I watch this Chicago Cubs series and it makes my stomach sick when I see all the young power on this team. Now, in defense, Chicago did have to really suck for many years to get this many early draft picks, but they decided early to concentrate building their team on offensive everyday players and, boy, have they done a great job at it.
Frankie asked -
Hey Mack, is there anyone 'down the road' that we should keep an eye on?
There are two players in Savannah that could become a very important part of the 2019 Mets.
The first is RHSP Casey Meisner. Meisner is 19-years old (turns 20 on 5-22), has started five games for the Sand Gnats, and has a stat line of 2-1, 1.78, 1.09, 30.1-IP, 27-K. Rotational pitchers don't usually get promoted until around their tenth start, or the all-star break, whatever comes first. Meisner looks to be a show-in to end this year playing for St. Lucie. The 6-7 righty may be a rare find after being drafted in the 3rd round ofthe 2013 draft. A type Alderson high risk-high reward high school pitcher.
The last is OF Wuilmer Becerra, who was a throw-in that Sandy Alderson demanded in the R.A. Dickey deal. Seems that Becerra's bat is now beginning to heat up in a town that has enough heat of its own. Last year, Becerra went .300 for Kingsport (228-AB, 7-HR, 28-RBI) as a 19-year old. This year, he has four home runs so far and this is the age (20) you expect to start seeing some of the pop he was projected to develop when he was first signed by Toronto. He needs to move on to A+ ball so we can see the extent of his progress though.