Those who read my blog posts will remember that I try not to be so “Doom and Gloom” about the prospects. I try to focus on the good and let the bad sort itself out in its own time. I’ve already written off the career of Desmond Lindsay this season, surely I won’t bring you down again. Say it ain’t so!
Sorry gang, bring out your umbrellas, It looks like rain.
The Columbia Fireflies have been the worst hitting team in the South Atlantic League all season and it shows across the board.
● Fewest Doubles
● Fewest Home Runs
● Fewest Runs and RBIs
● Fewest Stolen Bases
● Lowest Batting Average
● Lowest On Base Percentage
● Lowest Slugging Percentage
How can this be coming from a team with five (5) of our top ten (10) prospects?
Ronny Mauricio, SS – The eighteen year old has managed to hold his batting average above .250 for the season but what once looked like a brilliant and aggressive promotion now looks like the Mets may have stepped too far. Mauricio has yet to hit a home run, has walked only 7 times in his first 31 games and has twice as many caught stealings (4) as stolen bases (2).
Mark Vientos, 3B – If Mauricio has looked bad, Vientos has looked worse. The 19 year old infielder has only 7 extra base hits, 11 walks and is staring at a batting average of .211 for the season. To make matters worse, he’s struck out 32 times in the 31 games he’s played.
Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP – Things started well for him but that tune has changed and gone most decidedly flat. Over his last three outings he’s accumulated 15 earned runs over only 8.2 innings. During that time he’s also walked more (6) and struck out less (8), none of which should make one feel any warm and fuzzies.
Shervyen Newton, SS/2B/3B – Starting the season on the injured list didn’t help but Newton’s first 16 games are catastrophically bad. He’s batting .078 on the season and has struck out 23 times. The Mets have moved Newton off of shortstop and the pundits might need to move him out of the Top 10 prospects.
Thomas Szapucki, LHP – There’s good and bad. The good, is that the rehabbing pitcher has 8 strikeouts in his first 7.1 innings back and that it seems that the Mets just might be stretching him out to start again. The bad news is that the 22 year old pitcher is clearly being treated with kiddie gloves and that he’s unlikely to make up for much of his significant lost time in 2019.
Jed Lowrie needs more time – With the exception of his outing on 5/10, Lowrie is clearly not yet firing on all cylinders… but hopefully he will be soon.
Tim Tebow will not be a major leaguer – You can start playing tapps for this former Football Neverwas.
Hector Santiago is next logical option – He’s pretty much the only quality pitcher the Mets haven’t shuttled to the majors.
Here comes Stephen Villines – He’s gotten that promotion from AA and he’s still looking pretty good. I think we will see him in Citi Field before the end of the season.
Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Patrick Mazeika is hitting well – He’s got 14 hits in his last 10 games with high walks (12) and low strikeouts (17) but he’s played less than half his time at catcher. Interestingly his defensive stats behind the plate haven’t been bad.
Andres Gimenez has nothing to write home about – The “Top Met Prospect” has looked mightily “ho-hum” in the early season. Considering I thought he could have started the year in AAA this is a major disappointment.
Anthony Kay keeps chugging – He’s not a Top of the Rotation guy but he’s certainly looking like he’s got the MLB in his future.
David Peterson looks ordinary – There is nothing on paper to make anyone too excited about this former top Met draft pick.
Harol Gonzalez continues to impress – He’s really been the top starter in Binghamton all year and should probably get more recognition than he does.
St. Lucie Mets
Luis Carpio is this really you? – The second baseman has been the offensive force behind the Mets in Florida. He’s walking more and hitting the ball well. The Mets are already exploring his defensive versatility but they might consider a mid-season promotion as well.
Jeremy Vasquez needs to show power – Sure it’s great to have a first baseman who can hit .300 and take a walk but it looks odd to have one that has a lower SLG than his OBP.
Tony Dibrell is also looking steady – He’s not yet lasting deep enough into games in my opinion but his hits are low and he’s still got solid strikeout numbers.