Cesar Puello: One Step Backwards, Two Steps Forward

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Amazin’ Avenue‘s Chris McShane recently spoke with Paul DePodesta, the Mets’ Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting, about how the Mets’ minor league system doesn’t appear to be nearly as lopsided as it once was.

The Mets have a good amount of highly touted young pitchers as well as a group of minor league position players who are very close to contributing with the big club.

DePodesta knows that recent signings and trades have put the Mets in a great position with their prospects, ”A lot of things went well for us, position player-wise,” he says.

Out of the many prospects that make up the Mets minor leagues, Cesar Puello is one player that has helped to change the makeup of the organization from being weak in talent, to one of the top systems in all of baseball.

DePodesta raves about Puello and all that he will be capable of in 2014, ”He’s always run, he’s always had power, he could always throw, but he finally started hitting. He just had a much better approach at the plate. We’re anxious to see that happen again in 2014 because if he does continue to do that again, he has all the tools to be a very productive player, even at the highest level.”

Puello’s season was cut short after he was suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal that rocked baseball last summer. But prior to his departure he was batting .326/.403/.547 with 21 doubles, 16 home runs, 73 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 377 plate appearances.

Now with the suspension behind him, Puello works towards showing everyone that the great numbers he showcased in 2013, were not a fluke and are something that he will continue to build on. And from the looks of it, he also has the full support of the Mets. Can’t wait to see him take another step in his development as he moves ever so closer to his major league debut.

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  • mets2014

    I have a good feeling about this kid…I know he is not likely to get a shot until next season, but if the mets trade off one of their OFs this summer perhaps he gets an opportunity over the likes of lagares, den dekker and kirk

  • mr1313

    I would like to hear from this kid in an interview to get a feel for who he is as a ball player and a person, not to mention how he got involved biogenesis.

  • SATXNY

    Do you really think he wants to give an interview about his involvement in biogenesis? He screwed up and paid the price. Hopefully that is all behind him now. I know he is the one young prospect that I have been impressed with this spring. The ball jumps off his bat and he looks comfortable in the outfield as well.

  • Sunshine

    As long as he doesn’t run around hi-fiving fans after his first career home run, I’m fune with who he is..LOL

  • BehindTheBag

    If the Mets had any brains at all, they would play Lagares from Opening Day in CF, with CY in RF, Grandy in LF, and EYJr as the 4th OFer. Puello starts in AAA.

    Assuming he’s having a productive season as many including FanGraphs project, then we flip CY for prospects and call up Puello to finish the year in RF. I’d love to see what that trio could do in 2015, if they get ample playing time this year.

  • mr1313

    I’m sure he doesn’t; however I have respect for people that own up to their mistakes. I don’t expect it to happen but it seems we know very little about his character and work ethic. I’m pulling for him believe me but in the back of your mind you always have to wonder if it was the performance enhancers that made him into the player that has got him all this attention.

  • jdon48

    I don’t know. A lot of Latin players are wary of interviews in general because they do not have real mastery of the English language. Maybe Puello is one of them—it is a possibility. One little flub and the media sharks might turn it into Nightmare on Elm Street. He might be better off keeping quiet.

  • jdon48

    I do not believe that Kirk and den Dekker are major league hitters. Especially Kirk

  • mr1313

    I agree but when he reaches the majors he will have to face the media at some point and learn how to handle the questions he will inevitably face. I have enjoyed the interviews with Nimmo and others and seeing Puello is our closest and best position prospect I think it would be a great interview for the fans.

  • Benny

    I might be too high on this kid, but when he’s up there he really reminds me of Puig. Hopefully it’s true…

