6/22/17

ROSTER MOVES

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Please note the following transactions involving the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

June 22:
  • RHP Corey Oswalt activated from the Disabled List
  • RHP Tim Peterson transferred from Las Vegas (AAA) to Binghamton (AA)
  • RHP Chris Flexen placed on Disabled List, retroactive to June 20
Please note the following New York Mets minor league transactions.

Effective Thursday, June 22, 2017

                - INF Michael Paez transferred from Columbia to Advanced-A St. Lucie

                - RHP Merandy Gonzalez transferred from Columbia to Advanced-A St. Lucie

                - RHP Jordan Humphreys transferred from Columbia to Advanced-A St. Lucie

                - OF Jose Medina transferred from Columbia to short season-A Brooklyn

                - INF Reed Gamache transferred from Columbia to short season-A Brooklyn


                - OF Jacob Zanon activated from Columbia’s disabled list

                - OF Arnaldo Berrios transferred to Columbia from Advanced-A St. Lucie

                - RHP Matt Pobereyko signed by the Mets and assigned to Columbia
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Tom Brennan - 2017 Draftees Added to Kingsport Mets Roster

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2017 Draftees Added to Kingsport Mets Roster

As of a few minutes ago, Brooklyn and the GCL Mets did not reflect on their rosters any of the 2017 draftees.

Kingsport, the Mets' Appalachian League affiliate, has shown who (so far) will be there from the recent draft.  Nine in all.

Draftee's round in (parens):

Stephen Villines (10) - RHP

Aaron Ford (21) - LHP

Joshua Payne (22) - RHP

Joe Cavallaro (24) - RHP

Gavin Garay (26) - SS

Billy Oxford (27) - RHP

Jeremy Vasquez (28) - 1B

Ryan Selmer (31) - RHP

McLeod Lozer (33) - RHP

Hope I did not leave anyone out.


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PROMOTION - Columbia to St. Lucie

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RHP Merandy Gonzalez joins RHP Jordan Humpreys and 2B Michael Paaz for a promotion from A-Columbia to A+ - St. Lucie


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DAVID RUBIN: EXCITED/NOT EXCITED TO SEE THE METS OUT HERE IN SOCAL

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I have been a Mets fan since my first game in 1968; I have lived in Southern California since 1994.  As you might imagine, MLB.TV has been my FAVORITE invention of the past 25 years!!! 

Before it began in 2002 (and before I started getting it in 2003) I had to be inventive in order to watch my beloved Mets. Of course I attended nearly every game in Los Angeles (before inter-league play) and often drove to San Diego and sometimes San Francisco to see games in person. 

I watched every Mets vs Cubs game on WGN and every Mets vs Braves game on Superstation TBS. 

Games of the week? Yup! 

Nationally televised games? Of course!!! 

I even found various bars in the San Fernando Valley with satellite dishes (and subscriptions, legal or otherwise) that would put the game on a TV IF I stayed and ate and drank (although my not being a big alcohol drinker meant much bigger tips and a LOT more bar food then otherwise recommended!!!) 

Once I had MLB.TV on my computer? Heaven!!!!!

On my Smart TV and Telephones? Nirvana!!!!!!!




Never missing a game or having to plan trips to my in-laws (who for some reason, living 25 minutes away had a different cable system that somehow had the NY Sports Channels)- Priceless!!!!!

I never take it for granted, being able to watch every Mets game, and I never got mad when we had to listen to the Dodgers announcers when they played out here, because VIN SCULLY!!!!!

Now, we have NO Scully...and NO CHANCE at playing meaningful games due to the horrible injury bug that has effected us and also due to the horrible manager that is leading us. And still, today, Thursday, I will be taking a seat once more, amidst a sea of blue Dodger fans, in full Mets regalia, in a ballpark where some might say I am taking my life in my hands. And for what? 

Well, for starters, I get to see Steven Matz once more; I saw his first MLB game out here a few years ago, and the fact that he's healthy and using that drop and drive motion will hopefully give us a result more like his first game back then his second one.

As a huge baseball fan, I am a firm believer in streaks. I have gone every year of my life since 1968 seeing at least one Mets game in person (and while living in NY, as often as 40+ games in a season), and I have NO intention of breaking that streak as long as I am able to walk/drive/run to the ballpark. (BTW- if you haven't seen a game in Dodgers Stadium and you ever get to SoCal, it MUST be on your "to do" list as it remains a dinosaur but a beautifully maintained dinosaur!!!!)




