Wanel Mesa, Bronko Weinstein, Dickeywright, Kevin Plawecki, Nimmo vs. Flores


The Mets continue to underwhelm the fan base with its off-season signs. The latest is 25-yr. old RHRP Wanel Mesa, who has been a complete bust for Washington. He was dropped after the 2010 season and pitched for three indy-league teams over the past three years. The results: 2011 – Rio Grande Valley/NAML – 7-G, 15-R, 20.25, 3.94… 2011 – McAllen – 3-G, 14.0-IP, 19-R, 14-BB, 10.93, 2.29… 2012 – Bridgeport – 2-G, 2.2-IP, 4-R, 10.12, 2.62. From the Bridgeport Bluefish:

Wanel entered professional baseball in 2006 as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Nationals. Over the course of five years he has made it as high as Single-A with Hagerstown in 2010. His best season came in 2009 in rookie ball with Washington. In 26.1 innings pitched, Mesa struck out 31 batters, posted a 2.73 ERA and finished with a 4-2 record.

Excuse my French, but what the fuck is going on here? Who’s the next signee, a door stop?

The Mets continued their onslaught of signing bottom-notched minor league free agents, picking off International free agent SS Bronco Weinstein. Weinstein’s last professional game was for the Bulgarian National Team in 1986. Since then, he’s been incarcerated in Algeria for crimes against humanity. The 4 foot 3 inch Weinstein is projected to be assigned to Brooklyn as part of the side show… of course this is a joke, but, based on some of the recent signings, Yasser Arafat could be next.

Ed Coleman - http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/11/24/coleman-mets-reaching-critical-point-in-wright-dickey-negotiations/ wrote the 54,687th article of Wright and Dickey, stating:

It’s now a little over 7 weeks since baseball’s regular season ended – and both David Wright and R.A. Dickey remain unsigned by the Mets. Their extensions have been picked up for next year, but longer-term deals have not been reached with either. Discussions? Yes. Progress made? A little. But next week will be a crucial one regarding the two players because it leads up to the start of the Winter Meetings, December 3rd in Nashville, and the Mets will need a clearer picture of where they stand in order to better formulate their plans to move forward. The Wright negotiations have not progressed very far, which makes the next 10 days quite critical if the Mets are to retain their All-Star 3B beyond the 2013 season. They should – whether they will, we should find out shortly.

While these stories are entertaining, they are also quite redundant.

A new writer over at Metsmerized, Mitch Petanick - http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/11/a-look-at-the-new-york-mets-top-catching-propsects.html had serious kudos for catcher Kevin Plawecki:
Plawecki seems like the most likely candidate to be behind the dish in the near future for the Mets. With Maron’s profile, he may also put on the blue and orange one day, but it would most likely be in a backup role. The wildcard in the prospect mix is clearly Nido. If he can develop and start tapping into his power, the Mets will have a very dangerous hitter at their disposal. Keep your eyes on Nido, he has the potential to give the Mets their first home run threat from behind the plate since Mike Piazza. All of these prospects are at minimum two full seasons away from breaking in with the big league team. Unless Alderson is satisfied with waiting to see if one of these guys pan out and decides to stick with Thole in the mean time, they will have to address the catching situation in either free agency or trade.

Me? Check back in a year…

Craig Lerner   http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/11/flores-vs-nimmo-who-is-the-better-mets-prospect.html filled some space with his recent article: “Flores Vs. Nimmo: Who Is The Better Mets Prospect?”

The problem here is you can’t compare two ballplayers that are playing either two or three levels away from each other.

What we can do is compare their results at the same level.

Flores only had 30-Abs for Brooklyn (2008 -.267), but put up great numbers for Kingsport the same year (.310/.352/.490/.842/8-HR, 41-RBI in 245-Abs). We also know he played shortstop like a kangaroo, but that’s another article.

Nimmo hasn’t hit above .241 and has two professional home runs.
No one has ever questioned Flores’ bat. He wins this question hands down.


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