12/21/14

New York Yankees - Projected ZIPS

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Batters, Counting Stats
PlayerBAgePOPARH2B3BHRRBISBCS
Jacoby EllsburyL30CF546731432641452326
Brian McCannL30C47450108150227121
Brett GardnerL30CF46364105207636237
Alfonso SorianoR38LF5697513027132103126
Mark TeixeiraB341B3564576150177011
Carlos BeltranB37RF54867132232268053
Dean AnnaL272B5136810822384933
J.R. MurphyR23C50057110251145022
Gary SanchezR21C51356110231196363
Kelly JohnsonL322B503561031731856104
Kevin YoukilisR353B3194166141123610
Yamaico NavarroR26SS429479317284284
Brendan RyanR32SS425478618243583
Alex RodriguezR383B3173866100113362
Zelous WheelerR273B46947103191104441
Luis CruzR303B395399319174822
Vernon WellsR35LF4195098171165553
Corban JosephL252B4385093213104222
Slade HeathcottL23CF4184589184939137
Austin RomineR25C283316312052710
Francisco CervelliR28C21222437132020
Travis HafnerL37DH262285272113810
Melky MesaR27CF45451921831751136
Mark ReynoldsR301B53268102190278133
Eduardo NunezR27SS3854392163533195
Fernando MartinezL25RF3634079161134211
David AdamsR273B357357817163422
Derek JeterR40SS325397612152573
Ichiro SuzukiL40RF54664141204843205
Brian RobertsB362B21521489142531
Antoan RichardsonB30CF4475384103123195
Josh BellB273B3944378141124322
Brennan BoeschL29RF3403878162103942
Tyler AustinR22RF4464996213114793
Mason WilliamsL22CF516521122139401413
Jayson NixR31SS313316112162882
Randy RuizR361B258305690112711
Russ CanzlerR281B56260119242166032
Lyle OverbayL371B330307117183610
Zoilo AlmonteB25LF48548106192145594
Corey PattersonL34CF3383369131728104
Ramon FloresL22LF63165137254950107
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Top 20 Prospects for 2015 - Cleveland Indians

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1) Francisco Lindor, SS, Grade A: Age 21, hit .276/.338/.389 with 28 steals, 11 homers between Double-A and Triple-A. Renowned for defense with a steadily improving bat and ready for big league trial in ’15. Likely more valuable in real baseball than in fantasy contexts in the short-term.  

2) Bradley Zimmer, OF, Grade B+: 
Age 22, hit .302/.400/.492 in debut between short-season ball and Low-A, 2014 first-round pick from University of San Francisco. Broad skill base with speed, throwing arm, sound defense, on-base abilities, at least moderate power. 

3) Clint Frazier, OF, Grade B+/Borderline B: 
Age 20, 2013 first-rounder hit .266/.349/.411 with 13 homers, 56 walks, 161 strikeouts in Low-A. This may not look that hot but in context was actually well above Midwest League averages and he was 2.5 years younger than competition. Still has the tremendous bat speed but contact is clearly an issue.

4) Francisco Mejia, C, Grade B: 
Age 19, hit .282/.339/.407 in New York-Penn League, switch-hitter with more offensive growth possible, also has sound defensive tools. This grade involves a lot of projection and is rather aggressive. 
http://www.minorleagueball.com/2014/12/20/7429347/cleveland-indians-top-20-prospects-for-2015 
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The Morning Report – December 21 – Paul Sewald, Gonzalez Germen, Mets Farm System

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David Wright turned 32 on Saturday.


I have to tell you... I found it quite difficult writing about the New York Mets while two of New York's finest are executed sitting in their squad car. I'm not exactly sure where the world is going right now but it sure reminds me of  1968, the year I cam back from Nam... RFK killed... MLK killed....now it's my grandchildren in the streets... amazing.


Newsday[i] is putting together a Top 25 Mets Pitching prospect list. One example is below:

23. PAUL SEWALD, RHP, St. Lucie (A+) (6-2, 190) BORN: May 26, 1990 | DRAFTED: 10th round (2012)  BEST OUTCOME: Middle reliever ETA: 2016 - In 94 career games, Paul Sewald has a 1.85 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and .219 batting average against. He struck out 171 and walked only 28 in 141 innings, a stellar 6.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. But Sewald will turn 25 in May and has pitched just three games above Single-A

Mack – I really like Sewald and we’ll talk more about him when it’s his turn on my prospect list.