Finally, as someone who attended dozens and dozens of games when we were at our very worst (and there were times when there were less than 2,000 of us at the ballpark regardless of what numbers were reported), it's impossible for me to miss a chance to see my Metsies in person! 

I'll have some thoughts about the game on the day after, Friday, as well as a number of new posts across the next week or so (including, finally, parts 2 and 3 of my baseball book review) but the once nice thing about this game is this- I ALWAYS want them to win, but this game, if they don't, I won't be AS pissed off on the way home; I won't be AS hard to live with for the 24 hours afterwards; and I won't avoid my phone and email for the next day as I often do after an in-person loss. I am simply going to hope for a win, accepting of a loss and counting the days until pitchers/catchers report in February, when I KNOW we will be returning to Contender status once more. Maybe, just maybe, without the pressure, I'll actually enjoy myself tonight. I'll let ya know!!
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Mack’s Morning Report – 6-22 – 2018 IF RP, Michael Paez, Mid-Season Promotions

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Good morning.


So, where do we stand with ‘my’ 2018 Mets –

            SP: (5) – Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Lucas Giolito
            RP (4) – Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Jerry Blevens
            1B (1) - Eric Hosmer/Dominic Smith
            IF (3) – Manny Machado, Amed Rosario, Wilmer Flores
            OF (5) – Michael Conforto, Yoenes Cespedes, J.D. Martinez/Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Brandon Nimmo/Victor Cruzado
            C (2) – Jonathan Lucroy/Carson Kelly/Travis d’Arnaud, Rene Rivera
Total players: 20 – 5 to go… 2 infielders… 3 more relief pitchers.


I’ve decided since starting this series of posts that Wilmer Flores (SS, 3B, 1B) will be the starting second baseman on my 2018 team. This leaves me looking for two utility infielders that can play multiple positions. It also limits me to choosing, at the point, only players from within my pipeline. That’s not a problem, only a limitation.

Our choices are:

-T. J. Rivera – (1B, 2B, SS, 3B, RF, LF)I’m sold on Rivera as a 2018 utility infielder, but no more. I also think the blush is off the rose a little here, but he can play all four infield positions and, in a pinch, both corner outfielders. He has made my 2018 25-man squad.

-Gavin Cecchini – (SS, 3B, 2B) Let me word this carefully… I now feel that drafting Cecchini with a number one draft pick was the wrong thing to do. Now, after having such a bad AAA season so far this season, I’m not sure he’s anything more than a AAAA player. The best I will offer him is a utility position on the Mets bench.

-Matt Reynolds – I’ve met Matt. He’s a nice guy. I would cut him loose and give him the opportunity to hook up with another team that could offer him more major league at-bats than I would.

-Astrubel Cabrera – yes, Cabrera is a viable option at second base, and can play a credible third, but I would thank him for his service, put the money I would have spent here back in the kitty for one of the other names I have written about here, and go with a continuing youth movement, especially in the infield.

            -Jose Reyes – please…

            -Neil Walker – Thanks, but no thanks.

            -David Wright – This is so sad. I’ll take the $10mil+ offered by the insurance company and offer David a job in the organization, starting with bench coach.
This fills my openings in the infield, leaving three more relief pitchers to go.


As for relief pitchers, I never speculate on the last openings. No one would have any idea how the team would fill these slots at this point. I will say this… if we can’t dump Matt Harvey in an off-season trade, I’d put him in the 2018 pen as a middle reliever.

That’s my 2018 team.

If you have one, send it to me at macksmets@gmail and I will post it up on the site.


Michael Paez

            This might be a name we have to start to remember.

I never heard of Paez in college and I even live close to the school he went to (Coastal Carolina). And, I definitely didn’t follow him when he finished up playing for Brooklyn last season (179-AB, .190). Yes, he had a nice junior season in school (15-HR, 51-RBI, .519-Slug%, 881-OPS) but I still though it was a stretch to draft him in the 4th round.

Then came this season in Columbia. So far (through 6-17), Paez has put up a stat line of 220-AB, .282/.376/.505/881. I’m especially impressed with the 8-HRs and 43-RBIs he’s compiled so far this season. That’s only three ribbies away from leading the league! He also does lead the league with 21 doubles.

