Padres farm system[i] -
Speaking of expendable, the Padres had enough pitching prospects to invade a small country. The Padres have major league ready prospects in Casey Kelly, Robbie Erlin, and Matt Wisler who will be fighting for a rotation spot with Odrisamer Despaigne, Brandon Morrow, Josh Johnson, and Cory Luebke once he’s healthy. This surplus at the position allowed Preller to get creative and trade some of the organization’s highest rated arms.
Mack – Here’s an interesting read on the Padres depleted farm system. I looked over the rosters and salaries[ii]and I don’t see anybody that stands out in their system for the Mets to after. Still, I thought you’d find the story interesting on another slow Mets day.
-Should the Mets front office agree that a fully-developed Xorge Carrillo could at least approach Recker’s production, it would significantly improve their trade assets and likely their overall team. By settling on Carrillo as the Mets backup catcher, Sandy Alderson could choose either Plawecki or d’Arnuad as his catcher of the future and deal the other for a valuable return at a position of need. Granted, we need to see more of Carrillo before giving him a spot on a talented Mets roster, but his remarkable improvement, array of solid tools, and longtime history of success as a backup, combined with a lack of attention, make him my choice as the most underrated catching prospect in the Mets organization.
Mack – The key statement to take away from this is the fact that we need to see more of Carrillo. He’s hit well as a Met, but as we know, every Met catcher seems to be a backup. The most at-bats he ever had in his 4-year career was 2014… 207, .285. Both Carrillo and Kevin Plawecki’s Mets career will be determined if Travis d’Arnaud can stay happy. If that happens, one of these become trade bait and my guess that would be Plawecki. I would have no problem with Carrillo as my backup in Queens.
Matt Reynolds[iv] –
- Analysis: Booked as a glove-first potential utility infielder, Reynolds’ prospect stock hit rock bottom after he posted an abysmal .226 batting average for the High-A Savannah Sand Gnats in 2013. Despite his struggles in Savannah, the Mets aggressively pushed Reynolds to Double-A Binghamton to start the 2014 season, and it was in Binghamton where the young shortstop turned his career around. He opened the season hitting a scorching .355, to go along with a .430 OBP and 75 hits in just 58 games. His performance earned him a promotion to Triple-A Vegas by midseason, and there, in 68 games, Reynolds continued to flourish by batting .333 with an .864 OPS at the minor league’s highest level. .
2015 Prognosis: Scouts and analysts close to the Mets say that Reynolds may have a shot to break camp in Queens as a backup infielder, however, his lack of power (5 and 6 home runs in 2013 and 2014, respectively) and minor league experience will likely limit him to Triple-A, at least to start the 2015 season. Should Ruben Tejada and/or Wilmer Flores struggle, Reynolds would be the next man up on the depth chart. In the worst-case scenario, the Mets call him up in September.
MLB ETA: 2015 as a backup infielder or even a starter should the other Mets’ internal options fail.
Mack - This article features blurbs on Reynolds, Akeel Morris, Michael Fulmer, Gabreal Ynoa, and Jhoan Urena
The loss of ESPN’s Stuart Scott is a loss for all of us. Before there was MLB-TV, ESPN was our sole source for sports news each night and reporters like Scott were there to show us the highlights of each night’s games. We can thank Scott for the saying ‘booyah’, which probably will never be used again in his honor.
At the ESPYS this past July 16, Scott accepted The Jimmy V Award for Persseverance. He said at that time, “when you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”