I want to take you through the process that some teams do when they set up their roster baords at the end of each season.
I'm not saying that the Mets do it this way. I'm also not saying YOU would do it this way and please, offer up your opinions here if you thing certain players should be at different levels. They just may wind up there anyway, but, for now, my initial concern is to line them up by age. I know that if I had a player at the GCL level, that was 23 years old and only got 40 at-bats, that he should probably be somewhere other than Binghamton or St. Lucie next year; however, I first want to put down on paper where he should be by age alone. We can adjust it from there.
The biggest obstacle here is there is always a gap between the past year's high school senors that were signed (average 18-19 years old) and the college juniors that join the organization three years older. There's nothing we can do about that, but we can still line them up properly by their age and... again... get a first peek at what we have.
For now, we have the 2014 GCL Mets to work with. There season is over and, frankly, most of the players earned themselves another year with the organization.
However, every team has some players that may not get an invite back and I have a few I have left off this graph. They are: SP Audry German, RPs Jose Medina Waldo Rodriguez, and Dan Hermann, C Manuel Hilario, 1B Elvis Sanchez, and 2Bmen Santo Marte and Dale Burdick. The Mets may disagree with me on some of these choices, but my guess is all of these names will be left on the side of the War Room board that breaks out who goes where in 2015. Decisions on who to draft in June or who to sign internationally in the off-season will not be based on this list.
So, now I begin to place the names on the board, with a few general rules...
1. I've got five players returning to the GCL Mets simply because they are still young enough and played very little in 2014.
2. The Kingsport team will be dominated with the 18 and 19-year olds.
3. 20 and 21-years old are place in Brooklyn
4. And the college kids, that range from 22-24, are placed in Savannah
There is one exception I've already listed. RP Flabio Ortega will pitch 2015 as a 25-year old, so I put him on the St. Lucie list, even though there is no way he's going to get promoted from the GCL team four levels in one off-season. We will have to come back to this.
|SP||Adrian Almeida - 20||Darwin Ramos - 19|
|Tyler Baldamo - 23||Kevin Canelon - 21||Erik Manoah - 19|
|RP||Flabio Ortega - 25||Jose Celas - 24||Nabil Crismatt - 20||Joel Huertas - 19||Jose Medina - 19|
|Gabriel Feliz - 22||Eucebio Arias - 20||Kurtis Horne - 19||Gabriel Llanes - 19|
|Brent McMinn - 24||Adonis Uceta - 21|
|Derreck Benard - 23||Alex Durham - 18|
|CL||Alex Palsha - 23|
|C||Darryl Knight - 22||Dionis Rodriguez - 20|
|Natanael Ramos - 22|
|1B||Manuel Hilario - 23||Dash Winningham - 19|
|2B||Franklin Correa - 19|
|SS||Milton Ramos - 19|
|3B||Gregory Valencia - 22|
|Alvin Maracaro - 22|
|OF||John Mora - 22||Emmanuel Zabala - 20||Arnaldo Berrios - 19|
|Hengelbert Rojas - 21||Rafael Ramirez - 19|
As I said, these are not etched in stone.
This is just the beginning of the process that will show you how your current team stacks up going into the season of trades, Rule 5, the draft, International signings, and free agency.
Talk away... and we'll re-visit this as each team closes their books on the season.