Mets Merized Online » Jacob Resnick http://metsmerizedonline.com Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:40:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 2017 Top 30 Prospects: No. 6 Justin Dunn, RHP http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/2017-top-30-prospects-no-6-justin-dunn-rhp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/2017-top-30-prospects-no-6-justin-dunn-rhp.html/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:00:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=229030 justin dunn 3

#6 Justin Dunn

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 185 Level: Short-Season A Brooklyn Cyclones

B/T: R/R Age: 09/22/1995 (21) Age Dif: -1.4

Acquired: Drafted by the Mets in the 1st Round of the 2016 MLB Draft (19th overall)

Last Year: N/A

2016 Statistics: 11 G/8 GS, 30 IP, 1-1 W-L, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .227 BAA, 35/10 K/BB, 1 HR

The Mets used their 2016 first-round pick on Justin Dunn, a lanky right-handed pitcher from Boston College. At 19th overall, it was the earliest in the draft that the Mets had selected a pitcher since they took Matt Harvey seventh in 2010. It took 12 days to reach a deal, but when the ink dried, both sides agreed on the slot value $2,378,800 bonus, and Dunn was assigned to the Brooklyn Cyclones (SS-A) to begin his professional career.

Brooklyn fans received limited looks at Dunn in 2016, as he was kept under the strict wraps of the organizational throwing program for pitchers making their professional debuts. He was initially used in two-inning piggyback outings, before moving to the starting rotation where he was held to three innings per game. Although his time on the mound was limited, Dunn impressed, racking up four starts with five strikeouts or more. The Cyclones’ staff led the New York-Pen league with 706 punch-outs last season.

Dunn’s repertoire is based off his fastball, which sits in the mid 90s, and tops out at 97 mph. He throws a slider and and curveball, which flash in the low-80s. If his fastball is labeled as “plus,” his breaking balls would fall around “average.” Dunn also throws a change-up, but the organization would like to see him evolve it to the point where it can become an effective out-pitch.

“We want to see him develop the change-up,” Mets minor league pitching coordinator Ron Romanick said in August. “That is a core philosophy here since I was hired over here five years ago, to introduce the fastball command and work the change-up in. That’s the thing I really want to see. I know they’re tired, and it’s the end of the year, but they should feel like they could do more when they leave here.”

Mechanically, Dunn has a fairly easy delivery, featuring a high leg kick and long stride for his size. His arm angle comes from over the top, but it tends to drop a bit on his breaking pitches. You can see Dunn’s mechanics here.

His athleticism is what stood out to the Mets during his college career, leading former Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa to compare Dunn’s profile to a young Dwight Gooden. Dunn won’t consistently overpower hitters with his fastball going forward, but there are some similarities in his motion.

Mike M adds -

Dunn is a good athlete that throws a loose and easy 95/96 with crisp mechanics. His slider is his second best pitch and I see it as a Major League out pitch in the future.

Dunn is the type of pitcher the Mets could fast track to the majors in the pen if they wanted to do so. They seem more interested in seeing if his changeup can develop into a solid third pitch which could make a high upside starter.

2017 Outlook: 

There’s a strong chance that the Mets assign Dunn to St. Lucie (A+) to begin the 2017 season, but unless they project him as a reliever in the major leagues, there is really no need to rush him to the big leagues. Wherever he pitches, Dunn will need to work on his stamina and secondary pitches to be successful at higher levels.

2017 MMO TOP 30 PROSPECTS

1. Amed Rosario, SS

2. Dominic Smith, 1B

3. Robert Gsellman, RHP

4. Thomas Szapucki, LHP

5. Desmond Lindsay, OF

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2017 Top 30 Mets Prospects: No. 2 Dominic Smith, 1B http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/2017-top-30-mets-prospects-no-2-dominic-smith-1b.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/2017-top-30-mets-prospects-no-2-dominic-smith-1b.html/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:30:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228598 dominic smith

#2 Dominic Smith

Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 235 Level: Double-A Binghamton Mets

B/T: L/L  Age: 6/15/95 (21) Age Dif: -3.3

Acquired: Selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2013 draft from Junipero Serra HS.

Last year: #3

2016 Statistics: 130 G, 484 AB, 64 R, 146 H, 29 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 91 RBI, 2 SB, .302/.367/.457

The Mets selected Dominic Smith with their first round pick in 2013, continuing a three-year trend of high-school position players in that spot. Following the selections of Brandon Nimmo in 2011 and Gavin Cecchini in 2012, the Mets made Smith the second first baseman to be selected with their first pick in team history (Ike Davis, 2008).

Since he was drafted, Smith had been likened to the 2007-2011 version of James Loney. It was a shrewd comparison — given the ability of both to spray line drives across fields while playing above average defense at first base — until Loney joined the Mets for the 2016 season.

Still, Smith looks like a good bet to reach “prime” Loney, or even exceed that comparison, likely sooner rather than later.

Smith built off of a solid 2015 campaign by increasing his RBI total by 11, his walks by 15, and his OPS by 53 points. Condemned for his lack of power, Smith whacked 14 long-balls in 2016; impressive, given he had hit only ten home runs in his first three seasons, combined.

Smith’s premier performance in 2016 came on July 2, where he slotted into the cleanup spot in a Binghamton lineup that featured a rehabbing Jose Reyes, Eastern League batting champion Phillip Evans, and MMO #1 prospect Amed Rosario.

In the first game of Binghamton’s doubleheader that day, Smith went 4 for 4, scored three times, and drove in five runs. He also homered twice, with Matt Oberste following up each with a longball of his own.

Smith was desperately in need of a season like 2016. He had yet to flash his power potential (a skill that was touted as 20-25 home run potential when he was drafted), and when he reached base, he wasn’t able to do it consistently. Now, it appears Smith has begun to string everything together, and at an opportune time.

Defensively, Smith is as sure-handed as they come. In fact, it may keep him around, should his bat never materialize at the major league level. Although his frame doesn’t scream agility, Smith is very nimble around the bag, and is adept at digging balls out of the dirt.

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Talked to Smith’s personal trainer recently and he said that Dominic has dropped 20-25 pounds while building muscle. Smith will continue to work out with trainer Art Correa in Clovis, California until February.

Smith is already a major league caliber defender and I believe he will continue to develop his power in 2017, which would make him a first division starter at first base.

2017 Outlook:

More good days appear to be ahead for Smith, as he will move up to the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League in 2017. This is also a perfect situation for the Mets, who won’t be hard-pressed to find an afterthought veteran to fill the position in Vegas. I’m looking at you, Marc Krauss and Brandon Allen.

With Lucas Duda‘s impending free agency, it would not be a surprise to see Smith manning first base regularly in 2018, should he impress in a 2017 audition. With a slew of young pitchers, and the likes of Michael Conforto and T.J. Rivera producing at the major league level — not to mention Smith and Rosario on the cusp — the future is clearly now, in Queens.

2017 MMO TOP 30 PROSPECTS

1. Amed Rosario, SS

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MMO Mailbag: NL East Shortstops of the Future http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/mmo-mailbag-nl-east-shortstops-of-the-future.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/mmo-mailbag-nl-east-shortstops-of-the-future.html/#comments Sun, 01 Jan 2017 14:30:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228582 amed-rosario-mlb-photo

Mitch asks…

Once the Mets finally promote Amed Rosario, how do you think all the NL East shortstops will rank let’s say in 2019? There seems to be a lot of great ones in the division.

Jacob replies…

You’re 100% right, the NL East is stacked with potential All-Stars at the shortstop position. Let’s look at them all.

I will try to not let personal beliefs get in the way here, because as a Mets fan who has seen him play many times (in Brooklyn, Binghamton, and minor league Spring Training) it is difficult to not get ahead of yourself when talking about Amed Rosario.

The 21-year-old has already put together an impressive resume, which includes a 2016 Futures Game selection, two mid-season All-Star nods, and being named the 11th best prospect in baseball by MLB.com. The organization is absolutely enamored with Rosario, so much so that he has leapfrogged Gavin Cecchini as the shortstop of the future, even though Cecchini has already made his major league debut.

In Washington, Nationals fans were given a strong sample size of Trea Turner in 2016, as the 23-year-old racked up a .342/.370/.567 line, while hitting 13 home runs and stealing 33 bases in 73 games. Turner finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting to Corey Seager.

Turner primarily spent the 2016 season manning center field for the Nationals, but the team’s recent acquisition of Adam Eaton will send Turner back to his natural position, with Bryce Harper and the contract of Jayson Werth occupying the other outfield spots. Turner is positioned to be a very good player for a very long time, making GM Mike Rizzo’s trade for him in December of 2014 look better by the day.

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Dansby Swanson is at the center of Atlanta’s attempt to rebuild their ball club as they move into SunTrust Park in 2017. Swanson, 23 by Opening Day, is currently known as they player who was selected with the first pick of the 2015 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, then subsequently traded to the Braves in the infamous Shelby Miller deal. Swanson, however, has the potential to be known for much more.

The former Vanderbilt Commodore showcases a stellar bat and above-average glove, which will likely force fellow Braves prospect Ozzie Albies to slide over to second base, not the other way around. Swanson hit .302 in 145 at bats after he was promoted to the major leagues in August last season.

The jury is still out on Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford, who is ranked as the number two prospect in baseball by MLB.com, but struggled after his promotion to Triple-A Lehigh. He is known more for his glove than his bat, but Crawford has yet to put together one – full – standout season at the plate. However, the Phillies have to love his career rate stats of 13% for strikeouts and walks. The Phillies can’t commit to Freddy Galvis and his .241 career batting average forever, so it’s only a matter of time before Crawford makes his debut.

