The Morning Report 9.17.2015 | Cespedes Extremely Happy in NY, The Entire Mets Offense Producing, Cecchini and Smith Assigned to Arizona Fall League.
Posted by Christopher Soto at 8:00 AM
Ken Davidoff | New York Post- I asked the outfielder whether he knew about the team’s fans lobbying for the Mets to re-sign Cespedes, who can be a free agent this offseason. “Yes, I’m aware,” Cespedes said through an interpreter, “because my driver usually tells me what’s going on.It’s been the best month I’ve had in the last four years.Because of the results that I’ve had, and because currently, I’m in the playoffs. I was very surprised with the way the fans received me. I’m very happy here. This has been the most complete team that I’ve been a part of. So I’m definitely really happy to stay here. I feel really good about being here.”
(Chris Soto: For all we know...this could be just free agency speak...but multiple outlets have been reporting that Cespedes is EXTREMELY happy here in New York. Does that mean he would cut a deal to stay with the Mets? Probably not, but the chances sure seem like they are increasing in likelihood that he would stay should the Mets make a fair market offer.)
Mike Petriello | Mets.com- The Mets' month-by-month exit velocity, with Cespedes excluded, is stunning. Unsurprisingly, the offensive performance has made a considerable jump along with the batted-ball velocity. In July, when the 88.16 mph represented a season low, the Mets had a .671 OPS, the 23rd-highest mark in baseball. So far in September, that's .894, which is not only easily the best in baseball -- the second-place Orioles are at .844 -- but would be the best month in Mets history if they were able to keep it up.
(Chris Soto: Cespedes has not been the only addition post July 31st. Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, and David Wright have all provided massive upgrades over what the Mets were trotting out there during the months of June and July when the offense was in the bottom 3rd of baseball. Having guys healthy and producing not only fuels improvement at their position, but, it also has a trickle down effect on the rest of the line-up. For example, Travis d'Arnuad is a solid #2 hitter, but with so many new solid bats in the line-up....now we have a capable #2 guy hitting in the 6 hole providing a massive amount of line-up depth.)
Adam Rubin | ESPN New York- Former first-round picks Gavin Cecchini and Dominic Smith are the latest additions to the New York Mets' Arizona Fall League contingent. They will join previously announced Mickey Jannis, Jeff McNeil and Beck Wheeler with the Salt Lake Rafters. Pitchers Mike Hepple and Kyle Regnault also have been added. Cecchini, hit .317/.377/.442 in 489 plate appearances with AA Binghamton this season. He also committed 28 errors at shortstop. Cecchini finished the season sidelined with a hip injury. Smith hit .305/.354/.417 in 497 plate appearances with Class A St. Lucie. Smith ended the season idle with a shoulder injury. AFL play begins on Oct. 13.
(Chris Soto: The Mets usually send 1-2 big time prospects to the AFL team so it's nice to see that both Smith and Cecchini are going to get cracks in the heavy prospect laden league. Both had very strong 2015 seasons but were missing big parts in their performances despite being lauded for it. Scouting reports all agree that Cecchini is a solid defensive SS, but the 21 year old suffered a severe cause of the yips that the Mets are trying to break him out of by sending him to Arizona. The same scouts think very highly of Dominic Smith's bat and believe that he will develop solid league average power at 1B. However, in almost 300 games so far, Smith only has hit 10 HR's total.)