  • METS62FAN

    SUNSHINE, WHILE WE ALL KNOW YOU’RE REFERRING TO THE MILLEDGE PERSON, I HAVE TO BEG U TO PLEASE STOP BUYING ALL THIS NY SPORTS PULLAVER. WAS WHAT HE DID SO SPONTANEOUSLY & GENUINELY SUCH A MORTAL OFFENSE? THAT U CHOOSE TO DEFINE HIM BY SUCH RAMBUNCTOUSNESS, THIS SUPERIORITY COMPLEX, NY SPORTSWRITERS BELIEVE IN PROCLAIMS “EVERYONE SHOULD ACT AS IF THEY’D BEEN THERE BEFORE OR ‘DONE DID THAT ALREADY’; WELL, AT THAT TIME LASTINGS WAS THE BIGGEST POSITION ‘BASEBALL PROSPECT TO HIT NYC.& EVERYONE HAD DOUBTED HIS SUITABILITY TO PLAY MLB SINCE HE SPRAWLED OUT OF HIS DRAFT, DUE TO HS MORALS WHISPERS
    WHILE I UNDERSTAND WHY THEY PILLORIED HIM, I CERTAINLY AM NOT GOING TO CONDONE IT OR REPEAT IT & BTW ACCORDING TO THEIR CODE, HIS HANDLING IT MATTER-OF-FACTLY, IN A ROUTINE MANNER WOULD BE AS DISENGENUOUS AS ALL THE ROIDS FLOWING THROUGH NYY CLUBHOUSES TO PETITE, CLEMENS, GIAMBI, MONTERO & THOSE ARE ONLY THE PUBLICIZED INSTANCES WHILE SOMEHOW THEY MANAGED TRACK IT TO A ‘SHEA’ CLUBHOUSE SCRUB. SO LET’S JUST LOOK BACK @ THAT POINT IN TIME; A NYM CLUBHOUSE ATTENDENT GET BUSTED AS A ‘ROIDS DEALER, YET NO NYM PLAYER GETS “MITCHELED” AS A USER, THOSE ALL SEEM TO RESIDE IN THE BRONX. YET THEY RIP INTO SOME “KID” OUT OF HS FOR OVER-THE-TOP CEEBRATING WITH HIS “FANS” OVER HIS VERTY,VERY FIRST MLB HR?
    AND U CHOOSE TO CAST YOUR STONE, JUST TO BE GLIB?
    FOR ALL THAT LASTINGS MILLEDGE WAS & NEVER ECAME, HE SIMPLY WAS THE ONLY NATIONALLY RANKED PROSPECT MINAYA INHERITED AFTER DUQUETTE/JEFF/PETERSON RAPED THE SYSTEM TO ACQUIRE BENSON & ZAMBRANO

  • Andrew Herbst

    I hope Puello get called up this year. I think he has a lot of upside.

  • bostongregg

    ONE WORD…….DECAF.

  • DrDooby

    Both Puello & Nimmo have both looked very good this spring. Not only in their brief appearances in games but also physically and reportedly in practice too. Puello should debut at some point in 2014. And if Nimmo carries his good late season form and strong spring training appearance over into the season, he could start moving a lot faster than before in his first season in a rather neutral hitting environment instead of two of the most extreme home fields in all of Baseball.

  • lareplus

    C Plaw
    1B Smith
    2B choices
    SS the void
    3B Wright
    LF Nimmo
    CF Lagares
    RF Puello

  • Peter S

    I was at that game and seated about 10 rows off the RF line. I thought it was an awesome moment. In fact I actually thought it was something that would become a positive. Obviously it didn’t work. I always wondered if anyone remembered how Sammy Sosa used to run around in the OF. I still don’t see what the big deal was with it.

  • Benny

    If Chris Young does well enough where we can flip him at the deadline, and Puello is performing well, then I see no reason why he can’t take over RF duties mid-season. Same thing can be said if Young is just horrible, while Puello is tearing it up in Vegas.

  • Benny

    What happened to d’Arnaud?

    You can also pencil in Herrera for 2B, and Rosario for SS. Although the truth is that not all of these prospects will pan out.

  • SATXNY

    I’m sure you have a lot of respect for ARod and Braun and the rest. To me it doesn’t matter what they have to say. Just play the game clean and produce.

  • Peter S

    If the Mets didn’t have the likes of Montero and Sydengaard, Puello would be all the rave right now. A future order (2016?) with Wright, Smith, Puello, Flores, TdA is going to be quite some fun. Just need to find a guy to get on base in front of them.

  • Agee’s Catch

    I’ll split it with you. Kirk has had chances and has yet to show mastery at this level.. den Dekker always seems to struggle when he first starts a level, but then makes the necessary adjustments and earns his promotion to the next level. While I don’t think he starts the season in NY, I do believe he sees time as the summer progresses. If he can hit .250 and pop an occasional homerun, he could latch on as a fifth OF. He’s lucky that he can flash the leather or he’d be looking at a career in Independent ball.