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This leads us to the Miami Marlins, who don’t house any fancy names in their minor league system. Their top prospect at the position is J.T. Riddle, who spent most of 2016 in Double-A, and was added to the 40-man roster in November. The 25-year-old from the University of Kentucky has a .274 batting average through four minor league seasons.The Marlins don’t appear to be moving on from Adeiny Hechavarria anytime soon, although his statistics should suggest otherwise. This makes it unlikely for a Marlin to make any noise from the position in the foreseeable future.

So there you have it. If I had to put those players into a ranking for the 2019 season, I’d likely go Turner, Rosario, Swanson, Crawford, and whoever the Marlins decide to trot out there, which I will fittingly label as MIA.

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Marcos Molina Makes Return from TJS in Arizona Fall League http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/marcos-molina-makes-return-from-tjs-in-arizona-fall-league.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/marcos-molina-makes-return-from-tjs-in-arizona-fall-league.html/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:04:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224859 marcos molina

Marcos Molina, who missed the entire 2016 regular season after Tommy John surgery, made his first appearance of the season by tossing two innings for the Scottsdale Scorpions in their 5-2 loss on Thursday. The 21-year-old was given the starting nod and allowed one run on four hits while striking out two.

Molina allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base, but he settled in from there, coaxing a double play ball and a strikeout to limit the damage in the first inning. Molina stranded two more runners in the second inning. His fastball returned to its usual velocity, topping out at 93 mph.

Here’s a video of Molina from yesterday. As you can see he’s made some slight changes to his mechanics but still needs some work.

Tim Tebow started as Scottsdale’s designated hitter and went 0-3, bumping his line to 0-9 through three games. He also drew a walk in the fifth inning and came around to score on a single by Angels prospect Michael Hermosillo. He struck out twice and has yet to hit a ball out of the infield.

Gavin Cecchini went 0-3 with a walk, and Matt Oberste was 0-4 with a strikeout. Oberste was playing left field for the first time in his pro career. Mets prospects are hitting .148 (4-27) through three AFL games with Cecchini and Champ Stuart having two hits apiece.

The Scorpions will face the Glendale Desert Dogs Friday night at 9:35 ET

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Arizona Fall League: Marcos Molina Added to Mets Contingent http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/arizona-fall-league-marcos-molina-added-to-mets-contingent.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/arizona-fall-league-marcos-molina-added-to-mets-contingent.html/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:30:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221794 Photo: Ed Delany

Photo: Ed Delany

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Mets pitching prospect Marcos Molina has been added to the contingent of players headed to the Arizona Fall League. He has missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last September. Molina, our #18 prospect here at MMN, last pitched in 2015 for the St. Lucie Mets when he went 1-5 with a 4.57 ERA.

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According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, the Mets will be sending six prospects to the Arizona Fall League. RHP Corey Taylor, LHP David Roseboom, C Tomas Nido, 1B/3B Matt Oberste, SS Gavin Cecchini, and OF Champ Stuart will attend the instructional league as members of the Scottsdale Scorpions. Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin has been named to manage the team, but as Rubin notes, Goodwin’s availability hinges on the Mets’ potential postseason presence.

Nido is part of the team’s taxi squad meaning he will only be available to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Mets also have two more pitchers spots on the Scorpions available to them.

The Mets’ representatives in 2015 included Cecchini, L.J. Mazzilli, Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, Mike Hepple, Mickey Jannis, Kyle Regnault, and Beck Wheeler. This year’s crop will play alongside prospects from the Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Francisco Giants. Notable Scorpions include Greg Bird and Gleyber Torres of the Yankees, and Victor Alcantara of the Angels.

Cecchini will be making his second appearance in the Arizona Fall League after going 5-13 in four games with the Salt River Rafters in 2015. The 2012 first-round pick has seen strong success at Triple-A in 2016, setting career highs in average (.330), on-base percentage (.391), slugging (.454), and doubles (27), all while cutting down on his strikeout rate. Cecchini is listed as the Mets’ number three prospect by MLB.com.

Nido will look to continue his breakout season in Arizona. The 22-year-old backstop raised his average 51 points to .310 in 2016, and set career highs with St. Lucie in home runs (7), runs batted in (44), and hits (101), while striking out 41 times, an immense improvement considering he whiffed 86 times in 2015. Nido, lowered his errors and raised his caught stealing percentage as well, was boldly placed at 19 on MLB.com’s list.

The Mets are only sending two pitchers this year, but they both are names to keep tabs on. Roseboom took over Binghamton’s closer role in July and never looked back, saving 14 games in 15 opportunities while posting a 1.98 ERA and holding opponents to a .178 average. Taylor flourished in the same role with St. Lucie, saving 19 games with a 1.94 ERA in his second professional season.

Oberste has shown solid hitting skills in the past, but playing the same position on the same team as Dominic Smith initially limited his at-bats and eventually forced him to take on a new position in third base. Oberste still hit .291 with Binghamton, and his assignment to the AFL is a sign that they are not yet giving up on the 25-year-old.

Stuart holds the designation of being the fastest player in the Mets’ system, evidenced by his 99 career stolen bases in 114 attempts. Still, he’s struggled to put it all together with the bat, as the team was hoping a midseason promotion to Double-A would help. Stuart will be headed to Arizona after representing Great Britain in the upcoming World Baseball Classic qualifier in Brooklyn.

The 2016 Arizona Fall League kicks off on Tuesday, October 11, with Scottsdale’s first game scheduled that day against the Glendale Desert Dogs.

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Mets Minors: Midseason Top Prospects #30-26 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-midseason-top-prospects-30-26.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-midseason-top-prospects-30-26.html/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:15:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220762 Photo courtesy of Al Rabon/Midland Sports

Photo courtesy of Al Rabon/Midland Sports

A few weeks ago we started our Mets midseason prospects countdown at MetsMinors.net and we are happy to bring you the Top 30 here at MMO. We covered 50 Mets minor leaguers overall and you can read the rest from the links at the bottom.

#30 SS Milton Ramos

HT: 5’11 WT: 180 Level: Low-A Columbia

B/T: R/R Age: 8/26/1995 (20) Age Dif: -1.4

Acquired: Selected in the third round of the 2014 MLB Draft from American Heritage HS (FL).

Preseason Rank: #19

2016 Statistics: 322 AB, 71 H, 13 2B, 2 3B, 32 RBI, 28 BB, 78 K, 3 SB, .220/.292/.273

Profile: Nobody expected Ramos’ bat to outshine his glove coming out of high school, but he has put together a brutal season at the plate in 2016, his first above rookie ball. The Mets chose to have Ramos skip Brooklyn after he hit .317 in Kingsport last season, but his average has since plummeted. However, his walk rate has gone up, leaving hope that he may eventually get on base at a somewhat decent clip.

In the field, Ramos’ glove has been as advertised and is what carries his prospect value. The defense may not be hurting him, but the question on Ramos is how far it will take him. The offensive struggles led to an 11 spot drop in our rankings.

What’s Next: Ramos may be called to repeat Columbia next year, or St. Lucie if he finishes the year strong.

#29 2B/SS Michael Paez

HT: 5’8″ WT: 175 Level: Short-Season A Brooklyn

B/T: R/R Age: 12/8/1994 (21) Age Dif: 0.0

Acquired: Selected in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Draft from Coastal Carolina.

Preseason Rank: N/A

2016 Statistics: 107 AB, 18 H, 6 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 12 BB, 128 K, 3 SB, .168/.262/.252

Profile: Only a select few can say they were NCAA national champions, but Paez brings that winning mentality with him to the organization. The Chanticleer shortstop has shifted over to second base with Brooklyn, and there has been nothing to complain about there so far. The turf field at MCU Park tends to give first year players fits, but the 21-year-old has been spotless.

When the Mets took Paez this year, the early comparisons were to Dilson Herrera, which is both accurate and familiar to Mets fans. At only 5’8″ Paez hit 15 long balls this year at Coastal Carolina, and like Herrera, uses a home run swing. As he improved his home run totals, Paez has struck out more, evidenced by his early returns with Brooklyn.

What’s Next: He’ll continue to get his feet wet with the Cyclones and head to Columbia in 2017.

#28 LHP PJ Conlon

Ht: 5’11” Wt: 190 Level: High-A St. Lucie Mets

B/T: L/L Age: 11/11/1993 (22) Age Dif: -1.1

Acquired: Selected in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB draft

Preseason Rank: #71

2016 Statistics: 11-2, 1.81 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 129.0 IP, 109 H, 18 BB, 99 K

Profile: The Belfast, Ireland born southpaw pitched out of the Brooklyn bullpen last season and did so with success. His move to the Columbia rotation to start the season surprised a few, but has been an outstanding move as the SAL All-Star was promoted to St. Lucie for the second half. Where he has continued to dominate.

He does it with the command of a veteran, (selected among the best in the system in the pre-season here at MMN) not a guy 13 months into his pro career. He can throw four pitches for strikes, (really five, since he will show you two different fastballs). His fastball will top out at 91-92 and sit consistently at 87-90, a changeup that grades as plus; bordering plus plus. An average slider with a curveball that is a little better than a show me pitch.

He has a much more advanced approach on the mound than most guys in the major leagues. In a recent interview with Fangraphs;

“I can take something away from an outing like that. Velocity isn’t necessarily what gets guys out. Guys get themselves out all the time. You can frustrate hitters. If they don’t know what’s coming, and they’re not getting what they like to see… like I said, I’m changing speeds and trying to keep hitters off balance.”

Adding “If I’m down on the count 2-0, I might throw my two-seam 86 and let him beat it into the ground. He’s looking fastball, so rather than humping up and trying to throw it by him, I’ll dial it down below the hitting speed and let him get himself out.”

He has been given a future LOOGY label, though it may be a bit premature, with his Colon like method throwing strikes (1.2 BB/9 in his career) he has been comped to Jamie Moyer.

What’s Next: As he has surpassed 120 innings on the season, I would expect him to finish the season in High-A with a spot waiting for him in the Binghamton rotation in 2017. He really won’t be tested until then as his command is just that much better than the competition.

(Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

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#27 RHP Harol Gonzalez

HT: 6’0″ WT: 170 Level: Short-Season A Brooklyn

B/T: R/R Age: 3/2/1995 (21) Age Dif: -0.4

Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on March 26, 2014.

Preseason Rank: #45

2016 Statistics: 9 GS, 5-1, 1.57 ERA, 63.0 IP, 41 H, 11 R/11 ER, 74 K, 13 BB, 1 HR, .182 BAA, 0.86 WHIP

Profile: In a season that has seen the Cyclones stacked with top prospects, yet fail to see results, the one constant has been Gonzalez, who is 5-1 with a 1.57 ERA through 10 starts. He’s taken off this season, leading the New York-Penn League with 74 strikeouts, which is already a career high.

The slender right-hander’s fastball sits from 88-90 miles per hour, although he has been able to reach 94 at times. He mixes speeds with a plus changeup and a curveball, which is still developing. Gonzalez has been successful by putting a little extra velocity on his pitches when he needs to, and taking some off when the situation calls for it. He possesses uncanny instincts and knowledge for a pitcher his age, and should throw harder as his body fills out.

What’s Next: It would not be a shock to see Gonzalez earn a few starts in Columbia before the end of the season and start there next year.

#26 3B/1B Jhoan Urena

HT: 6’1″ WT: 230 Level: Hi-A St. Lucie

B/T: S/R Age: 9/1/1994 (21) Age Dif: -1.7

Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on September 8, 2011.

Preseason Rank: #13

2016 Statistics: 338 AB, 73 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 42 RBI, 37 BB, 64 K, .216/.293/.325

Profile: Big things were expected from Urena in 2016, but he hasn’t rebounded from an injury plagued 2015. He’s making less contact, striking out more, and has seen his average dip to an unsightly .216. On a positive note, Urena has already set his career high with seven home runs, so his strongest tool is still developing. At 21, Urena has always been younger than league average, and has plenty of time to return to his top prospect form like 2014, when he hit .300 with Brooklyn.

In the field, Urena has always been able to handle third base at the least, but he may be forced off the position if his range doesn’t improve. When the Mets promoted David Thompson to St. Lucie, Urena began to see some time at first base, so that may be an option for him going forward.

What’s Next: He likely won’t repeat St. Lucie a third time, but a strong finish will certainly help his case for a promotion to Binghamton.

Previous Rankings: 50-41, 40-31

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Mets Minors: Alonso Homers, Taijeron and Oberste Named All-Star MVPs http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-alonso-homers-taijeron-and-oberste-named-all-star-mvps.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-alonso-homers-taijeron-and-oberste-named-all-star-mvps.html/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:00:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217590 CnTCPvrWEAAFb_p

A day after the major league All-Star Game in San Diego, the top prospects in Triple-A and Double-A were on display. T.J. RiveraTravis Taijeron, and Gabriel Ynoa represented the Las Vegas 51s for the Pacific Coast League All-Stars, and Matt ObersteTyler Pill, and Logan Taylor represented the Binghamton Mets for the Eastern League East All-Stars. Taijeron and Oberste were named as the most valuable player for their respective games.

Taijeron started at designated hitter and played the entire game. His two-run home run off Jason Wheeler in the second inning accounted for all of the PCL runs and was the only longball of the game. Here is Taijeron showing off his power the opposite way. Rivera started at third base and went 1-3 with a double in the first inning. Ynoa relieved starter Brady Rogers to begin the third inning and allowed one hit in a scoreless frame. Box Score

Oberste was a major part in the EL East’s offensive breakout on Wednesday, as the third baseman went 4-5 with a double and four runs batted in. Here is a two-run double he hit to the left center field gap. The team ultimately won 10-2 on 20 hits. Pill served up a home run to Orioles SS Garabez Rosa in the fourth inning, and Taylor continued his strong season by striking out two in the eighth. Box Score

Recap done by Teddy Klein

St. Lucie Mets 6 (45-41), Daytona Tortugas 1 (Cincinnati, 47-39) Box Score

Kaczmarski was promoted before the game. Nido has been a real breakout this year with the bat and defensively behind the plate. Urena is hitting well in the second half of the year after hitting .197/.266/.303 in the first half.

Delmarva Shorebirds 9 (Baltimore, 51-38), Columbia Fireflies 4 (41-49) Box Score

Winningham hit his 23rd double of the year. Joe Tuschak robbed a homer which you can watch here.

Brooklyn Cyclones 6 (12-13), Aberdeen 2 (Baltimore, 10-15) Box Score

  • Michael Paez SS 2 for 4, BB
  • Jacob Zanon CF 2 for 3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB, BB .226/.309/.357
  • Peter Alonso 1B 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI .350/.381/.650
  • Ali Sanchez C 1 for 4, 2B .236/.276/.309

Sanchez threw out two baserunners, picked off another. This was fourth rounder Paez’s debut. Alonso belted his first professional home run to left field.

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Mets Minors Recap: Becerra Homers, Reyes Hitless in Brooklyn http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-minors-recap-becerra-homers-reyes-hitless-in-brooklyn.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-minors-recap-becerra-homers-reyes-hitless-in-brooklyn.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:00:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216155 Reyes-Brooklyn-2-400x304

Sacramento 6, Las Vegas 0 (41-36) Box Score

Ty Blach held the 51s offense to six hits in a complete game shutout on 94 pitches (Maddux alert!). Cecchini was the only Las Vegas batter to pick up two hits, and Nevin Ashley doubled for the eighth time this season in the fifth inning.

  • Duane Below LHP: 8 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 7 K, HR, Loss (4-6, 4.20 ERA)

Binghamton Mets 3 (32-42) Richmond 2 Box Score

Binghamton scored two runs in the eighth on Rosario’s two-out triple to put them in front and extend their winning streak to four games. Rosario is now 7-17 since joining the B-Mets. Wheeler nailed down his sixth save in as many opportunities.

St. Lucie Mets 17 (37-35) Jupiter 0 Box Score

St. Lucie put up their highest scoring total of the season by recording 11 runs over the first three innings, one in the seventh, and five more in the ninth. Becerra led the way with his first home run since August 14, 2015. Every Mets batter had at least two hits except for 1B Michael Katz who struck out in all six of his plate appearances. Knapp, Hepple, and Duff combined for the nine scoreless innings.

Columbia Fireflies 1 Hickory 1 (Suspended) Box Score

Columbia and Hickory were suspended after five innings and the score tied. The game will be completed before Tuesday’s regularly scheduled contest. Joe Tuschak provided the only run for the Fireflies with his fourth home run of the season in the fifth, and Gaby Almonte struck out five batters in five innings.

Roster Note – Ivan Wilson has retired from baseball to pursue a football career. 

Brooklyn Cyclones 6 (5-6) Hudson Valley 5 (10) Box Score

The Cyclones walked off in the bottom of the tenth inning when Knight drove in the winning run on his third hit of the game. He had entered the game in the third inning when Dionis Paulinowas hit on the hand with a pitch. Nick Sergakis tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-RBI single. Adam Atkins, who had been dealing with strep throat, made his professional debut with a scoreless eighth.

Kingsport POSTPONED (Rain)

GCL Mets OFF

DSL Mets1 8 (8-11) DSL Rangers1 6 BOX SCORE

DSL Mets2 4 (7-13) DSL Rangers2 5 BOX SCORE

Misael Familia allowed a walk-off double that scored two in the bottom of the tenth inning.

 

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Cyclones Drop Season Opener in 20 Inning Marathon http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/cyclones-drop-season-opener-in-20-inning-marathon.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/cyclones-drop-season-opener-in-20-inning-marathon.html/#comments Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:12:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=215283 (Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

Sometimes, games drag on for hours. In the New York Penn-League, they never end.

After five hours, 39 minutes, and 20 innings, the Cyclones’ two runs were not enough to overcome the Staten Island Yankees’ three.

“I’ve been doing this for 40-something years, this is the third longest game I’ve ever played in,” manager Tom Gamboa said after the game while munching on a plate of chicken and potatoes, likely his first meal in what seemed like days. “I had two in Puerto Rico that went 27 and 21, so this is the third longest for me and it comes opening night.”

(Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

In a game that displayed ultimate futility, the teams combined to leave 31 men on base and go two for 30 with runners in scoring position. The Cyclones also set a franchise record by striking out 22 batters, breaking the record set almost 14 years ago to the day. Their offense wasn’t any better, fanning 19 times.

“You know it’s only one game, but the ironic thing is this kind of reflects last year all over again,” Gamboa said. “Great pitching, I mean we ran eight pitchers out there that really did a great job, and our offense bordered somewhere between hopeless and inept. ”

After securing the first losing season in the team’s 15-year history last season, the ‘Clones needed a jolt to kick off their 2016 campaign. Enmanuel Zabala ensured just that, although most of the 7,011 fans in attendance were still settling into their seats.

The 21-year-old leadoff batter took Staten Island Yankees’ starter Adonis Rosa‘s fifth pitch of the game out of the ballpark, slamming it off of the scoreboard in deep left field. It was Zabala’s second professional home run; the other (a grand slam, nonetheless) came in the Dominican Summer League on June 6, 2013.

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Cyclones starter Gabriel Llanes went five innings, allowing six hits and two runs, while walking two with a strikeout. He threw 49 of his 69 pitches for strikes . The one punchout came at the end of the second inning, when Llanes got shortstop Danienger Perez swinging at a changeup.

Gamboa was pleased, saying, “He showed poise and command out there, and I was real happy with him.”

Following the leadoff home run, Rosa held the Cyclones bats silent, setting down the next eleven before back-to-back extra base hits from Brandon Brosher and Darryl Knight brought in a run in the fourth.

After that, it was a bullpen kind of game. Five Cyclones pitchers tossed two scoreless innings each, while two more pitched one frame apiece. Once the team ran out of pitchers, Gamboa looked down his dugout for a saving grace.

