John from Albany - The Alternative 50 Mets Prospects, Numbers 40-36.


#40: Tylor Megill – Starting Pitcher, Bats Right, Throws Right, DOB 7/28/1995.  I saw Tylor pitch up here in Troy for Brooklyn on July 19, 2018.  He came in relief and gave up two runs in two innings with 2 hits, a walk and a strikeout while throwing 41 pitches/25 strikes.  (FYI - the next pitcher in was my #42 prospect, Billy Oxford, who threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts on just 23 pitches – 16 strikes).  

Mack Met’s Tom really likes Tylor.  He ranked him in his top ten!  I haven’t seen Tylor on anyone else’s list and after seeing him pitch in that one game in 2018, I wondered what happened in 2019 to warrant Tom’s selection.  

Last year in Columbia, St. Lucie and Binghamton, Tylor threw a combined 71.2 innings with 92 strikeouts and 25 walks while allowing just 2 HRs all year, 6-7 with a 3.52 ERA.  Nice strikeout to walk ratio and over a strikeout an inning.  He started out 2019 in relief again but then in July, Tylor was moved to the starting rotation.  In his 11 starts, Tylor never got past 5.1 innings and averaged 80 pitches per start.  

However, Tylor did have two real good starts for St. Lucie.  On August 5th, he went 5.1 shutout inning, giving up two hits with 10 strikeouts.  His next start, he threw 5 innings, gave up 1 run on 4 hits and struck out 8.  Those two starts earned Tylor a late season call up to Binghamton where he started one game the last weekend of the season.  

Tylor’s fastball ranges between 90-95 MPH.  His 6’6”, 230-pound indicates that he may be able to throw harder and for longer durations down the road.  Overall, Tylor has not yet found a consistent groove but if he can repeat performances like those two starts, Tom may have picked a winner.  In my book, he is one to watch. 

#39: Adam Oller – Starting Pitcher, Bats Right, Throws Right, DOB 10/17/1994.  The Mets 2019 Rule 5, minor league portion draft pick, will be another one to watch.  The 6'4", 225 pound Oller was drafted by the Pirates in 2016 in Round 20.  Released last winter, Adam started 2019 pitching for the Windy City Thunderbolts in the Independent Frontier league.  

For Windy City, Adam went 2-1 in 27 innings with a 0.67 ERA to go along with 45 strikeouts and 2 walks.  This earned him a contract with the Giants who sent him to Augusta in the South Atlantic League.  There he made 17 starts for a 5-6 record, 4.02 ERA, 87.1 innings, 93 Ks, 26 walks, 1.37 WHIP.  

This included a July 10th start against the Mets’ Columbia Fireflies team where Adam went 5 shutout innings with 8 strikeouts.  He also threw 7 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts on August 14th against Red Sox affiliate, the Greenville Drive.  

Chances are he will revert to his minor league career numbers: 15-16, 4.32 ERA, 76 games, 33 starts, 260.1 innings, 267 hits, 68 walks, 257 Ks, 1.29 WHIP. However, he might figure out how to sustain the form that saw him dominate the Frontier League and have some success last year. 

#38: Mitch Ragan, Relief Pitcher, Bats Right, Throws Right, DOB 4/1/1997; 2019 4th round draft pick from Creighton. 

Mitch pitched for Brooklyn last year and was very good in June (0-1 1.61 ERA) and July (1-1 2.08 in July).  This earned Mitch a trip to the NY Penn All Star game.  

In August, Mitch 2-0 with a 5.11 ERA mostly due to one game where he gave up 4 runs in 2 innings.  With Brooklyn leading the Aberdeen Iron Birds 8-3, Mitch Ragan came on to pitch in the bottom of the fourth.  After allowing a single, double, and a walk, while striking out two, Aberdeen’s Jaylen Ferguson connected off Ragan for a long grand slam to make it an 8-7 game, the only HR Mitch allowed in 2019.  Brooklyn ended up winning that game 9-8. 

Mitch did redeem himself after that with two scoreless inning the last week of the regular season against Staten Island.  He finished 2019 with a 3-2 record, 3.09 ERA, 31 K’s in 35 innings.

#37: Andrew Edwards, Relief Pitcher, Bats Left, Throws Left, DOB 5/12/1997; 2019 31st round draft pick from New Mexico State University.  Andrew pitched in Brooklyn last year and was on the mound when Brooklyn won the NY Penn league Championship.  For the 2019 season he was 3-2, 3.30 ERA, 35 K’s in 30 innings, 14 walks with 2 HR allowed.  

Andrew pitched 4 shutout innings in the playoffs including the final two to win the championship.  In the ninth inning of the Championship clinching game, Edwards struck out the side including three straight swing and miss strikes to the last batter.  A lefty relief pitcher that can get big strikeouts in big spots.  That’s why he is on this list. 

#36: Jose Peroza, Bats Right, Throws Right; Third Base and DH, DOB 6/15/2000; Signed as a 16 year old from Venezuela in 2016, Jose split the year between the Gulf Coast Mets and the Brooklyn Cyclones.  Overall, in 49 2019 games he drove in 42 runs, 10 HR, 10 doubles, with a .263 BA, .330 OBP, .514 SLG.  

At 19, Jose has three professional seasons behind him as compared to Brett Baty who just started his professional career.  In Brooklyn, where most of the completion were former college players, the 19 year old Peroza, held his own hitting 4 HRs with 22 RBI’s and a .225 average 33 games.  He was an RBI machine last year at 19.  Once Brett Baty came to Brooklyn, Jose’s playing time decreased.  

I look forward to him getting more opportunities to play next year.  Since he was signed in 2016, he is Rule 5 draft eligible next December 2020.

As I said in the previous lists, in putting this list together, I gave more credit to players I have seen play.  

I also have tried to highlight players that others have not put on their lists, especially Tom and Mack.  Some may be a surprise.  Hence, I refrained from using the word “Top Prospects”.  


Tom Brennan said...

Hey John, nice update.

I like Megill as my flyer for two reasons:

1) he throws hard - when I saw him on MILB TV, his fastball consistently looked like it had giddyup, making me think he sits at or near 95 on most fastballs.

2) I bet he could sit up around 97 or so as a reliever. While younger at age 21 in 2012 than Megill was last year, Familia in High A in 2010 was 6-9, 5.58 in 24 starts, so Megill's first full season was better. I don't see a reason why Tylor can't be a strong MLB pen arm soon.

Or the big Mr. Megill could soon turn into his slightly bigger, slightly older brother Trevor, who in his MILB career is 11-3, 3.38 with 216 Ks in 157 IP, all in relief - sounds great, but has still not gotten to the big leagues.

Jose Peroza is another guy I like, simply because he had a fine year in rookie ball, as his stats indicate, while doing so while being several months younger than first rounder Brett Baty. Peroza is a good one to watch in 2020, I'd say. Get him in full season ball with Baty and see what they can do together.

Mack Ade said...

Look like John is running out of Cyclones cards.

Tom Brennan said...

Mack, John is hoping to slip Fonzie in at # 35 and hope no one notices!

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