Yes, he has 10 errors, what middle infielder at this level doesn’t have this degree of hiccups?

It was announced last night that Paez was promoted to St. Lucie after the
all-star game.

There really is no one standing I his way to make it to Queens for the start of the 2019 season.


Mid-Season Promotions

           We’ve reached the end of the first half seasons for all of the full season minor league teams, which means movement of the players that have produced more than their clubhouse mates have will be promoted to the next level.

           Actually, this already started earlier this month with the promotion of SP Chris Flexen from St. Lucie to Binghamton… though, because of past injuries that slowed down his progress, many considered his Lucy sting to be like a rehab assignment.

           All of this promotion stuff usually starts using the cream rises to the top theory. So, with that…

A: Columbia –

          SP Jordan Humphreys was promoted last night.

It’s only a matter of time that the other member of the ‘dynamic duo’. SP Merandy Gonzalez , follows him to Florida.  There is nothing left for either of these kids to do in South Carolina.

Any promotion of 1B Dash Winningham would be tied to Dominic Smith being sent to Queens from Vegas. This would create an opening for Matt Oberste to fill for the 51’s and Peter Alonzo to be sent to Binghamton. This could all be blocked if Alonso isn’t moved, who really is still coming back from a broken hand.

As I mented earlier, 2B Michael Paez was promoted last night.

It seems to me that the first Firefly reliever to leave the nest will be Adonis Uceta. He’s got an ERA below 2, a WHIP below 1, and a K/9 above 9. That’s what you need to get promoted.

A+ - St. Lucie –

           A case could be made for 3B Jhoan Urena, but that would take a promotion of David Thompson from Binghamton to Las Vegas and I just don’t see that happening.

           What I do expect is C-1B Patrick Mazeika and splitting time at first and behind the Binghamton plate.

           The only St. Lucie starter that could move soon would be Nabil Crismatt.

           My pick for the first pen guy to move here – Kevin Canelon

AA – Binghamton –

So much of what happens in New York State is dependent on what happens in Vegas, and the Mets have proven time again that what happens there never stays there.

Honestly, I don’t see any of the prospects here (P.J. Conlon, Corey Oswalt, Flexen, Marcos Molina) moving up at this point. Oswalt is on the DL, Molina and Flexen are just getting going at this level, and Conlon’s season hasn’t warranted a promotion.

I don’t see any reason that Kevin Taylor shouldn’t be promoted to Vegas.


Three relievers have already moved up… I’d leave it at that. 
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6/21/17

PROMOTIONS - Columbia to St. Lucie

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Been told by a source that Jordan Humphreys and Michael Paez have both been promoted to St. Lucie Mets
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Dash Winningham Named MVP of SAL All-Star Game

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Columbia first baseman Dash Winningham was named MVP of the 58th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game, a game that finished in a 3-3 tie after seven innings due to rain. Winningham doubled in a pair of runs and also walked on Tuesday. He and his Fireflies teammates who participated in the game – Merandy Gonzalez, Michael Paez and Adonis Uceta – all made exceptional contributions for the Southern Division.

All six runs were scored in the first two frames. The Southern Division leaped out to a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the first before the Northern Division took a one-run edge with three scores in the second. The Southern club tied the game up at 3-3 in the home half of the inning.

Columbia’s ace Merandy Gonzalez began the game with a scoreless top of the first. The right-hander faced the minimum. In the home half of the first, Winningham drilled a double over Jake Ring’s head in center field that scored both Cristian Pache and Michael Paez. Paez finished with a single and a run scored on Tuesday.

Kannapolis’ Mitch Roman and Hagerstown’s Aldrem Corredor plated three runs in the top of the second, putting the Northern Division ahead momentarily.

Randy Ventura, a Rome Brave, doubled in a run in the bottom of the second, which knotted the game up.

The fourth Firefly on display in the All-Star Game was Adonis Uceta. The native of the Dominican Republic struck out the side in the seventh.

West Virginia’s Ty Moore was named the Force3 Defender of the Game.
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Tom Brennan - An Early Mets Rookie Ball Glimpse: Brooklyn Cyclones

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An Early Mets Rookie Ball Glimpse: Brooklyn Cyclones

Short season rookie ball can be different that the full season leagues above them, in that the kinks and jitters are more abundant in rookie ball.

