Could Luis Guillorme Play Second For Mets This Season?

Ed Delany, MMO

As of today, the Mets are currently set to open the season with Asdrubal Cabrera at second base.

However, it has been seen very clearly that, at least defensively, that is probably not in the Mets best interest to stay that way for the entire season as he had -6 DRS last season in only 274.1 innings at the position in 2017.

As of now, the only other options that will be ready on Opening Day are Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores. However, neither one is particularly smooth with the glove at the keystone.

T.J. Rivera is eligible to return from the 60-day DL on May 28th, but it remains to be seen how effective he will be after returning from Tommy John Surgery.

One option that could present itself later this season is Luis Guillorme.

The middle infielder has been lauded throughout his minor league career for his defense, and placing him next to Amed Rosario at the big-league level could allow the Mets to have one of the best defensive infields in all of baseball with Todd Frazier manning the hot corner and Adrian Gonzalez/Dominic Smith at first base.

The question remains, though, of whether Guillorme will be able to hit enough to play everyday at the major league level.

Over the course of his five-year minor league career, the left-handed hitter has a career .285/.361/.328 slash line with only two home runs and 66 doubles.

Last season, he stayed much in line with those numbers, as he hit .283/.376/.331 with one homer and 20 doubles in Double-A Binghamton.

While the average and on-base percentage look nice, the lack of power is alarming. Despite power not being a necessity for the Mets at the moment, it could be concerning that it appears he is merely a singles hitter for his career so far.

To me, though, he is reminiscent of another former Met with his hitting style: Luis Castillo. Yes, he lives in folklore in a bad way for his infamous dropped ball against the Yankees in 2009.

However, Castillo was actually a pretty productive hitter throughout his career, despite lacking power. Over the course of his 15-year career, the switch-hitter hit .290/.368/.351 while only hitting 28 homers and 194 doubles.

With Guillorme’s defense, that slash line at the major league level would be perfectly acceptable.

The 23-year old is almost certainly ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas on Opening Day, but if he can manage to repeat his 2017 numbers at that level, the Mets should really consider giving Guillorme a chance to claim the second base position at some point in 2018.

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