Tom Brennan – MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE - MIDDLE IF TOP 10
What sort of middle infielders are lurking in the inner recesses of the Mets minors? A fine question. I' m so glad you asked.
First, I'll broaden the question a bit. Since the Mets seem to shift some of those guys around between SS, 2B, and 3B, let's focus on those 3 spots, not just SS and 2B.
There are no boppers in the bunch, other than Dilson Herrera, who I hesitated to put in the list because he is already in the majors, although perhaps not permanently yet. So he is my #1 in here.
As there are only limited spots on the Mets at SS, 2B, and 3B at any point in time (3 position starters and a utility guy), only so many chances for the top 10 guys in the Mets minors.
(I’m sticking above rookie ball - sorry, Milton Ramos - but you’ll be in here soon enough).
THERE ARE FOUR AAA GUYS IN MY TOP 10:
Dilson Herrera - one of the youngest of this bunch, Dilson is awesome and projected to be a major league player of moderate to All Star caliber. He is well known to Macks Mets readers, so 'nuff said. Except to add ZERO errors in his 20 AAA games.
Matt Reynolds - I think Wilmer Flores is going to hold onto SS, and within a few months, Dilson may replace Daniel Murphy (although Dilson's broken digit may well keep Murphy here all season), so I see Matt Reynolds as a utility call up, replacing Ruben Tejada by July. Matt is at .299/.365/.442 after a terrific spring training. Just 4 errors in 37 games.
Danny Muno has a .279/.344/.360 line in 25 AAA games to go with his 1 for 6 cup of coffee with the Mets earlier this year. The switch hitter will have to do better to be seen in Queens before September. No errors for Danny with Vegas this year.
Wilfredo Tovar is a guy often overlooked, who is at .287/.324/.426 in 29 AAA, with just 2 errors.
AA HAS TWO GUYS:
Gavin Cecchini is at .287/.351/.436, but the youngster has 9 errors. Still, given his age and production in AA, he is a top 10 guy.
L. J. Mazzilli is almost through his 50 game suspension. He was terrific last year in A and AA, HITTING .301/.361/.440 with 11 homers. Too good to not include in here, despite his ongoing suspension.
HIGH A: TWO TOP 10 FELLAS IN THIS GROUP
Amed Rosario at 19 is doing fine, with 12 extra base hits, and a .268/.308/.377 line. 5 errors is a real improvement for him. Hope he has some down-the-road homer power in that bat. No HRs in 143 at bats is something for rabid Rosario fans to keep in mind.
Jeff McNeil (PICTURED ABOVE) is hitting a powerless .339, with a .397 on base %. 5 errors and 4 of 5 steals. Hit the weight room, Jeff, you have talent.
A BALL: 2 MORE GUYS TO ROUND OUT MY TOP 10
Luis Guillorme is a young, slick fielding SS who has 5 errors in 32 games, and is hitting a fine .317/.390 on base, but just 1 of his 38 hits is for extra bases. Let's see if/how Luis addresses that aspect, but he's been solid since the day he first played for the Mets in 2013.
Eudor Garcia - the young 3B was promoted only recently to the Gnats, but in 11 games, he is .298/.313/.447. A reputed stick man has hit the ground running.
GUYS ON THE CUSP:
Several guys were on the cusp. Who, and why left off, briefly follows:
Older guys: Josh Rodriguez doing great, but he's 30. Jairo Perez and T J Rivera hit great, but are older, and in Rivera's case lacks power. Dustin Lawley could explode at any time, but isn't even approaching Zach Lutz production, so he is not in my top 10.
Phil Evans missed too much time this year to show whether he ought to be in the top 10. His career so far says no. But he is young still. He needs to show otherwise.
Jonathan Johnson is doing very well in Savannah, but he is older (26) and it is only Savannah, but keep it up, JJ. Lastly, Jean Rodriguez, a slight 22 year old, is a little old for A ball and doing good but not great.
That's my take, folks. Lots of solid guys. But....remove Dilson Herrera and I'd still trade all of them in one package for Kris Bryant or Addison Russell. And the Cubs would never do it.