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Mets have bevy of minor league All-Stars in Single-A

The Mets had 14 players named to their respective league’s All-Star games from just two teams on Tuesday.

In the advanced Single-A Florida State League, OF Brandon Nimmo, 2B Dilson Herrera, IF T.J. Rivera, C Cam Maron and LHP Steven Matz, RHP Matt Koch and RHP Randy Fontanez will be going to their All-Star Game.

In Single-A, SS Gavin Cecchini, 3B Jeff McNeil, RHP Kevin McGowan, RHP Miller Diaz, RHP Akeel Morris, RHP Robert Coles and LHP Dario Alvares were all named to the South Atlantic League All-Star teams.




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Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

The New York Mets. The team that produces the best 5th outfielders and back up players in all of baseball

dabo
dabo

Some of these guys are very exciting!  A couple of years then the bigs!  I wonder what the trade market is this time of year?


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Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Nice to see that there may be position-player help on the way. But NOTHING is guaranteed. Remember Generation  K? How'd that work out? Something more recent? How about Lastings Milledge? Or Travis D'Arnaud? Am just hoping that Sandy can somehoe regain his Moneyball mojo. Maybe, just maybe, he's purged all the Valverde and Fransworth from his system.

cver
cver

For some reason, this made me think of/look for Wuilmer Becerra, the young outfielder from the Dickey trade.  I couldn't find any stats on him for this year or any info on why not.  Does anyone know if he is injured or have an update on him?

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

I keep hearing the Mets tied to that one outfield for the draft (Conforto?), but his defense is suspect.  Do you think they're laying in the weeds for that pitcher (Hoffman?) who just had TJ surgery?  He sounds like a stud who would have been top four.


Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Where's the power hitter ? I don't mean someone with some power, I mean a "big bopper"

bkzmetsfan
bkzmetsfan

Remember when we were all excited about David Wright being so polished when he was up and coming? He busts his butt everyday for this franchise and we still come on here to bash and criticize him now. Smh.

Marty Coe Jr
Marty Coe Jr

This just means they need to start promoting guys after the draft! If you're doing that well its time to move up!

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

I am happy to hear we have all-stars in A and A+ ball. It will be more exciting for these all-stars make it to AAA and the big club. Good luck guys.

metjetnet
metjetnet

Sandy's long-term minor league plan is finally, fully bearing fruit. The pitching depth is well documented. But it's the number of position players who've caught fire, up & down the system, that shocks & pleases me.

The St. Lucie guys are the ones to watch -- the guys who kicked butt in Brooklyn 2 yrs. ago & won the Low-A SAL Title as Savannah last year. And they're killing it in Hi-A this year as well, with the same guys -- PLUS class member Nimmo is finally breaking out, so they're even more dangerous. This is the group whose development needs to stay on track the most.

At the same time, these current Savannah guys are also red hot & have earned grabbing those Hi-A spots, as the others rise to AA.

Happily, this is creating a competitive logjam in AA (esp.) & in AAA & in Queens. Some promotions will be by pre-season design & some for guys forcing their way up the ladder. It'd be easier to promote guys if there weren't guys in those spots, already playing well in AAA & AA.

Look for the upward pressure to start hitting the team in Queens in late June, as well. How long does Sandy stay with any unproductive guys in NYC when the competitive pressure is building from below? 

If Rivera & Herrera & Maron have earned promotions, where do Binghamton's Reynolds, Tovar & Plawecki -- who are all playing well -- go? Vegas is mostly all valuable, experienced MLB parts who are a phone call away -- and who are mostly all playing well for Wally in AAA and just waiting for that call.

The AA outfielders who were Brooklyn's hot team just before the Nimmo group, are all in Binghamton now & struggling a bit w/AA. They could be the vulnerable ones, esp. Cory Vaughn.

Sandy's got a lot of hard decisions to make in the next month...

Kevin McManus
Kevin McManus

As awesome as Matz looked in ST and how he's played in FSL he will probably be a good bullpen arm in the MLB If our other prospects work out this would be awesome for us however those that believe they see a frontline starter may be disappointed.

Nimmo should have been a top 25 prospect . He fits in perfectly with a SA philosophy of a winning ballclub Wish he had more speed so he could be our leadoff guy oneday however he still has atleast 2 more years in the minors .

Sandy has done an awesome job finding quality arms for our system , many if which wil become solid bullpen arms . Players like McNeil and Mazzili ( who wasn't named an Allstar) could become fine utility players and fill out future 25 man rosters with with plenty of system raised players . Too many journalist argue the Mets don't have a future because there is no established plan for the future however with all these players hand picked by SA and associates it's obvious the kind of babe all the mets want played. These guys although years away give us a glimpse of a brother future

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Gotta start paying attention to St. Thomas' own Akeel Morris.  He's going to be the MLB's answer to Tim Duncan....rep'in the USVI dammit!

tw22
tw22

I can hear it now. "Let's spend a bunch of money and trade all those guys!" Jackalopes.

upstaphan
upstaphan

Remember 2006 and 2007 when our MAJOR league team had a bevy of all stars?

