Mets Merized Online » Teddy Klein http://metsmerizedonline.com Sun, 29 May 2016 14:30:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.14 Keith Law Tabs 1B/3B Will Craig For Mets At No. 19 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/keith-law-tabs-1b3b-will-craig-for-mets-at-no-19.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/keith-law-tabs-1b3b-will-craig-for-mets-at-no-19.html/#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 23:42:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=212545 will craig WF2016

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Earlier in the week, Keith Law of ESPN.com rolled out his first mock for the 2016 First Year Player Draft. He had a few shockers, such as the Phillies selecting University Of Florida LHP A.J. Puk with the No.1 overall pick, the Reds selecting outfielder Kyle Lewis second overall, and top lefty Jason Groome going third to the Braves.

More notably for Mets fans, Keith Law projects the team to pick Wake Forest’s Will Craig at No. 19. While Craig isn’t the most mocked player to the Mets at 19 like University of Miami Catcher Zack Collins (five by my count), he has been tabbed for the Mets in the most notable mocks – two from Baseball America and one from MLB.com.

Curiously, in three of the four mock drafts, including the one being covered, Craig is described as a first baseman rather than a third baseman which has been his primary position in college. It seems the possibly quick-moving Craig may be confined to the right corner of the diamond long term, which would not be ideal if the Mets are committed to top prospect Dominic Smith.

The preferred advantage would be to have Craig at third base to replace the quickly fading David Wright. His bat would fit right in at the hot corner for the Mets, and his projected production (.280, 20+ HR, high OBP) would make him a top ten MLB third-sacker.

Additionally, Law noted the Mets seem to be mostly focused on college bats, such as Craig, Zack Collins if he drops that low, Chris Okey and Matt Thaiss.

I profiled Collins in an earlier article. He who would also be a great pick and like Craig is one of the most polished bats in the class.

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At No. 31, Law has the Mets taking , LHP Eric Lauer of Kent State, who currently has a 0.81 ERA in 13 games. and 89.1 innings pitched.

The lefty throws in the low 90s touching 94 with some nice cutting action, and an above-average slider with two planes and some late movement. He also has an average curve that goes 11 to 5, and a nice changeup that needs some work on the arm speed to make it more difficult to pick up.

Lauer has a pretty smooth delivery with little awkward movement, and is very much repeatable. He is able to control every part of the strike zone with all four pitches. However, while he can throw all pitches for strikes, he doesn’t have a true strikeout pitch. As such, he doesn’t have more upside than a mid-rotation starter, unless he can get some consultation from the slider master Dan Warthen.

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Mets Minors Recap: Ty Kelly Homers, Average Up To .407 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mets-minors-recap-ty-kelly-homers-average-up-to-407.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mets-minors-recap-ty-kelly-homers-average-up-to-407.html/#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 12:23:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=212401 paul sewald

Las Vegas 7, Colorado Springs 6

Vegas held on to beat Colorado Springs as Rafael Montero didn’t fare well against the Milwaukee Triple-A squad. Montero was ineffective in five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out five. Righthander Chase Bradford struck out one in a scoreless eighth, while Righty Paul Sewald notched his sixth save in a scoreless ninth. The thousand-dollar 10th rounder in 2013 Sewald has continued to be excellent, with a 1.80 ERA so far in Triple-A. We should have a profile on him up soon.

Rivera led the offense with a 4 for 5 night with a triple, two runs batted in, and a strikeout. Shortstop Niuman Romero, who was called up from Binghamton, had a 2 for 4 night while drawing a walk. Right Fielder Travis Taijeron hit a three run homer in the first inning en route to a 1 for 5 day. It was his Sixth Homer of the year. Third Baseman Ty Kelly also hit a homer in a 1 for 4 day, while walking once and striking out once.

Binghamton 5 , Altoona 4

Binghamton beat Pittsburgh’s Double-A affiliate by a close score of 5 to 4. Righty Tyler Pill threw six innings of two-run ball, while giving up five hits and two walks while striking out six in one of his better performances. The bullpen struggled and gave up two runs in the next three innings.

Carrillo went 3 for 3 with a walk and a double, raising his batting average to .280. Xorge Carrillo also allowed two steals. First Baseman Dominic Smith hit an RBI single and struck out in his 1 for 4 day. He is currently batting .280 on the season and his 31 RBI’s are second in the Eastern League, and his 42 hits are tied for third in the Eastern League.

Charleston 1, Columbia 0

Columbia falls to .500 for the year after a shutout by three Charleston pitchers. The Fireflies struck out 14 times against the Yankees Affiliate. Lefthander Kevin Canelon and did very well, but the offense did not back him up against Lefthander Nestor Cortes and two relievers. Canelon had a great outing against Charleston, recording six innings, while giving up a run on four hits and a walk. He struck out Six in these six innings, and currently sports an ERA of 3.00.

Jose Garcia had two singles and a strikeout in three at bats, raising his batting average on the year to .255. Right Fielder Kevin Kaczmarski was 1 for 4 with a strikeouts.  Designated Hitter Patrick Mazeika was 1 for 4 with two strikeouts, keeping his batting average at .250 on the very young year for him. Al Rabon has a full recap of the game on MetsMinors.net.

Ted’s Prospect Extras:

DSL Extended Performances:

Shervyen Newton 1-4

Edison Valdez 1-4, 2K

Wilmi Valdez 2-4, 2B

Gregory Guerrero 1-1

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Mets Minors Recap 5/9: St. Lucie Explodes For 14 Runs, Rosario With Three Hits http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mets-minors-recap-59-st-lucie-explodes-for-14-runs-rosario-with-three-hits.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mets-minors-recap-59-st-lucie-explodes-for-14-runs-rosario-with-three-hits.html/#comments Tue, 10 May 2016 11:44:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211479 Amed Rosario (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Las Vegas 1 (16-14), Sacramento 0 Box Score

Rafael Montero bounced back and the Vegas bullpen combined to avenge the Mets against Chris Heston with a shutout. Montero threw 5.2 innings, while giving up four hits and three walks while striking out six. Relief Prospects Josh Smoker, Jeff Walters and Paul Sewald kept Sacramento scoreless over the next 2.1 innings.

Ty Kelly continues his hot streak with a 4 for 4 day and is hitting .427 on the year. Matt Reynolds continues to man Shortstop as Gavin Cecchini sits out with a sore back and went 2 for 4 with a double and the only RBI of the game. CF Brandon Nimmo went 1 for 4 and stole his third base of the year.

Reading 5, Binghamton 3 (14-13) Box Score

1B Dominic Smith had the chance to win the game with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the ninth and failed to do so. He went 0 for 5 for the day with a strikeout and has a .282/.323/.427 triple slash on the year. Outfielders Jared King and Kyle Johnson both recorded doubles.

Tyler Pill struck out a career high 12 in 7.1 innings, but also gave up five runs and 10 hits. He also helped his own cause, driving in two runners on a single. Pill seems like a guy that is a candidate to be converted to a position player as he has a career .417/.420/.563 line in 48 at bats. LHP David Roseboom faced the two remaining batters and retired them both.

St. Lucie 14 (17-13), Jupiter 6 Box Score

St. Lucie had 18 hits as eight out of nine hitters had multiple hits. C Tomas Nido and 3B Jhoan Urena both hit a home run.  DH Wuilmer Becerra continued to hit with a 2 for 3 and two RBI including a sac fly, and was hit by a pitch, and scored once. SS Amed Rosario was 3 for 4 with a triple, and a walk, while driving in two and scoring three times. However, he committed his sixth error that led to a run, and was caught stealing in the first inning. He is now hitting .342/.386/.550 in 29 games and has walked 6 times in his last ten games. Seriously Mets, promote the guy.

RHP Chris Flexen didn’t fare as well as the lineup, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. He has given up four runs in three of his last four starts. RHP Kevin McGowan gave up an additional run in his inning pitched. LHP Alberto Baldonado and RHP Ben Griset shut down the Marlins affiliate for the remaining two innings.

Columbia 6 (17-14), Greenville 4 Box Score

Fireflies scored six on the Red Sox A-ball Affiliate, with five doubles hit by the team. SS Milton Ramos was 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk and was caught stealing, and has improved his batting average to .222.  1B Dash Winningham scored two on a double in the third inning, and walked as well. He is hitting a strange .293/.371/.370 this year with 11 walks and 9 strikeouts. 3B David Thompson also collected a double and a strikeout. CF Kevin Kaczmarski was 1 for 3, and has gone 3 for 7 since returning from the Disabled List on Sunday.

RHP Chase Ingram had a start of fours, with five innings pitched but gave up four hits, four runs, and four walks, while striking out six. RHP Tyler Bashlor and RHP Alex Palsha kept the team scoreless for the next four innings while striking out six.

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Mets Minor League Recap: Dilson Herrera Homers Twice In Explosive Performance http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mets-minor-league-recap-dilson-herrera-homers-twice-in-explosive-performance.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mets-minor-league-recap-dilson-herrera-homers-twice-in-explosive-performance.html/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 14:16:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211068 dilson herrera homers

Las Vegas 15 (13-11), El Paso 6

There were 34 hits between the two clubs as Vegas decimated El Paso under hitting performances from pretty much everyone. Dilson Herrera returned from his sore back to homer twice and become a double shy of the cycle. He drove in five and stole a base. T.J. Rivera and Travis Taijeron both homered, while Nimmo and Cecchini hit doubles, and both had multiple hit games. Cecchini has been burning hot and has a triple slash of .299/.393/.390 now after starting very cold.

