Cesar Puello getting better, took big strides in 2013, says Ricciardi

Rob Brender avatarRobert Brender, MetsBlog:

While all the big names were taking batting practice on Field 7 earlier today, with most of the fans and media watching, I snuck away to Field 2 where Wilmer Flores, Brandon Nimmo, Cesar Puello, Cory Vaughn and many of the hitting prospects in camp were taking swings in the cage…

Sandy Alderson and J.P. Ricciardi also made their way to Field 2 to watch the action. Puello was routinely hitting home runs into the trees beyond the left field fence and had an imposing presence. He was easily the most impressive hitter to watch in the group. Ricciardi told me Puello is getting better and took huge strides last year, while Nimmo is a great kid with tons of offensive potential…


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45 comments
qualcomm
qualcomm

Good, start him in left. 

David Lopez
David Lopez

Riccardi praised Nimmo's makeup and offensive potential. Any word from the front office on Cecchini?

tw22
tw22

Mark it down, this kid is taking someone's on the big club this year.

Michael Fichera
Michael Fichera

Didn't he fail PED testing last year? I'd also like to see him take a walk or two before crowning him anything. 28 Walks in 400 ABs look alot like Francoeur numbers.

hashburry
hashburry

What's he gonna say, they stink?  What kind of strides did he make during his suspension?

Alex Fustinoni
Alex Fustinoni

This kid is gonna be a monster!! juice or no juice!!  I hope he gets the chance to show what he's got!!

Avery Decker
Avery Decker

Would love to see a long, healthy  and consistent season for Puello at AAA, putting the steroid talks to rest. Maybe then a September call up will be proper. However, if he performs well right out of the gate, I wouldn't mind seeing him earlier than that in 2014. 

mike23
mike23

lets see how he does playing clean and take it from there. 

gloveman
gloveman

now this is pretty exciting stuff. Maybe trade Young before the deadline and bring him up!

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

I wish our AAA team played in Flushing and our MLB team was sent to Vegas.  I really think more people would pay/go to games if they could see some talented hungry guys versus this "Major League Team" they will trot out to a 74 win season again...

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

Can't wait to see Puello killing it in Vegas. does he have the arm for RF?



Ron Davis
Ron Davis

if he stays clean maybe he can be the next Lageres in Sept . and can maybe take the spot next year where Chris Young is this year.  IF he is keeping the spot warm for younger players then fine but i think CY should come off the bench and not take Lagares spot on the starting OF. Even if he is better defender and i wonder how that can be. Too me a bad signing by the Mets. over pay.

The Feels band
The Feels band

Excited to see what kinda numbers he puts up in vegas. 

Alex Fustinoni
Alex Fustinoni

He played clean last season and look what he did!  he got suspended but not because he took ped's last season. he was clean last season and he raked

gloveman
gloveman

@Haig Mathosian  if it wasn't someone who hit 325 last year where the only questions were how much roids effected his power, then I'd say the same thing. I think he's the real deal

zoddie
zoddie

@John Paul Cullinane  Our AAA team would lose 110 games in the majors.  Who on the Mets isn't talented or hungry?  Colon looks like he is always hungry.  He's certainly talented.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@The Feels  hes gonna friggin MASH in vegas...people forget the biogenesis lab closed in 2012...now im not saying that he didnt maybe have "leftover" juice, but his connection to them stemmed from the season prior, not this past season where he had a breakout campaign. He's gonna be our starting LF in 2015, after raking in AAA...we'll let Chris Young walk after this year (or trade him in July) and then all hail Cesar!

Starz31
Starz31

@Mr. SERCH @The Feels  RF. Granderson will be our LFer for the next few years; he doesn't have the arm for right. 

I too am excited to see what he can do this season. No need to rush the kid like they did with Kirk and den Dekker.

Starz31
Starz31

@jamets  I just think he should be in LF. He has no arm and your RFer typically should have a strong arm. 

jamets
jamets

What makes you think Granderson will be in LF this year?  Everything I've read points to Granderson in RF with some combination of EY, CY, and maybe Duda in LF.

jamets
jamets

Its not that they were rushed, they just aren't that good.

Starz31
Starz31

@zoddie @Starz31 @Mr. SERCH @The Feels  Kirk was 24 when he earned the starting gig out of spring training. And you're right, he had enough minor league experience that it seemed like it was his time. It just felt like we forced them into our lineup hoping they would be far beter than they were. But that probably has more to do with hindsight than anything. 

zoddie
zoddie

@Starz31 @Mr. SERCH@The Feels Kirk is 26 and was around 25 when he got called up.  He's been in the minors for six years .  den Dekker was 25 when he got his first at bats and is 26 now.


Neither of those guys were the least bit rushed.


Puello started in the rookie leagues in 2008.  He may get some time in the second half of 2014 in the bigs.  That doesn't sound rushed, either.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@Starz31 @Mr. SERCH @The Feels  yeah true...well either way...i figured left cuz supposedly grandy is the better fielder, and im not sure how puello is in the field....is there any reports of him grading out as an avg, above or below avg or even superior defender in the corner?