Saturday, February 16, 2008

I saw this guy stretching with the team and had no idea who he was. Later when they put their uniform shirts on, I saw he was non-roster invitee Bartolome Fortunato. That didn't help much. I still have no idea who he is. Anybody have any information on him?


nick gee said...

Fortunato played briefly for the Mets last season before getting injured.

The Giants were apparently impressed with his winter league performance that they signed him to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Giantfan9 said...

Nick...was he a well thought of prospect? You still follow the kids don't you?

nick gee said...

I checked his winter league stats, and they were impressive;

3-0, 0.00era, 15games, 13.1ip,
4h, 0r, 5bb, 12k.

The Giants were impressed with his velocity which reached the mid to upper 90s.

Giantfan9 said...

Damn...that is good. It's been awhile since we had a really good dumpster dive.

nick gee said...

Yeah, I still follow the kids.
Fortunato must have had something as he was one of the two players traded by the Rays to the Mets for Scott Kazmir. The other player if I recall was Victor Zambrano.

I wouldn't be suprised if Fortunato made the team, along with the kid Capellan. I really like Capellan and I think it might be worth keeping him on the 25-man roster for the full season just to keep him in the organization.

Anonymous said...

Looks like competition for the Pen this year...

From what they say, they are going with 11 or 12 man staff which is scary..

Kline (Lefty Specialist)
Hennessey (Long Relief)
Walker (SU)
Wilson (CL)

Be intersting to see if Capellen, Williamson, Fortunato can supplant them...

DrBGiantsfan said...

Fortunato has a career K/9 of 10.28 with a BB/9 of 3.86 in the minors. He pitched 18.1 innings for the Mets in 2004 with a 3.86 ERA and a K/9 of 9.64. So, he is a srikeout pitcher, but needs to keep his BB's down. He missed the 2005 and 2007 seasons, so there may be an injury history. I could see him starting out in Fresno to work on his control/command with a possible callup during the season.