Sean Gilmartin had the worst start of the year, giving up four runs, and nearly doubling his ERA. Zack Thornton, Josh Smoker, and Erik Goeddel all went two-thirds of an inning in succession, with Thornton giving up a run.

Binghamton 13 (12-10), Portland 2

Binghamton won a laugher as they destroyed Mets former 2012 2nd Round pick Teddy Stankiewicz and collected 18 hits. Niuman Romero was a triple shy of the cycle, and drove in five runs. Dominic Smith hit his third homer of the year to left-center field, and drove in a runner in two different instances of runners in scoring position in his 3 for 6 day. Four players in the starting lineup had three hits apiece while three others had two hits.

Andrew Barbosa gave up two runs in five innings, while the bullpen shut down Portland for the remaining four innings.

Bradenton 5, St. Lucie 1 (14-11)

St. Lucie couldn’t string together some hits, and Chris Flexen fell apart in the fourth inning, and gave up eight hits and four runs in his five innings of work while striking out five. Wuilmer Becerra continued his hot hitting, driving in Amed Rosario in his 2 for 4 day, and is hitting .400/.440/.471 on the year so far and has finally played again in Right Field. Kevin Taylor and Champ Stuart both collected two hits, while Rosario and Jonathan Johnson were both 1 for 4.

Columbia got the day off

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Mets Minors Recap: Monell Walk-Off Blast Snaps Las Vegas Losing Streak http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-monell-walk-off-blast-snaps-las-vegas-losing-streak.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-monell-walk-off-blast-snaps-las-vegas-losing-streak.html/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:48:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210477 johnny Monell

Las Vegas 6 (7-10), Albuquerque 5 F/10

Johnny Monell snapped the 51s four-game losing streak with a walk-off solo homerun, his second hit of the night. Rene Rivera started at catcher but was removed from the game in the third inning as he readies for the call from the Mets as they wait on the status of Travis d’Arnaud.

T.J. Rivera made his first professional regular season start in left field and collected two hits to raise his average to .333 on the year. Brandon Nimmo, Dilson Herrera and Travis Taijeron each had two hits as well. Gavin Cecchini has seen his average drop to .182 after a 0 for 4 night.

Paul Sewald picked up his second win of the season with two scoreless innings. Box Score

Binghamton 6 (7-9) , Portland 4

Binghamton kept the bats going, scoring six for the second game in a row. Dominic Smith led the offense going 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI, as well as a walk. In his last five games, he has nine hits and six RBI. He is currently hitting .254/.296/.403 on the season and rising, however, he has struck out nineteen times in sixteen games. Matt Oberste, Kyle Johnson, and Niuman Romero all had multi-hit games.

Robert Gsellman went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits. while walking three and striking out four. He got a no-decision and is now 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Box Score

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Mets Minors Recap: Gsellman Strikes Out Seven in Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-gsellman-strikes-out-seven-in-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-gsellman-strikes-out-seven-in-loss.html/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:36:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210170 robert gsellman

Las Vegas 9, Sacramento 3

Matt Reynolds homered as Las Vegas erupted for nine runs on twelve hits in Sacramento. Duane Below made his season debut and went six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, with three walks while striking out five.

Reynolds led the offense, with a 3 for 5 night and his second home run of the season which you can watch here. Dilson Herrera went 2 for 6 with a double and 2 RBI. T.J. Rivera went 1 for 2 before exiting with an apparent leg injury. Box Score

Akron 3, Binghamton 2 F/10

RHP Robert Gsellman had an outstanding performance, but Binghamton’s bats could not give him a win. Gsellman went 6.1 innings, giving up a run on three hits, and striking out seven and walking three. Relief Prospect Akeel Morris blew the save in the bottom of the 9th, and then Mike Hepple gave up a walk-off sac fly to end the game.

L.J. Mazzilli, Niuman Romero, and Maikis De La Cruz were the only players who recorded hits. Top 1B Prospect Dominic Smith went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout and is hitting .174 on the season. Box Score

Charlotte 4, St. Lucie 0

Prospect Chris Flexen and the St. Lucie Mets were blanked 4-0, as the St. Lucie team only registered five hits. Flexen gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings, while striking out four and walking two.

Luis Guillorme, Michael Katz, Wuilmer Becerra, Jhoan Urena, Patrick Biondi all registered a hit. Amed Rosario was 0-4 with a strikeout, failing to record a hit for just the third game this season. Box Score

Columbia 7, Charleston 0

Columbia returned the favor after Charleston’s thrashing on Monday, scoring seven runs and only allowing five hits. P.J. Conlon started the game, and went six innings, while giving up five hits and striking out six.

Notable leaders on the offensive side were Dash Winningham who went 2 for 2 with a double, three RBI and two walks, raising his average to .255. David Thompson had a hit and scored three times, and is hitting .277 on the season. Box Score

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Mets Minors Recap: Dom Smith Goes Yard http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-418-dom-smith-goes-yard.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-418-dom-smith-goes-yard.html/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:47:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210042 dominic smith swings

Fresno 4, Las Vegas 3 (5-5)

Vegas fell short of a comeback in a day game, failing to score the tying run after scoring two in the eighth inning. Dilson Herrera in the leadoff spot went 2 for 5 with an RBI and is now batting .258. Brandon Nimmo hit in the 2nd spot, he had two walks and a hit in five plate appearances. Gavin Cecchini went 1 for 4 with a run and is batting .206 on the young year. On the pitching side, Stolmy Pimentel pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out four.  Box Score

Akron 4, Binghamton 1 (5-4)

Dominic Smith homered, but Binghamton couldn’t muster more than four hits. Rainy Lara started the game and went 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out four. Luis Mateo came on for relief and went 1.2 innings, giving up a run on a hit, with a strikeout.

LJ Mazzilli went 0 for 4 with a strikeout in the leadoff spot, while hitting .212. Dominic Smith was the main star of an abysmal offensive showing, going 1 for 3 with the home run. Here you can watch the homerun.  Box Score

St. Lucie 9 (8-3), Brevard County 4

St. Lucie got revenge for Brevard County’s 13-0, two-hit onslaught yesterday with a 9-run, 16-hit performance. Every player on the team got a hit. Champ Stuart went 3 for 4, with a triple and stolen base. Luis Guillorme continues to recover with a 2 for 5 night. Shortstop Amed Rosario hit his third triple while going 1 for 5 and is now hitting .288. Wuilmer Becerra DH’d for a second straight game, returning from an injury, and has gone 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs batted in.

Casey Delgado got the win going 7.1 innings and giving up four runs while striking out five. Box Score

Columbia 13 (6-6), Charleston 1

Columbia bats finally woke up scoring eight in the 8th inning of this laugher, in which Joe Shaw started and dominated. Joe Shaw went 6 innings, giving up four hits, and striking out eight.

On the offensive side, Columbia took full advantage of Charleston’s pitching, as the Yankees Affiliate gave up 12 hits and 10 walks. Kevin Kaczmarski, out of the leadoff, walked 3 times and scored twice. David Thompson went 0-3 with two sac flies giving him a league leading 13 RBI but had his hitting streak snapped at 11 games. Milton Ramos went 1 for 4 with his first triple of the season and a walk. Box Score

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Mets Minors Recap: Jannis Loses No-Hitter In Seventh http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-jannis-knuckles-six-hitless-innings.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-jannis-knuckles-six-hitless-innings.html/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:20:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=209707 Photo via twitter.com/ZacharyLucy

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Las Vegas (3-3) 6, Sacramento 2 

Vegas defeated Sacramento with six runs scored between the sixth and seventh innings. Gavin Cecchini led the charge going 2 for 3 with walk, upping his batting average to .263. Brandon Nimmo sat out as Roger Bernadina played Center field and batted leadoff against Chris Stratton. Travis Taijeron went 1 for 4 with a double and 3 strikeouts batting .261 for the season. T.J. Rivera went 2 for 4 and is hitting .333 on the year. Matt Reynolds went 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts, batting .300.

Seth Lugo pitched six innings, giving up one run on seven hits, and giving up six strikeouts. Jeff Walters came on to relieve and gave up one run on three hits. Dilson Herrera is starting a throwing program and should be starting at second base soon. MMN writer Jennifer Nieves was at the game, read her full recap here. Box Score

Binghamton (3-2) 12, Erie 2 

L.J. Mazzilli led off and played 2nd base and went 3 for 6. Niuman Romero hit three doubles as the star of the 12-run onslaught. Dominic Smith went 2 for 5 with a double, his second in two games, while driving in two, upping his average to .227. Maikis De La Cruz went 2 for 5, hitting a home run, and driving in three.

Knuckleballer Mickey Jannis tossed six hitless innings, and seven scoreless innings. Jannis gave up a 2-run home run in the 8th inning and was replaced by Mike Hepple, who shut down Erie for the last two innings. Jannis struck out five, and gave up three hits.

Dunedin 3, St. Lucie 0 (5-3)

St. Lucie splits the 4-game series with the Blue Jays affiliate. St. Lucie was shut out by Lefty Ryan Borucki, while performing several base running blunders. Patrick Biondi was the only player to have a multi-hit game, going 2 for 3. Luis Guillorme was the only player to hit for extra bases with a double in the first inning.

Chris Flexen started out rocky as well, giving up a 2-out home run in the first, followed by three more hits, and three more runs in the first inning. Flexen rebounded to pitch 6.2 innings, while giving up 2 extra hits, while striking out 6. Robert Coles and Jimmy Duff both threw scoreless innings. Wuilmer Becerra is still out with a nagging injury. Amed Rosario, who has been in the 3-spot all week, DH’d today going 1 for 4 and struck out once.

