BRIEF OBSERVATIONS ABOUT OUR FIRST ROUNDERS by Tom Brennan
Thinking of our recent draft, it caused me again to check in our our recent first rounders of years gone by.
Brandon Nimmo, I am delighted to say, has been on fire, and hitting .386 with 13 doubles, 5 triples, and 5 homers in his last 145 at bats. Is he about to get promoted? Or does .386 in AAA equate to .150 in the bigs?
Gavin Cecchini - oh me, oh my….has made a ghastly 19 errors in 39 starts at shortstop. That makes it 48 errors in 148 starts in 2015 and 2016. SAY WHAT!! IS THAT POSSIBLE?? You draw your own conclusion.
Dominic Smith, the birthday boy (turns 21 on June 15) ought to ask for extra base hits for his birthday. He has just 16 of the suckers in 58 games, and is hitting .273 with a paltry .386 slugging percentage in AA. My expectations of a breakout season are dwindling. Two positive notes are his 38 RBIs (5th in the league) and the fact that .273 in the low hitting Eastern League has him as the # 25 hitter in the league make it a little less disappointing.
But one guy in the league (Cozens of Philly) has 19 homers - that's what we want, Dom. Not the homer every 15 games you are producing, and the mere 14 in 1310 at bats since turning pro. That is too historically Met-like. We want many more - simple as that.
(NOTE TO METS' MANAGEMENT - DRAFT GUYS THAT CAN HIT A HOMER EVERY 3 GAMES LIKE COZENS AT SOME POINT IN MY LIFETIME. PLEASE).
That's all. Just a few brief notes as the wife and I get ready to run out for the day.