Brooklyn's Tuesday opener, a 7-4 loss, was a case in point - the Cyclones (the Mets' highest level rookie league team) had:

  • 3 passed balls
  • 2 wild pitches
  • 9 bases on balls allowed
  • 3 hit batsmen (their opponent hit 4 batters themselves)
  • 3 stolen bases (yay!)
  • 1B Jose Maria grounded into DPs his first 3 ABs.  He grounded out his 4th time up, too, but thankfully, no one was on base to let him be doubled up a 4th time.  On the bright side, he made good contact.
Thankfully, Jacob Zanon, who was injured after a very short hot April start for the Columbia Fireflies, was back healthy and leading off for the Cyclones.  Speedy Jacob has gotten on base 10 of his first 17 PAs of 2017, stealing 5 of 5 bases, giving him 25 of 27 steals in 49 career games. Nice. One to watch.

The roster should remain in flux while signings continue from last week's draft. As of Tuesday night, none of the draftees had been yet added to the Cyclones roster.







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Casey Wentworth - On Players like Chance Sisco and Luis Guillorme

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On Saturday, I advocated looking into the acquisition of Chance Sisco from Baltimore. He is Baltimore's number one prospect at current, so I realize that it could take a lot for this NY Mets franchise to acquire him. But I thought that I would throw this idea out there anyway. Luis Guillorme is also a young player I have noticed of recent, that is playing second base right now at Binghamton. What I really appreciate about each of these two young players is that they seem to know how to play their position very competently, but also have a really beneficial approach to batting. Both are hitters, natural born hitters and we need that some more here.

I grew up with Mets catching that basically in a nutshell were not naturally born hitters. I never thought catchers could even hit until Cincinatti's Johnny Bench showed up to prove this theory all wrong. You mean catchers can hit? What a premise I thought. Then came along here Gary Carter who we all fell totally in love with. Finally, we had a NY Mets catcher who could not only hit for average, but hit homer uns as well. I was spoiled. And it has not ever gone away. I want this back very badly now. I do, I do, I do.

What Sisco (or someone like him young and tall at this early age 22) represents to me is wonderful hitting from the catcher position and someone to add into the 2018 catching equation here, along with Kevin Plawecki and Tomas Nido. The law of averages being the crucial course to take in this day of so few really good hitting catchers. But understand this too, when you have a catcher at age 22 with decent batting skills and approach, you can be somewhat assured that in time their power game will probably increase as they age and grow into their own optimal upper-body strength (i.e. here Mike Piazza who if my memory serves me correctly was not really a home run guy right off the bat, and of course withholding any 'roid discussions that may exist. This is what I like about Sisco and to me he appears to be a pretty good bet to take for this team, or someone like him.

Now Guillorme is, I find, a very interesting middle infielder. He has that aggressiveness at the two bag (sort of like Wally Backman did) and has really shortstop range at second, which I relish especially if you have a shortstop with that same characteristic of range going on. Luis is also 22 years old and still developing his power stroke. He will I believe, but even so, the man has shown the ability to hit for batting average. I would see if possibly he could be elevated to the AAA Vegas level maybe by mid-July, so that we can see just how far along he is with his own development and whether or not he could be figured into the 2018 NY Mets equation.

I am also very impressed with Wilmer Flores' batting this season. We all knew Wilmer could play, that he had game, and a power bat. But now, it appears that he is adding in the final pieve of his own personal batting puzzle...consistency at the plate. I am delighted by this and delighted for him. Although it feels like Wilmer has been here a NY Met since the 1990's, he is just now 25 years old. And he too is just now beginning to reach his ultimate power and strength game.

Yes kids, there is hope in Mudsville, I mean Metsville. Hang on baby the fun may just be now starting. And it is good! Please though, just get me one more lefty starter Mr. Met. Someone young to tie-in with all this good stuff on the way.
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DAVID RUBIN: "D" is The Letter We NEED!!!

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No, this is NOT a political post- unless you count the art of defense in baseball something of a political battle between GM's and Managers, between Coaches and players, between pitchers and position players, and between what the Mets have on the field vs. what their pitching staff NEEDS to have playing behind them.

Let's face it- more than half of the players manning positions are barely more than swinging gates, opening far too often when balls are hit to them, or near them. 

