DSL – The Mets have done well signing international free agents over the past two administrations. Currently, the 40-man roster has 39 players + 5 on the DL. Of the 39, one-third are Latin America players.
In the case of the Mets, they all pass through one of the two DSL teams and you should see some new names come spring training running around the Florida back fields.
One caveat… these kids get signed at 16 and basically are still learning how to play the game. The pitchers just throw as hard as they can and the hitters will swing at a wasp if it tries to fly past them. Still, some stand out and these are hombres to keep an eye on:
OF Vicente Lupo - Lupo did just about everything last season. His .343 BA was 8th in the league. He led the league with a .500 OBP, was 2nd with a .608 slugging percentage, and was number one with a superior 1.108 OPS. He’s already played two years for the DSL team and doesn’t turn 19 until next month. The Mets need outfielders and this just might be one 3-4 years from now
C Adrian Abreu – Abreu’s stat line was very impressive last season: .295/.417/.406/.824. I was particularly impressed with the fact that he was tied for 9th in the league with 44-RBIs). The 21-year old has played three years in the DSL and his gap power alone is going to earn him starting role at either Brooklyn or Kingsport. Oh yeah, did I mention he was a catcher?
C Manuel Hilario – The “other” catcher was Hilario: .286/.378/.451/.829, and was tied for 14th with 41-RBIs. There are two very productive catchers at this level. Hilario is 20, so he should move as fast as Abreu and it would be nice to believe the system might be producing at least one good catching prospect here.
SP Yoryi Nuel – This was the 3rd season (2010: 2.45, 2011: 3.78) for the 19-year old and he combined for a 3-3, 2.47, 1.08, 14-ST, 51-K, 65.2-IP stat line for both teams (the Mets ‘traded’ their entire DSL1 team halfway through the season for the DSL2 team ???). I can’t see him pitching a fourth season there.
CL Carlos Coronado – the DSL closer… 4-1, 2.06, 1.00, 27-G, 13-SV, 23-GF, 35.0-IP, 26-K, 5-BB… this is an incredibly low BB-9 ratio for this level. Just turned 21. He’s ready for the visa.
SS Leon Canelon – .302/.361/.386/.747, 9-E, 11-SB… only 2nd year in organization though he is 21-years old (where were these guys hiding since they were 14?). He easily would make the GSL team, and should make Kingsport because the Mets are light at this position at this level right now.
John Sickles came out with his top 50 prospect bats. I’m come to respect John over the years because he’s not afraid to admit he had things wrong early. There are 30 teams in the league, so you’re looking for at least two names here to make your future look above average. Well, 3B Wilmer Flores came in at #28 and that was it. I was hoping to see Aderlin Rodriguez on it, but, considering the last three names were Bubba Starling, Kyle Parker, and Dan Vogelbach, I can fully understand why he didn’t make it.
The Mets have been allotted approximately $6,487,300 in the 2013 draft bonus pool. Last year’s figure was $7,151,400, but they spent only $6,285,400. $185,600 will be carried over to the 2014 draft.
I remember University of Tennessee senior RHP Zack Godley’s last playoff season at Bamberg Ehrhardt H.S. (SC). I was standing behind the stands smoking a cigarette with his mother who was pissed at the Mets and their approach to his son the day of the draft. Godley was drafted in the 50th round and was basically told via phone that there wasn’t even travel money, no less a bonus or contract for her son. No, if he wanted to ‘try out’ (as she put it) he was welcomed to hop the bus, Gus. Well, he didn’t and went on to UT and went 4-2, 3.50, in 12-G, 11-ST last season. I’m sure his mother is proud.
I heard from P Dylan Owen regarding any participation this year in winter ball: “I’m probably just hanging out at home”, said Owen. “I was thinking about Venezuela again but I don’t know if I can do it. I need some rest.” With a little luck, Owen could have been Dillon Gee or, at least, Collin McHugh. He was in line a couple of times for the next call up in case someone went down, but it just didn’t happen. This will be Owen’s last season under the Mets control and I hope he goes out with a bang. Six year stat line in the minors: 45-44, 4.46, 1.39, 690-IP, 537-K, 253-BB, 1-NH. Observation: Frankly, he needs a good spring training to guarantee a job in Las Vegas. 2012 was a bad year in Buffalo (4-9, 6.28, 1.64). My money is on him.
The entire Baltimore Orioles starting lineup in Game 5 against the Yankees is $25.7mil. A-Rod is $29mil.
Two-way player, Texas Tech WR/NYM OF Bradley Marquez, suffered a significant knee injury in Saturday’s game, which just may end his progress and career with the New York Mets. Marquez was a role the dice over-slot pick that the Mets obviously hoped would give up the gridiron someday to be a full time baseball player. In fact, he was already hinting that way going into Saturday’s game.
In my opinion, all these two-sport player signings are bullshit and just another waste of a pick. The Mets could have easily taken this over-slot money and added it to the offer made to Teddy Stankiewicz and the team would have another real time pitching prospect in their chain. Just bullshit.