Mack’s Morning Report – My 2017 Binghamton Whatever They Are Called Now - SPs


Good Morning.

My 2017 Binghamton starters –

SP – LHP P.J. Conlon – Conlon is the second coming of Jacob deGrom. Conlon was a mere 13th round pick in 2015 after a nice 3 year career at the University of San Diego. But then, holy moly… he’s gone 12-3, 1.47, 0.94, 41-G, 23-starts for 3 teams in 1.5 seasons. Hell, last season, split between Columbia and St. Lucie, he went 12-2, 1.65, 0.98, in 24 games and 23 starts. Frankly, I’m not going to waste any time here. I will fast track P.J. to the front of by Binghamton rotation and let hi9m and his long johns pitch opening day.

SP – Casey Delgado – If you think Conlon is small rags to riches story at 6-0, take Delgado at 5-10. Delgado pitched for Austin Peay, had a 5.14-ERA in 2013, and wasn’t drafted. He pitched 2014 in the Frontier League and the Mets signed him to pitch in Savannah in 2015, where he went 8-4, 3.17, 1.10, in 17-Games, 16-starts. He now seems to be settling into a good AAAA starter and will pitch this next season at 27-years old. Noting special here, but he was a good sign for the Mets.

SP – Chris Flexen – Those that have followed my writing know that I was thrilled that the Mets drafted this kid in the Flexen was a 2012 prep 14th round pick that everyone knew would take tremendous over-slot money to prevent him from going to college. The Mets delivered and after getting his feet wet with 7 games in 2012, had a wonderful season with Kingsport in 2013 as an 18-year old (8-1, 2.09, 0.94, 11-starts). He’s had some injuries to deal with, but finally put in a full season last year for a full season team (St. Lucie: 25-starts, 10-9, 3.56). My hopes is that Flexen (my 17th Mets prospect going into 2017) will excel this season and become another future major league rotation alternative, or trade bait at worse.

SP – Ricky Knapp – Another long shot draft pick (2013 – 8th round – Florida Gulf Coast University), Knapp is not going to bowl you over with a ton of strikeouts (pro – 4 seasons – 431-IP, 322-K, and, if you throw in his 111-walks (1.30-WHIP), you’de think we didn’t have much of a pitcher here. Well, Knapp just seems to find a way to win in this game… 2015: 8-4… 2016: 13-6. He’s my 16th 2017 prospect, just above Flexen.

SP – Corey Oswalt – The last member of my 2017 Binghamton email would be the ex-7th round prep pick in 2012. Oswalt has quietly put up some impressive numbers in his first 5 pro seasons (25-13, 62-G, 56-ST, 3.82, 1.30). And, he was only 22-years old last year when he went 4-2 for St. Lucie.

This is going to be a very talented rotation.


Thomas Brennan said...

A very talented AA rotation indeed - for AA. Time will tell how much impact these 5 will have in the bigs. Like you, I have hopes for a breakthrough year for Flexen.

Only Conlon has been lights out, but I want to see it from him against tougher hitters, since he is not reputed to be a flamethrower. May he be another Jon Tudor.

Whither thou goest, Tyler Pill? Let him DH in Vegas.

I'd like to see Dunn and Szapucki in AA by year end (perhaps Dunn even higher). Arms are fragile, don't waste bullets in the minors for these 2. Both should be in Queens by 2018 if healthy.

TP said...

Never any guarantees with the lower level kids but it is quite exciting to look forward to an AA group like this.

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