Category: MLB Draft

The Cuban Ohtani?

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The Cuban Ohtani? There is LOTS of intrigue surrounding 21-year old Cuban prospect Oscar Colas. Continue reading

5 Prospects That Could Make An Impact For The Mets In 2020.

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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.

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Mets Killers: 2020 Edition

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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

Yoelkis Cespedes Is The Jarred Kelenic Band-Aid.

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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

Lineups: Yankees vs. Mets 7:10 pm et.

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New York Yankees (53-52):

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
4. Brian McCann (L) C
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF
9. Masahiro Tanaka (R) P

SP: Masahiro Tanaka RHP (7-3, 3.16 ERA)

New York Mets (54-51):

1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Matt Reynolds (R) SS
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P

SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (6-5, 2.56 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on WPIX.

 

Lineups: Rockies vs. Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Colorado Rockies (50-52):

1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
5. Trevor Story (R) SS
6. Ryan Raburn (R) LF
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Tyler Chatwood (R) P

SP: Tyler Chatwood RHP (9-6, 3.65 ERA)

New York Mets (53-48):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
8. Michael Conforto (L) CF
9. Steven Matz (R) P

SP: Steven Matz LHP (8-6, 3.36 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Mets Tidbits:

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  • Kelly Johnson has been activated today and is in the Mets starting lineup batting seventh, and also playing second base. Johnson was acquired along with cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RHP Akeel Morris on Wednesday. Infielder Ty Kelly has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Johnson was hitting .215 with one homer and 10 RBI in 49 games this year for Atlanta.
  • Major League Baseball announced a scoring change from the game on May 31 against the Chicago White Sox. In the top of the sixth inning, Jose Abreu was credited with a single but that has now been changed to an error on first baseman James Loney. Steven Matz, who was on the mound, is now credited with two unearned runs in that inning. Matz’s ERA now drops from 2.69 to 2.39.

Mets select 1B Peter Alonso at #64.

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The New York Mets selected University of Florida first baseman Peter Alonso with the 64th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Alonso who is considered Florida’s best hitter, has hit .364 with 12 home runs and 55 RBI’s despite missing ten games this season with a broken hand. Last weekend in the Gainesville Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament¬†the 21-year old earned Most Outstanding Player honors, as he went 8 for 14 in three games with three home runs and eight RBIs. Alonso’s power potential and hitting prowess is something that has had scouts buzzing all season long, and is why he was selected so highly. MLB.com had Alonso ranked as the 65th draft-eligible prospect and he fell right where many mock drafts had him going. I provided a scouting report below from MLB.com:

“Alonso was making consistent, hard contact for the Gators as his junior season progressed. He’s always had raw power, but didn’t always look like he could tap into it consistently. Lately, however, he’s shortened his swing and begun to use the whole field more effectively, showing extra-base pop to the opposite field. Much of his success stems from a more open stance which has helped him get his hips through more consistently. He’s a first baseman only with well below-average speed, though his hands and footwork at the corner infield position should be adequate.”

The Mets did a great job on the first night of the draft taking two projectable arms and a slugging first baseman oozing with power potential. The Mets still have plenty of picks over the next couple of days, but it is hard not to argue that the Mets had one of the best haul’s on the first night of the draft. It was surprising that the Mets didn’t take a high-school player on the first night as they have been accustomed to doing, but it looks like they are looking for players who are going to move quickly through the system. I give the front office an A+ for the picks they made tonight, based on the potential each of these players carry.

Mets select LHP Anthony Kay at #31

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The New York Mets selected UCONN left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay with their 31st pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. The 21-year old left-hander was UCONN’s top starting pitcher this season and went 9-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 119 innings this season for the Huskies. Kay has previous ties with the Mets as he was drafted by the Mets back in the 2013 MLB Draft in the 29th round. Kay also is a Long Island native who attended the same high school of current Mets lefty Steven Matz. MLB.com has Kay ranked as their 43rd draft-eligible prospect for this year’s draft. A scouting report provided by MLB.com regarding Kay is provided below:

“Kay fits the mold of the advanced pitchability college lefty, one with a track record of success, not only at UConn, but also in the Cape Cod League in 2014 and with Team USA in 2015. Kay succeeds by filling the strike zone and keeping hitters guessing, albeit with the lack of a true out pitch. He’ll top out at 94-95 mph with his fastball, though he pitches more effectively at around 91 mph. He has a consistently reliable changeup, though he telegraphs it at times by lowering his arm slot. His breaking ball is fringy.”

The Mets went with two straight college pitchers in the first round of the draft and it is clear that upper management is intent on rebuilding the pitching in their farm system. Kay was a great selection who many project to rise rapidly through the Mets system with his advanced feel for pitching. Kay was recently named the American Athletic Conference pitcher of the year, and the MVP of the AAC tournament. Kay also broke the UCONN career record for strikeouts with 263 this season. It was another solid pick for the Mets as you never can be faulted with going in the direction of pitching in the draft. Kay is not the tallest pitcher on the mound as he barely stands at six feet, but he has drawn comparisons to Mark Buehrle.

The Mets 31st pick was a compensation pick for Daniel Murphy signing with the Washington Nationals.

Mets select RHP Justin Dunn at #19

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With the 19th pick in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft the New York Mets selected Boston College right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn. Dunn has reportedly been one of the fastest risers over the past couple of months after being inserted into Boston College’s starting rotation in April. The Freeport, New York native, has a 1.49 ERA in 60.1 innings this season for the Eagles. MLB.com has Dunn ranked as their 29th ranked draft-eligible prospect for this year’s draft. A scouting report from MLB.com regarding the 20-year old Dunn is provided below:

“Dunn has always had a plus fastball and he maintained it in his early starts, lighting radar guns up to 98-99 mph and sitting in the 92-95 mph range. He utilizes two breaking balls, both of which are Major League average: a three-quarters curve and a solid hard slider. His changeup will also flash average, though he didn’t need it much as a reliever. His command is fringy at present, but his outstanding stuff helps make up for it.”

It is a solid pick for the New York Mets as Dunn has electric stuff on the mound and he would fit well with their current rotation of electric arms. There is huge potential surrounding Dunn with the type of stuff he possesses, and you can bet pitching coach Dan Warthen will have a hand in helping his slider develop, as he has with many of our current pitchers. The only downside concerning Dunn is he hasn’t been a regular fixture in the Boston College rotation and could use some time to develop into a full fledged starting pitcher. Dunn also stands at 6’2 and 170 lbs, and many worry how his frame will hold up in the majors. I believe if he puts on some extra muscle he will be fine and even if he doesn’t, many scouts project his frame to current Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. It was a great pick by the Mets who need to begin to replenish their farm with power arms, and this pick was a step in the right direction.