We will be releasing the players we’ve chosen as part of a group voting for the Mets roster of the best 25 minor leaguers this season. These players are chosen strictly on their numbers and not on their prospect rankings. It’s going to be a four part series with the bench, starting rotation, and bullpen still to come. Here is who we’ve chosen for the best player at each position for their 2016 performances:
Catcher: Tomas Nido (St. Lucie Mets) – The only full season catcher to hit at least .320 and throw out at least 40% of basestealers. Won the FSL batting title, was a mid-season all-star as well as a end-of-the season all-star. Here is a full write-up by Teddy Klein on the catchers breakout season.
First Base: Dominic Smith (Binghamton Mets) – Hit .302/.367/.457 with a career high 14 home runs and 91 RBI. He struck out only 74 times compared to 50 walks. Smith was even better after the arrival of Amed Rosario, hitting .342/.413/.544 from June 23rd and on. Smith is our All-Star first baseman for the second year in a row.
Second Base: T.J. Rivera (Las Vegas 51s)- Started only 14 games at 2B this year but we had to find a spot for the Pacific Coast League’s batting title winner. In Vegas, he hit .353/.93/.516 with career highs in doubles (31), homers (11) and RBI (85) while also getting a cup of coffee at the big league level.
Shortstop: Amed Rosario (St. Lucie, B-Mets)- A couple of ways we could have went with this selection (Andres Gimenez and Gavin Cecchini had great seasons) but tough to go against the top prospect in the organization that had a breakout season offensively. Between St. Lucie and Binghamton he hit .324/.374/.459 with 24 doubles, 12 triples and five home runs. We recently named Rosario as our Position Player of the Year.
Third Base: David Thompson (Columbia, St. Lucie) – The Mets 4th rounder from 2015 was one of the best players in the South Atlantic League before getting promoted to St. Lucie. He struggled to hit consistently there, but continued to be a run producer, finishing with 95 RBI (most in Mets minors) on the season. His 34 doubles were second among Mets minor leaguers and he finished with a .280/.333/.444 slash line overall. Another tough choice here with Phillip Evans having a breakout season on the way to winning the Eastern League batting title.
Outfield: Brandon Nimmo (Las Vegas 51s) – He played all three outfield spots this year for the 51s on the way to a great bounce back season in which he hit .352/.423/.541 and got his first taste off major league action. His .423 on-base led the PCL while his 11 home runs and 25 doubles were both career highs.
Outfield: Desmond Lindsay (GCL, Brooklyn) – The 19-year old five tool player had a great season once he has was able to get on the field after an injury delay. He hit .297/.418/.450 with a 20 BB/26 K ratio in 32 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones. On August 2nd, he drove in seven runs and finished a triple short of the cycle in what is his best pro game to date.
Outfield: Travis Taijeron (Las Vegas 51s) – The 51s power hitting right fielder led the PCL with 42 doubles while tying for the Mets minor league lead with 19 homers. He hit .275/.372/.512 and finished fourth in the PCL with 88 runs batted in. Taijeron makes our end-of-year All-Star team for the second straight season.