It’s the MLB playoffs but for the Mets Minor League blogger is AFL time. The Mets have sent a number of players to Scottsdale to test themselves against “Near MLB” level competition and, without “Top Prospects” ready to compete, it’s still good to see some names who could be impactful players getting a look.
Among those names is Kevin Kaczmarski. He’s an outfielder who played last season for the AA Binghamton Mets with a ho-hum .274/.370/.369 batting line. In the end, most scouts look at him as a potential 4th or 5th outfielder who can play anywhere in the outfield. That being said, he’s likely fairly close to offering the Mets that kind of depth right now.
In his first 2 games in the AFL, he’s got 5 hits over 9 at bats with a double. It’s obviously too small of a sample size to make much of a judgement but it seems likely that the Mets will have him in the mix with Juan Lagares, Brandon Nimmo and others for the final three outfield spots.
At the very least you can expect him and a fairly potent hitting squad of players to be landing themselves in AAA for the 2018 season. None of these players are likely to be majore league stars but they each had the potential to be useful at the major league level.
Other AFL Performances:
David Thompson shows more of the same – When he hits the ball, it goes a long way. When he doesn’t… it’s usually a strikeout.
Luis Guillorme still on a fast track – Guillorme has little shot of making the major league team but he’s likely going to be waiting for his opportunity in AAA.
Tomas Nido has a whiff problem – That’s 5 strikeouts in 3 games.
Kyle Regnault may join the bullpen – He had a decent year in AAA and has looked very sharp in the AFL.
Matt Poberyko – One of the new Mets he’s looked good in the AFL despite only pitching in Columbia.
Mickey Jannis actually looks pretty good – He’s a long shot to be an impact pitcher but Jannis had a decent first start for Scottsdale.
The GM Project:
Monday kicks off the third GM Project and this year I will be at the helm of the Miami Marlins. Despite having the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Christian Yellich, Marcel Ozuna, Justin Bour and J.T. Realmuto… things look pretty grim. I’m looking to cut over $35 Million from my payroll just to come in under the new ownership’s budget numbers.
Wish me luck!