Kyle Regnault à la porte de la MLB !
Par Bob Wirz, via le www.canamleague.com
The premium that always goes with left-handed pitchers and the uniqueness of starting a professional career in the Can-Am League directly out of college and eventually making it to the major leagues makes New York Mets farmhand Kyle Regnault a marked man this offseason.
It appears the soon-to-be 29-year-old (December 13) from the University of Rhode Island may well be up for the challenge.
After a 7-0 season with a 2.78 earned run average in 45 relief appearances with the Mets' top two farm clubs this past summer, Regnault is putting up some fancy numbers in the Arizona Fall League which likely will get him either promoted to the 40-man roster or a special invitation to the Mets' major league spring training camp.
The 6-foot-2 southpaw has a fancy 1.04 ERA for his five appearances in the AFL, and perhaps more impressively he has struck out six of the prized prospects in his last three innings. He had three strikeouts in a single inning his last time out, which came on Tuesday, and now has a dozen strikeouts for his 8.2 innings while only allowing seven hits and two walks. Although it is somewhat unusual, the Mets have had the Johnston, RI native in the Arizona league two of the last three autumns.
Regnault did not exactly shock the baseball world when he was at URI in 2011, posting a 4.85 ERA and going 0-2 with two saves in 13 appearances, but he obviously has benefitted from three full seasons in the Can-Am (2012 at Worcester and the next two years at Quebec) before the Mets signed him in time for the 2015 season.
Tracking Colabello, Charles in Mexico
The last player to make it all the way to the majors after starting his career in the Can-Am League, the oft-discussed Chris Colabello, is continuing his quest to get back to the major leagues by playing in Mexico this fall. The first baseman and current Milwaukee minor leaguer is hitting .259 with a homer and eight RBI after 16 games with Jalisco. He has a solid .379 on-base percentage.
Art Charles, who won the Can-Am Triple Crown at New Jersey one year ago followed by a trial in the Milwaukee organization before ending up back with the Jackals late this season (.292 with four homers and 13 RBI during the regular season and playoffs), also is with Jalisco where he is hitting .160 with a homer in nine games.
Busy Mooney Hitting .310 in AFL
Shortstop Peter Mooney, the other Can-Am grad in the Arizona Fall League, has gotten into 14 of the first 19 games for Salt River with a .310 batting average and a .343 on-base percentage.
Mooney, 27, spent last season with Triple-A New Orleans in the Miami farm system, playing mostly at shortstop with some time at both second and third and hitting .213 with 34 runs batted in.
Previously the chief spokesman for Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth, Bob Wirz has been writing extensively about Independent Baseball since 2003. He is a frequent contributor to this site, has a blog, www.IndyBaseballChatter.com, and a book about his life, "The Passion of Baseball", is available at traditional book-buying sites, or at www.WirzandAssociates.com.