Before Michael Conforto there hadn’t been a whole lot of players who succeeded, offensively, for the Brooklyn Cyclones. Then, there’s Desmond Lindsay. At the age of 19 (two years younger than Conforto had been) he’s putting a major stamp on the New York-Penn League and is looking like a fast riser within the Met system.
This isn’t Lindsay’s first time in Brooklyn. In his first year with the Mets, he played 14 games for Brooklyn and had a pretty abysmal line of .200/.308/.267. In those games he struck out 19 times. The good news was that his time in the GCL (21 games) went a little better. He ended his 2015 GCL campaign with an .864 OPS,
In his second pass things have gone remarkably better. In 15 games his line is an impressive .347/.458/.592 with 3 HR and only 9 Ks. He’s done a little bit of everything and it should make Met fans wonder how long it might take this talented right-handed outfielder to reach the majors.
Based on his level of success in Brooklyn it would make sense for the Mets to have Lindsay advance directly to Port St. Lucie and having him skip Columbia. If his success in 2016 isn’t an aberration, he will be able to advance to Binghamton and, who knows, perhaps follow Conforto’s path. More likely, Lindsay is looking at reaching the majors in 2018 or later but his early returns look very good.
AAA: Las Vegas 51s
Brandon Nimmo is just playing ball – Whether the Mets need him in the majors or the minors, Nimmo has been happy to be there. His results in AAA have been solid all year.
Gavin Cecchini hasn’t slowed down – That’s a .400 BA over the last 10 games.
Kevin Plawecki is good – The question is if he is good enough to be an everyday major league catcher.
AA: Binghamton Mets
Amed Rosario shows his weakness – 11 strikeouts in his last 10 games remind fans that he’s not quite a “perfect” prospect.
Phillip Evans is still banging around – He’s had a solid showing for Binghamton in 2016 but he’s not really relevant anymore.
Dominic Smith showing modest power – 2016 has seen more power out of the Met prospect but still not as much as would make scouts happy. He hasn’t seen many home runs in August by 6 doubles in the month is reason to smile.
A+: Port St. Lucie Mets
David Thompson is figuring Advanced A out – After starting his year strongly for Columbia he’s found his footing in the higher level.
A: Columbia Fireflies
Nabil Crismatt has Ace potential – He’s got the goods and has proven the Mets should have started him in Columbia to begin with.
A-: Brooklyn Cyclones
Peter Alonso picking up with a big bat – Not to be left behind by Lindsay, Alonso is the second hitter who is keeping NYPL pitchers honest.
Harol Gonzalez has been crisp – In his last 4 outings he’s managed 7.0+ innings and that is what you need from your #1 pitcher.
Yes, I’m still talking about Thomas Szapucki – I will likely never stop talking about a starting pitcher who has a 14.88 K/9 rating and a WHIP under 1.00.
R1: Kingsport Mets
Anthony Dimino is an everyday player – He’s a catcher by trade but his bat is keeping him in the lineup every game. It’s a good thing for a catcher to come with the ability to play first base already.