Columbia 4 (4-3), Greenville 1 

Columbia won their first ever home game, and extended their winning streak to 4 after sweeping the Rome Braves. Ivan Wilson led off the Fireflies scoring with a double in the first, and scored. He finished the game 1 for 4, but struck out twice. Kevin Kaczmarski tripled him in, and then was driven in by a Vinny Siena sacrifice fly. Columbia scored 2 more in the bottom of the 8th with three straight doubles from Siena, David Thompson, and Dash Winningham. Columbia struck out 12 times however, with newly-activated Tucker Tharp having three of the 12, and Milton Ramos having 2.

P.J. Conlon started the game and went 6 innings, giving up one run on 8 hits. while striking out 5. Seth Davis and Johnny Magliozzi combined to throw 3 scoreless innings.

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MMO Top 30 Prospects: No. 9 Marcos Molina, RHP http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-top-30-prospects-no-9-marcos-molina-rhp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-top-30-prospects-no-9-marcos-molina-rhp.html/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:37:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=209626 Marcos -Molina (Photo: Bryan Green)

Marcos Molina (Photo: Bryan Green)

No. 9 - RHP Marcos Molina

Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 188  Level: GCL & St. Lucie Mets  B/T:R/R  Age: 3/8/1995 (21)  Age Dif: -2.9

Statistics: 44.1 IP, 9 games, 8 games started, 4.26 ERA, 49 hits, 11 BB/36 K

Marcos Molina is oozing with talent, boasting frontline starter material, and already has control of all of his pitches. However, he had Tommy John Surgery in September and will likely miss the 2016 season.

In Baseball Prospectus‘s 2014 top 10 Mets Prospects Jason Parks shocked Mets fans everywhere by including 18 year old Right-hander Marcos Molina, who had posted a 4.39 ERA at Rookie-Level Gulf Coast league in the top 10 ranking. At the time, Parks described him as “electric”, however he also stated he was raw.

Signed for $100K out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, his initial report by Baseball America stated him as a guy with a smooth delivery with the ability to throw strikes consistently. At the time of his signing,

In 2014, right after Parks made a ranking gamble on Molina, he rewarded Jason’s faith by dazzling the college-age league New York-Penn League with a 1.78 ERA. His domination earned him the honor of top prospect of the NYPL in 2014 by Baseball America.he had an 88-92 mile per hour fastball, with an above-average changeup, but the breaking ball was very slurvy. He went to work immediately in the Dominican Summer league, pitching 14 games, and posting a 3.58 ERA in 55.1 innings.

The Mets were so pleased by Molina, that they jumped him to High-A St. Lucie in 2015. Molina did well in his first five games, posting a 3.33 era with 28 K’s in 27 innings before letting up 11 hits and six earned runs against Tampa, and going down with forearm issues after a May 13th start. Molina tried to come back in August but after 3 starts, he wasn’t healthy enough to continue pitching and underwent Tommy John Surgery that September.

Molina is strange to me. He’s highly touted for his stuff but his delivery causes a slight split between scouts to whether he will become a starter or a reliever.

He throws relatively hard, with a 92-94 mile per hour fastball that reaches 96, he pounds the zone with ease through a three-quarter slot. He also is armed with a plus changeup and an improving slider that he can locate pretty easily like his fastball.

His delivery can be worrying, as he has little leg movement and a short stride, both of which make him rely mostly on arm speed. This could cause potential strain on the arm. As predicted, elbow issues persisted, and we won’t see him again until the season 2017 in his Age-22 year. He will likely re-start in St. Lucie after rehab games in the Gulf Coast League.

Ted’s Prospect Extras:

On his profile page as a Brooklyn Cyclone, when asked what he would do if he won the lottery, he said that he would start a home for Abandoned Children.

Previous prospects in the top 30: 

#10 Robert Gsellman#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.

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Mets Minors Recap: Siena Rakes, Knapp Mows Down Jupiter http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-siena-rakes-knapp-mows-down-jupiter.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-siena-rakes-knapp-mows-down-jupiter.html/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:59:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=209397 vinny siena

New Hampshire 8, Binghamton 1

Tyler Pill went five innings and gave up four runs, striking out four. Beck Wheeler, David Roseboom, and Luis Mateo combined to give up four more runs in the next three innings. Mateo makes his return back to Binghamton after Tommy John Surgery in 2013.

DH Matt Oberste went 2 for 4 with a double and the only B-Mets RBI of the game. Dominic Smith finally recorded his first Double-A hit and subsequently a run on Oberste’s double. L.J. Mazzilli made his first ever pro start at third base.

St. Lucie 4, Jupiter 3

Josh Edgin started the game on Rehab Assignment, and went .2 innings, giving up a run, and striking out one before being replaced by Ricky Knapp. Knapp subsequently tossed 5.1 innings, giving up four hits, and striking out four. Alberto Baldonaldo gained redemption from his first game on April 8th by holding down the Hammerheads with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts. Robert Coles however made the game interesting giving up a 2-run shot to the cleanup hitter Taylor Ard.

On the offensive side, Lednier Ricardo, 2 for 4, and Kevin Taylor, 3 for 4, led the team on offense. As well, top prospect Amed Rosario went 2 for 5 with his second stolen base. He is now hitting .300 on the year. Luis Guillorme had a bad day at the plate with an 0 for 5, and is hitting .167 out of the two-hole.

Charleston 6, Columbia 5

Left-hander Kevin Canelon cruised through the first three innings before running into some trouble in the fourth. He gave up two runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking two. Seth Davis followed with two innings of his own as well as two runs given up and four strikeouts. The Fireflies were leading the RiverDogs up until the bottom of the 9th, but Witt Haggard walked the bases loaded and gave up a two-run single to Thairo Estrada.

Vinny Siena went 3 for 5 with a double. The former 2015 14th rounder from UConn is currently hitting .462 after 4 games. Left Fielder Joe Tuschak went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and scored twice. David Thompson drove in one with a triple, and scored on an error. The 2015 4th rounder from University of Miami is hitting .357.

The was the Fireflies third loss of the season with each one coming on a walk-off, their only win of the season came on Saturday when they threw a combined no-hitter.

Note: Both of Las Vegas’s games were rained out Sunday and will be played in August.

For the more in-depth recap head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Mets Minors Recap: Walk-Offs All Around http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-walk-offs-all-around.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-walk-offs-all-around.html/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:34:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=209179 Amed Rosario (Photo by Jim Mancari)

HAPPY OPENING DAY EVERYONE!!!

Vegas 6, Fresno 4

The Las Vegas 51s won their season opener thanks to a two-run walk-off blast by first baseman Marc Krauss in the 9th inning. Matt Reynolds ( 2 for 3, SB) also homered as well as Travis Taijeron  and Roger Bernadina. Reynolds made his first pro start at third base (where he played in college) and Dilson Herrera was the DH as he rest a sore shoulder.

Rafael Montero got the start going five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out five. Josh Smoker made his Triple-A debut with a perfect 8th inning with two strikeouts. MMN’s own Jennifer Nieves was at the game and here is her full recap of the game. Box Score

Binghamton Was Rained Out

St. Lucie 6, Jupiter 5

Amed Rosario led off the bottom of the 9th inning with his third hit of the game, this one was a solo homerun to right field that won the game for St. Lucie on Opening Night. His new double play partner Luis Guillorme went 2 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored, RBI and made his pro debut at second base.

Robert Coles picked up the win after loading the bases in the 9th inning with nobody out and working out of the jam for his second scoreless inning of relief. Full recap here and box score.

Charleston 5, Columbia 4 <—- First ever Columbia Fireflies game

Not the way the Fireflies wanted to start the franchise as they allowed fours run in the bottom of the 9th including two on a game-ending throwing error by the pitcher Johnny Magliozzi on a failed failed pick-off attempt with two outs and a full count.

Third baseman David Thompson singled to left field in the second inning for the first ever Fireflies run and Vinny Siena scored on a wild pitch in the 4th for the first run. Shortstop Milton Ramos had two RBI singles and a pair of great defensive plays. Chase Ingram got the start and was very impressive, going four scoreless with seven strikeouts. Full recap here and box score.

To see extensive recaps, head over to MetsMinors.net.

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MMO Top 30 Prospects: #13 Jhoan Urena, 3B http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-top-30-prospects-13-jhoan-urena-3b.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-top-30-prospects-13-jhoan-urena-3b.html/#comments Sat, 02 Apr 2016 00:00:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208540 Jhoan Urena

We’ve been running the redemption line between our number #14 prospect Gabriel Ynoa and this piece on Jhoan Urena, and likely going to write a few more on the “please don’t give up this guy just yet” lines for a few of our top prospects entering the top part of the MMN top 80. However, I am going to present to you one guy who I swear had a year to forget for my #13th best prospect on the MMN Top 80. I truly believe he has the potential to be a possible heir to David Wright. I had already written him up as a breakout candidate for 2016.

No. 13  Jhoan Urena, 3B

Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 200 Level: Gulf Coast League & St. Lucie A+ B/T: S/R Age: 9/1/1994 (21) Age Dif: -2.6

Acquired: International Free Agent, 2011 out of the Dominican Republic

Statistics: 69 G, 241 PA, 225 AB, 50 H, 6 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 3 SB, 15 BB, 40 K .222/.274/.302

A bonus baby from the Dominican Republic, Jhoan Urena is someone to really keep tabs this year despite a terrible showing last year. Before he got to High-A St. Lucie, Urena was starting to carve out an interesting career as an offensive 3rd Baseman.

As 17 year old in the Dominican Summer League, Urena hit .279/.330/.405 with 4 home runs in 64 games earning himself consideration to go stateside. His next year in Rookie League Gulf Coast, he hit .299/.351/.376 in 47 games with some gap power.

