Arizona Fall League play begins Tuesday and the New York Mets will be well represented.
They will be playing on the Scottsdale Scorpions. They will be managed by Jay Bell with hitting coach Dookie Gawkins and pitching coaches Mike Couchee and Jonathan Hurst.
The Mets are sending eight minor league prospects out west to work on their craft this offseason, some of whom have a bright future at the Major League level. Here’s a closer look at who will be playing for the Scorpions:
Tomas Nido – Catcher – Double-A Binghamton / MLB Mets
The 23-year-old had a down year offensively in Binghamton, but was more than good enough defensively to earn a late call-up in September. After hitting .232/.287/.354 in 102 Double-A games, he went 3-for-10 in his brief MLB stint and impressed with his defense. Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki are blocking him next season, but after a full season in Triple-A the landscape could change.
Luis Guillorme – Infielder – Double-A Binghamton
The first season this guy plays in the Major Leagues, he will win a gold glove. He can play either shortstop or second base with the best of them, but his largest obstacle to overcome is that he’s got little power. He hit only his second career home run this season since his debut in 2013, but he gets on base enough to make up for it. He hit .283/.376/.331 with 20 doubles and four stolen bases this season. Just turned 23, Guillorme is capable of stealing more bases as evidenced by his 18 in 2015 as he’s plenty fast enough, just needs work on his baserunning.
David Thompson – Third Baseman – Double-A Binghamton
The 24-year-old has a lot of upside offensively, having hit .263/.325/.429 with 16 home runs, 29 doubles, and 68 RBIs in 133 games. He also stole eight bases while playing solid defense at third. He’s been flying mostly under the radar in terms of prospect lists, but he’s a name to watch this fall.
Kevin Kaczmarski – Outfield – Double-A Binghamton
Like Guillorme, Kaczmarski is a great defender but practices in the outfield. The 25-year-old is not quite at the same level defensively as Guillorme (nobody else in the minors is, only Juan Lagares would compare), but he has a little more power and better base-running skills. He hit .274/.370/.369 with five home runs, 18 doubles, five triples, 52 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 128 games this season while mostly manning left and right field.
Mickey Jannis – Starting Pitcher – Double-A Binghamton
The 29-year-old knuckleballer has reinvented himself, following in the footsteps of R.A. Dickey. He went 8–7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts for the Rumble Ponies this season. In 122.1 innings he struck out 83 and walked only 38, throwing two complete games. Anyone who masters the knuckleball can get Major League batters out, so keep an eye on Jannis.
Tim Peterson – Relief Pitcher – Double-A Binghamton / Triple-A Las Vegas
Peterson, 26, spent most of his season in Binghamton where he was absolutely lights-out. He appeared in 41 games pitching to a pristine 1.14 ERA. In 55.1 innings he struck out 53 and walked 10, registering a 0.777 WHIP. He had a brief albeit unsuccessful stint in Triple-A, allowing five runs in 2.2 innings across two games.
Matt Pobereyko – Relief Pitcher – Single-A Columbia
After impressing Mets scouts by pitching well in independent ball, the Mets brought in the 25-year-old pitcher. He pitched well once he arrived in the minor leagues, pitching to a 3.15 ERA and 1.165 WHIP in 23 appearances. In 34.1 innings he struck out a whopping 53 and walked 14.
Kyle Regnault – Relief Pitcher – Double-A Binghamton / Triple-A Las Vegas
The 28-year-old lefty was very impressive this season, most of which was spent in Las Vegas. After pitching to a 1.17 ERA in 11 games for Binghamton, he was called up to Triple-A where he appeared in 34 games. Playing in the thin air, he pitched 49.1 innings with a 3.28 ERA and 1.419 WHIP, striking out 48 and walking 22.