At this point in the season, it becomes more and more clear what the weaknesses of the Mets are: Shortstop and Left Field. What remains interesting is that left field has a ton of reinforcements in the minor leagues that will be MLB ready by either late next season or early 2016. Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto are slated to become everyday players that swing hot bats. Shortstop on the other hand has “no incoming prospects” and the only way to improve this team is to “bring in someone from the outside.” After fully looking into this problem, it seems that the Mets minor league system has more than what meets the eye at shortstop. After examining some of the forgotten parts of the Mets farm system, there are numerous options that the Mets should explore when thinking of replacing Ruben Tejada. (I am well aware of the Wilmer Flores situation, I’d rather not talk about the on-going topic)
This man has been a complete freak of nature while dominating pitching in not only AA-Binghamton but in AAA-Las Vegas as well. His numbers across the board have been absolutely ridiculous with a .345/.413/.445 slash line between two levels. Reynolds has only recently been able to come around with the power in his bat, compiling 10 doubles in 42 AAA games. Another interesting part of his game is his great splits between lefties and righties. He has posted an OPS almost 80 points higher against righties, but still keeping an OPS north of .800 against lefties. If he is not considered for the job at short, then I will quickly lose a lot of respect I have for Sandy Alderson.
Muno can be considered a player that doesn’t mold well with the recent advanced sabermetrics. He plays the game hard and performs each of the five tools in an above average manner. He has completely raked in the friendly confides of Las Vegas, hitting to the tune of a .373 OBP. He has drawn 50 walks to go along with an extremely reasonable 65 strikeouts. Once again, the knock seems to be on the lack of a legitimate slugging percentage. While he has hit eleven homers this season, much of this is fueled by Las Vegas- as he has not posted higher than nine homers in his previous three seasons. He plays more second base than any other position, but with his style of play, he could man shortstop any day.
Unlike the previous two mentioned players, this guy still resides in a level below AAA. Rivera has posted very solid numbers in his minor league career (.315/.365/.410) but still fails to climb the organizational latter at a quick rate. After spending at least 15 games per season at A-ball, he has finally climbed to AA- and his numbers have not disappointed. Rivera is completely tearing up AA pitching with a .359 average and a .845 OPS. The interesting part about Rivera is that his double rate is considered very solid for a minor leaguer, posting over 20 doubles in each of the last three seasons. His walk rate is a bit average, but his strikeout rate is actually pretty low. Overall, he would make a pretty good utility man.