Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 12/30/12
Looking for a topic to write about, I went over to the official Mets site to look at how the guys playing Winter Ball did. Usually you can find someone hitting the cover off the ball but of the 16 hitters in various leagues, the highest OPS was the .834 posted by Juan Carlos Gamboa in the Mexican-Pacific League. The pitching was not much better, with the exception of Greg Burke. In 31 games with Obregon, Burke was 3-1 and a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities. He notched a 2.23 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP, along with a 5.0 K/BB ratio. Now, I don’t follow the minors as closely as our own David Groveman, but I know a little and I was disappointed that I had no idea who the Mets’ best Winter Ball player this offseason was. It turns out that Burke is a former member of the Padres who the Mets signed as a free agent after a strong year in the upper minors with the Orioles in 2012. Burke started the year in Double-A, where he notched 14 saves in 23 games. He had a 1.53 ERA and a 0.85...
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