Monday, August 28, 2006

Mets like what they see

Marty Noble at writes about Oliver Perez and the way he impressed the Mets staff:

Pitching coach Rick Peterson used the word "dominating." Perez's catcher, Paul Lo Duca, used "awesome" and former opponent Shawn Green said he was reminded of a time two years ago when Green was sure Randy Johnson and Perez were the two primary left-handed pitchers in the National League.

"Did you see that stuff?" general manager Omar Minaya asked.

Minaya mentioned the name Dontrelle Willis. He acknowledged Perez was viewed as "a project" when the Mets acquired him. Their plan was to have him serve as a reliever at first, with an eye toward him eventually starting -- possibly in September and probably in April. October wasn't mentioned.

"He has a huge upside," said Minaya who, like manager Willie Randolph, hasn't discounted Perez from the immediate future.

Randolph said, "He pitched well enough to get another start."

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