Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Nick Melotte’s Top 20 Mets Prospects[i]
- Dilson Herrera - After coming over from the Pirates in a 2013 trade, Dilson Herrera broke out in a big way this past season. He started the year in the Florida State League and made his way all the way to the Big Apple by the end of the year. Herrera has all the makings for a starting second baseman, combining solid speed with excellent bat control, good defense, and surprising pop for a guy his size (5'10, 180 pounds). He's a guy that gets at least average grades across the board, but he's done very well in previous years despite being two to five years younger than league average. The Colombian native's hitting may be the only above average tool in his shed, but that's a pretty important one, and he fits the mold of a guy that plays above his tools.
o Mack – We’re going to talk a lot more about Herrera as I continue to countdown my top prospects. All of us were impressed with his year in the minors last season, but the 50 or more at-bats he had with the parent club showed us all that this guy is going to be a star in baseball.- And all this cost the Mets were two players (in a mid-season trade) that had no future with this team. Hell, as it turned out, the two players, John Buck and Marlon Byrd, didn’t even resign with the Pirates. And, to top it off, the Mets got RP Vic Black thrown in as well.
o This may easily go down in Mets history as the best Sandy Alderson deal –
o Christopher Soto to me -
§ If the Mets are serious about making the playoffs in 2015, then acquiring a guy like Ben Zobrist could be the difference between the current 83-85 win projection and the 88 wins needed to make the playoffs.
Zobrist has posted +4.5 bWAR or better for 6 straight seasons including (2) 5+ win seasons and (2) MVP caliber 8+ win seasons. Despite the Rays asking price of a top pitching + a top hitting prospect, the market so far this season seems to be paying out (1) 60 grade prospect and (1) additional 50 grade prospect for 1 yr rental guys.
§ If this is the price that the Rays would be ok with, I would immediately consider sending them RHSP Rafael Montero and OF Cesar Puello. Both Montero and Puello are guys that could start for the Rays in 2015 but have no recognizable spot on the Mets current roster.
§ Puello currently has 3 guys ahead of him for the 5th and final bench spot. In addition, if he does not make the team, the Mets could potentially lose him via a waiver claim since he is out of options. It would be wise to get some value out of him now. As for Montero, in the future Mets rotation of home grown talent...he is currently the odd man out with Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, deGrom, and Matz in front of him. Again rather than letting him rot in the bullpen....get some value out of him.
· Mack – Soto, your proposal makes sense. Me? I consider Zobrist an upgrade to our current situation at shortstop. What I would be willing to trade are surplus prospects we have at other positions. At this point, Cesar Puello is a no brainer, but I’m not sure you can get anyone to include him as a major chip in a trade. My guess is the Mets need to offer two pitchers… like Montero and Gabiel Ynoa or Hansel Robles. I don’t think the Mets will miss either of these guys down the roadbut the Mets will wind up with a huge upgrade at shortstop and a year to work out an extension.
My only reservation… he hasn’t played SS since 2008 and he will play 2015 at 34-years old.
Your thoughts to Mr. Soto…
Hang on to your hat… the Mets signed a player yesterday!
They have offered a minor league contract and an invite to camp to RHRP Buddy Carlyle, who pitched 27 appearances last year for them at a 1.45, 0.90 clip.
The thing I found surprising here was the fact they didn’t sign him earlier. Carlyle was very effective and has been know to wait his turn in the minors.