With most of the Met world focused on the new manager Mickey Callaway or the optional contracts of Jerry Blevins and Asdrubal Cabrera, the Mets do have a handful of active prospects still playing for Scottsdale. Among them is David Thompson.
Thompson spent his 2017 season with the Binghamton Mets and suffered through multiple slumps and skids. A streaky player, he is an amazing hitter when things are going well and a strikeout machine when they are not. He ended up with a .263/.325/.429 batting line over 133 games in AA. His 29 doubles, 1 triple and 16 home runs are testament to the fact that he is a prospect who has good power but his 92 strikeouts are also a glaring reminder of his shortcomings.
The Mets wisely sent Thompson to Scottsdale where the third baseman is being given the chance to prove to Sandy Alderson that there are options at third beyond a vain hope for David Wright, the ho-hum return of Cabrera, the defensive adventures of Wilmer Flores or signing the marquee free agent, Mike Moustakas.
Thus far Thompson has gotten into 5 games for the team and is currently slashing .421/.476/.789 thanks to some prodigious power numbers. In those five games he’s amassed 4 doubles, a home run, a stolen base and a pair of walks. The 4 strikeouts are still there but there is reason to hope that Thompson might be able to step up at some point in 2018.
Other AFL Performances:
Kevin Kaczmarski stays sharp – We know he can’t maintain a .480 batting average forever but it’s certainly fun to enjoy it while he does.
Luis Guillorme quietly successful – He’s got his batting average above .300 and for a defensive shortstop, that’s all you need.
Mickey Jannis is hard to hit – The knuckleballer has 7.0 innings in his first two starts and has given up only 2 hits.
Matt Pobereyko also effective – Despite never pitching in the upper reaches of the minors, he’s looking ready for the challenge of the AFL.
Tim Peterson bounces back – After a rocky first outing, Peterson looked more himself in his second appearance this fall.