The Mets have been teetering back and forth whether top prospect David Peterson would make his Major League debut tonight against the Boston Red Sox. The Mets are a bit short handed in the rotation with the recent loss of Marcus Stroman’s calf injury. The three options the Mets have for tonight’s game are Peterson, right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, and the option of having a bullpen game. There is no better upside than letting the 24-year old hulking left hander make his Major League debut tonight. Continue reading
The Cuban Ohtani? There is LOTS of intrigue surrounding 21-year old Cuban prospect Oscar Colas. Continue reading
With the Mets reporting to Spring Training 2.0, the reality of baseball commencing is starting to set in. One of the obvious storylines surrounding the team in regards to the 2020 campaign is how the Mets rotation will fare without Noah Syndergaard this season. Continue reading
For the most part the Mets starting lineup, starting rotation, and most of the bullpen is set, barring any sort of injury during Spring Training 2.0. However there are still a couple of bench spots that could be up for grabs, as well as a couple of potential back end spots in the bullpen avaliable for Opening Day. I’m also under the assumption that the Mets will put a few of their top prospects on their taxi squad in order to avoid stunting any development due to no Minor League baseball occuring this season, as well as having them avaliable in case a need arises due to injury during this abbreviated season. Let’s take a look at a few of the top prospects who may make it up to the Major Leagues at some point during this 2020 campaign.
With the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season postponed until mid-to-late May at the earliest, I thought it’d be an interesting time to take a dive into some of the active Met killers. This list includes some active players that the Mets may be facing in the batter’s box at some point this season, with their career numbers against the Mets. While no regular season schedule is set in stone yet, here are some of the Mets top enemies that will be digging in to the batter’s box based on the regular season schedule that is currently out. Continue reading
The younger half-brother of Yoenis Cespedes is almost ready to make his U.S. debut with an upcoming skills showcase for Major League clubs in both Florida and Arizona sometime in March. Yoelkis Cespedes has been described as a “five tool outfielder with above-average tools across the board,” by MLB.com. There is intrigue by both MLB executives, scouts, and fans to see the younger Cespedes’ display the skills that have had him the talk of the international market since he defected from the island last summer. If the Mets ever needed somebody to add to their organization to remove the hurt of losing another young and projectible five-tool outfielder, then look no further. Continue reading
As the Triple-A Las Vegas season wraps up today the Mets are prepared to add a second wave of Minor League talent to the Major League roster. Beginning today, the Mets recalled infielder Matt Reynolds to the big league roster, in the first of many call ups that will be occurring over the next two days. Reynolds will provide the Mets with bench depth and versatility as he can play shortstop, as well as second and third base. The 25-year old infielder has hit .211 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 76 at-bats for the Mets this season. Continue reading
The Mets have recalled outfielder Michael Conforto, catcher Kevin Plawecki, utility player Ty Kelly, and pitcher Gabriel Ynoa in their first wave of their September roster expansion. The Mets will have one more wave of players recalled sometime next week after the Triple-A Las Vegas season comes to a close. Continue reading
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal infielder T.J. Rivera is being promoted to the Majors with outfielder Brandon Nimmo being demoted back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Rivera was recently named the Pacific Coast Player of the Week for last week’s action and has been a constant force in the middle of the Las Vegas 51’s lineup all season. The 27-year old infielder was currently hitting .349 with 11 HR’s and 80 RBI’s for the 51’s. He is widely recognized as one of the best hitters, if not the best in the PCL. Rivera also has the highest Minor League Batting average among active players over his six seasons in the Minors at .323.
The Mets are looking for any offense they can get at this point and Rivera seems to have nothing left to prove in the Minors. Rivera who is predominately an infielder gives the Mets an extra right-handed bat off the bench, and could give Ty Kelly more time in the outfield. I believe Rivera’s Major League debut was long overdue and I’m rooting for him to make an impact for the big league team, as he seems to have the tools to carve out a successful utility role for the team.
The 23-year-old Nimmo who was just recalled on Thursday was part of the numbers game as the Mets are simply too left-handed heavy in the outfield. He will also receive more consistent at-bats in Las Vegas, as he simply was being regulated to pinch hitting appearances for the Mets currently. I’m sure we will see the 23-year old outfielder back up when rosters expand in September. Nimmo was hitting .237 in 59 at-bats with the Mets this season.
- Well some good news on the Zack Wheeler front, as the right-handed pitcher will make the trip from Port St. Lucie to Miami to meet the team on Friday. He is scheduled to throw off a mound for Mets brass tomorrow afternoon prior to the Mets and Marlins game. Wheeler has still not been assigned a rehab assignment, and you would expect the Mets would require the full 30-days to complete it, considering the setbacks and length of time Wheeler has been out. I wouldn’t expect to see Wheeler as a factor in the rotation until the end of August.
- Reliever Jim Henderson who had been on a rehab assignment has suffered a setback while with Triple-A Las Vegas a few nights ago, as he sustained a hamstring injury. Henderson who has been on the disabled list since June 21st with a shoulder impingement, has been sent back to Port St. Lucie and there is no timetable on when Henderson will resume throwing. Henderson had been struggling in five appearances at Double-A Binghamton posting a 15.43 ERA and a .421 opponents average against. However it seemed Henderson had turned it around recently at Triple-A Las Vegas as he had posted three perfect appearances, but this recent injury certainly derails any chance of him rejoining the Mets bullpen anytime soon.
- Aside from the scorching season Double-A Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is having, fellow teammate and top prospect Dominic Smith seems to have finally tapped into his power potential and is having quite the season himself. The 21-year old former first round pick has always been known as a high-contact line drive hitter, as he holds a career .291 average in the minors, and has been known as a doubles machine hitting 33 in 2015, and 26 in 2014. However scouts have always questioned his power potential and this season he has hit a career high 12 home runs in 90 games while producing a career high .466 slugging percentage. If Smith is just beginning to tap into his power potential this season, his star will be shining even brighter when he is big league ready.