               
The trade this week of RHRP Gonzalez Germen to the Yankees, for cash, was a puzzling one. The Mets and Yankees had only made 15 trades ever going into this deal so this one caught me off guard

I’m sure we will never find out the amount of money they got here, but it is a shame that it isn’t tied to the International pool money that makes cash deals like this work better.

My hopes is this trade is just the beginning of a new relationship between these two teams.

The trading of German reduces the number of relievers I have ‘papered’ into the Las Vegas bullpen to 15 - Jack Leathersich, Paul Seward, Hansel Robles, Jeff Walters, Chase Huchingson, Cody Satterwhite, Jon Velazquez, Kyle Regnault, Zack Thornton, Chase Bradford, Scott Rice, John Church, Dario Alvarez, Erik Goeddel, Adam Kolarek



Beisbol.org[ii] took a look at the Mets minor league system. The article is interesting, and long, and here is the overall assessment:

Overall, I think the majority of people are being too kind to the Mets farm system, largely because of Noah Syndergaard. I would have it ranked in the top ten, but number four for a system with no slam dunks with position players and a handful of interesting arms seems a bit much. Mets drafting has really had their hits and misses and for whatever reason, I want to say the current farm system has more of the latter (which is natural given the high bust rate of prospects (especially those who are not highly ranked)). With trades looming as a possibility, a number of these guys could be moved if the Mets and Rockies finally connect on Tulowitzki.
The one real standout is the lack of a real shortstop that will arrive in the next few years. Milton Ramos might be able to stick at the position (too soon to tell), but even then he is years away from joining the club. The team needs someone who can play the position and they are probably not going to find them within the farm system, at least for the next three or so years.

I am not bursting with excitement regarding any of these guys with the exception of Syndergaard, but perhaps that is me. 

Mack – I like the Beisbol site and find a lot of interesting assessments there. It also is run by non-Mets fans, which gives us an outsiders chance of evaluating exactly what kind of players we have in the system.

Read the article and let me know what you think.         


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12/20/14

Grading On The Curve - Detroit Tigers Top 2015 Prospects

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Dixon Machado 2014 Stats
YearLevGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
2014AA-A+131451751293126401066370.286.375.404.779
2014A+4115930408118212334.252.348.333.681
2014AA902924589231532854036.305.391.442.832
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 12/14/2014.
Analysis: Machado possess a unique blend of plate discipline (1.11 BB/K) and above average defence (4.29 RF/G). These two above average skills are what will get Machado to the majors, but it will be the development of his bat that will determine what role he will play in the major leagues. His offensive game turned a corner in his 90 GP at Double-A, where he earned player of the month in August.
2015 Prognosis: Detroit’s coaching staff will get a good look at Dixon during Spring Training since he’s been added to the 40-man roster. Machado batted at the bottom of the order, but if he continues to add muscle to his 6’1″ frame, he will make an ideal number two hitter.
http://gradingonthecurve.com/2014/12/15/detroit-tigers-top-11-15-prospects/ 
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Reese Kaplan - You Should See the One That Got Away!

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Lately it seems we’re all sitting around wondering when the other shoe is going to drop – when someone blinks and acquiesces to Sandy Alderson’s arrogant waiting game and the Mets can break up the logjam of pitchers and 2nd basemen.  No other time I can recall in baseball history has a team made only a single major league talent for major league talent over a four year period, but that’s what’s happened in Queens.  Some even suggest how badly the team was burned during that Angel Pagan debacle may be why Alderson is so hesitant to once again pull the trigger.

While it’s impossible for a GM to get every transaction right but it’s particularly galling to see someone you traded away, let walk away or otherwise severed ties to the team then go on to have a successful career once out of the Mets uniform.  Let’s take a look at an all-time team made up of ex-Mets who lived well and prospered once they got their paychecks elsewhere.

First Basemen
There were about five players who went onto to have long term success elsewhere while manning 1st base for another franchise.  Jim Hickman with the Cubs, Dave Kingman with several teams, Rico Brogna with the Phillies (before a rare nerve disease derailed his career), David Segui and Ty Wigginton all played for the Mets before finding the grass (or Astroturf) greener somewhere other than Shea.