“We literally went down the bench, asking guys who had pitched before they signed, and we had two,” Gamboa said.

Those two were backup infielders Franklin Correa and Dionis Paulino. Correa allowed one hit in two otherwise harmless innings, but once Paulio took the mound, it was clear that the end was near. The 19-year-old first baseman began his Cyclones debut by delivering six straight pitches out of the strike zone in the top of the 20th, eventually walking the bases loaded. It was then that Yankees leadoff batter Ricardo Ferreira, who had gone 0-8 to that point, delivered a sacrifice fly, bringing in the first run from either side since the Knight triple in the fourth.

The Cyclones were set down in the bottom of the inning, sending their fans home, if not happy, relieved as the clock read 12:40.

I didn’t think I would manage to make it through the game in its entirety, but here I am, living to tell about it.

If you attend enough games, you’re bound to see something you’ve never seen before, but in my case, this was not new. I sat in the sun at Citi Field for over six hours on June 8, 2013, when the Mets and Marlins battled for 20 innings, the last such game in the majors. No position players pitched in that contest, but I did see Shaun Marcum pitch longer than starter Matt Harvey, who went seven innings.

As I looked out at MCU Park from the press box, watching the roller coasters and Ferris wheel while Yeffry De Aza swung at three straight sliders out of the zone in the 17th inning, I sympathized with the 300 fans remaining, but remembered that this is what makes baseball the greatest game of them all.

All photos taken by Jacob Resnick

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Early Season Mets Minors Promotion Candidates http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/early-season-mets-minors-promotion-candidates.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/early-season-mets-minors-promotion-candidates.html/#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 19:47:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211122 Tyler Bashlor, Photo Courtesy of Al Rabon

Tyler Bashlor, Photo Courtesy of Al Rabon

First impressions are everything, especially in the minor leagues. Now that the first month of the season is in the books, teams will now begin to assess those players that made a statement to start the year, and determine who is worth keeping an eye on throughout May. If they continue to preform, a midseason promotion will become a serious possibility. Here are six players who caught our attention in April.

Hitters

Amed Rosario (SS, St. Lucie Mets)

It was surprising enough that the Mets chose not to start Rosario at Double-A Binghamton, so it would be even more shocking if the 20-year-old phenom is not promoted before the end of the month. In just 23 April games, Rosario managed to silence those who questioned his ability with the bat, by hitting .310/.343/.530 in April with three home runs and 16 runs batted in. The RBI total is ten shy of what he recorded in 2015, and the three long balls match his career high. With the weather getting warmer and Binghamton, and Niuman Romero failing to impress as the incumbent, all signs point to Rosario getting the call very soon.

Vinny Siena (2B, Columbia Fireflies)

There was no question that Siena was a solid hitter coming into the season, but the numbers he’s put up so far only improve his chances of rising through the ranks quickly. In his first 24 games this year, the former UConn second baseman has reached base safely in 23 of them, earning him a .475 on base percentage which is 2nd in the league.

We first saw what Siena’s talents could do in his professional debut at Brooklyn last year, when he hit .336 through his first 30 games. If he is bumped to St. Lucie when Rosario moves up, there will be a spot open at second base with Luis Guillorme sliding back over to shortstop.

David Thompson (3B, Columbia Fireflies)

The answer to “who has the most RBI in affiliated baseball through May 1?” is not Bryce Harper, or even Rockies breakout rookie Trevor Story. The mystery man is Thompson, who knocked in an astounding 27 runs in April. The 22-year-old was a common name when 2016 Mets breakout prospects were being discussed on MMN before the season, and he has certainly not disappointed.

As a fourth round draft pick in 2015, Thompson carried lofty expectations with him to Brooklyn, where he struggled mightily at the plate with a .218 average, and in the field, recovering from a shoulder injury. Seemingly at 100 percent, Thompson is poised to prove he could be the Mets’ third baseman of the future, and the next stop is St. Lucie.

Pitchers

Casey Delgado (RHP, St. Lucie Mets)

Delgado might not be a top prospect, but he’s sure pitched like one through four starts in the Florida State League. The Mets caught the 25-year-old pitching in the independent leagues last year, and he was solid through 16 starts with the Sand Gnats. Delgado has shown to have good strikeout numbers thus far, fanning at least five in each outing this year, and limited his walks. Although the numbers have come in a small sample size, it’s safe to say that his maturity and performance out of the gate could serve him well in Double-A.

Tyler Bashlor (RHP, Columbia Fireflies)

In one of the feel-good stories from the first month of the season, Bashlor has been absolutely dominant for the Fireflies. After not throwing a pitch in a game for over 31 months due to Tommy John surgery, Bashlor returned to the mound with a vengeance.

The 23-year-old has struck out 15 batters in 11.2 innings, including five in two innings on opening day. Bashlor has also reportedly reached the 96-97 miles per hour range with his fastball, which is a welcomed sign for anyone returning from a significant elbow injury. Given his age and immediate impact, it’s likely he’ll be called upon to bolster St. Lucie’s bullpen sometime soon.

Tim Peterson (RHP, St. Lucie Mets)

The 25-year old right-handed has had a spectacular start to 2016, allowing only one earned run in 11 innings on a measly four hits. He has struck out 18 compared to only one walks and has given up four hits. The Mets 20th round pick from 2012 already made one appearance for the Binghamton Mets and given his age and success he could be headed back to Bingo very shortly. Fellow St. Lucie reliever Kevin McGowan (our Relief Pitcher of the Month) could also get bumped up soon.

Be sure to check out MetsMinors.net for all your minor league news including our recent posts about the hottest hitters and pitchers in the system!

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MMO Top 30 Prospects: No. 10 Robert Gsellman, RHP http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-top-30-prospects-no-10-robert-gsellman-rhp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-top-30-prospects-no-10-robert-gsellman-rhp.html/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:00:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=209169 robert gsellman

#10 RHP Robert Gsellman

Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 200 Age: 7/18/1993 (22)

2015 Level: Single A Port St Lucie Mets, Double AA Binghamton Mets

MiLB Statistics: 24 G, 24 GS, 143.1 IP, 13-7 W-L, 2.89 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 86 K’s

We are now diving into our Top 10 with our third straight right-handed pitcher following Logan Verrett (#11) and Seth Lugo (#12). Despite midseason trades, the Mets still have a solid collection of starting pitching prospects that are close to be Major League ready.

The Mets drafted Robert Gsellman in the 13th round in the 2011 draft out of Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. So far, they have seen a very nice return on investment given his 2.86 career ERA in the minors to date. After having a good year in 2015, the Mets decided to add Gsellman to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. When Mets decided to trade Michael Fulmer and Casey Meisner, they weakened the next wave of arms that would have provided depth to the starters they have on the big league team. However, this has provided an opportunity for him to be a reinforcement for the Mets going forward.

He has put up solid numbers at every stop in the minors to date, although he had trouble missing bats at A and AA last year, he only struck out 5.4 batters per 9 innings. All in all, Gsellman had a wildly successful campaign in 2015 pitching to a 2.89 ERA across High A and AA while only allowing 126 hits in 143.1 innings. He also did a great job of keeping the ball down shown by his 0.39 HR/9 last year for the Binghamton Mets. At 6’4 200 lbs, he stands tall on the mound with a fluid delivery which can be seen here.

There isn’t too many moving parts which should be beneficial to his future long-term health. He has a solid fastball and deceptive arm action with his changeup and breaking ball. The changeup comes out a little flat and could use refinement at AAA. However, the good part of his changeup is that it has a nice difference in speed from the fastball (10-11 mph). The breaking ball has a nice 11-5 break and has turned into an above average pitch.

Gsellman is a pitcher who won’t walk too many batters and will live in the zone. He only had 37 walks last year in 143.1 innings pitched. As a starter, his sinking fastball has been in the 90-92 mph range while hitting 95 at times.  Gsellman should be ticketed for Las Vegas for his final tune-up. Given the Mets lack of fifth starter depth, I expect him to get a shot at the big leagues if any injuries occur to one of the Mets starters.

In my view, the most likely outcome for Gsellman is as a 4-5 starter, which is perfect for the Mets given their solid core of pitchers with ace potential. If he can work on the sinking action on his changeup and have his fastball live in the 92-93 mph range, I see potential as a 3 starter in the big leagues.

Previous prospects in the top 30:

#11 Logan Verrett#12 Seth Lugo#13 Jhoan Urena#14 Gabriel Ynoa#15 Ali Sanchez#16 Luis Guillorme#17 Chris Flexen, #18 Max Wotell#19 Milton Ramos#20 Akeel Morris

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #30-26

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #25-21

If you would like to see the rest of our series, please tune into MetsMinors.net where we covered the Top 80 Mets Prospects. Come join our live game thread for night two of the minor league season with Gsellman getting the start for Binghamton.

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MMO Top 30 Prospects: No. 11 Logan Verrett, RHP http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-top-30-prospects-no-11-logan-verrett-rhp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-top-30-prospects-no-11-logan-verrett-rhp.html/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 23:49:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=209104 logan Verrett

 

No. 11 RHP Logan Verrett

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 190 Age: 6/19/1990 (25)

2015 Level: MLB New York Mets/Texas Rangers, Triple-A Las Vegas 51s

MLB Statistics: 18 G, 4 GS, 47.2 IP, 1-2 W-L, 3.59 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .202 BAA, 39/15 K/BB, 6 HR

MiLB Statistics: 18 G, 11 GS, 64.2 IP, 5-3 W-L, 4.59 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .278 BAA, 53/19 K/BB, 1 HR

The key to success for any major league team is depth. Whether it’s a young infielder that can spell a veteran third baseman for a game, or a promising starter in Triple-A that could step right into the rotation if need be, having that sort of player is crucial in the long grind that is the 162 game major league season. Logan Verrett is certainly ready to provide that depth in 2016.

