Q&A: MetsBlog and Brad Holt, Thole on Mets Weekly

Yesterday, on WFAN, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said the Mets had a meeting earlier this week to discuss their prospects, and seem to have no interest in trading Double-A RHP Brad Holt or Jennry Mejia, as well as Fernando Martinez or Ike Davis, among others.

The 22-year-old Holt is 0–3 with a 8.40 ERA in four starts since being promoted to Double-A Binghamton, though he allowed five earned runs in just 0.1 innings in his second start.

Last month, during my trip to Double-A Binghamton, I talked with Holt.

Matthew Cerrone: What has the adjustment to Double-A been like thus far?

Brad Holt: The hitters here are a little more patient.  From talking to everybody, they said that if you made mistakes pitching it would cost you… they’d square the ball up.  And that’s one thing that I did notice, they get a lot more solid contact, and they square the ball up.

Matthew Cerrone: I talked to you during spring training and all the guys were goofing on you about only throwing fast balls.  How is that coming along?  How are the other pitches working?

Brad Holt:  They are coming along great.  The change-up, like I said in spring training, is just a matter of repetition, and the change-up has gotten to be almost a plus-pitch now, and I have been using it a lot.

Matt Cerrone: What pitcher or teams did you enjoy watching as a kid?

Brad Holt: Well, the only team that we had close by us in North Carolina were the Braves.  Other than that, I liked watching Roger Clemens growing up.  He had that bulldog mentality on the mound that was fun to watch.

Speaking of the B-Mets…

This Saturday, Julie Alexandria and Mets Weekly will profile 22–year-old Double-A C-1B Josh Thole, who had been hitting .346 with 24 extra base hits before going on the disabled list with a thumb injury.

Alexandria also talks with Francisco Rodriguez about the first half of the season, while also profiling Andrew Vazzano of the Ropolitans.

Mets Weekly will air this Saturday at 12:30 pm on SNY.