Where Urena really started to get noticed was when he played in Brooklyn as a 19 year old in 2014, playing every game (75) and hit .300/.356/.431 with five home runs. This earned him midseason honors to the all-star squad as one of the younger players in a league that usually exhibits players that come out of college. His performance and advanced bat earned him the consideration to jump a level from Short-Season A-ball to High-A St. Lucie.

However, poor Jhoan just didn’t have a good year. He started out pretty poorly, hitting .229/.265/.286 before breaking hamate bones in both of his hands, making him miss a month and a half and not doing well when he returned. When he returned back on July 10th to rehab in the Gulf Coast League, it looked like he was getting himself back on track, however things did not improve in his final 23 games in St. Lucie.

The thing about hamate bone breaks is that with one, it can significantly reduce the amount of strength a person can have in their hands, affecting a swing in a very adverse way. Such an issue can reduce someone’s output of power while playing in-game and would require surgery and multiple months of rehabilitation to gain strength in their hand. Urena broke hamate bones in both hands, ’nuff said.

In a regular year, Jhoan Urena would be able to show that he is a bat-first third baseman with considerable upside. He is a switch-hitter capable of making all sorts of hard contact to the gaps with a quick stroke. In general, he is a good aggressive contact hitter that could be capable of producing above-average batting averages. As for power, he is capable of average to above-average power, possibly in the high-teens to early 20’s in round-trippers. However, he has not shown himself capable of drawing too many walks as of yet.

On the defensive side, he is a little bit more raw. He doesn’t have excellent hands or lateral mobility, but his arm is plus and accurate, proving himself capable to stick at the hot corner, but he may never be more than average there. If he can’t stick there, he could possibly move to right field or first base.

Urena has a lot to prove in 2016, and he’ll be looking to get some redemption as he repeats in High-A St. Lucie, but if he finally proves what he is capable of: watch out.

Previous prospects in the top 30:

#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.

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MMO Top 30 Prospects: No. 14 Gabriel Ynoa, RHP http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-top-30-prospects-no-14-gabriel-ynoa-rhp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-top-30-prospects-no-14-gabriel-ynoa-rhp.html/#comments Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:58:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208336 gabe ynoa

We’re chugging along and going into the final 14 of our very very long prospect list, and have come across a very old name that has been a top prospect since 2012. Gabriel Ynoa continues to take the long approach for our consideration as a top prospect, and we are very close to seeing the fruits of his labor. He is our #14.

No.14 Gabriel Ynoa, RHP

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 160 B/T: R/R

Age: 5/26/1993 (22) Age Dif: -2.6

Acquired: International Free Agent, 2009 out of the Dominican Republic

Statistics AA - 25 G, 24 GS, 152.1 IP, 3.90 ERA, 157 H, 31 BB/82 K, .265 BAA

If you could describe Gabriel Ynoa with one word, it would be control. No, I don’t mean political control, or that remote you use to surf your channels. I’m talking true precision and control. Ynoa knows exactly where he wants the ball to go and then he just locates it there, no questions asked. In his career in the minor leagues, he has had a rate of 1.3 walks per 9 innings, which compared to any other of our other starters is truly incredible.

Signed in 2009 at the age of 16, and despite dominating the Dominican Summer League in 2010 with a 1.99 ERA, and doing well in Kingsport and Gulf Coast League in 2011, Ynoa burst onto the scene truly in Brooklyn in 2012 when he had a 2.23 ERA in 13 starts as a 19 year old. Armed with a fastball already in the low 90’s Ynoa was a hot commodity when he reached full season ball in Savannah and took full advantage of Old Grayson’s cavernous surroundings, posting a 2.72 ERA.

However, when he arrived to St. Lucie in 2014 he started to give up hits a-plenty, giving up 10.3 per 9 innings which in a pitcher’s league like the Florida State isn’t good. When he was promoted after 14 starts, he did a little worse, giving up a similar amount of hits and more runs. In 2015, he did a little better, giving up less hits and less earned runs but he struck out even less.

Gabriel Ynoa pitches now in the low to mid 90’s and bumps 96 at times. However, while the fastball will find any quadrant, it has found itself to be hittable. At times his changeup has graded out as plus, but it does not garner the swing and misses you’d like to see enough, nor do his curve or slider.

Ynoa has a lot to prove in general, posting mediocre ERA’s and giving up too many hits as of late. Not missing many bats either with it dwindling to 4.8 strikeouts in 9 innings. As that continues to drop, which it very well might when he takes his turn in Vegas’s dry heat, he might be not be viable for a starting role anymore despite the Mets’ insistence. However, if he can find his way to strike out more guys, he could keep his starting status and be one heck of a replacement for one of the big five should one go down for injury.

Ynoa had a good showing this spring in big league camp with a breaking ball that had more tilt on it than during the 2015 season. Maybe the mastermind Dan Warthen finally got to work with the young pitcher.

Previous prospects in the top 30:

#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

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MMO Top 30 Prospects: #20-16 Luis Guillorme On The Rise http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-top-30-prospects-20-16-luis-guillorme-on-the-rise.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-top-30-prospects-20-16-luis-guillorme-on-the-rise.html/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:00:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207896 akeel morris

We continue our top 30 prospects with #’s 20-16. When these were written over at MetsMinors.net, the prospects were given their own posts, but we’ve decided to display all of them together in order to save some time. In these five, Jacob Resnick did three, and I did two. Without further ado, here are numbers 20 to 16:

No. 20 Akeel Morris, RHP
Age: 11/14/1992 (23)
2015 Level: New York Mets, Double-A Binghamton, Hi-A St. Lucie
Stats: 47 G, 61.1 IP, 13 SV, 2.05 ERA, 0.929 WHIP, .137 BAA, 81/29 K/BB

It’s the situation that every aspiring baseball player dreams of being thrust into. Unfortunately for Akeel Morris, he simply wasn’t ready for the spotlight.

Because of a burned-out bullpen, the Mets promoted Morris to the major leagues straight from Hi-A St. Lucie on June 15. Terry Collins vowed to only use him in case of an emergency, but neither Collins nor Morris could have predicted the circumstances under which the rookie would step onto a major league field for the first time. Morris relieved Jon Niese to begin the eighth inning of the June 17 contest in Toronto, trying to limit the damage in a manageable three-run ballgame. He would walk the first two batters, get a forceout at second base, then yield three consecutive hits, the last of which left the ballpark with three runners crossing home plate. Jack Leathersich was needed to finish the inning.

And that was it for Akeel Morris. Later that night, the Mets demoted him to Double-A Binghamton, to make room for Logan Verrett on the active roster. His final line as a major leaguer: 1 G, 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 1 HR, 3 BB. Aside from one poor big league outing, Morris enjoyed a stellar 2015 season, his sixth in the organization. He was named a mid-season all-star with St. Lucie.

Morris was born and raised in St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he attended Charlotte Amalie High School, the foremost sports school on the island. In December of 2009, he pitched a perfect game against a rival school, striking out all 15 batters he faced. According to the Virgin Island Daily News, opposing hitters managed to make contact with a mere four pitches, all resulting in foul balls.

Fast-forward to 2013, when Morris dominated the New York-Penn League with the Brooklyn Cyclones, allowing only five earned runs over 45 innings pitched, to go along with 60 strikeouts, the most in the league by a primary reliever. He was one year removed from a season with the Kingsport Mets where he finished 0-6 with a 7.98 earned run average.

“What changed for me is to really try to attack the strike zone and be aggressive with every pitch I throw, and I really work my off-speed off of my fastball,” he told Newsday after a game with the Cyclones.

Last year, with St Lucie, Morris couldn’t be touched for periods of time. He had a 14 inning scoreless streak from May 2 to June 5, and had strikeouts in his first 13 appearances of the season. After the promotion by demotion to Binghamton, he continued his strong play, allowing only one run from July 23 through the end of the minor league season. The B-Mets made a quick exit in the Eastern League playoffs, losing to Reading in a first round sweep, but Morris was one of the team’s most dominant and electric arms out of the bullpen throughout, finishing with the fifth lowest Binghamton earned run average.

Mechanically, Morris pitches out of the stretch with a violent motion. He sets up on the first base side of the rubber, swings his leg up high, and rears back before unleashing from over the top. He sports a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and a changeup that was dubbed “excellent” by Matt Eddy of Baseball America. I’ve read that his breaking ball still needs work, but at 23 years of age, he’s nowhere close t0 being done in terms of development. He’ll be exciting to watch going forward, as an impact flamethrower in the late innings.

According to the traditional minor league promotion structure, he would be headed to Las Vegas to begin 2016, but a glut of veteran pitchers that are virtually guaranteed to be left off the major league roster come April could change Morris’ initial assignment. Buddy CarlyleStolmy PimentelJim Henderson, and Duane Below among others are certain to be placed in Triple-A, along with various older prospects, like Chasen Bradford, Paul Sewald, and Jeff Walters. The advantage Morris does own, is that he is currently on the major league 40-man roster, so the early looks for mid season bullpen help could very possibly go his way. -  Jacob Resnick

No. 19 Milton Ramos, SS
Age: 10/26/1995 (20)
2015 Level: Rookie Kingsport Mets, Rookie Gulf Coast League Mets
Stats: 218 PA, 200 AB, 12 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 27 RBI, 8/39 BB/K, 4 SB, .295/.326/.380

It’s no secret that the Mets’ minor league system is oozing with shortstops. Take a peek up and down the organizational depth chart from last season, and you’re sure to find a promising prospect at nearly every level.