  • Peter S

    They won’t but it’s fun to consider! Oh and Flores too

  • Biggle Boy

    I also look forward to see how he does at the AAA level. He has looked good at the plate this Spring, and Nimmo has looked pretty good too, in this small sample of games.

  • Benny

    Can you just imagine this guy in the PCL? Just salivating at the thought of the monstrous year (hopefully half a year) he will have this year. AAA might be more exciting than our Major League team, especially if we go with Lannan or Dice-K for that #5 spot.

  • Sunshine

    WTF are your talking about?!

  • Peter S

    If he makes it, especially if he makes it big, this will be back page news for the rest of his career. He will have plenty of time to discuss/deal with it.

  • mr1313

    No I actually have no respect for any roid users cheating the game but the kid is young and has hopefully owned up to his mistakes has decided to work hard at his craft naturally and will have a long career in front of him. I’m just hoping he wasn’t a product of the drugs. We just don’t know a lot about him, maybe I’m skeptical of a past user and why shouldn’t I be.

  • Benny

    “Just need to find a guy to get on base in front of them.”

    Dilson Herrera.

  • Metfan9876

    I like Herrera but he has a few things that he needs to work on before I get too excited about him

  • Metfan9876

    I’m keeping a close eye on Rosario’s development. If everything breaks just about right, he can be a pretty special player

  • Benny

    He’s not projected to come up until 2016, there’s a lot of time for that…

    What is it exactly that you don’t like about him? The kid is 19 years old and so far has a career .282.356.448.805 slash line.

  • RyanF55

    This is a big year for this kid…he has to do again with his involvement in the Biogenesis mess. If these position prosepcts work out, it will be exciting. We’re just still a couple years off.

  • Benny

    Completely botched his name lol.

  • The kid is going to be a beast in the majors.. Like i’ve said before and i’ll say it again. He’s our version of Cespedes but better with the overall tools! Can’t wait to see him out there soon with Lagares and Granderson!

  • everybodysbuddy

    nothing to not like there!

  • Sunshine

    I was at the game too. I’ve seen many Mets hit their first career home run. Milledge was the only one who ran around hi-fiving fans like he hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 25th inning in game 7 of the world series. David Wright didn’t do that… Daniel Murphy didn’t do that…Jose Reyes didn’t do it…There is a way to conduct yourself, and a way not to. That said, I see Milledge didn’t last long…

  • A little bit! yeah def! i agree with you.. Just have this feeling that he’s going to be a special player and drive the league nuts once he comes up alla Harvey.

  • everybodysbuddy

    Can’t wait for the Mets to move Chris Young in July so they can bring him up!

  • Benny

    Na, I vote for Lagares to continue hitting as he has (whenever he gets a chance) and to let the numbers speak for themselves.

  • Vin

    They have looked very good overall.

    I think between the two, the biggest worry is Puello staying within himself and the strike zone. If he does, he looks like an impact player – strong D + power, batting average, and speed at the plate (again, assuming discipline).

    Though younger and less experienced, I think Nimmo is surer to actualize his potential on the field. He learned a ton last year, then clearly worked just as hard in the off season to arrive at camp in great shape (stronger, heavier, but with no reported loss of speed). I don’t know where Nimmo tops out at since we’re waiting for the power to come, but it looks like he’s got the needed mental / emotional tools to go along with solid D and great plate discipline. If he gets the power it looks like his frame can hold and that power translates to the field, Nimmo may turn out to be one of the better players in the game in 2-3 years.

  • SATXNY

    mr1313 I know your a big Met fan or you wouldn’t be posting comments here. I just started posting today but I’ve followed the Mets since 1965. Yeah one oldddd Met fan. I guess what I am trying to get across to you is it shouldn’t really matter what the guy has to say. Are you really going to get to know the real him from an interview?They’ve been testing for a few years now and he was caught for the 1st time last year. Hopefully it was just one bad decision.

  • Sunshine

    He needs brain surgery. Not coffee.

