Anyone have high expectations for a 28th-round pick out of Nova Southeastern University? For those who pay attention to the later rounds of the draft you might recall the name Jeremy Vasquez. He was among a group of Met hitters who had been tearing things up in Kingsport until recently. I say this, because Vasquez is no longer playing for the Mets R1 affiliate, he’s been promoted to Brooklyn.
You’re probably asking, “Why are we writing about a 21 year old first base/outfield prospect who was drafted as organization filler?” It’s a good question and it deserves a full answer.
Vasquez was a High School star from Florida where he earned himself some notice with a smooth and powerful swing. He had a strong commitment to the University of Florida and went undrafted out of High School. Once in college, and over an injury, he had a strong rookie season with excellent contact, power and patience but a sophomore slump (coinciding with a shift to right field) had him alter course and transfer to NOVA Southeastern.
While he did hit well there the difference between the collegiate levels clearly scared some teams away from drafting him. Regardless if Sandy Alderson had done his homework or simply lucked into a guy whose potential could vastly outstrip his draft position, we may never know. Thus far, it’s looked pretty good.
Kingsport: 36 Games, .296/.394/.511, 8 Doubles and 7 Home Runs
Brooklyn: 8 Games, .423/.500/.615, 5 Doubles
Should he continue this level of play he might be given a shot to bypass Columbia and proceed to Port St. Lucie in 2018.
AAA: Las Vegas 51’s
Kevin Plawecki has seen success in AAA – So what. Unfortunately his success in AAA has not translated to the majors. He does have a good chance to be the backup catcher next season, though.
Someone woke up Gavin Cecchini – Maybe it was the promotions of Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith, maybe it was the trade of Neil Walker but Cecchini seems to smell opportunity and has started looking markedly better.
Jayce Boyd offers some depth – While he will never be a star in the majors, Boyd has the ability to play a good mix of positions and provide the Mets with some depth in 2018.
AA: Binghamton Rumble Ponies
David Thompson is hot again – He’s a streaky player but when he’s hot he’s red hot.
P.J. Conlon prepping for an MLB debut – The Mets might be having Conlon try out relief in advance of a September call up.
Corey Oswalt is back on track – His power numbers took a hit in 2017 but he’s leveled off and looks to hold around a 7.5 K/9 which is respectable.
Tim Peterson back at it – After struggling to find success in AAA, Peterson is pitching well in Binghamton.
A+: Port St. Lucie Mets
Justin Dunn needs control – He’s almost guaranteed to repeat Advanced A and he needs to learn how to throw strikes.
Adonis Uceta having a great year in relief – He’s gotten a promotion from Columbia’s closer to Port St. Lucie’s closer and he’s pitched phenomenally everywhere.
A-: Brooklyn Cyclones
David Peterson is just dipping his toe – He’s only pitched 2.2 innings in his first two games. Seems the Mets are being cautious.
R1: Kingsport Mets
Rigoberto Terrazas continues to impress – Can’t find too many flaws in the season he’s had. It begs the question why the Mets don’t send him up to Brooklyn.
Hansel Moreno has the typical troubles – He’s young and he strikes out too much. It is something the Mets will need to work on.
R2: GCL Mets
Guillermo Granadillo is your typical minor league leadoff guy – He has lots of speed and makes contact but needs to learn to walk more.