Second Basemen
While early Met Ron Hunt went onto a tough way to earn a living in Montreal by setting records for getting on base via the hit-by-pitch, it is borderline Hall of Famer Jeff Kent whose absence probably stings the most.  His consistency over a long period of time was a slap in the face to Mets fans each time he strode to the plate.  The other honorable mention most often was a bench piece but a very good one at that – Jeff Keppinger.

Shortstops
While the name Jose Reyes and his departure from the club fills many blogs with vitriol, there were indeed others who played this position that also did well for other clubs.  Tony Fernandez became a key offensive cog for other clubs,  Jose Vicaino brought a steady presence to several teams and Jose Oquendo brought his flashy glove (and surprisingly better bat) to St. Louis.  There was also the one magical year for Kevin Elster who slugged 20 HRs for the Rangers but never again came close to that level of success (and heard whispers of PED use before it was as widely reported as it is now). 

Third Basemen
The first big name that surfaced in what had been something of a pre-David Wright black hole at the hot corner was Hubie Brooks, but he was certainly part of the “you have to give to get” deal that transformed the mid-1980s Mets into eventual World Series winners when they landed Gary Carter.  However, there were a few others like Dave Magadan who didn’t have much power but could seemingly line a single at will.  One that I remember vividly was sending someone we thought of as a scrub utility player to Baltimore only to have Melvin Mora establish himself as a steady offensive force for many years.

Catchers
Perhaps it is because the club has historically been built around pitching or that there simply are not that many good catchers in the game, but the team has not lost out on star players who don the tools of ignorance.  Some who left the Mets and continued getting work for many years included Joe Nolan, Mike Fitzgerald, Kelly Stinnett and Brent Mayne

Left Field
Cleon Jones was the first solid player the Mets had in this role and he played pretty much his whole career for this team.  There were others, however, that the Mets saw fit to banish from the kingdom who put up All Star and MVP seasons elsewhere, including volatile Kevin Mitchell, hitting machine Greg Jefferies and farmhand Jason Bay (who eventually returned to everyone’s derision after leaving the best of his career in San Diego and Boston).

Centerfielders
The Mets have had some excellent people play this role for them who, for a variety of reasons, they decided were not to be a part of their future.  The first big one, of course, was All Star Amos Otis, future car wash entrepreneur, financial advisor and sexual harasser Lenny Dykstra, the poster child for anger management, Carl Everett, Jay Payton, Preston Wilson, Carlos Gomez and perhaps the crux of the current Alderson inertia problem, Angel Pagan.

Right Fielders
Quite a few right fielders flourished once they left Shea Stadium.  I particularly remember the career of slugger Ken Singleton being especially painful.  Rusty Staub did well between his two Mets stints.  Claudell Washington did quite well for a number of teams (including the cross-town rivals).  Jeromy Burnitz was another who made a return appearance as a shell of his former self.  Then, of course, there was the demon-plagued Darryl Strawberry.

Starting Pitchers
Let’s get the big one off the board first.  Nolan Ryan.  Ouch.  However, he’s not alone.  The Mets also parted ways with Tom Seaver, Doc Gooden, David Cone and Mike Scott, all of whom had some stellar years for other teams, too.  Then there was a group of highly serviceable pitchers who flourished for many years, including Kevin Tapani, Paul Byrd and Hideo Nomo.  One I’d almost forgotten about until I began researching was Buzz Capra who went to Atlanta and had a magical season before arm injuries cut his career short.  (And while it’s too soon to know for sure, you had to cringe each time Collin McHugh tamed hitters effortlessly for the Astros this past season). 

Relief Pitchers
What truly surprised me was how many high quality relief pitchers the Mets let slip through their fingers over the years for a variety of reasons.  Tug McGraw was almost as revered in Philadelphia as he was in New York.  Jeff Reardon, Randy Myers and Rick Aguilera all finished careers with Saves totals that make people momentarily at least think about Cooperstown.  Then there were the VERY LONG careers of Jesse Orosco and Octavio Dotel in support roles in many bullpens.  Jason Isringhausen, Heath Bell, Frankie Rodriguez (K-Rod) and LaTroy Hawkins all posted solid numbers as primary closers.  Then there were the support/setup guys who flourished, including J.J. Putz, Dan Wheeler, Darren O’Day, and Darren Oliver.  Finally, let’s not forget a pair of sidearmers, Chad Bradford and Joe Smith. 