  • mets2014

    you mean granderson and nimmo…lagares is organizational depth

  • Benny

    He wasn’t even caught last year. His name was included with that Anthony Bosch scandal.

  • everybodysbuddy

    Could Puello be a lead off hitter? 24 SB last year. .405 on base %. He looks more like a number 3 or 4, but his stats look pretty good at #1 too!

  • Benny

    Nimmo isn’t even close to coming up!

  • mets2014

    At this point I’d say 2016 with 2015 being a long shot…obviously his performance this season can change that

  • Benny

    OP stated:

    ” Can’t wait to see him out there soon with Lagares and Granderson!”

    You countered that with “you mean granderson and nimmo”

    How is it going to be “soon” with Nimmo, when Nimmo isn’t even projected to come up until 2016 at the earliest?

  • mets2014

    5 or 6 hitter…would slide nicely in c young’s spot

  • IF…Puello proves legit for half a season in Vegas…come July we will be paying teams to come take CY 7.25MM off our hands. For all the apparent flaws that I keep hearing about in his game (i.e. can’t really hit good MLB breaking ball, lack of plate discipline, etc.) and the Biogenesis suspension…it’s still hard to ignore that he was arguably the best Mets minor league hitter last season. I mean how many blogs had a version of “Puello watch” going nightly??

    Here’s to hoping he’s legit because that helps us sooner rather than later.

  • mets2014

    2 seasons is pretty soon…he didn’t say this season or next

  • everybodysbuddy

    well he would fit in a lot of places in a line up. What we don’t have though is a good lead-off hitter. I like the idea of an outfield of Puello in right leading off. Lagares in center batting 7-8 or even 9, and Grandy in left hitting 4th or 5th. EYjr. as bench guy. Chris Young might be good and I hope he is so they can move him for something at the deadline.

  • Benny

    Puello may make his debut this season, I think that should’ve been pretty telling on how “soon” he meant.

  • SATXNY

    That’s true!

  • mr1313

    I’m pulling for him just as much as every hardcore Mets fan should be. I respect everyone’s opinion and can see it from both sides I just want this kids abilities maximized so he can light it up in the majors but admittedly the biogenesis involvement makes me skeptical. As a Mets fan you sometimes get use to things just not working out in our favor. Glad you started to comment all Mets fans opinions are welcomed here and this is a great site.

  • metFAN660

    Puello, Herrera, Smith, Plawecki, Flores, Nimmo, Rosario, Legares. Rave reviews all around. I somehow remember an awful lot of shrieking that the Mets farm teams had nothing but pitching.

  • everybodysbuddy

    Sandy may come up smelling roses sooner rather than later!

  • somedude718

    This is my hope, as well. I only hope it is a difficult choice to sell off CY because he is having a great year and we’re in the hunt by the trade deadline. At least we can make the case for getting a blue chip.

  • everybodysbuddy

    you know he never tested positive. He was associated with the gym and so there were suspicions. And either way if he used it was well before last season. Last seasons numbers were unrelated!

  • mets2014

    what we really need are players that provide protection for d wright and granderson as well as a player that can drive in runs…i was really hoping they signed cruz for this very reason…we obviously can’t bank on davis or duda for that role…I think e young will be fine as the leadoff hitter

  • everybodysbuddy

    There are certainly two camps on center field. And I like EY. I don’t know that he gets on base enough though. And I just love to watch Lagares in the outfield. And I think Lagares will develop into a solid hitter if he gets regular at bats. He hit for average at every level in the minors. There were adjustments where he’d start slow, or it would be the second year at a level before he caught up. He always caught up though. We need to se if he caught up from last years stint in the majors. Sending him down would not be right, although maybe better than keeping him on the bench. I really think if we play him as a regular this season he will reward us with production at the plate

  • mets2014

    yeah you’re probably right…hope that we see puello and nimmo sooner rather than later…tired of these one way players like denDekker, lagares and kirk taking up roster space

  • but then you want Flores starting every day. SMH

  • Benny

    Huh?

    I do want Lagares starting every day as well…

  • The-rock-man

    The veterns in camp rave about this guy and how strong he is. Reminds me of the outfielder we had Kevin Mitchell simply a bull. They also rave about how athletic he is too during all the drills. Terry get this guy in there more often so we can see what we got.

