not even really good. Schoeneweis makes up for it somewhat with a 58% GB Percentage over the past two years. While Schoeneweis is ok, the Mets will miss Chad Bradford a lot this year.
After playing a year in
A K/9 between 5 and 6 and a BB/9 between 1.5 and 2.2 in 2004 and 2006 (he didn’t pitch much in the majors in 2005) makes for a decent reliever. His minor league K numbers were never that impressive though, so a K/9 below 5 is a possibility. He had a 46% GB rate in 2004 and a 40% GB rate in 2006, so his skill at this could certainly be worse. Adkins wouldn’t be a terrible choice to round out the bullpen, but there are better relievers out there.
Smith, a 2006 3rd round pick of the Mets, only pitched 20 innings for
That wraps up the Mets Bullpen analysis. It looks like we will see a very good year out of the Bullpen, but Chad Bradford's 3.46 K/BB ratio and 64% GB Percentage will certainly be missed. Lefty or not, Scott Schoeneweis was a much worse investment than Chad Bradford. I'm very disappointed Omar didn't realize this.
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Minor league stats and batted ball figures for 2006 can be found at Minor League Splits
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