Mets Minors: Franklyn Kilome and prospects who could impact 2020

Barring the fielding goofs, people should be fairly pleased with the season they’ve gotten from Pete Alonso in 2019. He came up to the majors and seems intent on winning a Rookie of the Year award amidst a field of tough competition. Looking at the upper levels of the Mets minor leagues you don’t see anyone of Alonso’s caliber but there are still a few names who could play impact roles in a 2020 season.

Franklyn Kilome, RHP – The tall (6’6”) Dominican born player has spent the entirety of the 2019 season injured but is expected to return to the mount in 2020. After being traded to the Mets for Asdrubal Cabrera in 2018, Kilome tossed 38 solid innings for Binghamton before suffering injury. Long noted for his powerful arm, the consensus opinion of the baseball pundits suggests that he is destined for a role in a major league bullpen. Based upon the Mets roster construction the presence of a young (will be 24 through June 25th) right handed fireballer could be more useful than the left-handed innings eater that they traded away in Anthony Kay.

Andres Gimenez, SS – The 2019 season has not gone well for the Mets “Top Rated” Prospect. His numbers on offense have failed to impress in his first full season in AA and instead of him forcing Amed Rosario into centerfield, he still has a lot to prove to become a major leaguer at all. The lefty hitting shortstop has been scouted as being a Plus Defensive shortstop with Plus Speed and solid contact abilities. He was ranked in the Top 30 by Baseball America and would still be the first long term solution if Rosario were hurt.

Ali Sanchez, C – He enjoyed quite the hot streak in AA and earned a promotion to AAA. While never consistently known for his bat he has shown the ability to get hits and even has a little power. The important thing that Sanchez offers is defense. With Tomas Nido proving the value of defense, Sanchez provides an important depth piece should he get hurt.

David Peterson, LHP – People aren’t jumping up and down with excitement for David Peterson. The former first round pick does not look or feel like the Left-Handed Ace that Met fans were hoping for. That being said, he’s been slowly lowering his ERA in Binghamton and looks like he is still capable of offering quality outings. He’s a work in progress but it’s possible that Peterson could be a vital part of a 2020 campaign should one of the Met pitchers get injured.

AA:
Binghamton Rumble Ponies

Patrick Mazeika refuses to leave the Top 50 – The Met’s Catcher/First Baseman/DH has had a solid year with the bat for Binghamton and is still intriguing as a bench player thanks to his left-handed bat.

Quinn Brodey has quietly done well – He doesn’t look like a star but the versatile outfielder has done well after his mid-season promotion to AA.

A+:
St. Lucie Mets

Wagner Lagrange still rising in the rankings – His OPS in Advanced A is .963 and he’s showing a bit of everything. He’s got some extra base hits, some stolen bases and has walked almost as often as he’s struck out.

Jeremy Vasquez still hitting – Sure he’s a first baseman who only has a .749 OPS but he’s also one of the most consistent hitters in the minors.

Carlos Cortes heating up again – The second baseman is likely to be part of the Binghamton lineup in 2020.

A:
Columbia Fireflies

Mark Vientos putting on a late season show – The third base prospect has hit .359 over his last 10 games and is starting to bring his OPS from the “quality” range into the “elite” one.

Ronny Mauricio and walks – If there is one thing to say Mauricio definitely needs to work on, it’s his patience. He’s hitting .286 on the year and his OBP is only .324 which should tell you how infrequently he takes a free base.

4 comments for “Mets Minors: Franklyn Kilome and prospects who could impact 2020

  1. Hobie
    August 12, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Noticed Kilome is on the 40 with no 10-day, or 60-day DL parenthesis. ???

    • August 12, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      That’s odd. He certainly isn’t supposed to be back this season.

  2. August 12, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    What about Steve Villines for a 2020 impact? I know he got beat up in his last 2 appearances in Triple-A but in the 11 games before that he had a 1.98 ERA and in 24 games in Double-A he has a 1.24 ERA. I’d rather see him get a shot than Bashlor or Peterson or Rhame.

    I’m thinking Mazeika might be able to out-hit Austin Bossart if you weren’t holding onto him so tightly…

  3. TexasGusCC
    August 12, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    I think we also need to keep an eye on Ryder Ryan. He throws like a Ryan and his control is better this year. He should be able to help the bullpen by mid-2020.

    Too, while I know they aren’t true prospects anymore, I’d like to see Flexen and Oswalt get as much of a chance in the bullpen as Bashlor, Rhame, and Sewald got.

    And if trade Sewald for Kipnis in a heartbeat.

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