I didn’t specifically have a section on managers, but Joe Torre certainly would top that list.  Davey Johnson would get an honorable mention as well. 

Is there anyone you remember that the Mets chose to let leave whose presence came back to haunt you?
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The Morning Report – December 20 – Cuba, Mike Piazza, Justin Upton, Tulo, Mets Front Office

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The United States changes in moving closer to full normalization with the island of Cuba could be a blessing for major league baseball. Cuban baseball players could be signed and assigned to club DSL and/or VSL teams at a comparable age their Domincan and Venezuelan are signed.

The minimal age for these counties as well as all foreign players sent there to play, is their 16th birthday. Leagues don’t have to be this specific in the beginning and no one is trying to destroy the neighborhood league in the home country.

Believe me, top players from Mexico (Oliver Perez), Nicaragua (Everth Cabrera), Columbia (Julio Teheran), Curacao (Jurickson Profar), and Panama (Ruben Tejada) have found their way to the major league through the DSL/VSL system and so should the Cubans.

This way, teams could stop having to guess where a current star on a local team projects, but more importantly, it will eventually line up all the youth of baseball to be evaluated in the same leagues.

What you don’t want here is a similar situation that Korea and Japan has where teams have to first pay posting fees to the league.

My guess something will be in place for the 2016 season.



A SABR[i] pitch for Mike Piazza for the HOF –

– Piazza’s nine years of 30 or more home runs is more than double any other catcher. Johnny Bench, Roy Campanella, and Mickey Tettleton only managed it four times each. Where did Piazza get his swing and power? He was the second of five sons of Vince and Veronica Piazza. His father built a backyard batting cage at the family home in Valley Forge that was used all year long: Mike used to shovel snow out of the cage so that he could practice. One summer when Piazza was just 15 years old, Ted Williams was at a Pennsylvania card show and Vince invited him to look at his son batting. Williams watched Mike’s swing and remarked, “If this kid is swinging this well now and he’s only 15, I guarantee you that he will hit in the major leagues.” Williams told Mike that good mechanics were just 50 percent of hitting and advised him about blocking out distractions and concentrating only on hitting



The Justin Upton trade is interesting.

The Padres seem to be signing or trading for every person they can get their hands on. They obviously have decided that 2015 is their year to compete for a championship.

The Braves; however, immediately replenish a minor league system that needed replenishing.

Dustin Peterson and Max Fried has only reached the high-A level while Mallex Smith has only played A+.

What I can’t figure out is what they are going to do with SS Jace Peterson. He’s basically finished with the minors (2014 – AAA: 248-AB, .306) and did get in 53 at bats last year for the parent Padres.

I can’t see a division rival like the Braves putting a deal together with the Mets for the services of Peterson, but you never know.

Do we want him though?



It must be a slow press day… another Mets/Tulo story came out yesterday.
John Heyman[ii] came up with a report that the Mets were still talking to the Cubs about the services of the best shortstop in baseball.

 Adam Rubin shut it down just as quickly, saying that one Mets official said that the fans would go ‘batshit’ if they saw the demands the Cubs want in a deal for Tulo.

 I actually still see a chance of a deal getting done, but not until midway through the 2015 season. This would give both teams the time needed to see if Wilmer Flores worked out, and which Mets pitchers have stepped up.

Use the Justin Upton trade as a good example of what a deal like this would need.  Four team controlled players which, in the case of the Mets, would include at least two quality pitchers.



 Comment From L. Scott - Please explain the Mets. They have solid SP, but adding Cuddyer to Murphy, Wright, Granderson, Duda, and d’Arnaud only makes them slightly better. Juan Lagares is not a leadoff hitter. Do you see them taking a flyer on Everth Cabrera to fill the SS/leadoff hitter need?

Eno Sarris:[iii] They keep talking about Cabrera’s off-field stuff, so I doubt it. I’m souring a bit on the front office. I do think the Reyes non-trade and the Wright extension smell terribly of Wilpon, so I don’t necessarily blame that on them. And their deals have been short. But they didn’t draft these pitchers and they need to hit on something, or be a little more aggressive I think.