Verrett’s 2015 season got off to a wild start. Originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule V Draft in December of 2014, he was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, four days before the regular season was set to begin. With no prior major league experience, Verrett made the Rangers’ Opening Day roster. He was eventually returned to the Mets on May 4, after appearing in four games with Texas, all in a relief role.

The road to the major leagues was not a lengthy one for the native Texan. Verrett was selected by the
Mets in the third round of the 2011 draft, after establishing himself as a dominant starter in three years at Baylor University. He was held out of games until 2012, when he made 17 starts between Savannah (A) and St. Lucie (A+). That season was highlighted by a complete game shutout with the Sand Gnats on July 10.

In 2013, Verrett joined Binghamton (AA), and helped them finish in first place in the Eastern League for the first time since 2000. By 2014, he had cemented his place among the Mets’ top pitching prospects not named Noah Syndergaard, and threw the most innings of his young career with Las Vegas (AAA).

After rejoining the Mets organization in May of 2015, Verrett returned to the 51s for ten games, before making his Flushing debut. A career starting pitcher in the minor leagues and college, Verrett was relegated to a bullpen role. “I feel like I’ve done well out of the bullpen and shown them that I can be effective,” he told ESPN shortly after his promotion.

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the signature moment of Verrett’s career to this point came on the afternoon of August 23. That day, in Colorado, the 25-year-old limited the inferior Rockies lineup to one run, and a mere four hits, while striking out eight batters over eight innings. Of the 43 other Mets who have made a start at Coors Field, which opened in 1995, none had ever lasted as long as Verrett did that day.

He throws the basic four pitch mix: four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, changeup, and slider. Occasionally he’ll toss in a curveball, but he relied on the slider heavily last season, netting 21 of his 39 major league strikeouts with the pitch. Along with a fastball that approached 92-93 miles per hour at times last season, Verrett possesses a potentially strong arsenal.

Because of some pretty good pitchers that already occupy all five spots, it’s clear that his future role is not in the Mets’ rotation. A more plausible outcome, however, would be as a middle inning reliever who could neutralize big hitters with his offspeed stuff. He should crack the Opening Day roster as a long reliever, with a chance to make spot starts as needed.

But remember, depth is the key.

Previous prospects in the top 30:

#12 Seth Lugo#13 Jhoan Urena#14 Gabriel Ynoa#15 Ali Sanchez#16 Luis Guillorme#17 Chris Flexen, #18 Max Wotell#19 Milton Ramos#20 Akeel Morris

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #30-26

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #25-21

If you would like to see the rest of our series, please tune into MetsMinors.net where we covered the Top 80 Mets Prospects

All four of the Mets full season affiliates have announced their rosters, we covered each at MMN. Las Vegas 51s, Binghamton Mets, St.Lucie Mets, and Columbia Fireflies.

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Coaches and Players Grind It Out At Minor League Camp http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/coaches-and-players-grind-it-out-at-minor-league-camp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/coaches-and-players-grind-it-out-at-minor-league-camp.html/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:15:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208496 (jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

(Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

Kevin Morgan stood in front of his players after finishing that day’s workouts. He was extremely blunt.

“We start games in two weeks,” he said. “Some of you may come with us, and some of you won’t come back. You only get one shot at this thing.”

If anyone should know, it’s Morgan. Back in 1997, the Mets called him up to the major leagues, in need of an extra bat for the first interleague series in team history. Morgan watched the first two games against the Boston Red Sox from the bench, but was able to pinch hit and play two innings at third base during the series finale.

He would not play in another big league game.

After spending ten seasons as the Mets’ minor league infield coordinator, Morgan was promoted this offseason to the position of field coordinator. In the new role, one previously held by Dick ScottTerry Collins, and Guy Conti, the 46-year-old Morgan will “oversee the continuity and consistency of instruction from the major league level through all minor league clubs, visiting the Mets’ minor league affiliates and assisting the front office in baseball decisions,” according to the Mets’ Media Guide.

Mets Minor League Field Coordinator Kevin  Morgan (Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

Mets Minor League Field Coordinator Kevin Morgan (Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

Although he may no longer be a specialty coordinator, Morgan is still closely involved with running stations during minor league workouts in Spring Training. Walking around from field to field with a bat at his side, he would occasionally take an infielder or two aside, and hit them ground balls. In this case, Morgan requested third baseman Jhoan Ureña backhand a few, then go onto his knees and field with limited mobility.

For a few players each day, workouts begin much earlier than the normal one o’clock start time. While some chose to get some sprints in early with minor league strength coach Jason “Nitro” Craig, four players on this day are called from the minors clubhouse to aide the coaches who facilitate drills with the major league team.

These workouts, which are open to the public, run from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM daily. And while fans are there to catch glimpses of the all-stars like Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, the minor leaguers are there to prove to the staff that they are willing to do anything to climb up the totem pole.

On this day, first baseman Dash Winningham and second baseman Vinny Siena are called to help field during the pitcher’s fielding practice station, run by senior adviser Guy Conti, international field coordinator Rafael Landestoy, and special instructor Bobby Floyd.

The drills are simple enough. Fake the motion, ground ball to first, sprint to the base, catch the ball, find the bag.

The group of pitchers, which included Noah SyndergaardJeurys Familia, and Steven Matz, complete a turn, and head to the back of the line behind the pitcher’s mound, where they discuss various things that may or may not relate to the task at hand.

But for Winningham and Siena, there are no breaks. They must constantly be aware of the situation and the drill being run. They must know if they need to field a ground ball, or catch a throw from a pitcher fielding a bunt.

Over with the other pitchers, minor league catchers Jeff Glenn and Tomas Nido are called to be on the receiving ends of long tosses from various relievers. They assist in various other drills throughout the morning, before they head back to the minor league clubhouse.

At this point, the major leaguers take their final cuts in the cages, and the pitchers make their final throws, before they all slowly make their way back into the stadium. The fans are quickly ushered out of the backfields, as the stadium will open for that day’s game in a matter of minutes.

For now, the fields stand still. The air begins to buzz as the Mets’ exhibition contest against the Atlanta Braves gets underway. As the top of the first inning turns into the bottom, the minor leaguers begin to hustle out of the clubhouse, on their way to the various fields for stretching.

Minor League Pitcher Kevin Canelon Throws Live Batting Practice (Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

Minor League Pitcher Kevin Canelon (Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

Now they split into groups for live batting practice. On this day, Kevin Canelon and Alex Palsha, both members of the 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones, are tasked with throwing to hitters for the first time since last season. Palsha, who surprised many by dominating out of the Cyclones bullpen a year ago, was rewarded with a Sterling Award, emblematic of the top player on his team.

Palsha stares down a group of Amed RosarioJeff McNeilJayce Boyd, and Derrik Gibson. On the side, the others watch closely. David ThompsonKevin KaczmarskiAli Sanchez, and Ivan Wilson, among others, kneel along the third base line, picking up Palsha’s every move.

After they hit, the position players are divided into smaller groups to hit off of their coaches. On one field, Columbia Fireflies hitting coach Joel Fuentes throws to Ureña, Nido, Tyler MooreVictor Cruzado, and others. Across the way, catching coordinator Bob Natal tosses to a group that includes top prospects Milton Ramos and Wuilmer Becerra. The following day, Becerra would find himself in the major league starting lineup, and in right field, when the Mets took on the Detroit Tigers.

Offense is arguably the most exciting part of the game, but poor defense leads to squandered ballgames. After batting practice, the players split into groups by position for fielding drills.

The catchers begin in two smaller groups. First, Bobby Floyd stands in shallow right field with a fly ball machine aimed at home plate. There, Lednier RicardoJose GarciaXorge Carrillo, and Dionis Rodriguez take turns catching the ball and attempting to make a successful phantom tag at the base. The key, as Floyd explains, is to stay low at all times.

Up the first base line in foul territory, Natal takes command of the other group of backstops. He works with Colton Plaia, Glenn, Moore, Nido, and others on proper blocking techniques. By the end of the drill, each catcher sports banged up shin guards.

The outfielders run through similar, tedious, instruction. Brooklyn Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa, Cyclones hitting coach Sean Ratliff, and St. Lucie Mets hitting coach Valentino Pascucci take turns hitting ground balls from the lip of the infield dirt to the players, who have divided themselves into two groups of center fielders and corner outfielders.

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Mets Minor League Outfielders Congregate Before a Drill (Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

One after one, the players field, crow hop, and fire back in to the coach. In left field stands second round pick Desmond Lindsay, Kaczmarski, Champ Stuart, and Jared King. Center fielders John Mora and Cruzado look particularly speedy to the ball on this day.

After this drill, the outfielders are done. They head back to the minor league clubhouse with the catchers and pitchers. The infielders remain, though.

The infielders are grouped by position. At third base, Ureña, Thompson, and McNeil take turns fielding ground balls. First a normal roll, then charges and hops. At shortstop, Rosario, Ramos, and Luis Guillorme follow suit, as do Siena and Jonathan Johnson at second base. Winningham and Diehl field the throws at first base.

Fielding ground balls can turn monotonous, but the coaches find ways to spice it up, instructing players to throw to different bases, and having players distract the fielder by essentially dancing in front of the ball.

Morgan herds the players once the drill is complete. “You only get one shot,” he continued. “Now get to the weight room, Nitro is waiting.”

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MMO Top 30 Prospects: No. 15 Ali Sanchez, C http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-top-30-prospects-no-15-ali-sanchez-c.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-top-30-prospects-no-15-ali-sanchez-c.html/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:01:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208285 IMG_8212-400x267

For the last three years, all of the talk surrounding young Mets catching prospects started and ended with Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, and for good reason. Now that both have graduated onto bigger and better things in the major leagues, you can forget about exciting minor league backstops now, right? Wrong. Enter Ali Sanchez.

