Found March 02, 2012 on MetsZilla:

This afternoon at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie, the New York Mets played a nine inning intra-squad game which featured a Kirk Nieuwenhuis two-run homerun and 3 2/3 combined scoreless frames from Matt Harvey (1 2/3) and Jeurys Familia (2).

Harvey, according to Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger,  struggled with the strike zone during his 1 2/3 innings of work. He allowed three hits, one walk and froze Josh Satin with a changeup for a strikeout.

His outing, however, was cut short after he ripped skin off the lower portion of his thumb delivering a pitch.

My fingernail kind of slips off the ball a little bit and comes off, and [the index finger nail] ends up cutting my thumb a little bit. … It’s happened before. It’s something I can work on, put some glue on. It’s fine.”

Unlike Harvey, Familia breezed through his two innings of work allowing no hits, one walk with two strikeouts. The youngster induced several swinging strikes, while touching 93 MPH with his electric fastball:

Following this afternoons game, manager Terry Collins told reporters he was pleased with what he saw from both Harvey and Familia:

“[Familia] really threw the ball good. So did Matt. Matt threw the ball good. He’s just got to get more balls in the strike zone. But I thought his breaking ball was good. And Familia, boy, he’s got one of those really short strokes that the ball really jumps on you.”

The two pitching prospects were not the only ones to impress on Friday afternoon.  24-year-old prospect Kirk Neiuwenhuis turned some heads with his towering two run jack off left hander, Daniel Herrera which gave the Orange team a 3-2 lead over the Blue team that they would not relinquish. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

Photo taken by Michael Baron

A scout recently agreed about Nieuwenhuis’ potential to remain in center field.

“He’ll fool you,” the scout said. “He can cover some ground for a big boy.”

Said Collins: “He’s got great skills. And, of course, he plays the game the way you want it played. He plays really hard. He’s one of those guys, boy, it gets close to 7 o’clock and his mood changes. So I think he’s got to go get some Triple-A at-bats, for sure.

“Is he a prototypical center fielder, one of those guys who can really run like mad? Probably not like that. But he’s such a workaholic that he reminds me a little bit, although Jim Edmonds was left-handed [throwing], of Jim Edmonds — a guy who was a little click above average runner, but yet no fear, great angles, can go after any ball. If he gets to be like that, yeah, he can play center field in the big leagues.”

 

Although it was just an intra-squad game, all of the above was very pleasing to read.  Unlike years past, it is a nice change to be receive good news surrounding the club in the early stages of Spring Training.  Let’s just hope it translates into wins when it counts…

*NOTES-

For a complete play-by-play of this afternoons game, check out Adam Rubin of ESPN New York’s twitter timeline by clicking here.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Tweaked obliques to keep Wright and Hairston out indefinitely

What a difference a day makes.  Just as the whether changed in Port St. Lucie, so too did the New York Mets run of an injury free Spring (that didn’t take long).  Yesterday it was reported that a strained oblique sidelined David Wright from the team’s intrasquad game, though the thirdbasemen did participate in fielding drills and scaling back his activity was viewed as a precautionary...

Comparison to Edmonds is high praise

       Kirk NieuwenhuisPhoto by Michael BaronAfter today's intra-squad game Terry Collins compared prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Jim Edmonds.  Collins was Edmonds manager from 1997-1999, two of which years Edmonds was a gold glove recipient.  He was disappointing in 1999 only playing in 50 games due to injury, but prior to that he hit .300 with a .500 slugging for Collins...

Mets pitching prospects need nickname

The spectre of Generation K hangs over everything. We live in a society that wants to name everything. But so far there has been no defining nickname for the quartet of young pitching prospects – Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia and Zack Wheeler – that the Mets are counting on to lead their resurgence in the second half of the decade. It is as if everyone is afraid...

Harvey aiming to make club out of Spring

By all accounts Mets management plans on having prized prospect Matt Harvey start 2012 where he ended 2011; in the starting rotation for Double-A Binghamton.  Harvey, on the other hand, has other aspirations.  According to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, the soon-to-be 23-year-old righty has his sights set on a big league call up, but not when the rosters expand in September...

New York Mets' Citi Field has financial woes

Financial records show that Citi Field revenues have dropped more than 30 percent since the New York Mets ballpark opened in 2009. Premium ticket sales are down almost 50 percent. The financial documents obtained by Newsday (http://bit.ly/xPvZQP ) show that concession revenue alone dropped 28 percent since 2009, to $10.9 million in 2011. Newsday reports that parking was down 37...

Mets say 1B Ike Davis has valley fever

The New York Mets say first baseman Ike Davis likely has valley fever and will be given days off to avoid extreme fatigue, a common symptom of the disease. The Mets made the announcement Saturday night after MLB.com reported Davis' condition earlier in the day. Valley fever is a fungal infection found in the dirt in desert regions of the Southwest and can be stirred up by construction...

Santana Upbeat After Tossing Two Innings Of Live Batting Practice

Johan Santana just completed throwing his first live batting practice session of the spring. Pitching coach Dan Warthen remarked “nice stuff” after Santana completed his first inning of live BP. Johan threw 22 pitches to Jason Bay, David Wright, Ike Davis and Vinny Rottino. In his second simulated inning, Santana tossed 21 more pitches (43 total) to Daniel Murphy (who made...

Mets Version Of Futures Game On Display In PSL Yesterday

Yesterday manager Terry Collins put together lineups for an intrasquad game that featured some of the promising young prospects in the Mets farm system. It was interesting and exciting to see all of the young players in camp playing against one another as they look to showcase their talent before being sent back to minors camp. Some of the notable players that played in the game...

Mike Piazza inspires an opera

That is probably one of the last things would ever had expected when it comes to the best hitting catcher in baseball history. The former New York Mets catcher has inspired such songs as “Stepping Into the Batter’s Box, He Hears His Father’s Voice”, “Batting Practice” and “Postgame Interview.” Piazza was never directly spoken to by those who wrote the song cycle,...

Joe Lemire: Bay hopes that a trip back in time will help him get back in the swing

After emerging as an elite hitter in Pittsburgh and Boston, Jason Bay has struggled in New York. But the once-feared slugger could be on the verge of bouncing back, writes Joe Lemire.

Mets 2012 Four-Word Slogans

A fun little Twitter hash tag broke out on Twitter this afternoon, poking fun at the New York Mets. The concept was simple, four-word slogans for the New York Mets in 2012. The results, as you can imagine, were somewhat relentless and held nothing back on the financial state of the Mets organization and the overall empty feeling felt by Mets fans in recent seasons. It has been a...

Mets ace Santana throws two simulated innings

Third baseman David Wright spotted teammate Johan Santana on Field 7 at the New York Mets' spring training complex, as the left-hander was readying to face batters for the first time since the fall.

Mets starter Johan Santana enjoys himself during session of live batting practice

Santana threw 40 pitches
Mets News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.