  • Benny

    That is pretty messed up, considering he does have a medical condition.

    Stay classy, Sunshine…

  • CJM

    I’m cautiously optimistic about Puello. Cautiously because of Biogenesis.

  • mets2014

    I know you and so many have this love affair with lagares…he reminds me of endy chavez who was a fantastic glove and a decent hitter when he played part time…once he started playing regularly he became exposed which is what will happen to lagares…many people are expecting improvement in lagares, but I expect a step backwards…another problem is that the mets already have a number 8 hitter in tejada…this lineup can’t afford 2 number 8 hitters…e young brings a more valuable dimension as a table setter with speed at the top of the lineup…if you are worried about defense, the youngs and granderson will cover a ton of ground and may be regarded the best defensive trio in the league…maybe Atlanta gets the nod over them, but it’s close…my point is you may want to temper your expectations for lagares…the reality is that he is not going to get much playing time with the big club and I would rather him in AAA rather than sitting on the bench

  • Benny

    “reminds me of endy chavez who was a fantastic glove and a decent hitter when he played part time…”

    You literally just described EYJ, not Lagares!

  • mets2014

    disagree…endy was a better defender than e young is, but not even close comparing the speed factor

  • Benny

    You can’t steal first base.

  • mets2014

    lol I am aware of that…lagares OBP was a lot worse than young’s so what’s your point?

  • everybodysbuddy

    What makes you think he won’t adapt at the ML level? He has at every other level! He has a really nice swing. He needs to make some adjustments and settle in. Right now he’s hitting .333 with a .385 OBP. Yes it’s just spring training, but this guy isn’t someone to give up on after his first stint in the majors.

  • Benny

    Lagares is the #8 hitter, while EYJ is the leadoff hitter, you know the most important spot for OBP. That’s my point.

  • Benny

    You replied to the wrong person.

  • mets2014

    I don’t even know how to respond to this…he has like 5 ABs and he is at best the 4th OF…can’t you read between the lines? doesn’t matter what I think or you think…FO has made it pretty clear E young will be the leadoff hitter

  • everybodysbuddy

    Ya your right sorry. I did mean that for Mets2014.

  • Benny

    Lagares was worth 3.7 WAR last year, more than EYJ’s combined WAR for his entire career.

  • mets2014

    he would be the number 8 hitter and who bats leadoff?

  • Benny

    Murphy, C. Young, and possibly even Tejada.

    C. Young’s OBP against LHP is exceptional, while Murphy has a superior lifetime OBP compared to EYJ, and Tejada has one close to EYJ’s (would be better if you exclude his horrid fluke of a 2013 season).

  • everybodysbuddy

    so are you a scout and an incredible talent evaluator? You may be right about what management will do, but that doesn’t mean that I agree with it. But 4th outfielder at best? That my friend is a little premature to decide. He did well at every level in the minors, often in line-ups with lousy hitters around him. Comes to the ML last year, with lousy hitters around him. This was his first crack at the majors. Do you know what Willie Mays did his first year? He hit like .200. Would you have given up on him saying he was a fourth outfielder?

  • mets2014

    I was liking our discussion until you suggested tejada as a potential leadoff hitter lmao…murphy is so much more valuable as a 2 hitter…who bats 2nd? please don’t say tejada…c young was brought to this team to drive in runs…who bats 5th? ike davis?
    like it or not here is the OD lineup:
    E young LF
    Murphy 2B
    Wright 3B
    Granderson LF
    C Young RF
    Davis 1B
    d’Arnaud C
    Tejada SS
    Niese P
    Might as well put it in your scorecard

  • Fast Eddie

    If TC is determined to give preference to veterans like EY, CY, Granderson, Ike, Duda, Lannan and Dice-K, it would appear that the youngsters (Lagares, Puello, Flores, Mejia, Montero and Syndergaard) will be headed to Las Vegas for the 2014 season. In which case I will look into getting a satellite hookup for the 51s’ games this year. I want to see the kids play, not the graybeards.

    Veloz

  • Derpy

    Why do people keep insisting on having a “lead off hitter”? There is no such thing as a “lead off hitter” in modern baseball. They don’t exist. I don’t understand why this even comes up in conversation anymore.

