Steven Matz has reached the majors and made people aware that he’s more than just a lefty pitcher. Matz and his bat aside, people are wondering if the Mets have anything left in the tank. When does Alderson promote Conforto? Why haven’t we seen Matt Reynolds? What’s left?
The Mets went into 2015 with a tremendous amount of talent at the top of the minors but that pool of talent is tapped. That means that if Sandy Alderson wants to add more talent to the lineup, he’s got two options.
Option 1: Get Healthy
David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud are three Met players who have not been healthy enough to make an impact on the team but the team would certainly improve if they could all get back into the lineup.
Option 2: Make a Deal
This is not going to be some kind of dream scenario where the Mets trade Dillon Gee or Jon Neise for a savior. The reality is, if they go this second route, that you are going to be giving up some of those same players the Mets have brought up this year and some others who reside deeper in the minors who simply aren’t ready to get the call.
Michael Fulmer might still be a player to watch – His control had been a problem but it appears he’s put that problem behind him and deserves to be back on everyone’s radar.
Dominic Smith has not slowed down – Over his last 10 games he’s only hitting .385. On the year he’s now hitting .305/.347/.427 and he a pathertic .500 OPS in April.
Where has Rob Whalen’s control gone – Control problems were not part of Whalen’s makeup previously, but it appears they are now.
John Gant is talented arm – Gant has taken the challenge of Port St. Lucie in stride and will be on display next spring.
Casey Meisner debuts… finally – Someone received his overdue promotion to Advanced A and after 7.0 IP, 3 Hits and 6 Ks it appears he was more than up to the challenge.
Ricky Knapp, who knew? – Knapp had been a reliever to start the year but with Gant and Meisner moving on he’s getting the chance to start and making the most of it.
Jeff Diehl has had a healthy start – Through 5 games he’s got a 1.167 OPS and that’s pretty good.
Vincent Siena has an advanced bat – He’s hitting .367 but what you like to see more than anything is that he’s got more walks than strikeouts.
Matt Blackham has a great debut – 7.0 IP, 3 Hits, 1 Walk and 7 Ks makes for a pretty nice introduction.
Raphael Ramirez makes good contact – He’s started off the season with a 5-game hitting streak and has netted 8 hits in that time. Too many strikeouts though.
Milton Ramos has the makings of a good shortstop – He’s got great contact skills, his eye is pretty good and he can play defense. Sadly he’s 19 and about 4 years from the majors.
Dash Willingham has more than a great name – He’s off to a great start for Kingsport and looks to be a solid pickup for Alderson.
Nabil Crismatt could not have started better – He’s gotten 5.1 IP in relief over two games given up 2 Hits, No Walks and struck out 10.
Darwin Ramos continues his success – He was good in the DSL, good in the GCL and he’s started even better in the APP.
Kenneth Bautista is a big fella – He’s 6’3” and 215 at 17 years of age. He could supply some great power hitting from the corner outfield too.
Merandy Gonzalez had the best debut I’ve ever heard of – 5.0 IP, 0 Hits, 0 Walks and 7 Ks.
Wagner Lagrange has a very advanced eye – Over his last 10 games he’s hitting .356 but he also has 7 Walks and only 3 strikeouts.
Grabiel Jiminez is hotter than hot – Anyone hits .485 over 10 games and he has to get a nod. He’s too old for the DSL for us to get too excited.
DSL Pitching has been outstanding – Aneury Olivo, Nicolas Debora, Carlos Hernandez, Boris Sanchez, Jose Geraldo and Ronalde Guedez have all been great. It will be good to see these arms come stateside.