Normally my posts are in a positive light. We focus on who is doing particularly well in a given level and speak to their optimistic future. Today we are changing gears to talk about years that have gone wrong.
Thomas Szapucki is a promising pitcher who emerged in 2016 as a potentially elite young arm in the Met system. He reached the Top 10 Met prospects in most lists and seemed poised to have a great season, hopefully ending with time in Port St. Lucie.
Instead, Szapucki began the year on the disabled list. He battled back from injury to post up 6 decent starts only to be sidelined for the rest of 2017 and much of 2018 with Tommy John surgery. This isn’t the end of the world but it does put a major drag on the development of a pitcher who seemed ready to start moving along.
Desmond Lindsay, another Top 10 prospect, started the year in Columbia but things did not start well. He just couldn’t seem to get things going on the offensive side of the baseball in a slump that seemed to last into the beginning of June.
Then, just as his numbers (except of course his preponderance of strikeouts) begin to improve, he undergoes Ulnar Nerve Transposition Surgery. On the one hand, perhaps his struggles were linked to the injury but, on the other hand, this puts a nail in the lid of an already terrible season.
Justin Dunn, the Met’s top pick from the 2016 draft had a promising start to his minor league career in Brooklyn. In 2017, things have not gone well for him either. He pitched so poorly he was demoted to the bullpen and after a brief respite where he started to pitch better the troubles came back with a vengeance. He’s going to stay in the Top 25 prospects based on his draft pick status but his year has been about as bad as any I’ve seen in a “Top Prospect” for this organization.
AAA: Las Vegas 51s
Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith are waiting on a call – With the trade deadline later today it would not shock anyone for Smith (whose path is already clear) and Rosario to be on their way to Queens shortly.
AA: Binghamton Rumble Ponies
David Thompson has cooled – After a down year I’m not sure how the Mets handle his development.
Corey Oswalt keeping pace – Between the three pitchers who succeeded for the Mets in AA their depth for 2017 looks to be much improved.
A+: Port St. Lucie Mets
Tim Tebow asks, “What now?” – The publicity stunt has yileded a player who seems to be able to perform at Advanced A (5-7 years later than advisable) so the Mets need to determine if this mad experiment goes on.
Patrick Mazeicka back in swing – He’s hitting again and has likely done enough to earn a promotion to AA next season.
Peter Alonso is still red hot – Be excited about this kid.
Merandy Gonzalez bids farewell – After an excellent season the Mets trade him for A.J. Ramos.
A: Columbia Fireflies
Andres Gimenez deserves notice – He’s one of the only offensive players who has done anything positive for the Mets in this league.
A-: Brooklyn Cyclones
Where is David Peterson? – The Mets officially signed Peterson back on 7/7/17 but he’s not pitched in the minors yet.
R2: Kingsport Mets
Rigoberto Terrazas has excelled – In his last 10 games he’s hitting .514 with only 2 strikeouts.
Wagner LaGrange needs patience – He’s got some power but LaGrange needs to get his OBP to shine a little brighter.
Juan Uriarte still hitting – He’s got power and the ability to make contact. Could be a nice prospect if he can last as a catcher.
Jeremy Vasquez isn’t a prototypical Met – Met prospects aren’t usually pure power hitters. It’s kind of refreshing.
R1: GCL Mets
Jaison Vilera is doing things right – His K/9 is an even 9.0 and he’s not walking many hitters.