The following opinions are from Mack Ade and do not represent any member of the New York Mets organization, any other members of Mack’s Mets, or Scott Boras.
Frank asked –
Hey Mack. I know it’s far too early to ask you this question, but I wanted to get your thoughts on where you thing some on the Mets prospects are going to start the 2016 season off with. Thanks.
Mack – First, a general statement.
Due to the promotions of prospect pitching talent, followed by the trading of secondary prospect pitching talent for players to help in the 2015 pennant race, the current prospect picture of the New York Mets is heavily dominated with ‘bats’. This does not mean there are more bats, just less pitchers.
I see five everyday players that will either be assigned to Brooklyn or could begin the season with the full season Columbia team. They are 1B Dash Winningham, 2B/SS Luis Carpio, catcher Patrick Makieka, and outfielders Desmond Lindsay and Kevin Kaczmarski.
Age could easily become a factor whether they are assigned to either Columbia or Brooklyn. Lindsay, who finished the season with Brooklyn, played this year as an 18 year old. The others all played for Kingsport… Carpio was 17, Winnington was 19, Makieka was 21, and Kaczmarski was 23.
Look for both Makieka and Kaczmarski to head to Columbia.
Savannah had three legitimate prospects that will move on to St. Lucie… SS Luis Guillorme (20), 3B Eudor Garcia (21), and OF Wuilmer Beccera (20).
St. Lucie had three legitimate prospects that will move on to Binghamton… 1B Dominic Smith (20), SS Amed Rosario (19), and 3B Jhoan Urena (21). In addition, 3B Jeff McNeil (23) will be back after being promoted to Binghamton in August.
Binghamton will send two prospects to Las Vegas… 2B LJ Mazzilli (24) and SS Gavin Cecchini (21).
And lastly, Las Vegas outfielders Brandon Nimmo (22) and Darrell Cecilliani (25) will probably return there because of too many outfielders in Queens, while 2B Dilson Herrera (21) will most probably be the only player to make the jump to Queens.
That’s 17 baseball players and though, calling a few of them ‘prospects’ could be a stretch, it doesn’t mean that any of them won’t become ballplayers someday at the major league level.
The important thing is it’s a pretty impressive string of young, talented players that could keep the system pipeline successful for years to come.