If I look at the 2017 season objectively, there is very little that I come away happy with. The Mets have suffered an absurd string of injuries that makes one wonder why Ray Ramirez seems to never be fired, they’ve underperformed and the team is beginning to look like it’s giving up on making a splash to compete in 2018.
One of the things that bothered me most this season is how little the Mets acquired when their fire sale began. The Mets began selling off pieces to make room for Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Brandon Nimmo and even Juan Lagares, but they didn’t seem to value the players they sold off too highly.
Drew Smith (Lucas Duda) – A relief pitcher who is 23 (going on 24) and currently pitching with the Binghamton Mets. Smith’s numbers aren’t bad but they don’t jump off the page as much of an “impact player”. A relief pitcher who’s K/9 hovers around 9.0 and WHIP sits around 1.000 isn’t something to sneer at, but is also not a “Hot Commodity”.
Stephen Nogosek (Addison Reed) – While many of the Mets “Acquisitions” are ho-hum pitchers who might eventually serve as middle relievers, Nogosek’s scouting suggests that he has some upside. The only problem is that this 22 year old prospect is currently struggling in Advanced A with severe control problems. Guess he and Justin Dunn can be good roommates.
Jamie Callahan (Addison Reed) – If you are to look for the silver lining of a player like this, it’s that he is close to contributing at the major league level. Callahan is in AAA (he just recently turned 23) and he will factor into the competition for the 2018 bullpen. The problem here is that he seems like little more or less than anything the Mets already had.
Gerson Bautista (Addison Reed) – Like Stephen Nogosek, he’s 22 years old and pitching for Advanced A. Unlike Nogosek, Bautista is pitching well. He’s also managed to improve his control and lower his WHIP since joining the team which might be an anomaly, considering the sample size.
Ryder Ryan (Jay Bruce) – The Mets traded a 30 home run outfielder who could seriously help Cleveland make a postseason run for a 22 year old pitcher who they sent to Columbia. If that doesn’t make you feel all warm and squishy inside, consider that he’s a former 30th round pick without any buzz.
Jacob Rhame (Curtis Granderson) – The prize of the bunch is a right handed reliever whom the Mets acquired from Los Angeles. Rhame is in AAA, has a proven track record in the minors and could develop into something of a high-leverage reliever. His K/9 sits comfortably over 10.0, his BB/9 is typically under 3.0 and his WHIP has hung around 1.200 for most of his minor league career. You can expect to see Rhame in the majors soon and he might be something that works out in the Mets favor over the long run.
AAA: Las Vegas 51’s
Jayce Boyd could be a valuable bench player – He’s had a solid year in the PCL, which has skewed his stats, but he’s likely to be versatile enough to be useful.
AA: Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Peter Alonso makes his debut – He’s reached AA and he’s hitting .350 in his first 5 games.
Patrick Mazeika hasn’t played since 8/23 – No injury news available.
P.J. Conlon is flourishing in relief – With the Mets set to have too many arms in the 2018 rotation this move with Conlon seems like a good one.
Corey Oswalt brings some fire – He mowed down 9 over 6 innings pitched.
A+: Port St. Lucie Mets
David Wright looks bad – He’s played 3 “rehab” games and looks like he will never be able to play in the majors again.
Wuilmer Becerra strikes out less – Only 5 in his last 10 games. That’s impressive for him.
A: Columbia Fireflies
Quinn Brodey flourishes after promotion – Out of Brooklyn and feeling fine, Brodey has a triple and a home run in his first 2 games.
A-: Brooklyn Cyclones
Wagner Lagrange enjoys promotion – He had 2 hits and a walk in his first game in Brooklyn.
R1: Kingsport Mets
Rigoberto Terrazas stumbes – He has a poor week but also racked up 7 walks in the last 10 games.
Juan Uriarte back on track – He looks like a catcher with some solid offensive upside.
R2: Gulf Coast League Mets
Wilmer Reyes making a mark in GCL – He’s a 19 year old shortstop from the Dominican Republic and he’s crushing it in his rookie debut.
Mark Vientos continues to surge – He’s making up for a slow start and showing his hitting potential.