Reynolds in Vegas. Cecchini at Binghamton. Rosario with St. Lucie. Guillorme down in Savannah. But don’t stop there. If you keep going down, all the way to Kingsport, you’ll come across two names. You’d see Luis Carpio and Milton Ramos. Carpio is a top prospect in his own right (and will have his moment later in the countdown), but Ramos is certainly an intriguing young ballplayer.

The 2014 draft will forever be known among Mets fans as the one in which Michael Conforto joined the organization to embark on a prosperous career. However, the front office did not fail to pick more talent. With their next selection, in the third round, they nabbed Ramos, a scrawny high school shortstop from south Florida.

The initial draft reports on Ramos were clear. Elite defender with minimal bat potential. Many draft experts touted him as the best defensive infielder in the entire draft, and to pick such a player where he fell would certainly be a steal. The questions surrounding him as a hitter were worrisome to say the least.

Nevertheless, Ramos officially signed with the Mets fairly quickly, and garnered a $750,000 bonus, which was around $98,000 over the slot value. He headed to the Gulf Coast League in late June of 2014 to begin his professional career, and understandably got off to a slow start, ultimately hitting .241 in 166 at bats. The more important stat to note, though, is Ramos’ innings in the field. Of the 386 frames he played in Port St. Lucie, a strong 146.1 were spent manning second base, a smart move by the organization to test his versatility. He handled the position just as cleanly as his natural spot.

In 2015, Ramos came out of extended spring training with Kingsport (R). He got off to a hot start, hitting .341 through his first 11 games, but spent some time back in the GCL for a couple of weeks in July. After returning, Ramos had stellar games at the plate here and there, like his four-hit effort against Elizabethon on August 28, but failed to recapture the on-base presence he had displayed earlier in the season.

The fact that Ramos did have stretches of excellence with the bat is a promising sign of his development. If you look at his pre-draft swing here, it’s easy to see some of the hiccups in his mechanics. First, he brings his front foot from the far edge of the batters box all the way to the other side. That creates a high leg kick, slowing down his overall process, although his arms are strong enough that he’s able to get around quickly and with force. He also moves his hands around before beginning the motion to the ball, which could be hard to get consistent with.

I’m sure the Mets staff is hard at work developing this kid as a hitter, because his potential as a defender is obvious. It’s clear that the team likes him and thinks he has a shot to be a player who can help a team perfectly in the field where it’s needed most. They’ll likely send him to Brooklyn (SS-A) to start 2016, and if he’s making strides at the plate, Columbia (A) will be in the near future.

They say pitching and defense wins championships, and while Milton Ramos will likely never go near a pitching rubber for the rest of his career, he’s got one helluva glove, and he’s not afraid to show it. –  Jacob Resnick

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No. 18 Max Wotell, LHP
Age: 9/13/1996 (19)
2015 Level: Rookie Gulf Coast League Mets
Statistics: 10.2 IP, 0-1 W-L, 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .057 BAA, 16/9 K/BB, 1 HR

Whitey Herzog, the Hall of Fame manager with the Royals and Cardinals in the late 1970s and 1980s, once said that his teams only needed three types of pitching: left handed, right handed, and relief. It’s unfortunate that Max Wotell wasn’t a member of Herzog’s great teams, because he falls into not one, but two of those categories.

After selecting Desmond Lindsay with their first selection of the 2015 draft, the Mets stayed within the prep pool, taking Wotell, a wiry southpaw from Marvin, North Carolina, with the 13th pick in the third round. As a senior, he went 14-0 with a 0.52 earned run average and 145 strikeouts over 81.1 innings pitched. Wotell was also recorded as firing fastballs at 92 miles per hour with the Mavericks of Martin Ridge High School.

Wotell wasn’t the only high school lefty taken by the Mets in the first few rounds of the draft. They also went and grabbed Thomas Szapucki in the fifth round, and Jake Simon in the 11th round. You can read about them on Mets Minors’ Top 5 left handed pitcher list here.

Wotell received a $775,000 signing bonus nine days after the draft, and headed to the Gulf Coast League to begin his professional career as a reliever. He was dominant from the get go, tossing perfect frames in his first three appearances with a combined six strikeouts. Of the 45 batters Wotell faced in 2015, only two managed to reach base on a hit. Of course there’s a catch. He struggled with his control at times walking nine and hitting one batter. Wotell had three outings where he issued two free passes, including his final game of the season where he allowed three runs (one earned) in an inning and a third.

The 19-year old has a bit of a funky motion, where he moves his feet back and forth on the rubber, before arching his back and raising his arms so his face is nearly covered, at which point he hitches and slings the ball. It’s certainly a deceptive motion, and one that generates a lot of force and power, but it may need some tweaking if he’s going to become the most effective pitcher he can be as a professional. Considering he was the team’s third round draft pick a year ago, the Mets likely have their staff constantly working with Wotell on mechanics.

Armed with his low-90s fastball, a bending breaking ball, and a changeup, Wotell could move quickly through the minors, and his debut in the Gulf Coast League was a good sign. I don’t think you could expect any more than a Kingsport (R) assignment to begin 2016, so we will learn soon enough how he preforms in front of crowds and in a more competitive setting. The K-Port bullpen is sure to be full of left handed 2015 draftees, with guys like Wotell, Szapucki, Simon, and Sixto Torres. –  Jacob Resnick

Chris-Flexen

No. 17 Chris Flexen, RHP
Age: 7/1/1994 (20)
2015 Level: Gulf Coast League, Short-Season A, & A-Ball
Stats: 12 G, 9 GS, 2.42 ERA, 52 IP, 45 H, 16 BB, 51K  .232 BAA

Since Sandy Alderson has become general manager of the Mets, there has been a slew of young projectable pitchers in the mid-rounds of the draft such as John Gant, Robert Whalen, Rob Gsellman, Corey Oswalt, Matt Bowman, and Paul Sewald. In the 14th round of the 2012 draft, Chris Flexen joined that club for an over slot bonus of $374,000 after a dominating high school season with Newark Memorial High School in California. He went 9-2 with a 0.44 ERA, with 125 strikeouts in 80 innings.

At first he struggled, giving up too many hits, and struggling with control in his first time as a pro, and had a 5.62 ERA. The next year, repeating the level he improved drastically, and dominated the Appalachian league. In 2014 he struggled at Savannah before succumbing to Tommy John Surgery in July. In June 24th of last season, Flexen returned and dazzled in 19 games with a 2.42 ERA in 52 innings pitched.

In his pre-draft report, Flexen was a young arm that could reach up to 93 employing a high leg kick to garner velocity. However, recent reports have him sitting in the low to mid 90′s and at times hitting higher such as 96/97 when he truly reaches back. As well, he has the potential for a plus slider, and above average changeup with time to hone them as he climbs the minor league level as a finally healthy pitcher. However, he has to be able to pitch more innings in a season than 68. You should expect him in High-A St. Lucie for the 2016 season.

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No. 16 Luis Guillorme, SS
Age: 9/27/1994
2015 Level: A-Ball
Stats: 523 PA, 446 AB, 142 H, 16 2B, 18 SB, 8 CS, 54 BB, 70 K, .318/.391/.354

This shortstop has done everything and more to play above the tools that were projected of him when he was drafted in the 10th round of the 2013 draft out of the Coral Springs Charter High School in Florida. At the time he was drafted, Luis Guillorme was called the best defensive shortstop in the draft, with a glove way ahead of his bat despite hitting .570/.640/.770 in his senior year.

When he was drafted, he then was assigned to Rookie-Ball Kingsport and hit .258/.337/.283, and then repeated the level in 2014 hitting .282/.337/.324, earning a few games at A-ball Savannah. When he joined Savannah in 2015, everything clicked, where he hit .318/.391/.354 out of the leadoff spot and won a well-earned player of the year.

Touted as an excellent shortstop, he fits the bill pretty well. He has excellent hands and receives and sets up well. He makes all the plays, including the highlight reel ones. His arm is average, but he has a quick release that makes up for it. As well, his speed is just average, but he plays it up with incredible instincts and quick jumps. In short, he often makes the difficult plays look routine and the seemingly impossible plays just happen.

As for offensive capability, Luis will not excite you with any kind of thump. In fact, he does not hit for any power whatsoever, and likely never will hit more than 1-2 home runs in a season (and has not hit one in his professional career to date). He instead will line all over the field, with above-average bat speed and the ability to line all over the diamond. He is learning to hit for more doubles as well, hitting 11 out of his 16 doubles in the second half, and if he can get stronger could hit possibly 25 doubles.

In addition to good bat-to-ball skills, including a 13% K-rate, he does not get cheated at the plate and has a good eye, including two games where he walked 4 times in a game last year and 10 multiple walk games in total. He can also perform drag bunts very well. While getting down the line he is average in speed and he reads pitchers very well allowing him to steal 18 bases last year.

Next year the MVP will take his unique skills to St. Lucie, and we’ll see how he does as he progresses up the ladder. Fortune usually doesn’t favor guys who have no power, but Luis isn’t like most players so we’ll see what happens.

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #30-26

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #25-21

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Mets Minors: Top Prospects 25-21 Including Matt Reynolds http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-minors-prospects-25-21-including-matt-reynolds.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-minors-prospects-25-21-including-matt-reynolds.html/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 23:00:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207475 Matt_Reynolds_ydkti8bs_x26e1v5i

Over at MetsMinors.net we chose who we thought were the Top 80 Prospects in the Mets farm system, we will bring the Top 30 to MMO for your viewing pleasure. We started the countdown with L.J. Mazzilli (#30), Jake Simon (#29), Andres Gimenez (#28), Josh Smoker (#27), and Jeff McNeil (#26). Here is the next installment in our list:

25.  John Mora, CF

Ht: 5’10” Wt: 165 Level: Age:5/31/1993 (22) Age Diff: +.5

Acquired: Signed in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic

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

Profile: 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. – Jacob Resnick, Top 5 Outfield Prospects

Level: Will play Center Field in High-A St. Lucie.