  • Benny

    Not disagreeing with you with what TC is going to do, but just making the point that what he decides is not necessarily the right move (what’s new?).

    If Tejada can return to 2011/2012 form, he is definitely a viable and good option for leadoff, which was my point.

  • mets2014

    I don’t claim to be a talent evaluator, but I am pretty intelligent…I can take the information that is provided to me on a daily basis and make some logical assumptions as to what the FO is thinking…my friend the fact that you brought up willie mays in the same discussion as lagares may have lessened your creditbility here…I know you love lagares I get it, but it’s time to let go brother

  • mets2014

    fair enough…the bottom line is no matter who trots out on the field I root just as hard because he wears the uniform

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Thank you for this, sir–I agree entirely.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    No, he didn’t. Stop making things up.

    He high-fived fans down the RF line on his way to his position. You make it sound like he was a midwest rube getting called down to be on the Price Is Right.

  • Pedro

    But you can get a lot of infield hits.

  • RyanF55

    He has to replicate those numbers again regardless of biogenesis really.

  • everybodysbuddy

    I’m not saying he will ever be a Willie Mays. I’m just saying that it’s too early to say he’s a 4th outfielder. Carlos Gomez, how’s that? If he stunk in the minors, then stunk in the majors, then you have a pretty good idea. This guy’s defense has improved greatly since he switched from SS. He has hit at every level. So you say he’s a 4th outfielder because his first stint in the major leagues (and not a full season) left him with bad stats? And his stats improved once he became the every day center fielder. I may be wrong, and he may not develop into more than a 4th outfielder, but you can’t determine that from the small sample size that was compiled from his first year in the majors when his stats were brought down from the first months of him riding the pine and getting few at bats!
    2011 A+&AA hits .349 BA, .383 OBP
    2012 AA hits .283 .334 OBP
    2013AAA .346 BA-.378 OBP
    and if you take out the first two months he was on the mets when he sat, his stats are much better. He hit .353 in July!
    No I wouldn’t already call him a 4th outfielder.

  • Donal

    Your lead off hitter still gets the most PAs over the course of a season, so getting a good hitter up there does benefit the team. Also, you want to group your best hitters all together to make the most of their individual production. And since the higher in the order you go, the more PAs you get, you benefit most by putting your best hitters together at the top of the line up.

    Granted, a totally optimized line up theoretically gets you 2 extra wins at the most, but its not lie the Mets are in a position to just give away wins.

  • lareplus

    I traded TdA, Flores and a pitcher for a shortstop to be named later.

  • Donal

    I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter or pamphlet.

  • Matlack

    Nice post, and agreed, ’62….the corporate culture of the game today leaves little room for spontaneous, positive outbursts of emotion. Nimmo grinning like the Cheshire Cat the other day was also nice to see, at least in my opinion.

  • Donal

    Granderson in RF? He’s never played RF at the Major League level once.

  • Matlack

    Yeah, pretty much agree here. Kirk’s your classic 4A guy. Den Dekker’s defense is outstanding and he has power. His floor still offers value to a big league club, and if he can hit more, he may even turn out to be a starter.

  • Sunshine

    Let’s not get our panties in a wad over Lastings Milledge.

  • mad met

    Why chris young is on this team is mind numbing … that money should have been spent else where… puello juan ey and brown should see that play time.

  • mets2014

    I hope you are right, but if you remember carlos gomez was a top prospect…what he is doing today was expected…lagares name was never mentioned until they used every other option in the minors last year…lagares was never expected to be carlos gomez…you are likely looking at fool’s gold

  • Taskmaster4450

    How could Puello see playing time? He missed the 2nd half of last year due to suspension after putting up numbers which, at a minimum, are questioned at the moment. The bottom line is that Puello can not be counted upon at this moment since his 2013 is “tainted”. He might prove that last year was all him and not PED enhances…or he might not.

    He requires at least 1/2 year in AAA to answer the question.

