AFL Roundup: Mets pitching has been inconsistent so far this fall

The Arizona Fall League got underway earlier this week. Here is a quick roundup of performances from Mets prospects participating with the Surprise Saguaros:

LHP Chase Huchingson (8-7, 4.10 ERA with St. Lucie in 2012): Allowed an unearned run on Thursday in two innings of relief. It was his first and only appearance in the AFL so far this fall.

RHP Greg Peavey (8-8, 5.06 ERA with Binghamton in 2012): Made his AFL debut on Thursday and allowed a run in one inning of relief.

RHP Ryan Fraser (5-4, 2.81 ERA with St. Lucie and Binghamton in 2012): Also made his AFL debut on Thursday and, like Huchingson and Peavey, allowed a run in his AFL debut.

LHP Adam Kolarek (3-3, 2.70 ERA in 50 relief appearances with St. Lucie and Binghamton in 2012): Allowed a run in one inning of relief in his AFL debut on Thursday.

OF Cesar Puello (.260, 4 HR, 21 RBI with St. Lucie in 2012): Puello is off to a solid start to his AFL season, accumulating three hits and two RBI in nine at-bats over two games. Puello struggled with injuries and inconsistencies in 2012 after a promising 2011 season wtih St. Lucie.

OF Darrell Ceciliani (.329, 1 HR, 10 RBI with St. Lucie in 2012): Ceciliani has already struck out four times in his first ten at-bats of the AFL, although he recorded his first two hits last night, one of which was a home run. Ceciliani has battled injury problems over the past two seasons – he played in just 23 games in 2012 and 109 games in 2011.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The Arizona Fall League is often used to determine whether or not players will be kept in the organization going forward as well as to get players extra playing time who spent a lot of the year injured.

As far as roster status is concerned, Minor League players who have accumulated four seasons and were signed before age 19 (or five years and were signed before age 18) and have not been added to the 40-man roster are vulnerable to Rule 5 draft exposure this winter. That means the Mets could lose a player such as Ceciliani, a guy who has a lot of promise but has had issues recently. Presumably, they’ll determine whether or not some of these guys will need to be placed on the 40-man roster so to protect them from the draft (which in turn means they could risk losing other players they would have to drop from the 40-man roster).

Puello is an interesting player in particular. He will be 22 on Opening Day and is a guy Sandy Alderson touted last year as a promising player in the system. However, he got injured early this year and did not get on track once he returned. I’ve watched him over the past couple of seasons down in Single-A and he has in fact stood out as an exciting talent with a combination of both power and speed. He has good gap-to-gap power as well, giving him the ability to leg doubles into triples easily. He has been in the organization since 2008, and had a pretty good year for St. Lucie in 2011, although he struck out 103 times in 441 at-bats. If he can begin to embrace the organizational philosophy by adopting some patience into his approach, he will cutdown on his strikeouts and begin the blossom into the force Alderson believes he can be for this organization.


The Mets 40-man roster currently has 39 players on it – this does not include players on the 60-day disabled list. Notable Minor Leaguers on the 40-man roster include Puello, Zach Lutz, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Reese Havens.

For the complete 40-man roster, click here.