Morning Report – September 21 – Wilmer Flores, Ali Sanchez, Steven Matz, Eno-Chat, Baltimore Orioles
Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Considering their desperate need for offensive firepower, the Mets will find a place for Wilmer Flores somewhere if he continues to hit. Scouts insist that he possesses the talent to develop into a 20-home run threat—a rare and valuable asset for his position. Flores's five homers since Aug. 27 entering Wednesday lead all major-league shortstops - http://online.wsj.com/articles/in-flores-mets-hope-they-have-found-their-shortstop-1411004463
There’s only so many Mets the writers can write about this time of the year and Flores is one of them. The fact that he leads all catchers in home runs since August 27th is quite impressive. And, as we learned Wednesday night, even his outs are at the border of the fence.
Flores is simply coming to the game each night now knowing he’s going to be slotted in to the lineup, in the 2-6 batter range. I can’t tell you how much this does for the confidence of a ballplayer.
Flores no longer has to worry if he goes 0-4 in one game. He will play the following day.
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The Mets had their Sterling Award hoopla this past week and all the winners were hosted in New York at various games and festivities. I do want to spend a few sentences on the two guys that won this award for the DSL teams. There’s usually very little written by them and, interesting enough, both are catchers this year.
Ali Sanchez (DSL Mets1 – 175-AB, .303/.406/.394/.800, 31-SB) was a 17-year old right hand hitting catcher that was originally signed as the 25th overall international prospect in 2013. He signed for a $690,000 bonus.
The other was C-3B Walter Rasquin (DSL Mets 2 – 165-AB, .321/.429/.430/.860, 25-BB, 22-SO, 12-SB) who played this season as an 18-year old.
Obviously, both should come stateside next season and I expect one to play for the GCL Mets while the other will eventually report to Kingsport.
Steven Matz - The lefty has overcome several years marred by Tommy John surgery and setbacks, and has become one of the organization’s best pitching prospects. When could we see him in the big leagues? “What we do is look at our starting rotation not in terms of five, but in terms of eight or nine,” Alderson said. “He is certainly well within that grouping, and has moved up into that group. He is close. He had an excellent season. That’s two in a row. He’s healthy. He’ll come to camp, and he will compete.” (And you know what else? The closer Matz is, the easier it will be to trade Jon Niese, as the manager wants at least one lefty in the rotation.) Matz said that he is still working on learning game situations. “Just a little bit more consistency in everything. Thinking for myself out there, setting hitters up, staying in the zone.” http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/baseballinsider/kevin-plawecki-travis-arnaud-steven-matz-ready-matt-reynolds-ss-blog-entry-1.1941095
Comment From Ceetar - With deGrom, Wheeler and Harvey, will the Mets even yield enough balls in play to worry about fielding a shortstop?
Eno Sarris: I did think about that the other day. If Flores can be routine, keep his K% good and show above league average power… why sign Jed Lowrie to do that without the upside.
Comment From Jake deBomb - gun to head, who do Mets add at SS (assuming they do)? and OF corner?
Eno Sarris: Do what they can to sell Colon and Murphy to buy a corner OF with that money. Fudge it at SS, maybe with Flores. Amazingly. And someone asked why the Mets would sell Murphy, it’s because he’ll cost $10 million next year, and Dilson could get pretty close maybe and be way cheaper.
Comment From Josh - Eno, assume the Mets FO gives SS to Flores full time next year. What are the realistic expectations? His pro-rated line actually looks pretty acceptable to me
Eno Sarris: I think you could see a bit more power growth. maybe .250/.300/.400?
Comment From Jake deBomb - can you try answering the question next time?! WHO do you think the Mets end up adding as OF corner and SS? Names please.
Eno Sarris: They are not going to add a shortstop, is what I said. As for names, can’t see it being Cruz, and only a maybe on Melky… I don’t think their pick will be protected so Melky will cost them there. So it could be a Gomes/Willingham platoon. Cuddyer is the best ‘name’ that might be possible, but he’s a bit old.
Comment From Marty – The Original - Mets will trade for Giancarlo stanton and sign Hanley for SS. There ya go. Eno, you’re welcome. Let’s all move on.
Eno Sarris: Luded.
Mack – The Mets chatter online continues to revolve around the future of Wilmer Flores playing SS in Queens. I have no problem if this happens but I really still the team will never have enough to get to the playoffs without another 25HR/70RBI hitter to place in their lineup along side Wright, Duda, d’Arnaud, and frankly, the potential of Flores. You do this, bring in right center, keep your dream rotation happy and you just may get there.
According to Cot[i], the 2014 Orioles payroll is $107,466,.653.
Mets can’t help but target their first look at the free-agent departing, 31-year old SS J.J. Hardy. Yes, he has been oft-injured this year and has wound up on the DL a couple of times, but this is a former all-star that also is a perennial Gold Glove fiddler. He is making Daniel Murphy/Chris Young money ($7.916677mil) in 2014 and has a 2014 stat line of 480-AB, .281/.322/.392/.714. Home runs are way down this year, probably due to his injuries.
There really isn’t another shortstop on the 2014 Orioles. They fill in with Ryan Flaherty (237-AB, .207) when needed.
Outfield wise, the Orioles have a $17,35mil team option for Nick Markakis, and Adam Jones is locked up through 2018. The steal of the year turned out to be ex-free agent Nelson Cruz ($8mil-2014, 543-AB, 39-HR, 101-RBI). Alejandro De Aja (415-AB, .251) has been a good 4th outfielder.
Prospect wise, there is no shortstop in the system that could step in, for at least two or three more years. Outfield wise, the best top level one available next season would be their 14th ranked (sic) prospect, Francisco Peguero (AAA: 304-AB, 3-HR, .273).
Mack Observation – The Orioles have the best record in baseball and two of the reasons are Hardy and Cruz. It’s hard for me to believe that they won’t make a run at one or both of them to resign a new contract; however, there is speculation out there that the cost for Cruz will be too high and the Orioles would rather go for the draft pick instead.
Cruz is going to cost someone big money this time, so I don’t see the Mets making a run for him. My guess is Sandy Alderson will take a good run at Hardy and offer a two-year contract with a three-year team option (remember his age and injury history). He would fit perfectly on the team for the next couple of years.