From Lucas Duda's botched play at first in the '15 World Series to Reyes having lost all range in the field (at 3B but also at SS, too), the great Mets pitching staff, when not injured, should be suing their position players for lack of support!!!



While the team definitely has embraced the whole "defensive shift" trend that has been prominent in MLB for a few years now, it's not like they are facing Ted Williams every time at-bat. And even HE didn't have a problem getting hits while the opponent deployed extreme shifts against him!



I think, at this point, members of the Mets rotation like Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Tyler Pill, etc, who rely on getting ground ball outs, must have as much faith as the guys playing behind them as I do in the North Korean Missile strikes being able to hit the broad side of a barn from 4 feet away!!



So let's fast forward for a moment - the year is 2018, and we are assembling the Mets position players. We start with Dom Smith at first and Amed Rosario at first and shortstop, respectively. They are amazing at their positions and hopefully will anchor the infield for the next 6+ years to come!

In the outfield, Yoenis Cespedes is locked into Leftfield and Michael Conforto is either going to be our Rightfielder or our Centerfielder, depending upon whether or not the Wilponzi's open up their checkbook (and actually SIGN the check!!)


With tens of millions coming off of the payroll, you'd like to THINK they will, but we all know too well that it's never a guarantee with them at the helm.

Now, if the team DOES re-sign Jay Bruce, and I pray that they do, I can be very happy with an outfield of Cespedes --- Conforto --- Bruce, with Nimmo & Lagares on the bench!

Whether you like it or not, Travis d'Arnaud is the catcher of record for 2018, as long as he's healthy enough to make it onto the dirt (never a guarantee, either!) Behind him sits an incredible #2 in Renee Rivera, and let's hope that they remember to commit to signing him to a long-term contract one day in the not too distant future. The defense behind the plate has been much improved, owing largely to Travis' gains in throwing and blocking the plate, as Rivera's strong-suit has long been his defense.

That leaves us with 2 positions to be concerned about - at least DEFENSIVELY - Second Base and Third Base!!!




Long-time fans know that, until David Wright, the only real "regular" we've really seen at the position in the entire history of the franchise was Howard Johnson, and we're not talking a tenure of 10+ years like the Captain. The current candidates include Gavin Cecchin, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera. There's no way, at this point, that the team is going to pony up anywhere close to the $15 mil per season they were once supposedly offering Walker in a multi-year deal, and there's also no way that they'd be willing to pay Reyes any substantial money, so unless he agreed to pennies on the dollar versus what he was receiving from the Jays', there's no way he's coming back and there's NO WAY the fans could embrace him as a regular at any position at this point in his career. Finally, Cabrera has an option remaining in his contract which, at the beginning of the season seemed like a no-brainer, but now, due to injuries and declining performance there's no guarantee that the de facto leader of the clubhouse is going to return.

Free agent-wise, after the 2017 season, Walker looks to be the only free agent of note at second; at third, the White Sox Todd Frazier and the Royals Mike Moustakas are the top of the free agent class but both have major issues to deal with. Frazier, a NY-area native, has seen a huge drop in his power this season so far, and his fielding has never been much to write home about. Moustakas is a native of Southern California and, while he will be looking to make the most money he can, especially with Boras as his agent, I have it on good authority that he's looking to play closer to home AND there are a few West Coast teams already lining up for his services.

That leaves trades, and thankfully Sandy DOES have a number of great, young, controllable minor league pitching prospects at the ready and we've already seen what he can do with young arms on the trade market!


One can only hope that Sandy will do a few key things this off-season:

1. Sign some of our rotation to long-term deals.
2. Bolster our bullpen.
3. Find major-league-ready replacements for Las Vegas in case a similar injury bug plaques the big league team again.
4. Bolster the team both offensively AND defensively at Second and Third base.

IF Sandy can do these things, and our younger players continue to progress, 2018 can be the year we'd all hoped that 2017 could have been...

