From The Desk


Good morning.

Stuff from Saturday.

One last thought on the departure of infielder Astrubel Cabrera. I feel sad. Sort of like I felt when Curtis Granderson left the clubhouse for the last time. Cabrera was one of the good guys that would do anything to make this team win or game or promote them in the community. The only thing this guy brought to the table negatively was his public comments on wanting to play a certain position. You can say this, but it should be done privately behind the closed doors of the manager’s office. I already miss this guy but I’m excited that we have begun to move on to the future of this team. Which leads me to…

Luis Guillorme was recalled to fill the void in the world of Mets infielders. I’m not sure if this move was done out of choice, but I’ll take it anyway. Remember… Ty Kelly was just sent down. Guillorme can play a decent third base so he could be slotted in as the current third baseman until Todd Frazier returns (Frazier is played a rehab game last night for St. Lucie). Will Jose Reyes finally be released? I still think the Mets retain his service in hopes of him playing one more game this year next to David Wright.

3B Will Toffey, obtained in the Jeurys Familia deal, has done well so far as a Met. In 17 at-bats, he has hit .294 including the 2-3 he hit on Friday.

OF Brice Bretz is rehabbing this weekend for the GCL team.

Josh Norris, of Baseball America, said this about GCL-Mets starter Michel Otanez: “showed a live arm but rusty command...sat in the mid-90s...and touched as high as 97 mph with a FB that featured heavy sink and tail. His secondaries—a SL and CH—were inconsistent, but his arm was intriguing”. So far this season, Otanez is 1-4, 5.54, 1.42.

Franklyn Kilome – “First of all I thank God for everything and thanks to the Phillies for all this time that I have been part of the organization, thanks to each one of the staff that helped me in the course of my career in the organization I thank you very much and thanks to each of my teammates it was a pleasure to have played with all of you I will never forget those moments and thanks to the Mets for the opportunity they have given me to be part of their organization.. New team same dream.”  Note: Binghamton announced that Kilome will start today

RP Josh Smoker was DFA’d by Pittsburgh and then claimed by the Detroit Tigers.

Jon Heyman -  Asdrubal Cabrera can really hit. But I’m still not sure why he’s the right fit for Phillies. He becomes their 3rd good-hitting infielder whose best position is 2B. They still don’t really have a starting SS, either. Also, hearing some good things about Will Toffey, the young 3B and key piece Mets got for Familia. said to control the strike zone very well. the question is power, but he's been playing through dislocated shoulder. he will likely have surgery before the year's up.   Mack:  What? Did we know about this before the trade? Late reports said the Mets knew about this before the deal was completed. Can we do anything right anymore?

2B-SS-CF Levi Michael has been promoted from AA-Binghamton to AAA-Las Vegas. He hit .308 in 360 at-bats this year in New York State and I assume the promotion came to fill the slot left open when fellow middle infielder Luis Guillorme was promoted to Queens.

Last night in the pipeline – 17/yr. old DSL-2 starter, Robert Colina, continues to put up good numbers after being lit up earlier in the season. His last four starts have turned in 20-IP with only 2-ER. Yesterday, six scoreless innings with six strikeouts for his third win of the year… OF Bryce Brentz went 0-3 in his GCL-Mets rehab assignment yesterday… he was joined by SP Logan Taylor, who threw up two more scoreless rebab innings… SS Levi Michael’s AAA debut went well: 2-4, R, .500… Peter Alonso (2-4, .212) continues to get his stoke back… SS Andres Gimenez went 3-3 for Binghamton and has raised his AA batting average now to .261… it was a rough night for SP Justin Dunn (7-ER, 5-IP)… Columbia SP Luc Rennie continues to be unhittable (6-IP, 0-ER, 0.65)…


That Adam Smith said...

It’ll be interesting to see what the IF looks like by the end of next season. Have to believe that Frazier will be gone one way or another, and hopefully they find something to do with Bruce that doesn’t involve playing 1B (or OF for that matter). But assuming Alonso can take the next step, looking at he and Smith at 1B, McNeil, Guillorme, Rosario, Gimenez, Flores, and possibly Levi Michael in some combination at the other spots and on the bench. Can you win with that infield? In 2020, quite possibly.

Tom Brennan said...

Nice update.

If Toffey is doing this well with a shoulder that needs surgery, perhaps he will be real good long term once fixed.

Question: Is Luis G better than Levi Michael? Michael is having a really good season and is a former 1st rounder. Luis has Mets seniority, but that is not an advantage for long.

Rennie is showing good-n-plenty, plenty good.

Excellent attitude from Kilome - now he needs to harness his control. Another Gerson Bautista? Or better? Guess the latter.

Otanez seems a high velocity arm to watch.

Tom Brennan said...

Jose R, Guillorme, Lobaton, Nido, Smith, T Kell, and Dekker are hitting .160 in 400 at bats with 19 RBIs. How does a team think it can win with that crap? Seriously.

Mack Ade said...

Speaking of 1st rounders...

I wish someone would give Christian Colon a second chance

Pablo Grullon said...

How do we trade our star closer for a propect with a dislocated shoulder? U can't make this stuff up smh

Reese Kaplan said...

Toffey may not have much power, but 57 RBIs in less than 400 ABs shows some positive run production. Maybe he'll be the 2nd coming of Tommy Herr.

TP said...

Cabby, like Grandy, was a good Met and I will remember him with a smile. Class act and each was the rare free agent signing that earned their pay in both WAR and professionalism.

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