Mets 2018 MLB Pipeline Organizational All-Stars

 

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MLB Pipeline is naming their All-Stars for each organization based upon who had the best season at each position. In assembling this list, the age and prospect status of each player was disregarding. In assembling the list, MLB Pipeline included an analysis from Mets Director of Player Development Ian Levin.

C Scott Manea

Level: Columbia
Stats: .261/.368/.432, 23 2B, 12 HR, 53 RBI

1B Peter Alonso

Level: Binghamton & Las Vegas
Stats: .285/.395/.579, 31 2B, 3B, 36 HR, 119 RBI, 3 CS

Levin: “He’s obviously got terrific power and we felt he made some big strides on the defensive side of things. He’s going to be a big-time offensive weapon for us very soon.

2B Jeff McNeil

Level: Binghamton, Las Vegas, MLB
MiLB Stats: .342/.411/.617, 26 2B, 5 3B, 19 HR, 71 RBI, 6 SB
MLB Stats: .329/.381/.471, 11 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 7 SB, CS

3B Mark Vientos

Level: Kingsport
Stats: .287/.389/.489, 12 2B, 11 HR, 52 RBI, SB

Levin: “When you talk about Mark’s power, it’s not about his potential. He’s got it already. His exit velocity was one of the highest in the Minor Leagues, and it was noticeable when you watched him play.”

SS Andres Gimenez

Level: St. Lucie & Binghamton
Stats: .281/.347/.409, 29 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 46 RBI, 38 SB, 14 CS

Levin: “He can run, play defense, hit … and his strike zone judgement continues to improve. We’ve also seen him start to tap into more power, which furthers our projection for him as a strong, all-around player.”

OF Jarred Kelenic

Level: Gulf Coast & Kingsport
Stats: .286/.371/.468, 10 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 42 RBI, 15 SB, CS

Levin: “He controls the strike zone extremely well already, and he’s got the ability to be a true power and speed guy. We look at Jarred as a potential five-tool player.”

OF Ross Adolph

Level: Brooklyn
Stats: .276/.348/.509, 9 2B, 12 3B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 14 SB, 3 CS

Levin: “He’s got solid offensive tools with gap power and speed. We were very impressed with what he did.”

OF Zach Borenstein

Level: Las Vegas
Stats: .248/.357/.477, 32 2B, 2 3B, 25 HR, 90 RBI, 3 SB, 4 CS

UTIL Levi Michael

Level: Binghamton & Las Vegas
Stats: .306/.391/.467, 30 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 13 SB, 6 CS

RHSP Justin Dunn

Level: St. Lucie & Binghamton
Stats: 8-8, 3.59 ERA, 1.330 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, 10.4 K/9

Levin: “The stuff has always been there, but it was a lot crisper [in 2018], which shows how hard he focused in the offseason on making himself a better pitcher.”

LHSP David Peterson

Level: Columbia & St. Lucie
Stats: 7-10, 3.16 ERA, 1.172 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, 8.1 K/9

Levin: “David showed what we saw from him in college — a pitcher who can locate, has four quality pitchers and the ability to move the ball around the zone. He had a strong year.”

RP Steve Villines

Level: Columbia, St. Lucie, Binghamton
Stats: 5-4, 3.11 ERA, 10 SV, 0.885 WHIP, 1.8 BB/9, 13.0 K/9

Looking over the list, the top prospects in the Mets farm system were certainly included. However, it does seem the list did miss the mark on its stated intention of naming the best seasons among Mets minor leaguers.

For example, Shervyen Newton hit .280/.408/.449 for Kingsport, and Patrick Kivlehan hit .314/.372/.588 in 98 games for Las Vegas. In fact, Kivlehan performed so well, the Diamondbacks would trade for him in September to help bolster their bench as they made a postseason push.

Overall, this list shows how the lower levels of the minor leagues are producing some good talent who is producing. It also shows the Mets have some terrific high end talent nearing the major leagues. In the end, this makes for an interesting and increasingly better regarded farm system.

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