We wrote earlier this week about catcher Juan Centeno, a Mets minor league that no one has ever considered to be a 'prospect'.
Players like Centeno quietly every day make their way to the majors just improving what he does year after year. He may someday replace another player who did the same thing, Josh Thole.
We know how 'pitching rich' the system is right now. The future rotations through 2018 seem to be easily projected and many others have had to turn to the bullpen to hopefully find a way to Flushing.
One, is Armando Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was an International free-agent sign in 2007, out of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.
'A-Rod' spent two years in the DSL system, the last as a starter. He then started for Kingsport (2009: 3-1, 2.96), Savannah (2009: 2-1, 2.16, 2010: 8-9, 3.08), and St. Lucie (2011: 4-4, 3.96).
On the surface, one would think numbers like this would be good enough to remain in a rotation, but the talent in the organization is just too deep right now.
It was decided to move Rodriguez to the pen last season and the results were even better: Binghamton - 2-3, 3.22, Buffalo - 0-0, 2.08.
Some facts about Armando:
-quiet guy that just goes out there and does his job
-will pitch AAA-Las Vegas in 2013 as a 25-year old
-Omar Minaya had predicted at the time of his signing that he would be the "next Jenrry Mejia".
-scouts never liked him... 87-90 FB, 92... iffy slider... cutter...change-up ... but sharp control and deceptive mechanics
-current playing for Leones del Escogido of the DWL... 11-games, 1-1, 1.65, 0.80
Summation: Rodriguez is said to be 'ready' and might find himself invited to the Mets spring training camp to compete for a pen slot in 2013. Don't forget this name (but don't call him 'A-Rod').