Mack – Once again, I want to remind everyone that the Mets are still in a ‘financial rebounding’ situation and, considering where they have come from, creating a $100mil payroll is a step in the right direction. I don’t think we will ever see this team operate like the way San Diego is doing this week, as long as the Wilpons own it and have a General Manager like Sandy Alderson.
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12/19/14

TRADE - Marlins-Yankees Deal

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reportedly get Nathan Eovaldi, Domingo German, Garrett Jones from for Martin Prado, David Phelps. Clubs haven't confirmed.
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B-Mets Named Mets Affiliate of the Year

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BINGHAMTON, NY – Three months after winning their third Eastern League title in franchise history, the Binghamton Mets have been recognized as the Minor League Affiliate of the Year by New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.

The B-Mets capped their historic season by completing a three-game sweep of the Richmond Flying Squirrels with a 2-1 walk-off win in front of a near-capacity crowd of 5,904 on September 12. After star lefty Steven Matz carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Jayce Boyd delivered a walk-off double in the ninth to push the B-Mets to their first championship in two decades.
“The 2014 season was an incredible one for the Binghamton Mets,” said Alderson at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, California last week. “I was fortunate enough to attend the championship game in Binghamton, and it was magical. The game was tight throughout and the capacity crowd showed its enthusiastic appreciation for the exciting play. It was a great night for the Mets and, more importantly, for the city of Binghamton. Congratulations to the entire B-Mets organization. Let’s repeat in 2015!”

Alderson credited the B-Mets staff for doing an outstanding job taking care of the players, coaching staff, and visiting members of the front office throughout the season.

“They treat us like family when we come to visit Binghamton,” said Alderson.

Paul DePodesta, the New York Mets Vice President of Player Development, added, “It was an historic year for the entire New York Mets farm system as our affiliates compiled the best collective won-loss record since 1969. This should bode well for the B-Mets 2015 season and beyond as the pipeline of star players runs through Binghamton.”
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Tom Brennan - MAJORING ON THE MINORS - 2014 METS' DRAFT - HOW ARE THEY DOING?

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Tom Brennan – MAJORING ON THE MINORS - 2014 METS DRAFT - HOW ARE THEY DOING?


Trying to see how the 2014 Mets draft has panned out so far, and how the guys in it might project out as (or as not) future Mets would be hard to do – unless you operate in a level of superior forensic intellect like – well, Sherlock Holmes, or someone even smarter like Mack Ade.


I, as amateur detective more of the Inspector Clouseau caliber, have sifted through the clues and here’s my takes, ladies and gentlemen:


Thinking about prospects like the following makes me want to run to Mickey Ds to get a Happy Meal:
 

Slugging Michael Conforto

Milton Ramos

Eudor Garcia

Brad Wieck

Kelly Secrest and

Dash Winningham

Garcia and Dash were a little slow out of the gate offensively, but both are young and I’ll bet they break out in 2015. 


Other guys I’d also want to keep the magnifying glass out for are Josh Prevost, Tyler Moore, Eric Manoah and David Roseboom.  But several other guys used in relief had really impressive 2014 seasons, so not being listed above is no slight on my part.   Collectively the pitchers in this draft that were used as relievers collectively had a super season.
 

