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.
#12 – OF – Cesar Puello – 23-years old – La Romana, Dominican Republic
6-2, 220. - R/R – International free agent signing 2007
2008 – GCL - 151-AB, .305/.350/.364/714, 1-HR, 17-RBI
2009 – K/Port - 196-AB, .296/.373/.424/796, 5-HR, 23-RBI
2010 – Savannah - 404-AB, .292/.375/.359/734, 1-HR, 34-RBI, 45-SB
2011 – St. Lucie - 441-AB, .259/.313/.397/710, 10-HR, 50-RBI
2012 – St. Lucie - 227-AB, .260/.328/.423/751, 4-HR, 21-RBI
2013 – B-Mets - 331-AB, .326/.403/.547/950, 16-HR, 73-RBI
2014 – Vegas - 318-AB, .252/.355/.393/748, 7-HR, 37-RBI
Let me try and explain why I still have Puello this high at #12.
(First of all, there’s no reason to go back and quote what everybody said when this kid was signed by Walter O’Malley or somebody that long ago. After seven seasons, it’s tough to still consider him a prospect at all.)
I said going into this ranking process that this was a subjective thing so, for the same reason I caught a rash of shit for my Cecchini ranking being too low, this one will probably not be a favorite for being this high.
And frankly, I can’t come up with many reasons to say he should be ranked here. Puello came to the Mets with a ‘5 tool’ reputation, but he seemed to only use one at a time. He was 5th in the league in stolen bases in 2010, but that sort of went away the next year. The power only really developed during that infamous Binghamton year that still seems to be in question.
All I remember was being told that all of the ‘smaller players’ in that scandal were suspended without testing. They simply received their suspension for having their name in an appointment book.
At this point, who cares. Puello had ample time last season to right the wrongs.
Right now, I rank Puello as the fourth top outfielder in the minor league system. The air is right in Las Vegas to earn his old job back very quickly.