24.  Thomas Szapucki, LHP

Acquired: Drafted in 2015

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 190 Level: Rookie Gulf Coast League  Age: 6/12/1996 (19) Age Diff: -1.2

2015 Stats: 3 G, 2.1 IP, 0-0 W-L, 15.43 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, .455 BAA, 3/0 K/BB, 0 HR

Profile: Szapucki was selected by the Mets in the fifth round last year out of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and he decided to sign with the team even though he had already committed to pitch as a Florida Gator. Szapucki joined Simon and Max Wotell in the Gulf Coast League, but produced the worst statistics of the trio, albeit in three appearances.

The 19-year-old slings from the left side with a high leg kick and a speedy motion to the plate. He throws a low-to-mid-90s fastball, and complements it with a promising slider. Because he throws hard, Szapucki should be an exciting player to follow over the coming seasons. Hopefully he’s able to fine tune his mechanics in Extended Spring Training, and then head to Kingsport in June. – Jacob Resnick, Top 5 Left-handed Prospects

Level: Will go to Kingsport for 2016

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23. David Thompson, 3B/1B

Ht: 6’2″ Wt:220 Level: Short-Season A Age: 8/28/1993 (22) Age Diff: -.1

Acquired: Drafted in the 4th round of the 2015 Draft out of the University of Miami

2015 Stats: 59 G, 228 PA, 206 AB, 45 H, 10 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 3 SB .218/.268/.368

Profile: An offensive star for Miami, Thompson is a real slugger who led the college ranks in home runs with 19 in 2015 after breaking home run records in florida in his high school days. After leading the Hurricanes to the College World Series, he was drafted in the 4th round for 2015 and joined the Brooklyn Cyclones, where he did not fare well, hitting .218/.268/.368. We’ll treat this as an aberration, considering his bat profile being strong, while the bat speed is slow,  he could definitely slug over 25 home runs a year, and has an idea of what to do at the plate.

However, after two shoulder surgeries, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Thompson has lost strength in his right arm, meaning he will likely not be able to throw across the diamond to first with any force. There is a likelihood Thompson will have to move across the diamond and he has been seen doing some first base drill during spring workouts.

Probable 2016 Assignment: Columbia

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22. Eudor Garcia, 3B

Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 225 Level: Savannah Age:5/14/1994 (21) Age Diff: -.5

Acquired: Drafted in the 4th round in 2014 out of El Paso Community College

2015 Stats: 105 G, 429 PA, 398 AB, 118 H, 23 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 5 SB, 2 CS, 22 BB, 95 K .296/.340/.442

Profile: Despite having a PED suspension smacked on him on January 19th for bumetanide and furosemide that will keep him out for the first 80 games of the season, we have him in our top 25 without worry or any negative disposition towards his use. Garcia, with or without Performance Enhancing Drugs is a talented hitter, who hit one out of right field at Historic Grayson, the hardest park to homer in the minor leagues. With plus bat speed and the ability to hit for average and power with his quick left stroke, he has the upside to hit .280 with 20 home runs, should he reach that potential. One thing that he should work on, however, is cutting down on strikeouts.

On the other side of his game, he has a lot to work on if he wants to stay a 3rd baseman. With a below-average arm, and 30-grade speed, he is not very agile, and his hands aren’t too soft either for the hot corner. There could be a possibility that he moves to first base, or maybe left field. Either way, his bat will play anywhere.

Projected 2016 Level: Will go to High-A St. Lucie after he serves his 80-Game Suspension.

21.  Matt Reynolds, UTIL

Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 205 Level: Gulf Coast League & Triple-A Age:12/3/1990 (25) Age Diff: -2.6

Acquired: 2nd Round of the 2012 Draft of the University of Arkansas

2015 Stats: 118 G, 496 PA, 450 AB, 121 H, 32 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 13 SB, 4 CS, 33 BB, 93 K, .269/.321/.402

Profile: Originally a 3rd baseman in college due to a better shortstop existing, he was transitioned to Shortstop in the Mets organization and started at Single-A Savannah in 2012. Offensively, he did not excel very ell hitting .259/.335/.367 in Savannah and then .225/.300/.335 in St. Lucie. However, when he got to Binghamton in 2014, he hit .343/.405/.454 and stole 20 bases.

This year he did not excel at Vegas, hitting .269/.321/.402, but he still has time to figure into the Met’s future. Reynolds doesn’t have much in the name of home run power, and he won’t probably hit more than 10, but he has an aggressive approach with a good right-handed swing that will produce hard line drives to any part of the field.

As for defense, his best spot might be 3rd base, but he could likely play any part of the infield in a pinch. As well, there has been talk of trying to use him in the outfield as well to make him more versatile on the shrinking depth chart. We’ll see if he can become a good super utility player in the long run for the team.

Projected 2016 Level: Will start at Triple-A and if he excels possibly becomes a utility player.

Ted’s Prospect Extras:

Three Lefty Statistics in 2015:

Jake Simon- 9 G, 16 IP, 2-0 W-L, 2.81 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, .302 BAA, 12/5 K/BB in GCL

Joel Huertas- 11 G, 10 GS, 4.65 ERA, 50.1 IP, 48 H, 22 BB, 60 K, .249 BAA in GCL

Max Wotell9 G, 10.2 IP, 0-1 W-L, 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .057 BAA, 16/9 K/BB in GCL

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Mets Minors: Top 5 Catcher Prospects http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/207298.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/207298.html/#comments Sun, 06 Mar 2016 15:00:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207298 (MLB.com)

Today we talk about the dearth…er, depth we have at catcher. Okay, maybe it isn’t as great as the times we had with Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki coming through the system, but there are some guys that you’ll see coming through to watch and look forward to. The Mets 2015 pick Mazeika being one of them, doing an excellent job raking in the Appalachian League. However, we have a teenager leading the list, who is an excellent receiver, and has a developing bat that we will be watching closely from now on.

5. Tomas Nido

Ht: 6’0 Wt: 200  Level: Low-A Savannah Sand Gnats B/T: R/R  Age: 4/12/1994 (21)   Age Dif: -0.5

Acquired: 8th round pick in 2012

Statistics: 86 G, 335 PA, 317 AB, 14 2B, 6 HR, 14BB/86K, .259/.284/.372

Profile: Former high school battery mate of Robert Whalen, Nido was highly touted for his plus power before the draft. However, that never manifested, considering his career peak was this year with six home runs in 86 games.

Top 80 MMN Prospect Ranking: #74

Level: We should see him either repeat Low-A or get a crack with St. Lucie.

4. Brandon Brosher 

Ht: 6’3 Wt: 225 Level: Short Season-A B/T: R/R  Age: 2/17/95 (20)  Age Dif: -1.1

Acquired: A 36th rounder out of the 2013 draft.

Statistics: 59 G, 206 PA, 168 AB, 10 2B, 3b, 3 HR, 28/75 BB/K, .179/.325/.304

Profile: Brosher has an intriguing profile. He has the most power in this system, which means he has some great potential. However, he struck out at a high clip (36%), and has struggled to hit and field too. He has a long way to go. Another upside: He knows how to draw a walk.

Top 80 MMN Prospect Ranking: #72

Level: Repeating Brooklyn or going to Columbia

3. Jose Garcia

Ht: 6’0 Wt: 200 Level: Short Season-A B/T: L/R  Age:11/3/1994 (21) Age Dif: -1.1

Acquired: Signed for 800k in 2011 out of Venezuela

Statistics: 35 G, 114 PA, 105 AB, 30 H, 6 2B, 7 BB, 23 K, .286/.342/.343

Profile: Has above-average catching ability, with intelligence and a quick release. He alternated with Brandon Brosher in Brooklyn. He has a solid line-drive stroke but must develop more pop.

Top 80 MMN Prospect Ranking: #64

Level: Columbia

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2. Pat Mazeika

Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 220 Level: Rookie Kingsport B/T: L/R  Age: 10/14/1993 (22)  Age Dif: +.5

Acquired: Drafted in 8th round in 2015 out of Stetson University for 125k

Statistics: 62 G, 268 PA, 226 AB, 80 H, 27 2B, 5 HR, 24 BB, 26 K, .354/.451/.540

Profile: Drafted out of Jacob deGrom’s alma mater, catcher Patrick Mazeika knows how to get a bat on a ball. While he was old for the Appalachian league, Mazeika showed how well he hit by leading the league in doubles while being one point off the top in batting average. The player has a great left handed stroke that produces line drives to the gaps, and will not strike out. He also employs a patient approach that will walk and grind out at-bats. The main issue is that his frame is too big for catcher, and he doesn’t move very well behind there. His arm is strong enough to throw out quite a few, but he’s going to have to work hard to stay at catcher. If not, he’ll be a contact-first first baseman.

Top 80 MMN Prospect Ranking: #36

Level: Will definitely see a full season A-ball team, whether it’s Columbia or St. Lucie.

