Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
We wrote Friday about some of the players that should be getting a call up to their next level soon. Most were pitchers, both starters and member of the pen.
We’ve also spoke countless times on this blog about the lack of a big time shortstop on the parent Mets team. Wilmer Flores (Mets: .244 – all stats through Tuesday’s games) continues to get the nod, with Ruben Tejada (Mets: .167) backing him up on the bench and (I assume) Matt Reynolds (AAA: .327) in the wings.
Now the problems begin.
The backup to Reynolds in Las Vegas is Wilfredo Tovar and he’s hitting .303. Binghamton has two shortstops, TJ Rivera (.385) and Gavin Cecchini (.333). In St. Lucie, prospect Amed Rosario is holding his own at .255 and Luis Guillorme (.315) has played just about every game at short for the Sand Gnats.
Every one of them, minus Rosario, seems to be on their way to be earning a promotion soon, but to where? You can’t demote any of these guys for hitting over .300.
The interesting thing is the shortstop talent doesn’t stop here.
Sitting in extended camp and awaiting an assignment to either Brooklyn or Kingsport is draft pick Milton Ramos and Alfredo Reyes. In addition, five international bonus babies (Kenny Anderson, Yoel Romero, Hansel Moreno, Edgardo Fermin, Cecilio Aybar) have been paid in the range of $100K to $1.1mil bonus money to sign with the Mets during the International signing period that comes every June.
Lastly, the Mets are also in line to signing two more highly recruited shortstops this June, Andres Gimenez, and Gregory Guerrero.
Are the Mets going overboard here on 87-pound shortstops with no power? Can’t some of this money go to a Cuban slugger once in awhile?
Listen… we know this. International everyday star infielders always play shortstop. It doesn’t mean they will end there. Still, the Mets have to expand their prospect signings to at least another position.