Posted by Mack Ade at 12:00 PM
My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
# 33 –
SS Luis Guillorme – Age: 20 – 5-10, 170, L/R – Drafted 10th round 2013
No college – Coral Springs Charter H.S. (FL)
2013: GCL, 159-AB, .258/.337/.283/620, 0-HR, 11-RBI
2014: K-Port, 238-AB, .282/.337/.324/661, 0-HR, 17-RBI
2014: Savannah, 9-AB, .333/.400/.333/733, 0-HR, 0-RBI
Guillorme was another of the highly touted high school picks by the Sandy Alderson team, primarily for his defensive skills. ‘Perfect Recruits’ had him as the top defensive shortstop in the draft. Jonathan Mayo had him as ‘one of the best defenders in the draft class’ and Todd Gold called him a ‘walking webgem.
People I know and whom I have talked to still rave about the ‘clinics’ he would put on while taking his turn at shortstop with the other minor leaguers. Crowds were literally created by the wizardry competition on the backfield practice fields with Guillorme, Amed Rosario, Milton Ramos, and Alfredo Reyes turning one webgem after another.
No one expected Guillorme to hit decently and yet he put up a respectable .258 in 2013 for the GCL-Mets and finished the K-Port season last year at .282.
His 2-year stat line is .273/.339/.308/646. He also has only 45 strike outs in 457 plate appearances.
Here’s where things start to get murky.
It’s amazing how many legitimate shortstop prospects a team has and they can’t even find anyone to play in Queens. I’ve got four of them on my list and, in a perfect world, Matt Reynolds will open up at the AAA level, Gavin Cecchini will play Binghamton, Amed Rosario will jump all the way to St. Lucie, and Guillorme will start in Savannah. All this falls apart if Cecchini stays back in St. Lucie or Rosario is in the Sand Gnats opening day lineup.
Still, Guillorme has been a huge bonus for the organization and easily walks away with the honors of ‘best defensive shortstop’ in the system. This alone can get him someday to the majors.