#15 C Ali Sanchez

Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 175 Age: 1/20/1997 (19)

2015 Level: Rookie Gulf Coast League Mets, Rookie Kingsport Mets

Statistics: 49 G, 188 PA, 173 AB, 6 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 20 RBI, 12/28 BB/K, 2 SB, .272/.330/.306

The Mets pulled the trigger on Sanchez in July of 2013, during the international free agent signing period, which also produced shortstop Luis Carpio, who hit .304 for Kingsport (R) last season. Sanchez had been ranked as the 25th best foreign prospect available, and the Mets subsequently gave him $690,000 upon signing. He headed to the Mets’ Dominican Summer League affiliate to begin his professional career, and impressed in his first 50 games, hitting .303 with three home runs and 24 runs batted in. Sanchez was also named as a DSL mid-season all-star for his efforts.

In 2015, the young Venezuelan made his stateside debut in the Gulf Coast League in Port St. Lucie, and got off to a hot start under the Florida sun. Sanchez hit over .300 through August 12, adding five three-hit games along the way. His average tapered off a bit after that point, but he was still rewarded with a late season promotion to Kingsport, playing in three games and recording two hits.

The first thing that is usually noted in scouting reports on Sanchez is his skills behind the plate. Ben Badler of Baseball America touted his arm and high IQ in his original report, along with his receiving skills, framing pitches and handling balls in the dirt. As for the bat, Badler says Sanchez approaches his plate appearances with a contact mentality, which is evident in his statistics; he’s hit only three home runs in nearly 350 at bats, but his career average has been solid at .287. Sanchez has a skinny build, so it’s unlikely his game will revolve around big power.

Looking forward to 2016, Sanchez will continue his development at either Kingsport or Brooklyn. First up, though, is extended spring training in Florida where he’ll work with minor league instructors like Jose Carreno and Bob Natal. Maturity is an important part of every young player’s development, so more experience only helps with that.

While most of the catchers in the Mets’ system are older with years of minor league experience, like Xorge CarrilloRaywilly GomezNevin Ashley, and Colton Plaia, someone like Sanchez provides a young player with a whole career ahead of him, and a promising one at that.

The previous five players in the top 30 were #16 Luis Guillorme#17 Chris Flexen, #18 Max Wotell#19 Milton Ramos#20 Akeel Morris.

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #30-26

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #25-21

If you would like to see the rest of our series, please tune into MetsMinors.net where we covered the Top 80 Mets Prospects.

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FanGraphs’ Mets Prospect List Loaded With Surprises http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/fangraphs-mets-prospect-list-loaded-with-surprises.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/fangraphs-mets-prospect-list-loaded-with-surprises.html/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:58:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207529 Lindsay Desmond

Dan Farnsworth of Fangraphs continued the site’s team by team prospect lists on Tuesday with the New York Mets. You can see the list below, along with their placements on last year’s rankings.

  1. LHP Steven Matz (7)
  2. OF Desmond Lindsay (N/A)
  3. SS Amed Rosario (3)
  4. SS Gregory Guerrero (N/A)
  5. 1B Dominic Smith (9)
  6. SS Gavin Cecchini (14)
  7. RHP Marcos Molina (10)
  8. OF Wuilmer Becerra (NR)
  9. SS Luis Guillorme (NR)
  10. SS Luis Carpio (NR)
  11. SS Milton Ramos (19)
  12. RHP Jacob Lugo (NR)
  13. SS Andres Gimenez (N/A)
  14. 3B Jhoan Urena (11)
  15. OF Brandon Nimmo (6)
  16. 3B Eudor Garcia (NR)
  17. C Ali Sanchez (NR)
  18. SS Matt Reynolds (16)
  19. LHP Max Wotell (N/A)
  20. LHP Josh Smoker (N/A)
  21. RHP Akeel Morris (13)
  22. LHP Dario Alvarez (NR)
  23. RHP Chris Flexen (NR)
  24. RHP Gabriel Ynoa (26)
  25. RHP Robert Gsellman (NR)
  26. 2B L.J. Mazzilli (21)
  27. OF Kevin Kaczmarski (N/A)
  28. RHP Mickey Jannis (N/A)

Honorable mentions include 2B Jonathan Johnson, 3B Jeff McNeil, 3B David Thompson, OF Raphael Ramirez, OF Ricardo Cespedes, C Patrick Mazeika, OF John Mora, and LHP Thomas Szapucki. For full profiles and analysis on most of these players, check out the full comprehensive article on FanGraphs.

There are no surprises at number one, but things get interesting right after.

Lindsay is ranked here as the second best prospect in the system, contrary to most lists, which usually place him in the 7-10 range. He for sure has good baseball instincts paired with above average speed, but his inexperience in the outfield – and in professional baseball in general – are two of the main reasons why he usually slides well behind a guy like Rosario, who possesses a constantly improving bat and an already strong profile in the field, to go along with over 230 games of minor league exposure.

There’s only so much you can tell about a player from workout videos and brief scouting reports, so until multiple eyewitness accounts and, you know, actual statistics from professional games start coming in, I would have a hard time placing Guerrero ahead of players like Smith and Cecchini, who have gotten (or will get) reps in the upper levels and major league Spring Training games. Same goes for Gimenez over Nimmo and Reynolds.

What is interesting to note, is just how much the outlook of the system has changed in a year. The 2015 list had seven graduations (Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Dilson Herrera, Rafael Montero, Hansel Robles, and Sean Gilmartin), and eight players who left the organization (Michael Fulmer, Cory Mazzoni, Matthew Bowman, Casey Meisner, Cesar Puello, Robert Whalen, Luis Cessa, and Miller Diaz).

Additionally, three prospects dropped off the list completely (Champ Stuart, Vicente Lupo, and Ivan Wilson).

Breakout performances from Becerra, Guillorme, Lugo, and Smoker throw even more names into the mix that had never been legitimately regarded as potential contributors at the major league level. Two players selected in the 2015 draft (Kaczmarski and Wotell) infuse the system with even more youth. At the same time, six players have experience in Triple-A or in the major leagues, providing experienced, high caliber talents to be excited about.

Although most will question the final order of Fangraphs’ list (as is the case with any prospect ranking), Farnsworth had pretty much all of the necessary players somewhere in the order. I’m a little surprised that the likes of T.J. Rivera and John Mora failed to make the cut, but Rivera is getting up there in age for a prospect, and Mora has the opportunity to join the breakout players this year in St. Lucie.

It’s been a long offseason, filled with prospect rankings left and right. Breathe easy, Mets fans – we’re now under a month until the minor league season begins on April 7.

Be sure to check out MetsMinors.net, your #1 source for Mets prospect news!

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Mets Shortstop Prospect Luis Carpio Has Shoulder Surgery http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-shortstop-prospect-luis-carpio-has-shoulder-surgery.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-shortstop-prospect-luis-carpio-has-shoulder-surgery.html/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 23:33:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207418 carpio

Shortstop Luis Carpio, one of the top prospects in the New York Mets farm system, could miss an extended period of time with a shoulder injury, MetsMinors.net has learned.

Carpio reportedly complained of the ailment while playing over the winter, and had surgery on his throwing shoulder last week.

He was originally signed as an international free agent from Venezuela in July of 2013.

Heralded for his defense, the 18-year-old made the jump from the Dominican Summer League to Kingsport (R) last season, and impressed many by hitting .304 in 45 games. He also recorded 22 runs batted in, ten doubles, and nine stolen bases.

More recently, Carpio was ranked as the third best prospect in the Mets’ system by Baseball Prospectus, the seventh by Baseball America, and the 21st by MLB.com.

Carpio was projected to open 2016 with Low-A Columbia.

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Mets Minors: Top 5 First Base Prospects Led By Winningham and Smith http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-minors-top-5-first-base-prospects-led-by-winningham-and-smith.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-minors-top-5-first-base-prospects-led-by-winningham-and-smith.html/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 19:15:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205757 Lucas  Duda

First base is one of the Mets’ weakest areas when it comes to depth in the minor league system considering three of the players below didn’t even play the position full-time in 2015. The Mets have Lucas Duda under contract for the next two seasons making them strong at first base at the Major League Level. The hope is that once his contract is up that Dominic Smith will be ready to take over the position and become the franchise’s first baseman long-term.

No. 5 - Miguel Patino 

Ht: 5’11″ Wt: 155  B/T: R/R Age: 12/17/1995 (20)

2015 Level: Rookie league GCL Mets/Dominican Summer League Mets

Stats: 53 G, 177 PA, 157 AB, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 11 RBI, 12/21 BB/K, .306/.358/.363

If you’ve never heard of Miguel Patino, it’s likely because he didn’t play in the United States until this past August. Still, the 20-year-old put together a strong 2015 season, finishing with the sixth best batting average among infielders in the Mets system. Patino was signed on July 2, 2012 from Venezuela (in the same International Free Agent class as Amed Rosario) as a lean shortstop with above average hands and footwork, and good bat-to-ball skills.

He debuted at first base in 2013, and has seen time at every position since then, except catcher and center field. Considering he’s just barely 5’11″ and throws right handed, it’s unlikely Patino will continue to see the majority of his innings at first base, but he cracks the list based on his solid performance at the plate and the lack of depth at the position in the system. Patino will open next season back in the Gulf Coast League, as he continues to become acclimated to playing ball stateside.

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No. 4 - Matt Oberste

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 220 B/T: R/R Age: 8/9/1991 (24)

2015 Level: Hi-A St. Lucie Mets

Stats: 111 G, 465 PA, 419 AB, 24 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 64 RBI, 34/73 BB/K, .301/.359/.430

Matt Oberste was named a postseason All-Star after hitting well last season at St. Lucie, but he’s got a few things going against him. Drafted out of the University of Oklahoma in the seventh round of 2013 after his junior year, Oberste played the 2015 season almost two years older than the Florida State League average age. For someone who isn’t projected to be an impact player at the major league level, that could be troubling coupled with the fact that he has been promoted at a fairly normal rate in his career.

