A CALL TO ARMS – VOL. 10 - WHAT ABOUT OUR MINOR LEAGUE BULL PEN GUPPY DUDES? By Tom Brennan
Hey folks, in Volumes 1 through 8 of my CALL TO ARMS series, I noted that the Mets, in my opinion have 34 starting pitchers or prospects of varying degrees of potential. Give or take a few.
Let me recap my list of 34 starters before I proceed to discuss my top 10 relievers:
THE MAGNIFICENT 7:
7 current big league starters: Colon, Harvey, deGrom, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, and Montero.
TWO NIPPING AT THE HEELS:
Two uber-prospects who on many other teams could be in the starting rotation in April 2015: Thor and Matz.
THREE LURKING IN THE SHADOWS:
Three dudes who have made quite the case as to being major league ready, or nearly so: Logan Verrett, Matt Bowman, and Tyler Pill. (Volumes 1, 2, 3 of my series).
THREE MORE LURKING IN THE SHADOWS:
Three pitchers (well, 4, as it was a tossup on the last 2, so you pick 1 of them), who are a step further down from those above: Erik Goeddel, Gabe Ynoa, Darin Gorski and Greg Peavey. These were covered in Volumes 4, 5 and 6.
SIX WHO ARE DISAPPOINTING OR HURT:
Volume 7 includes 1 guy (Luis Mateo) whose high promise ran head on into Tommy John, and 5 guys who have, to me, been slightly, or more than slightly, disappointing: (Michael Fulmer, Domingo Tapia, Matt Koch, Luis Cessa, and Rainy Lara).
TWELVE GUPPY STARTERS OF PROMISE:
In Volume 8, I covered 12 more starter guys from mid A Savannah southward. Marcos Molina, Rob Whelan, Miller Diaz, John Gant, Robert Gsellman, Logan Taylor, Corey Oswalt, Casey Meisner, Martirez Arias, Andrew Church, Blake Taylor and Chris Flexen.
As I noted in Vol. 9, we have more starters than a Peps Boys warehouse!
I then noted that surely some of those starters will falter, and some of those will end up (like Jeurys and Jennry) as pen arms. But while 34 starters sounds crazy, if you projected this organization’s 7 minor league teams’ records over 162 games, the 7 teams AVERAGED 92-70. And it was mostly because of the bumper crop of starter arms.
But what about guys already trained as relievers? Which ones might be useful in 2015 and beyond?
On those close to the majors, covered in Volume 9, I listed 5 (actually 6, with 2 tied for slot # 5:) Cory Mazzoni; Jack Leathersich; Miguel Sokolovich; Akeel Morris; and Cody Satterwhite and Jeff Walters. And of course, I should have included Dario Alvarez in my top 5, but since he had already chugged down a NY Mets cup of coffee in 2014, I will leave the list to others who have not yet pitched from the Citifield pitching mound.
In this Volume # 10, these are my top 5 Guppy Relievers, from the rookie ball teams of Brooklyn, Kingsport and the GCL. Well, as it turns out, all 5 of my picks are from Brooklyn, which had great relief. You guys from Kingsport and the GCL? Maybe some other time! Here’s my top 5 Fireman Guppies:
1. Brad Wieck – (1.40, 25.2, 0.90 WHIP, 39 Ks) larger than a guppy at 6’9”, 255, the 23 year old LEFTY fireballer was snapped up in the 7th round in 2014.
2. Kelly Secrest – (1.82, 24.2, 1.30 WHIP, 30 Ks) – 6’0”, 215 LEFTY, also 23, was nabbed in the 10th round in 2014.
3. Shane Bay – (1.59, 15 saves, 0.97 WHIP, 22.2, 22 Ks) – a 6’2” 225 LEFTY, he will also be 23 come opening day. He’s been in system since 2011, but just 30 innings in those 3 years.
4. Josh Prevost – (1.83, 19.2, 1.17 WHIP, 14 Ks) – 6’8” 225 righty, 5th rounder in 2014, who will be 23 on opening day 2015.
5. Cameron Griffin – (0.96, 18.2, 0.91 WHIP, 17Ks) – 6’3” 200 righty, 34th rounder in 2013, had quite a stingy year. He will be 23 on opening day.
All 5 guys had strong, if abbreviated, seasons, but each has a long way to go, baby, as the competition gets tougher and tougher in the ascent.
Of the 5, I will speculate that Brad Wieck is most likely to make the bigs, but as they say, time will tell. Watched him on a You Tube clip, and liked what I saw a lot.
This concludes my Call to Arms series.
Have a great day.