PS- Sandy isn't a native New Yorker, so he's probably not familiar with the NY-fan's predilection towards great defense in all sports. The Garden ROCKED with cries of "De-FENSE" during Knicks games; the Giants Super Bowl teams were built around great "D"; both the Islanders and Rangers always made having great back-lines a priority; and, as a pitching-based team for the majority of the Mets' lifespan, we've been hit or miss in that department. It sure would be nice to take pride in it again, in Queens, in 2018!!!!
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UPDATE - METS Draft Slot Money

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Pick  Player            Slot                      Actual        Savings

020   Peterson      $2,994,500    
059   Vientos        $1,094,700     $1,500,000     ($405,300)
097   Brodey            $553,200      
127   Dibrell            $413,100       $380,000       $33,100
157   Winaker        $307,800      
187   Renteria        $237,600       $125,000      $112,600
217   O'Neil            $186,200        $10,000      $176,200
247   Cobb              $153,400        $20,000      $133,400
277   Chadwick     $139,700        $10,000      $129,700
307   Villines        $132,300        $10,000      $122,300


Total:              $6,212,500     $2,055,000      $302,000
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Reese Kaplan -- An Attractive Asset to Trade

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Everyone remembers the iconic video of Wilmer Flores’ tear-streaked face when he learned via social media in the middle of a ballgame that he had apparently been traded on July 30, 2015 to the Milwaukee Brewers for former Met Carlos Gomez.  You had to feel for the guy who started off with the Mets organization at the tender age of 16 from Venezuela and for 7 years it was the only baseball home he knew.  We also all know the rest of the story – that the deal fell through pending some physical info about Carlos Gomez and the Mets’ consolation prize turned out to be Yoenis Cespedes.  The rest, as they say, is history.

As the Mets dodged multiple injuries over the past several years (most notably from David Wright and Ruben Tejada) it almost seemed as if the club was going out of its way not to play the man.  Granted, he’s never going to win a Gold Glove (or a Silver or a Bronze), but his bat certainly suggested they needed to find the man at-bats.  In his first extended look in the championship year of 2015 he rewarded them with 16 HRs, 59 RBIs and a .263 batting average – number from a shortstop extrapolated for a full season that would put him in pretty heady company with the likes of Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Xander Bogaerts or Carlos Correa. 

Of course, his defensive shortcomings limited his usefulness at that position and back to the bench he went when the Mets signed Asdrubal Cabrera to play shortstop for 2016.  Nevermind the fact that Cabrera’s defensive numbers were actually worse than Flores’, but this time the roll of the dice came up sevens for Sandy Alderson.  Cabrera was solid defensively and provide great offensive spark as well last year.

Flores’ role became that of super utility in the mold of a Ben Zobrist (minus the outfield duty).  He played primarily against left handed pitching and mashed them to the tune of a stat line of 16 HRs and 49 RBIs in 180 fewer ABs while hitting .267.  For once perhaps Terry Collins was onto something. 

This year the team started off with no David Wright, so a thinking man would have surmised that a guy with a 20+ HR power and 90+ RBI potential should man the hot corner in his absence.  Nope.  It went to former wunderkind Jose Reyes who has had nearly three months to prove he’s washed up and still looking uphill at the Mendoza line. 

What has Flores done?  Well, playing some combination of 3B, 2B and even 1B he has hit nearly .300 with 6 HRs and 20 RBIs in 162 ABs.  Extrapolate that over a full season and he’s over 20 HRs again with an improved batting average.  Even the most jaded among us would probably now concede the man can hit. 

The problem is what to do with him defensively.  He’s a hold-your-breath 3rd baseman.  His footwork is arguaby too slow for the athleticism required of either of the middle infield positions.  That pretty much leaves 1B where the incumbent is Lucas Duda and breathing down his neck is near-top prospect Dominic Smith.  So is Flores destined for the utility role purgatory going forward?

Perhaps instead it is time to revisit the trade market with Flores being peddled as a DH to an AL team along with other components to bring back a position of need – centerfield, catcher or middle relief.  He’s fairly inexpensive this year at $2.2 million and isn’t eligible to be a free agent until 2020.  Yes, that’s attractive to the Mets, too, but unless they have a firm plan in place to make him a regular he might be more valuable as a chip.  Other clubs might salivate over a young productive hitter who isn’t expected to provide any defense or baserunning speed whatsoever.  Towards that end they might be willing to part with their excess. 