In the Florida State League, the designated hitter is used in every game, and that’s where Oberste got the majority of his playing time last season, while Dominic Smith, understandably, received the reps at first base. If the Mets determine Oberste is worthy of moving up to Double-A with Smith, he’ll only be able to DH when Binghamton plays an American League affiliated team, decreasing his opportunities for playing time. Oberste should stay down in St. Lucie and collect more at-bats to begin 2016, and progress as spots open up in the higher levels.

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No. 3 - Jayce Boyd 

Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 185 B/T: R/R Age: 12/30/1990 (25)

2015 Level: Triple-A Las Vegas 51s/Double-A Binghamton Mets

Stats: 98 G, 326 PA, 299 AB, 27 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 28 RBI, 25/39 BB/K, .281/.338/.381

Jayce Boyd‘s 2015 season took an interesting turn early on, when he converted from a first baseman to a full-time left fielder. Knowing that his only real shot at the major leagues would come somewhere other than first base, Boyd began training in the outfield while in the 2014 instructional league. A main factor into his switch from the Mets’ standpoint was clearly Boyd’s lack of power from a position that prides itself on big hitters.

He hit one home run all of last season, and none in the offensively favorable Pacific Coast League. On the plus side, Boyd makes a lot of contact (he’s a career .295 hitter), and swings and misses very little (14.4% strikeout rate in 2015). His glove at first as been highly touted and considering his rough year in the outfield, he would greatly benefit from a return to his natural position. Boyd will head back to Las Vegas in 2016.

dash winningham

No. 2 - Dash Winningham 

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 230 B/T: L/L Age: 10/11/1995 (20)

2015 Level: Rookie Kingsport Mets

Stats: 66 G, 290 PA, 267 AB, 19 2B, 1 3B, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 15/63 BB/K, .266/.310/.479

The first thing you notice with Dash Winningham, the Mets eighth round pick in 2014, is his size. He’s a big guy, which translates into a lot of power potential from the left side, and even though it’s still raw, Winningham is close to reaching the point where he can maximize his talents. He hit 12 home runs last season with Kingsport, which included two multi-homer games where he knocked in a total of nine runs.

As the stats show, he doesn’t make contact very often at present, but again he has a lot of size, which translates into the power that will likely be his game as he progresses through the system. Winningham is still very young so it wouldn’t be surprising if the bat skills start to come together and improve over the next two years. His defense isn’t at the same high caliber of Smith, but he’ll hold his own and is almost guaranteed to stay at the position moving forward. I’m confident that Winningham will spend most of 2016 in Columbia, but it remains to be seen whether it will be a full season stay, or if a pit stop in Brooklyn is in the cards. Either way he is one to watch.

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No. 1 - Dominic Smith

Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 185 B/T: L/L  Age: 6/15/1995 (20)

2015 Level: Hi-A St. Lucie Mets

Stats: 118 G, 497 PA, 456 AB, 33 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 79 RBI, 35/75 BB/K, .305/.354/.417

Dominic Smith needed a year like 2015, and he needed it badly. Coming off a difficult season in 2014, where he struggled to generate much power in Savannah (he slugged .338, good for 94th in the organization), the 2013 first round pick broke out for 33 doubles, which led all Mets minor leaguers, and 79 runs batted in, which trailed only Josh Rodriguez in the organization. Smith was named the Florida State League Most Valuable Player award after the season, becoming the second Met prospect to win a league MVP in 2015 (Luis Guillorme, South Atlantic League). He followed up his strong campaign by raking in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named to the All-AFL team, after hitting .362 in 14 games.

2015 was truly the breakout year Smith needed, and he’s jumped back atop prospect lists, featured on Baseball Prospectus, and placing very well on MLB.com. It’s clear that he is more confident at the plate, and he has been working out at the Barwis complex in Port St. Lucie this offseason. It’s almost a one hundred percent guarantee that Smith is headed to Double-A Binghamton this season, and he’ll get a good head start with the big league club in Spring Training. He has all the tools to be an above average player at the major league level – a stellar bat, gap power, and plus glove – and 2016 is the year where he solidifies himself as the Mets first baseman of the future.

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Mets Minors: Top 5 Outfield Prospects Led By Nimmo http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-minors-top-5-outfield-prospects-led-by-nimmo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-minors-top-5-outfield-prospects-led-by-nimmo.html/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:29:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205771 While the likes of outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto took Flushing by storm in 2015, a number of young prospects at the same position made noise in the minor leagues. Here are the top five outfielders in the Mets system, as ranked by MetsMinors.net.

victor cruzado

No. 5 – Victor Cruzado
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 180 B/T: S/R Age: 6/30/1992 (23)
2015 Level: Hi-A St Lucie/Double-A Binghamton

2015 Stats: 97 G, 392 PA, 324 AB, 20 2B, 7 3B, 3 HR, 36 RBI, 2 SB, 48/69 BB/K, .268/.358/.395

This season will be Victor Cruzado’s sixth in the organization, and he’s made it up the ladder by hitting pretty well at every level. As a switch hitter, he has historically hit right handed pitching better, but hit .317 against southpaws at St. Lucie last season. Cruzado was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2010 and bounced around the diamond for a few seasons before settling in the outfield for good in 2013. He played exclusively in right field in 2015, and his arm suggests that is where he’ll stay. He doesn’t project as a guy with game changing speed, but he finished tied for second among Mets minor leaguers with seven triples last season. Cruzado will head to Binghamton in 2016, where he’ll form an outfield to keep tabs on with Champ Stuart.

john mora

No. 4 – John Mora
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 165 B/T: L/L Age: 5/31/1993 (22)
2015 Level: Low-A Savannah Sand Gnats

2015 Stats: 115 G, 481 PA, 407 AB, 22 2B, 12 3B, 5 HR, 57 RBI, 14 SB, 57/70 BB/K, .278/.368/.428

John Mora may get a little funky when he steps into the batters box, but he means business. The 2011 international signee put his name on the map in 2013, when he was named the Sterling Award recipient for the Dominican Summer League Mets after hitting .310 with 46 RBI and 16 stolen bases, and was invited to take part in the ceremonies at Citi Field. Mora made his United States debut in 2014 with the GCL Mets, and hit well enough to earn at bats in front of much larger crowds in Brooklyn at the end of the season. His average dipped in 2015, but his power numbers jumped, setting career highs in doubles, triples, and home runs. The latter is the most impressive, considering he didn’t hit his first professional dinger until April of last season. He has plus speed to expand his game, and stolen bases are not uncommon. Expect to see Mora at the top of St. Lucie’s lineup in 2016.

Lindsay Desmond

No. 3 - Desmond Lindsay
Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 200 B/T: R/R Age: 1/15/1997  (19)
2015 Level: Rookie GCL Mets/SS-A Brooklyn Cyclones

2015 Stats: 35 G, 134 PA, 114 AB, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 3 SB, 18/40 BB/K, .263/.364/.386

The Mets used their top draft pick on Lindsay a year ago, making him the fourth high school bat selected by Sandy Alderson with his highest selection. Coming out of school, Desmond Lindsay was a third baseman with a quick bat and speed to match. He moved to center field upon entering the organization, where his quickness allowed him to navigate the outfield. Although he hit over .300 in the Gulf Coast League, Lindsay struck out 35% of the time across two levels, didn’t show much power, but that should come as he progresses. Most scouts believe he has five-tool potential, and should at the very least develop into a well rounded threat at the top of the order.

becerra

No. 2 - Wuilmer Becerra
Ht: 6’4″  Wt: 190 B/T: R/R Age: 10/1/1994 (21)
2015 Level: Low-A Savannah Sand Gnats

2015 Stats: 118 G, 487 PA, 449 AB, 27 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 63 RBI, 16 SB, 33/96 BB/K, .290/.342/.423

Wuilmer Becerra has come a long way since being the throw-in in the R.A. Dickey trade (or now the Syndergaard trade?). There’s a lot to like in his game, including power potential, a strong right field arm, and speed that helped him more than double his career high in stolen bases in 2015. He mashed at Savannah a year ago, finishing seventh in runs batted in and fifth in doubles among Mets minor leaguers. For his efforts, the 21-year-old took home postseason all-star honors in the South Atlantic League. Becerra is tall and thin, but sometimes struggles to generate power from his legs, leading to long swings and a lot of strikeouts, the sixth most in the system last year. It will be interesting to see if they go conservative and let him begin 2016 in St. Lucie, or put him in a lineup full of prospects in Binghamton.

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No. 1 - Brandon Nimmo
Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 205 B/T: L/R Age: 3/27/1993 (22)
2015 Level: Triple-A Las Vegas 51s/Double-A Binghamton Mets

2015 Stats: 104 G, 434 PA, 376 AB, 16 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 5 SB, 48/78 BB/K, .269/.362/.372

Even after a disappointing 2015 season statistically, Brandon Nimmo remains atop the list. He fought the injury bug for the first time in his professional career, missing time in May and June with a knee sprain. The Wyomingite got off to a solid start, with his batting average hovering around .300 until the injury. Nimmo was hitting .289/.351/.382 when he left Binghamton to participate in the MLB All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati for the second time in his career (2013, New York).  He would spend two more weeks in Double-A, before being promoted to Las Vegas. Nimmo slumped in late August, which, combined with the major league club’s success, prevented him from appearing in the big leagues during the year that most thought would provide the 22-year-old with his first taste of major league action.

The fact that the Mets are bound to Curtis Granderson for two more seasons, Juan Lagares for four, Conforto for six, and Cespedes for potentially three, certainly doesn’t help Nimmo’s case for a starting job anytime soon. Coupled with his recent statistics, it seems more than likely that Nimmo will ultimately settle into a platoon role, providing a solid left-handed bat. At least that’s what most of the top prospect analysts are saying. Hopefully he will have healed from the partial tendon tear in his foot in time for major league spring training this year, but that might be cutting it close.