    Brown is a bench player at best. And EYJ might be in the same situation. While I am somewhat high on him, I think Grandy, Juan, CY is better than Grandy, Juan, EYJ.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Montero, Noah, Puello, and Flores almost all are headed to Vegas and were stated so. Mejia was supposedly going to be given a shot for the 5th spot but that doesnt look like it is happening. I hope he is in Vegas over the BP in Flushing. Lagares should be in Flushing starting in CF…the hell with EYJ.

  • Taskmaster4450

    The problem with that list is that only Lagares and Flores have shown anything above A ball. Puello had a great 1/2 year at AA but his stats are questioned at the moment. The rest are low level minor league players who havent shown being able to jump across the AA line. Plawecki is first up this season.

  • everybodysbuddy

    I’ll let you know when I’m published

  • Benny

    It must’ve been a bad SS, considering you didn’t put him in that lineup above.

  • Derpy

    Putting your best three hitters 1-3 in the lineup optimizes runs scored.

    Putting a guy first in the batting order because he is “fast” does not optimize run scoring.

    The idea that the 1st in the batting order has to be all of: fast, base stealer, good bunter, high OBP is just nonsense. Put your top three hitters 1-3, and you score runs. I don’t care if your top three hitters are all Ichiro Suzuki in his prime, all Babe Ruth, all Miguel Cabrera, or the “traditional” lineup. You will score the most runs no matter what.

    With this current Mets team, your top three hitters should be Murphy, Wright, and Granderson. Those are your top 3 hitters.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Puello is something the Mets havent seen in a long time….a 5 tool prospect. This kid can hit, run, throw, basically he can do it all. Sure he needs some refinement but that is true of most prospects. I believe, with the Mets current crop of minor league coaches, that kids like this will benefit. Puello is learning command of the strikezone and worked hard on it last season. I expect him to kill the PCL (which might be adverse to his development oddly) and arrive in Flushing this year.

    People are up in arms about CY but realize he is just a placeholder. That is why he was signed to a one year contract. The FO wasnt going to depend upon Puello considering his 2013 numbers are now in question and he wasnt able to get a single AB in AAA last season. And bear in mind, all you Lagares fans, it isnt CY pushing him out of the starting OF but the crazy love affair with EYJ.

    As for Nimmo, I like what I see in the small sample size. His body filled out nicely compared to photos from him a couple years ago. However, everyone needs to keep in mind that he is still an A ball player. I am high on him too as I am with all prospects until they prove otherwise. The simple fact is that AA is the barometer that allows one to decide what future a kid really has. Nimmo hasnt gotten there yet. He has a nice swing and looks like he has all the tools to be a future OF with the Mets. Yet we thought the same thing about Reese Havens, calling him the future Met 2B. Please take note how that worked out.

  • Sach

    Cesar is most def on Sandy’s, Paul’s and JPR’s radar for next season. That’s why 1 of the OF spots for this season had to be just 1 year period- Chris Young. I’ve said it before on MMO and I’ll say it again- out of the 3 prospects- Travis, Wilmer and Cesar, I think Cesar stands the best chance of becoming a good, all around player in the bigs.

  • Michael A

    Puig 2.0…this guy is a stud in the making,he is a beast !

  • lareplus

    This is the lineup in four years so please be patient. We can’t announce it until then.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Ha ha—well done! I appreciate the abuse, my friend.

    Yeah, I’m like the last member of the Lastings Milledge fan club, so I get a bit wadded on the topic. Sorry about that–carry on. 🙂

  • Sunshine

    Apologies. Unfortunately with the culture of online communication, typing in all caps is done to show that you are raising your voice/yelling; and usually done for the sole purpose of being obnoxious. When people type in all caps it is a common reaction for people to take offense, which I did. And of course its tough to know every posters medical history simply by looking at their screen name. I thought I was justified in being douchy, but alas I am not.

  • Sunshine

    But in all seriousness…I’m not looking to fight. I get wadded to, my bad!