Name
Pos
B/T
Ht
Wt
DOB
Rd
Rating
Comments
OF
L / R
6' 1"
211
03/01/1993
1
1
Dude can hit: 42 gms in Bklyn, .331/.403/.448; 3 hits and 2 doubles in Gnats’ playoffs. Hopefully starts 2015 in Lucie.  Citifield 2016 or 2017.
SS
R / R
5' 11"
158
10/26/1995
3
2
Was 18 in 2014. In his “getting feet wet” season, .241/.299/.355 in 51 games.  29 RBI. Mets already have him #11 prospect.
3B
R / R
6' 1"
215
05/17/1994
4
2-3
K Port: .262/.327/.347 in 55 gms
Reputed bat; let’s see 2015.
RHP
R / R
6' 8"
225
01/15/1992
5
3
Fine Bklyn season for tall lad: 20 inn, just 14 K, 1.83, 1.17 WHIP.
C
L / R
6' 2"
213
08/08/1993
6
3
64 Bklyn gms, .240/.323/.333.  Another Cam Maron? 
LHP
L / L
6' 9"
255
10/14/1991
7
2
Superb Bklyn season, and seems sky is the limit for the huge fella: 26 inn, 39 K, 1.40, 0.90 WHIP.
1B
L / L
6' 2"
230
10/11/1995
8
3
Fine season at 18 for slugger. .231/.322/.391, 39 RBI in 52 gm.  Another Duda?
OF
R / R
6' 3"
235
08/06/1992
9
3
Everyday player for 42 games, then hurt.  .275/.323/.34, 45 Ks.
LHP
L / L
6' 0"
215
09/13/1991
2-3
Fine Bklyn season for lefty: 25 inn, 30 K, 1.82, 1.30 WHIP.
RHP
R / R
6' 1"
190
07/11/1993
TETT
7 innings, 8 earned runs, can’t even start to conclude from that.
RHP
R / R
6' 4"
185
09/16/1996
TETT
6 innings, 4 earned runs, can’t even start to conclude from that. Just 17 during 2014 season.
RHP
R / R
6' 2"
215
12/22/1995
3-4
Just 18, 3-0, 2.63 in 24 GCL innings.  Let’s see in 2015.
C
R / R
6' 2"
220
02/26/1993
4-5
Nivc, but sparse play in GCL.  A long way up: .273/.340/.432 in just 14 games
RHP
R / R
6' 3"
185
01/15/1996
TETT
Just 18, 13 inn, 2-0, 4.85.
LHP
S / L
6' 3"
210
02/14/1996
TETT
Just 18, only 11 innings, 12 BB, 14 Ks.  Let’s see in 2015.
LHP
L / L
6' 3"
215
05/17/1992
3
K Port: great season: 23 inn, 1,59, 1.15 WHIP, 30 Ks
CF
L / L
5' 11"
175
12/15/1995
3-4
.259/.309/.352 in 41 GCL games.18 of 21 steals at age 18!
RHP
L / R
6' 2"
180
03/09/1993
3-4
K Port: solid – 4-2,.3.13, 23 inn, 18 K, 1.00 WHIP.
RHP
R / R
6' 6"
200
11/15/1993
3-4
K Port: fine year, 3-1, 1.83, 0.99 WHIP, 34 inn, 24 K.
2B
R / R
5' 10"
185
01/08/1992
5
Bklyn: 28 gm, .221/.292/.291
RHP
R / R
6' 2"
190
08/08/1992
3-4
Fine short season. 31 inn, 1.74, 1.00 WHIP, 26 Ks.  Hopefully, he gets to Savannah in 2015, more likely Bklyn.
RHP
R / R
5' 9"
165
10/29/1992
5
11.57 ERA in 9 K Port innings
RHP
R / R
6' 1"
195
05/10/1992
3-4
11 of 12 saves, 1.04 ERA including brief promo to Bklyn
RHP
R / R
5' 11"
150
01/07/1993
3-4
Fine in K Port: 2-0, 1.42, 19 inn, 25 K, 1.00 WHIP
OF
R / R
5' 10"
195
11/26/1991
5
66 Bklyn gm: .213/.263/.248
L / L
6' 5"
190
08/05/1996
TETT
Just 18, 8 inn, 1-0, 1.08.
CF
S / R
5' 9"
175
01/15/1996
TETT
.272/.324/.340 in GCL in 31 games.  Young dude.
SS
R / R
6' 0"
175
10/12/1995
5
Just 18 in 2014, struggled with stick: .170/.336/.223


RATING LEVELS:

1 – future impact major leaguer and performing at a high level

2 – future major leaguer – unclear if he will be an impact player

3 – decent shot at making it to the big enchilada in some capacity

4 – long shot to make the majors

5 – extremely long shot to make the majors

TETT – too early to tell – dude has not played enough, or is very young.

So I’ve covered five years of very solid drafts now. (2010 – 2014). I like what I see from those years.  A WHOLE lot.  I believe that the Mets’ 7 minor league squads combined won 56% of their games – highly impressive and highly indicative of strong drafting.

That said, it is the guys who actually get to the bigs in a big way, as did Harvey and deGrom from the Class of 2010, that ultimately represent the success of the team’s drafting.

Onward to 2015: while the Mets in Queens should have their most exciting season in several years in 2015, make sure to keep an eye on the minors too – I’d be shocked if at least the top 4 teams did not have superior seasons once again.
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