1. Ali Sanchez

Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 175 Level: GCL  B/T: R/R  Age: 1/20/1997 (19)  Age Dif: -1.5

Acquired: Signed out of Venezuela for 690K in 2o13

Statistics: 49 G, 188 PA, 173 AB, 47 H, 6 2B, 2 SB, 12 BB, 26 K  .272/.330/.306

Profile: It’s not easy to see the top prospect being a 19 year old, but Ali Sanchez seems to have a lot of potential. A bonus baby out of Venezuela, Sanchez has excellent catching skills, moving well behind the plate, and being able to throw out a runner with ease, despite only having an average arm. His catching is ahead of his bat, but he hasn’t put up bad numbers while hitting for average, but right now he’s all contact, with the potential of later developing possible average power later.

Top 80 MMN Prospect Ranking: #15

Level: Brooklyn Catcher

Another catcher to keep an eye on is the 18-year old Juan Uriarte who was part of MMN’s 2015 All-Star team.

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Others in Ali Sanchez’s Signing Class

OF Ricardo Cespedes – $725,000
SS Yeffry De Aza – $475,000
SS Luis Carpio – $300,000
RHP Luis Silva – $275,000
SS Cecilio Aybar – $251,000

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Mets Minors: Top 5 Right-Handed Pitching Prospects http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-minors-top-5-right-handed-pitching-prospects.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-minors-top-5-right-handed-pitching-prospects.html/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:00:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=206485 marcos molina

After the Mets promoted Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard, the two final pieces of the Mets amazing major league  rotation, fans probably believe the organization took a hit in premium talent. However, MMN is going to reveal there are still some interesting top prospects in our top 5 right-handed pitchers.

1. Marcos Molina

Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 188  Level: GCL & St. Lucie Mets  B/T:R/R  Age: 3/8/1995 (20)  Age Dif: -2.9

Statistics: 44.1 IP, 9 games, 8 games started, 4.26 ERA, 49 hits, 11 BB/36 K

Profile: An athletic pitcher, Marcos Molina took the New York-Penn League by storm in 2014 as a teenager. However this year was a different story, being skipped to High-A, but struggling with an elbow injury and was ultimately shut down and then underwent Tommy John Surgery. At his best, Molina has a 92-94 mile per hour fastball that touches 96 that he pounds the zone with that is joined by a plus changeup and an above-average slider.

Molina’s delivery however is a worry since it relies on arm-speed and has little movement in his bottom half, which might create arm strain with overuse. We’ll see if he’ll hold together after Tommy John Surgery and reach his potential of a front-line starter.

Level: Rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery

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2. Robert Gsellman    

Ht: 6’4″  Wt: 200 Level: St. Lucie & B’Mets  B/T: R/R  Age: 7/18/1993 (22) Age Dif:-3.1

Statistics: 143.1 IP, 24 games, 2.89 ERA, 126 Hits, 37BB/86K, .237 BAA

Profile: Drafted in 2011 in the 13th round, Gsellman was touted as a “projectable arm”, with the Mets knowing very well they could mold him in to an excellent pitcher with some good stuff. They have taught him how to use his 91-93 mile per hour fastball with good movement on it to get a ton of groudb ball outs. Along with that, he has developed an excellent 12-6 curveball that works as a good out pitch, and a changeup that needs a little work, but in time will become an average pitch. He does not get many swings and misses, which is something he definitely needs to work on next season.

Next year: He will Repeat at AA for a few starts and then proceed to AAA

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3. Logan Verrett

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 190  Level: AAA & MLB B/T: R/R  Age:6/19/1990 (25) Age Dif: -3.4

Acquired: 2011 Draft, 3rd Round.

Statistics: 

AAA 18 G, 11 GS, 64.2 IP, 4.59 ERA, 69 H, 19 BB, 53K

MLB 18 G, 4 GS, 47.2 IP, 3.59 ERA, 34 H, 15 BB, 39 K

Profile: A pitcher who has performed at every level since entering the Mets system in 2011, he finally got his chance to get his feet wet in the majors. In December 2014, Verrett was selected by the Orioles in the Rule 5 draft, but underperformed in Spring training, so they waived him to try to work out a deal to keep him. However, the Texas Rangers had other plans, nabbing him, and trying him out.

He didn’t work out in Texas either, so they designated him for assignment, which sent him back to the Mets. He went up and down from Vegas to New York and back with the Mets and played 18 games at Vegas. In New York he pitched in 14 games, including 4 starts, Verrett pitched well with a 3.03 earned run average.

A fourth starter or middle relief profile, Verrett throws in the low 90’s with good control and command. Attached are an average curve, above-average slider and an average change. Altogether, Verrett is an excellent asset for the Mets team should he continue to be effective, either as the long guy, or a rubber arm.

Level: Major League Bullpen or Las Vegas rotation

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4. Seth Lugo   

Ht: 6’4″  Wt: 185  Level: Binghamton & Las Vegas 51’s  B/T: R/R Age: 11/17/1989 (26) Age Dif: 0

Acquired: 2011 Draft, 34th Round, Centenary College of Louisiana

Statistics: 24 GS, 136 IP, 3.84 ERA, 135 H, 35 BB, 127 K, .254 BAA

Profile: An older arm with some good stuff sounds familiar doesn’t it? Seth Lugo, the 26-year old righty should not be overlooked. As a starter, Lugo can dial it into the mid-90’s getting up to 95. He mixes in an above-average curveball and  average changeup. Last year in Double-A he did okay, with a 3.80 era in 19 starts, and a .254 batting average against. He then pitched well in 27 AAA innings with a 1.19 WHIP while striking out 30 batters.

He’ll get another crack at Las Vegas and will be consideration for the rotation in case one of the 4 horseman or Bartolo goes down.

Level: Will Stay in the Las Vegas Rotation

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5. Gabriel Ynoa 

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 160 Level: B’Mets B/T: R/R Age: 5/26/1993 (22) Age Dif: -2.6

Acquired: International Free Agent, 2009 out of The Dominican Republic

Statistics: 25 G, 24 GS, 152.1 IP, 3.90 ERA, 157 H, 31 BB, 82 K,  .265 BAA

Profile: A true control artist, Ynoa has a Career BB/9 of 1.3 in the Minor leagues. Coupled with that, Ynoa pounds the zone, sometimes too much, with a mid-90’s fastball that gets up to 96 at time. While he has a plus changeup, and an above-average curveball, he gives up more hits than innings, and does not strike out more than a 4.8 K/9.

While he has posted adequate statistics at Binghamton, it’s a wonder how much longer he will stay a starter, considering his inability to miss bats. We’ll possibly see a conversion this year or next.

Level: Will get some time getting to know Las Vegas

Another arm to keep an eye on is our breakout candidate Chris Flexen.

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Mets 2016 Breakout Prospect: RHP Chris Flexen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-2016-breakout-prospect-rhp-chris-flexen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-2016-breakout-prospect-rhp-chris-flexen.html/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 23:26:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205553 Chris-Flexen

 

Continuing our series of potential breakout prospects is right-handed pitcher Chris Flexen, a projectable righty drafted in 2012, who suffered a delay due to Tommy John Surgery. Our first two candidates in the series were third baseman David Thompson and Jhoan Urena.

Profile:

Chris Flexen was drafted out of Newark Memorial HS in California, during the 14th round. He was awarded an overslot bonus of $374,000. In an early draft report by Baseball America, he was called a “projectable arm” that could reach 93, with much more potential to fill out a skinny frame. BA also said he had the potential for a plus slider.

He, however has had an inconsistent career struggling initially in Kingsport before repeating and excelling. Then in 2014 he struggled with his control and recorded a 4.83 earned run average with 13 starts in Savannah, before undergoing Tommy John Surgery.  He returned on June 24th of this past year and pitched rehabilitation games in Gulf Coast League, and Brooklyn before returning to the Savannah Sand Gnats. In his final six games, he pitched much better, posting a 1.87 ERA, with a 1.9 BB/9, and nearly a strikeout per inning.

Why he may be a candidate:

According to recent scouting reports, Flexen’s fastball velocity has improved to the mid 90’s, and has touched 97. With an improving slider, and changeup he could have a serious arsenal in his future. He is finally healthy, which could lead to a great full season. One caveat is he has only pitched a maximum of 69 innings, so we’ll keep cautious about his future for now. We hope to see a bigger influx of innings as well.

Ted’s Prospect Extras

The Top 5 2012 Draft Picks

  1. Kevin Plawecki (1st Rd Supplemental, 35th overall)
  2. SS Gavin Cecchini (1st Rd, 12th overall)
  3. UT Matt Reynolds (2nd Rd, 71st overall)
  4. RHP Matthew Bowman (13th Rd, 410th overall)
  5. RHP Paul Sewald (10th Rd, 320th overall)

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Mets 2016 Breakout Prospect: 3B David Thompson http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-2016-breakout-prospect-3b-david-thompson.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-2016-breakout-prospect-3b-david-thompson.html/#comments Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:48:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205444 david_thompson_960_onypk0ya_xh6arueb

Next in our breakout candidates is a relatively new face, 3rd Baseman David Thompson. Our first prospect in the series was fellow third baseman Jhoan Urena.

Profile:

Before Thompson was a 4th rounder for the Mets, he was an offensive star in the Miami area. As a Westminster Christian Alumni, (Same high school as Alex Rodriguez), he the record for homeruns in a season (19) and career (55) for the entire state of Florida. His 55 beat Prince Fielder‘s previously held record by 13 home runs. He entered into the University of Miami on a football and baseball scholarship but had two surgeries for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. However, he did well, hitting six home runs with a line of .286/.368/.462.

Unfortunately for him the next year he had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which required a surgery to remove a rib, and he was relegated to a very weak 30 games. However, he upped his stock hitting .331/.355/.466 in the wood-bat Cape Cod League with four homers in 42 games.

In his final year, he led the Miami Hurricanes to the College World Series with a country-leading 19 home runs, and a .323/.424/.620 line. Injury concerns only warranted him a 4th round selection.