The next group of outfield prospects include 2015 draft pick Kevin Kaczmarski, toolsy Raphael Ramirez, and the powerful bat of Ivan Wilson.

For more minor league coverage head over to MetsMinors.net where we have started counting down our Top 80 Prospects

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Four Mets Prospects Make MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/four-mets-prospects-make-mlb-pipelines-top-100.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/four-mets-prospects-make-mlb-pipelines-top-100.html/#comments Sat, 30 Jan 2016 16:46:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205392 Smith Dominic

Prospect season is coming fast and furious. MLB Pipeline released their annual top 100 prospect list Friday night on MLB Network, where minor league experts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo announced that LHP Steven Matz (No. 15), 1B Dominic Smith (No. 51), SS Amed Rosario (No. 79) and SS Gavin Cecchini (No. 87) were the four Mets on the list.

Dodgers SS Corey Seager, Twins OF Byron Buxton, and Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito were numbers one, two, and three on the list, respectively.

Brandon Nimmo, who was ranked No. 71 in MLB Pipeline’s midseason list, fell out of the Top 100 in 2016, after struggling with injuries and failing to progress like some /he would.

Earlier this week, Matz came in at No. 9 on Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 list. Matz will lose his rookie/prospect eligibility when he reaches 14.1 innings pitched in 2016, hopefully he can go out in April and make two strong starts and we won’t see him on any more of these lists. Based on the nine starts Matz made last season – three of them in the playoffs – he looked every bit of what was expected. He is still yet to lose a regular season game, and had a 2.27 earned run average.

Amed Rosario (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Amed Rosario (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Smith and Rosario find themselves on MLB’s list after also appearing in Baseball Prospectus at No. 86 and No. 96 respectively. Both players are still extremely young at 20-years old and will head to Double-A Binghamton in 2016. Smith broke out in 2015 with St. Lucie, hitting .305 with 33 doubles and 79 runs batted in. The 2013 first round draft pick was named the Most Valuable Player of the Florida State League for his efforts. Smith’s teammate, Amed Rosario struggled at the plate, but showed he still has a great glove and speed. If he were to get the bat going this season, I’m sure Rosario will skyrocket up prospect lists.

It’s good to see Cecchini on this list after Baseball Prospectus left him off. Statistically, he enjoyed a solid 2015 season, hitting .315/.337/.442, and finishing third in the Mets minors with 139 hits. He was named the Rookie of the Year in the Eastern League. Because of the glut of middle infielders in the upper minors, it will be interesting to see how the Mets balance his playing time with that of Matt Reynolds and Dilson Herrera. Ideally, you would put your first round picks in the best situation to succeed, but there will be a major competition at Las Vegas for those reps.

Last year’s preseason list featured RHP Noah Syndergaard (10), C Kevin Plawecki (63), Matz (66), OF Brandon Nimmo (72), and OF Michael Conforto (82).

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Matz, Smith, Rosario Make Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/matz-smith-rosario-make-baseball-prospectus-top-101.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/matz-smith-rosario-make-baseball-prospectus-top-101.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:26:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205253 matz steven

Baseball Prospectus released their annual list of the Top 101 Prospects in baseball on Thursday. Three Mets made the list, namely LHP Steven Matz (9), 1B Dominic Smith (86), and SS Amed Rosario (96). The list is headlined by Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who had three hits including a double in 16 at bats against the Mets in the 2015 NLDS.

Here’s what BP had to say about Matz, who was the second left-handed pitcher on the list behind Dodgers flame thrower Julio Urias:

It seems odd to call someone who made three playoff starts for the National League pennant winner a prospect, but Prospect List protocol demands it. A torn lat muscle and a stiff back in the second half kept Matz from accruing enough service time to graduate, but he did pitch enough for the Mets to show off three average-or-better major-league offerings, including a plus-plus fastball and plus curve. He also has begun to work on the vaunted “Warthen Slider,” which you may remember from such 70-grade offerings as Matt Harvey’s and Jacob deGrom’s.

They hit the nail on the head in the first sentence. It’s easy to forget that Matz is still a rookie and has only pitched in nine major league games, although three of them were on the biggest of stages in the playoffs. His plus-plus fastball, a mix of a sinker and a two-seam fastball, averaged around 94 miles per hour last year and netted him 18 of his 34 strikeouts in the regular season, via Fangraphs. Matz’ curveball, which he could dial down to 73 miles per hour struck out eleven more batters. A slider would make Matz’ arsenal that much stronger, and would have to put him as one of the most dangerous number four starters in the majors.

Smith Dominic

Dominic Smith was one of two first basemen to make the cut (A.J. Reed, Astros, 55), and BP had this to say about the 20-year-old:

Unix programmers follow a guiding philosophy of DOTADIW (Do One Thing And Do It Well). Meet Smith. Dude can hit. He’s a first-base-only prospect, and he has yet to show much in the way of game power in his first two professional seasons, but he has preternatural bat-to-ball skills and started driving the ball into the left-center gap more in 2015. It’s still a difficult profile, and he has a high-maintenance body even for first base, but when you watch him swing the bat, those thoughts drift further from your mind. Now if only we could get you all using mutt for email.

Smith had his finest season as a pro in 2015, hitting .305/.354/.417 with 33 doubles and 79 runs batted in  with St. Lucie, en route to a Florida State League MVP. It’s really encouraging to see his progress with the bat since coming out of high school, but the power just still hasn’t shown up. Most thought Smith would benefit from leaving Savannah, where he hit one home run in the entire 2014 season, but he still only managed to knock six balls out of the park last year (two more than his career total coming into 2015). Binghamton should help Smith blossom and build on last season, as should recognition in major league spring training.

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Finally, Amed Rosario’s report looked like this:

Rosario has turned into a very different type of prospect than the Mets might have figured when they gave the Dominican shortstop $1.7 million in 2012. Scouts thought he might grow into serious game power but out of the position. Rosario hasn’t really put on mass, and hit zero home runs in the Florida State League (where he was the youngest every-day player) last year, but he has made huge strides with his defense. Rosario now looks like he could be an above-average glove, and he does have incredibly quick wrists that should at least give him gap power as he continues to physically mature. He may not be the prospect we expected, but he’s still a good one. If you were just here for the shortstops, you can quit now. No more, promise.

Shortstop is truly one of the deepest positions in Minor League Baseball, as an outstanding 20 players made the top 101. Rosario certainly has the tools to distinguish himself from the pack – a plus glove, and great speed – but he’s really struggled to get on base consistently at any level. The good news is that he’s only 20 so hopefully the Mets stay patient and give him time to develop into a more complete player in Binghamton.

It’s a bit disappointing to see a weak showing by Mets prospects on the list, but there have been a number of graduations. Last year’s BP list featured Noah Syndergaard (9), Matz (33), Brandon Nimmo (69) Rosario (78), Kevin Plawecki (80), and Dilson Herrera (82). Hopefully the number of guys on the fringe, like Gavin Cecchini and Wuilmer Becerra, take the next step this season.

 For more Mets prospect coverage check us out on MMO partner site MetsMinors.net and read our recent interview with new Met Ty Kelly

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Source: Fitness Camp Already Operational In Port St. Lucie http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/11/mets-to-relocate-fitness-camp-from-michigan-to-psl.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/11/mets-to-relocate-fitness-camp-from-michigan-to-psl.html/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 15:50:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=167246 fitness camp tejada michigan

Updated by Joe D. on November 1

I spoke to a very reliable team source who happens to be at Port St. Lucie where the Mets are conducting their Instructional League.

While the Mets did not confirm the report by Andy Martino that they are relocating the Michigan Fitness Camp to Port St. Lucie, I’ve been told the move has already been made and that there’s already “a brand new facility located below the Tradition Field complex in PSL.”

Additionally, Lucas Duda, Wilmer FloresAmed Rosario, Dominic Smith, and Juan Lagares are among some of the players that were spotted there.

Some of the players will be on a regimented program that has them working with weights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and conducting speed and agility drills on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The players are also being provided specialized meals Monday thru Friday, including proteins and vitamins for a period of four weeks.

It’s great to see the Mets taking such a serious and proactive approach to the players’ fitness. This can only help the team moving forward and I was pleased with the results last Winter.

October 30

Andy Martino of the Daily News is reporting that the Mets were so pleased with the results of an offseason conditioning program in Michigan last winter, that they will relocate the operation to Port St. Lucie.

“According to major league sources, the plan, which has not yet been made public, is to utilize newly hired strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Barwis at the Mets’ facility in Florida, rather than send personnel to Michigan.”

“Several players are expected to begin work in Port St. Lucie this week.  It was unclear if the Mets would totally discontinue use of the Michigan facilities, or simply move most of the work to Florida.”

The Mets have not confirmed the move.

Last winter, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada and Juan Lagares all worked with Barwis in Michigan, and each player performed better this season than in 2013.

October 2

The Mets made another minor move Thursday after they announced that hitting coaches Lamar Johnson and Luis Natera would not return for the 2015 season. The team will also cut ties with strength and conditioning coach Jim Malone  and he will be replaced by Mike Barwis.

barwisBarwis, 41, has been with the Mets organization for the past few years as the senior adviser of strength and conditioning. He is the founder of Barwis Methods Training Centers, and has worked at the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan. Barwis is known for his intense “Barwis Methods”, and starred in the Discovery Channel show, “American Muscle”. He will oversee the hiring of all Mets training staff personnel

Malone, 47, had been with the Mets in the same role since 2013, after spending seven seasons with the San Diego Padres.

“Jim Malone did an excellent job for us over the last two seasons, and we wish him well,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.

“Mike Barwis and his organization offer the Mets an inclusive in-season and off-season approach to performance training, which we think will accelerate the development of our players at all levels.”

Barwis will be the third Mets strength coach in the past four seasons.

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