So, one must ask as an extension of the ROY, what will 2015 to the Mets when it comes to rookies that will make the team. This is all IMO and based on so trades/signings in the off-season…
I don’t see anyone breaking camp with the parent team this year. The 2015 batch of rookies will elevate during the season.
SP Noah Syndergaard looks like an easy pick. According to everyone associated with minor league scouting, there is nothing more this guy has to do in a town like Las Vegas. Who he replaces is still a question, but he will be in the rotation after the all-star break.
My guess is LHRP Dario Alvarez will be the first to elevate to Queens. He pitched late in the season for the Mets, but he does still need some seasoning, probably Vegas. The Mets have only one opening in the pen and that’s for a lefty. They can only go for so long with Josh Elgin being the only one in the pen. Whether Alvarez is a success isn’t the point here. He will get another shot.
It’s only a matter of time that 2B Dilson Herrera takes over the job currently held down by All-Star Daniel Murphy. My guess is Murphy will be traded during the 2015 season and the Mets will begin the Herrera era for years to come.
Here’s the thing about C Kevin Plawecki. He’s going to be ready to be a major league catcher by the 2015 all-star break and, if the Mets don’t find a proper home for him, they might as well call him up and let him back up Travis d’Arnaud during the first year of his major league career. You are never going to find a better way to market this guy than to play him.
I’m pretty conservative here on SP Steven Matz. The Mets have so many starters to find homes for that I’d still rather ‘mentally’ slot him in as the future lefty to replace Jon Niese. We know there are always injuries in baseball, especially to pitchers. The Mets need to first move some guys or you might not see Matz until opening day 2016.
And lastly, it also seems to only be a matter of time that the Mets replace Ruben Tejada with IF Matt Reynolds as the utility middle infielder. That being said, this could be the first move out of the camp… in fact, the Mets might choose not to offer Tejada arbitration and we could see the whole makeup of this list changing in a heartbeat.
This would be six 2015 rookies.
The team keeps getting younger and more talented
The Mets are once again bringing the fences to the relatively neutral RCF and RF sectors, which had fly ball park factors of 84.1 and 102.1, respectively, in 2014. And for those of you clamoring for multi-year data, the Mets’ LCF fly ball park factor for 2013 was 170.8, utilizing the same method. This is not a one-year phenomenon. When you get down to it, given the emergence of some of their young pitchers, the Mets just might have a surprisingly quick road to contention – get David Wright healthy, and lock in a couple of competent righty bats to join him. In this light, Monday’s two-year, $21M signing of Michael Cuddyer – which also costs the Mets the 15th overall pick in next June’s draft – makes just a little more sense, provided they can keep him physically intact.[i]
Comment From Winpons? - Did we do good? We buy player good?
Jeff Sullivan: Not good, but not worth freaking out about. It’s almost never worth freaking out about. Cuddyer will probably hit fine
Comment From David - This Cuddyer deal doesn’t make sense to me for either side. For Cuddyer he’s buying up what, $6M for that second year? Unless he completely craters you’ve got to figure he’d get better than that next off season. Now his next contract is going to be without the benefit of Coors-inflated stats as well. For the Mets. Sheesh. Rasmus, Morse, Rios, Hunter are all comparable for a similar or lower cost, and don’t have the draft pick attached. WHY?!?
Jeff Sullivan: Maybe there won’t be a next contract. Maybe he really wanted to play in New York. Maybe he wanted two guaranteed years of at least perceived stability. Maybe he thinks the Mets are in a better position than the Rockies are to compete. Coors-inflated stats this time around didn’t help him do better than 2/$21m. As for the Mets, they don’t seem to attach a super high value to the 15th pick, and they value having Cuddyer done already. The other guys haven’t hit as well as he has lately, on top of that Again, I don’t like it much, but given what Cuddyer has done over his past 750 PA or so, you can see how it isn’t nonsensical. Morse is an even worse defender. Hunter’s going to take a while to make a decision. Rasmus frustrates everybody. Rios hit four home runs.