While the Mets have yet to declare this season a lost cause, might it bring a bigger haul for Flores to peddle him at the trading deadline to a contender than you might otherwise get in the off-season?  If by mid-July the front office acknowledges the reality of 2017 and in addition to posting a “For Sale” sign on the players whose contracts are expiring, shouldn’t they also see if they could net a top prospect or two if you moved Flores sooner rather than later?  There’s risk in trading Flores who calls to mind another misfit infielder by the name of Jeff Kent delivering the 20/80 level of production but was shipped away and put together a borderline HOF career. 

At the major league level the Mets have several assets to trade who are half-season rentals, including Lucas Duda, Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker, Jay Bruce and Addison Reed.  Cabrera is a little more long term as an option exists on his contract.  Ditto Jerry Blevins.  However, for a club interested in the long term, the Mets don’t have much to offer assuming Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto and the starting pitchers are off the table.  Travis d’Arnaud has not proven valuable enough to keep, hence he’s got no value in trade.  Consequently Flores and T.J. Rivera are about it at the major league level.  Since Rivera’s defense is less atrocious than Flores’ he may be the one you want to keep in the NL.  
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6/20/17

UPDATED - 2017 Mets Draft - Slot Update

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Pick  Player            Slot                             Actual           Savings

020   Peterson      $2,994,500    
059   Vientos        $1,094,700             $1,500,000       ($405,300)
097   Brodey            $553,200      
127   Dibrell             $413,100              $380,000          $33,100
157   Winaker         $307,800      
187   Renteria        $237,600                $125,000        $116,600
217   O'Neil            $186,200      
247   Cobb              $153,400     
277   Chadwick     $139,700      
307   Villines         $132,300  
    

Total:                  $6,212,500            $1,880,000     ($256,200)
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ROSTER MOVES - Binghamton

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Please note the following transactions involving the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

June 20:
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SIGNED - 2017 Draft - Mets 2nd Rd. (#59 overall) Pick - 3B - Mark Vientos

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2nd-rder Mark Vientos signs w/ for $1.5 mil (pick 59 value=$1,094,700). HS SS can move to 3b and fit offensive profile there



Bats: R - Class: HS - Height: 6'4" - Throws: R - DOB: 12/11/99 - Weight: 185

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Vientos entered the spring as one of the more intriguing high school bats in the country, one who many thought had first-round potential. An up-and-down spring has made him a bit more of a polarizing prospect than that, with opinions on him varying greatly. Vientos' offensive potential is what had scouts interested in the first place, so if you saw him when he was swinging the bat well, you like him. He hasn't done that as consistently as some would have liked to see. He does show good bat speed and has definite power potential from the right side of the plate. Vientos isn't overly athletic, so even though he plays shortstop for his high school team at American Heritage, he will likely have to move to third at the next level, with some thinking he has the hands and arm strength to handle the hot corner. Vientos did miss some time this spring with a quad injury, but he certainly has been seen enough over the summer and at events like the National High School Invitational. He reminds some of Manny Machado in terms of body type, and he's also drawn a Michael Morse in high school comp. A team believing his bat will play will give the Miami commit a shot in the opening few rounds.

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/210960834/v1214582283?tcid=draft-tracker-player-id-415575  


Youngest prospect in the draft - doesn't turn 18 until December


Hit .417 with 1 HR in 24 games this spring.




Manny Machado compMLB.com's profile of Vientos included a comp that should open eyes among Mets fans: Manny Machado. While much of that is likely due to both being right-handed hitting shortstops from the Miami area, it's exciting.
Betting on youth: Vientos is only 17 years old. With a December 11, 1999 birthday, he'll play his first professional season as a 17-year-old in the Mets system and not start his 18-year-old campaign until 2018. That means two things: We're talking about a player way ahead of the curve, but also one that requires patience. Don't expect Vientos in Queens anytime soon.

Not overly athletic
: Although Vientos played shortstop at American Heritage, he's expected to move over to third base in the pros.Mets' 1st round pick
The Mets selected Oregon left-handed pitcher David Peterson with the No. 20 overall pick in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

High ceiling: According to Minor League Ball's scouting report, we're talking about a player with a ceiling high enough to take a chance on with a high pick. The Mets were the team to do it.
It seems likely that Vientos' youth and bat will be too much for teams to pass up at the top of the draft and that he won't get to college. The exact shape his abilities will take down the line is uncertain, but the ceiling is certainly high enough to be worth a gamble.

http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2017/06/mlb_draft_2017_who_is_mark_vientos_5_things_to_kno.html 


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