  • Sunshine

    My bad. Didn’t know. The whole typing in all caps rarely brings a good reaction from the target, especially when we don’t know the history. I thought he was just trying to agitate…my bad…

  • Metfan9876

    I believe he had strange home road splits last year but for the most part I am excited about him and the fact that he is a 2B makes him extremely valuable to us

  • badcheckbarry

    hopefully. but minus the extra 50 pounds and the jerky attitude that puig has

  • badcheckbarry

    young is center/leftfielder. puello is a rightfielder, so there’s really no placeholding going on there

  • Sach

    BTW, on Feb. 18th in a BP session on Field 2 with Sandy and JPR observing, from amongst Wilmer, Brandon, Kevin, Cesar, Cory and other Met position prospects or possible prospects, it was Cesar that impressed Sandy and JPR the most. This kid can absolutely powder a baseball. During that BP session, Cesar hit a bunch of HRs into or beyond the trees beyond the LF fence.

  • metFAN660

    The point is that the farm is not a vast wasteland as far as offense goes. Who knows who will make it or not. It all needs time, and everyone has to stop rushing.

  • Joey D.

    I’m just leery about what dePodesta is currently saying because of the inconsistency.

    Reports we were getting last Fall and Winter hinted how he was falling out of favor with the organization. Combined with scouting reports that the Mets were not totally satisfied with his progression in the minors along with his sudden spike and the PED connection, his poor showing in winter ball that came after many of those comments, there are conflicting vibes being sent as to what is really being thought within the club.

    I am not an evaluator of talent so could only go by what can be found out by what credible (if there is such a thing) information we can get out of the organization. So I have no idea what they really believe and what is being said for public consumption. Only time will tell.

    http://metsminors.net/is-the-organization-down-on-cesar-puello/

  • Reading the recent review of the Mets IFA signings by B.A. and now reading this article about Puello. Looking back at the other Mets IFA signings of 2007 along with Puello, Jenrry Mejia, Armando Rodriguez, Jordany Valdespin, Jefry Marte, Jeurys Familia, Wilmer Flores and Yohan Almonte. So looking forward to seeing of those remaining with the Mets (Mejia, Familia, Flores & Puello) to stick and deliver the success that helps the club that is anticipated of them.

  • mad met

    Hey task, i agree puello could use some time in the minors before the call up agreed. But i dont feel its going to take him long to show he is ready. Ey played well for us last year and we need some speed to put pressure on the opposing pitchers .. with our young pitcher juan has to play. Our staff is confident in juans defence he makes crazy plays and kills the running game .. i have seen c young play in person a lot .he is not the player u think he is. He will muscle up and pop up in every big spot forget the strike outs they are bad enouph but the pop ups and unproductive outs will drive u mad ..this is not aguy who will help the team and move runners . Im hoping they move him fast and bring up puello as soon as they are allowed to..as for brown i like him as a bench guy has some good pop .puts up a tough at bad . Think he will have better results this year

  • Michael A

    Thats where the 2.0 comes from!….This guy is a 25 to 30 HR guy to a 85 to 100 rbi .290 AVG guy with a howitzer for an arm!

  • Martin

    Agree. Get the kid to the bigs, lagares is wasting everyone’s time. Granderson, puello in the corners and either young in center, or granderson in center with duda and puello in the corners, depending on right/lefty.

  • Al

    you have to be jocking right?

  • Martin

    No, not jocking

  • oleosmirf

    Don’t get too excited. Puig had a historic debut and expecting anything close to that from Puello (or any other top prospect) is crazy talk.

  • jason bay

    DePo’s been high on Puello but certainly the taint of the Biogenises thing would give a reasonable person some room for doubt.

    Joe D himself got positive feedback from members of the Mets development staff and you do have take anonymous quotes with a grain of salt.

    The current Met administration is the one who added him to the 40 when he was only in A+.

  • jason bay

    Exactly.

    For far too long Met prospects were brought up in the hope that they were ready and usually proved that they weren’t. Then they got shipped out to become All Stars elsewhere.

  • jason bay

    The combination of seeing Puello perform, avoiding Super 2 and possibly getting something for Young is the perfect scenario.

    How it works out is up to the players and the market but at least we are positioned to avoid some pitfalls and take advantage of opportunity if it arises.

  • jason bay

    Lol

  • jason bay

    I’m thinking a # 5 if he’s protected

    Those SB’s are more valuable in front of singles hitters than HR hitters.

  • Captain America

    The frustration is the combined production to date from all those guys at the mlb level might as well be zero. If not close to it.

    Sure there are plenty of guys from the 2007 IFA class that have achieved success in the bigs already….