With the Brooklyn Cyclones, which is often a landing spot for Mets’ top college draft picks, Thompson underwhelmed offensively, hitting .218/.274/.320 with three home runs in 59 games. Due to the shoulder surgeries and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, he no longer has a strong throwing arm and will likely have to move to another position such as first base or left field.

Why he might breakout:

Hey, he broke a Florida home run record set by one of the better hitters of this generation, what’s not to like?

Also, He is a pretty disciplined batter, having more walks than strikeouts in his college career.  Plus, I want to see if he can start hitting for better average and hope that this uppercut swing will find a way to bounce and produce some of that awesome power. His likely destination is of one of the Single-A teams, depending on his time in spring training.

Having another possibility in power down on the farm has never been a bad thing.

Ted’s Prospect Extras:

Hitter’s Statistics from the 2015 Draft

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Mets 2016 Breakout Prospect: 3B Jhoan Urena http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-2016-breakout-prospect-3b-jhoan-urena.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-2016-breakout-prospect-3b-jhoan-urena.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:18:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205160 MLB BASEBALL TOURNAMENT TORNEO SUPREMO IN GUERRA JUNE 13

This is my first post in a while. MetsMinors.Net is starting a new series of who we believe will be our top breakout candidates for 2016. Both editors have picked 3 prospects we believe will break out in 2016 and be on the radar for this coming minor league system. I will kick this off with sweet-swinging Jhoan Urena.

Urena was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011 for $425,000. In his first 3 seasons between three short-season clubs, Ureña never batted below .279 (DSL, 2012), and showed a little pop, hitting 5 home runs and 20 doubles while hitting .300/.356/.431 in 75 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2014.

In 2015 however, he had a year to forget. Promoted with his left-side infield companion Amed Rosario to High-A St. Lucie from the Cyclones, Ureña did not do very well in .214/.257./267 in 64 games. There is an explanation however for why Ureña did not perform: he broke hamate bones in both hands, and had a couple wrist sprains before and afterwards. Hamate bones are notorious injuries with repercussions in power.  They also take a long time, multiple months to heal, and surgery to remove the broken bones.

The Mets have assured that the 21-year-old Ureña will be ready for Spring Training, and if healthy, he could go back to his old hitting ways, and find himself permanently on the prospect radar as a legitimate candidate for the future of 3rd base. A true third baseman with a great arm, he still has a couple of issues he needs to address in the field in terms of his fielding, however, he is young and projects out to an average fielder.

The switch-hitter has a nice stroke from both sides, and has a solid line-drive approach, as well as advanced bat-to-ball skills that allow him  to make contact,. He could produce a .280 average with home run projection in the teens. He will likely repeat at St. Lucie to start out 2016, but we believe it will be a tale of two seasons in contrast to last year.

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All You Need To Know About The International Signing Period http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-international-signing-period.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-international-signing-period.html/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:39:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=186023 guerrero

Today marks another holiday in amateur player acquirement if you haven’t heard. On July 2nd of every year, a signing period exists where amateur baseball players outside of the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada between the ages 16 and 23 are signed to professional contracts with teams in the MLB that range from 4 to 8 figure contracts, depending on the age, talent, and availability.

Players represent the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, Cuba, as well as less likely places like Italy, Australia, Germany, and this year, France.

According to the new rules from the 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team is assigned a pool of money in the seven figure range that is available to sign contracts with eligible players within the signing period that lasts from July 2nd, 2015 to June 15th, 2016.

The pools are assigned by record, in a similar sense to what the MLB draft does, with the team that has the worst record having the largest amount of money to spend. However, a team can go over their pool if they choose to sign players to contracts, but will incur large penalties, such as:

  • Any money over the sum of the pool will be taxed 100 percent.
  • In addition any team over 5-10% of their pool cannot sign individual players in the next signing period for more than $500,000.
  • If 10-15%, the team cannot sign a player for more than $300,000 in the next signing period.
  • If more than 15% the team cannot sign a player for more than $300,000 for the next two signing periods.

While these penalties are pretty steep, a team can trade for up to 150% of their allotted pool with another team to gain more money, and keep themselves out of penalties and able to spend big in the next signing period as well. Also, any signing bonuses under $10,000 are not counted towards the pool.

A majority of those that signed are trained by someone who acts as their teacher, mentor, and agent. Teams get to know the trainers and are afforded time to scout the players. Then front offices decide if the bonus demands are worth it for each player. The trainers get a cut for themselves, but the players usually get the majority of the money. Teams and players usually have deals in place 6-12 months ahead of the period, so that’s bad news if you were expecting anyone that wasn’t linked to your team.

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Mets Signing period:

For this new signing period, the Mets have a bonus pool of $2,531,300, but have two deals in place that  put them over the top by at $168,700 so far: Andres Gimenez and Gregory Guerrero

SS Gregory Guerrero B/T: R/R, Hometown: Nizao, Dominican Republic

Rankings:

Baseball America 6/30

MLB.com 17/30

Fangraphs 9/47

Shortstop Gregory Guerrero is the nephew of Former All-Star Vladimir Guerrero, and trained at the Guerrero Baseball Acadamy. While his cousin, Vlad Jr is has the spotlight in the Guerrero family due to his power and direct bloodlines, Greg is no slouch either.

A guy who is considered advanced for the Dominican class, Guerrero has an above average hit tool, and while he focuses on line drives, projects for above average to possibly plus power. As for defense, be might stick at shortstop due to his above average arm and fielding, but 3rd base would be a more likely home for him, due to below-average foot speed.

He signs with the Mets early this morning for $1.5 million dollars, which is the second highest bonus Mets have given to an amateur. He will train at the Mets Dominican Academy for the rest of this year.

SS Andres Gimenez B/T L/R Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Rankings:

Baseball America 2/30

MLB.com 15/30

Fangraphs 6/47

Mentioned less than Guerrero, but higher-ranked, Andres Gimenez was snagged early in the signing period by the Mets for a lower price than the Dominicans ranked before and after him.

Gimenez is one of the most advanced bats in the Latin American class, with contact potential rating plus. Baseball America says he could possibly hit .300 annually, with fringe-average power that could reach double-digits in homers, with quite a few doubles. In addition to that, he has above-average speed, and a chance to stick at shortstop and be an above average defender. He signed for 1.2 million dollars this morning.

These are the two headliners, but I expect more will be reported later today that aren’t in the millions. These two signings will make the Mets over pool however as stated previously, they can trade for up to $3,796,950 in pool space to avoid the penalties and participate in the 2016-2017 IFA signing period.

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Some questions you may have…

16? Talk about robbing the cradle!

Yeah, could you believe it? Children, who won’t be able to drink alcohol legally in the United States until 2020 are being signed to contracts worth 4-7 figures. However, before 1984 when the the age rule was imposed, known as the “Jimy Kelly” Rule, there was no age regulaton.

Jimy Kelly was a Dominican Shortstop who was signed at the age of 13 by the Blue Jays in early 1984, which inspired the rule, with MLB saying they were eliminating Child Labor after he signed.

Kelly never made it very far with the Jays, and instead burned out by 19, He couldn’t take the pressure at a young age, and wasn’t able to mature, either. He faded out of the record books, many kids from Latin America do unfortunately…

While 16 is still young, and signing players at that age doesn’t seem to give kids the opportunity to graduate High School, people have to understand, that Venezuela and the Dominican Republic are two countries that aren’t America, and school is not legally imposed in either country, nor very effective in the more common low-income neighborhoods, if at all.

Both countries are in poverty, are completely corrupt, do not have mandatory educational systems, and Venezuela is especially dangerous on top of it. Furthermore, a majority of the kids aren’t concerned about their education, and instead are trying to put their mother and family in a home, and food on the table.

While thinking that this could be “exploitation”, think about the fact that trainers take in a lot of these kids and give them homes, food, and the ability to house and feed their family based on their physical gifts. Academies like Guerrero’s, also enroll their children into schooling for money management, english, geography, and other skills. Some professional organizations, like our Mets give further opportunities for education, when players are at the academy, as well as english classes, and at least while Omar Minaya was involved, their education was paid for by the team.

Why no Vlad (Jr.)? I’m Sad!

While the Mets aren’t signing Top International prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr, they were hot after him, and there was serious mutual interest. However, the Blue Jays used their entire pool and then some to blow the Mets’ offer out of the water, and it was something Vlad couldn’t refuse. However, Gregory and Andres are both more advanced bats when it comes to contact, and neither are mere consolation prizes as players.

Why is Andres Gimenez rated higher than Guerrero but receiving less?

Gimenez is from Venezuela, where it is harder to access him due to Venezuela’s complete and utter turmoil, and US’s sanctions against Venezuela makes it harder for scouts to travel to Venezuela. That lowers the cost, In addition, families usually take lower cost deals that are guaranteed and early to get money and leave Venezuela.

Highest Amateur IFA Bonuses in Mets’ History Prior to this Signing Period

1.     SS Amed Rosario – $1,750,000 (2012-13)

2.     OF Fernando Martinez – $1,400,000 (2005-06)

3.     LHP Juan Urbina – $1,200,000 (2009-10)

4.     SS Kenny Hernandez – $1,000,000 (2014-2015)

5.     C Jose Garcia – $800,000 (2011-12)

6.     C Francisco Pena – $750,000 (2006-07)

7.     OF Ricardo Cespedes – $725,000 (2013-14)

8.     SS Wilmer Flores – $700,000 (2007-08)

9.     RHP Deolis Guerra – $700,000 (2005-06)

10.  C Ali Sanchez – $690,000 (2013-14)

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