Comment From Steve - Even if the Mets sign another player who was offered a QO, that doesn’t make the Cuddyer signing good, right? Who’s a fit for them? Hanley as a SS?
Jeff Sullivan: They’re going to sniff around all the available shortstops, like Ramirez, Castro, potentially Tulo, Miller, Gregorius, and so on. They’ll get somebody and they’ll look like the favorites to finish second in the East
Comment From Kevin - Let’s get down to brass tacks. The Mets just signed an injury-prone OF, whose offensive numbers were inflated by Coors AND they have to give up a draft pick. It’s a bad move, with potentially disastrous consequences if, as many other Mets signings, he gets hurt.
Jeff Sullivan: The whole point of wRC+ is to strip away park effects. Dexter Fowler just posted a career-best wRC+ after leaving Colorado for Houston. Cuddyer *is* getting older and he *does* get hurt and the Mets *did* lose a draft pick, but Cuddyer’s been a well above-average hitter for years, so it’s not like it’s completely bonkers. I don’t think a guy like Michael Cuddyer has the potential to be disastrous. Disastrous is a very strong word.
Comment From Sirras One - So the Mets are fairly clearly planning to make a run for the second wildcard in ’15. How many more pieces do they really need to contend? I’m thinking a shortstop would be nice and one or two bullpen arms are needed.
Jeff Sullivan: Yeah, pretty much. The thing about contending for the second wild card is you don’t need to actually be very good to do it
Comment From Bill - But really… Sandy Alderson isn’t dumb, right? What does he see that no one else seems to see?
Jeff Sullivan: Cuddyer’s a good hitter and the Mets needed one more outfielder. And, he could get Cuddyer yesterday, whereas other guys would take longer. There’s value in settling a question this early in the offseason, so you don’t get strung along
Comment From Bill - What do we know less about: The Mets internal evaluations of Cuddyer/Granderson or the market as they see it? There has to be some gap that made a seemingly intelligent front office commit to Granderson and Cuddyer.
Jeff Sullivan: Well, the contracts give us a clue as to the Mets’ internal evaluations of the players. Maybe they just don’t see all that many outfielders who are interested in signing with New York, and maybe they prefer to overpay in terms of money instead of prospects
Mack – I expected a lot of Cuddyer questions on the next Sully-chat and this should put to rest what he feels about this move.
Spoke to former Rox GM Dan O'Dowd. Raved about Cuddyer as leader: "He's the real deal. He has a profound impact on the clubhouse culture.''
Draft To The Show[ii] -
Top 15 in 15 – The New York Mets
09 Gabriel Ynoa RHP L/R 03-27-1992 - One of the strengths of the Mets system is pitchers who can attack the strike zone, and though his stuff pales in comparison to arms like Montero and Syndergaard, no one in the system does it better than Ynoa.
Like Montero, Ynoa doesn’t have an overpowering fastball, but he can touch 95 mph with his heater, and it sits comfortably in the low 90’s. None of his off speed pitches are plus — nor are they particularly close, but both his slider and change have a chance to be average offerings, and he’ll also show a below-average curve that can at least give right-handed hitters something else to look at.
Why I list Ynoa as a top ten prospect — and I should say that I’m higher on him than the industry — is his command. Ynoa walked just 25 hitters as a 21 year old in his 150 innings of work. He’s not just a guy who keeps it in the strike zone, though, as consistently within the margin of error with his pitches, and does a great job of changing his eye level.
It’d be surprising if he ended up much more than a backend starter, but because his control is advanced and his secondary offerings have improved, Ynoa has a chance to help a rotation, with swing man bullpen arm as a floor.
Mack – This is a much stranger list than the BP one that came out earlier this week.
#1 Noah Syndergaard, #2 Brandon Nimmo, #3 Michael Conforto, #4 Dominic Smith, #5 Kevin Plawecki, #6 Rafael Montero, #7 Dilson Herrera, #8 Amed Rosario, #9 Gabriel Ynoa, #10 Milton Ramos, #11 Gavin Cecchini, #12 Steven Matz, #13 Blake Taylor, #14 Casey Meisner, #15 Cesar Puello
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