We know that I have been blowing some rose colored smoke up everyone's arse lately, but take a look at the batting averages of both Wilmer Flores and Travis d'Arnaud after last night's game. Do we remember where these guys started from this year?
Also, the last time I looked, Flores was playing some pretty decent infield. Not Golden Glove material, but a level I'm sure he is proud of.
What I'm saying is we have here two potential .300+ hitters, both capable of producing 20+ home runs and 75+ RBIs over the length of the entire season.
I'm telling you... this team isn't far off.
On the flip side... I can't tell you how disappointed I have been in the starters down in the minor league playoffs. First Montero, then Matz and now Syndergaard. There is no excuse for untimely pitching under these playoff conditions. Stars reach down and find what it takes to separate them from the rest.
On the surface, I can't see how any of these three could start Queens next spring. Sure, promote Matz to Vegas, but keep Montero and Syndergaard there at least another half season to work on their game.
In the case of Montero, he just needs to learn how to mix up his four effective pitchers and 1) keep pounding while confusing the batter... Syndergaard's game simply needs more confidence with the changeup and accuracy with the fastball.
This is a horrible end to a great minor league season.
Savannah Sand Gnats hitting coach Val Pascucci on first baseman Dominic Smith -
"I think he did well enough in spring training to show the front office, everybody, that he would be capable of playing here and having success. You always want to set up your younger guys for success. There was a little bit of a question mark when he first came (hitting .212 in April). We're going to have a big discrepancy in numbers and I think it's shown that over the course of the years when the Mets have been here. They're still young guys. They want to get the hits. They want to see the big numbers.
He's learning to become an all-around hitter. The power stuff will come. Defensive-wise, he's great at first base. He catches everything and he makes the guys in the infield better."
Mack - Smith played far past his lack of age and he looks like a damn good draft pick at this point in his career. I'm impressed. And, I don't look for any rush job here. As we have learned with guys like Juan Lagares, Jacob deGrom, and Colin McHugh, not very success in the majors comes overnight.
There's a guy named Jayce Boyd between Smith and Lucas Duda. Boyd should take over first base in Las Vegas next year. He's already known for his bat so imagine how that is going to translate in the PCL