 



BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Can't wait to see Nimmo here one day.  He was close to cracking the Top 25 in Keith Law's revised prospect list.  Take it for what it's worth but there's a chance we may have something pretty good here..

Mike Lindhorst
Mike Lindhorst

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.. send them to Binghamton so we can watch them here.  Congrats guys!

Casey Harden
Casey Harden

That is a step in the right direction. At least there is promise.

Evan Halperin
Evan Halperin

Matz and Nimmo are really the only solid future stars (as of now)

terlis07
terlis07

@cver looks like he is in the Gulf Coast League, but it hasn't started yet.

METS HAPPEN
METS HAPPEN

@TheTrueStork  I think we are hoping LHP Sean Newcomb falls to us, but it is looking less and less likely, at which point, I think we will sign someone way above slot and save money for the later rounds.  a la Gavin Cecchini.
My guess is HS 3B Michael Chavis from Georgia.  We are going to need a replacement for Wright eventually.
He actually somewhat reminds me of David, esp. in the batter's box.

metjetnet
metjetnet

@Haig Mathosian

Sorry. You won't find one here. This is the Land of the "15-20 HRs, Maybe" guys… that's power today, w/o 'roods & with a diminished talent pool.

Besides, most teams don't have one of those either. They've become increasingly rare, as football & basketball catch a greater share of those big guys… 

In college, they've mostly become TEs or PFs now, as the OTHER coaches in their schools spot them & grab them for their teams. 

And, in HS, it's just too damned hard to project at 17-18 how a kid's gonna fill out & what kind of power he's gonna have at 25-29. That's a huge crapshoot. 

Marty Coe Jr
Marty Coe Jr

I completely agree! A surplus of talent like this too also helps the trade market! I have a feeling that the stove is about to get a lot hotter soon!

metjetnet
metjetnet

@Kevin McManus

I'm starting to see a young Hunter Pence/Jason Bay/Jayson Worth with Nimmo. Not your lead dog ever, but an incredibly valuable, versatile & productive companion piece.

metjetnet
metjetnet

@C.K. Dexter Haven

Been watching him for a while, now. It's taken him a while, but he's arrived. But we have to wait this one out & watch what happens. He could just flame out in a yr or 2, or blossom into something special. 

I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

mi
mi

@tw22 victor diaz, fernando martinez, lastings milledge, anderson hernandez, bill pulshiper, dave milicki, jason tyner, alex ochoa, alex escobar,ryan thompson,paul wilson...all bust... its ok to trade prospects

metjetnet
metjetnet

@upstaphan

And I'm still enjoying wearing those beautiful, gaudy rings we got in those years!!  

Hunh? What? We what?

Ohhhhh, never mind...

jenkins
jenkins

@BringBackDaveTelghe always liked that kid. Reminds me of Von Hayes, when he gets the power stroke down. I think he's the LF of the future.

metjetnet
metjetnet

@Mike Lindhorst

Hey Mike!

What's your assessment of the Bing. team? The infield seems to be doing well. The outfield  is struggling a bit, it seems. Hard luck, injuries, or are they starting to peak a bit? These are mostly a combo of SA's 1st draft crop from '11 & Omar's last draft in '10. 

Just trying to get a clear read on this team, as it's doing well but not stunningly so, like the rest of the system. 

Thanks!

1harris1
1harris1

Akeel Morris looks like he could be a stud as a reliever. His numbers are off the charts.

With 95 percent of these guys though, you never really fully know what you have until they make it to the show.

ry110891
ry110891

@Evan Halperin Akeel Morris might be the best out of all of them though I dont know if you consider a star

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Evan Halperin I'll argue Matz as a future star.  I'd love for him to make it of course, but there's huge durability and/or mechanical issues here.  He's fairly low probability to have an impact as a future star..

metjetnet
metjetnet

@Marty Coe Jr

On all levels. 

SA can either use MiLB guys as chips, or can ship out MLB guys when there's someone forcing the issue from below.

Case in point: We've got an entire Conga Line of top 2Bs all thru the system at various stages of development, but all improving & in need of promotion to keep their development moving.

One of our biggest chips today is Daniel Murphy, who could bring us back very strong value elsewhere on the field, which in turn would open a spot for 2B Danny Muno, who's playing well in Vegas, which in turn opens spots all up & down the pipeline, so that ALL of the top 2B prospects move up as they need. A Win-Win.

Kevin McManus
Kevin McManus

I don't want to but don't over value him either based on him being a lefty. To be a valuable starter , especially in this rotation he will be 3 plus pitches. With what he has he would be a very good lefty. Maybe even now

1harris1
1harris1

It's obviously a balance. The best general managers are the ones who know which prospects to hold, and which ones to pump up to acquire established talent.

Rick Ownbey and Floyd Youmans were touted by the Mets in the early to mid 80's as big time prospects. They became essential trade chips in helping the team acquire Hernandez and Carter. Neither had a lengthy major league career. Obviously at the same time, the team produced young players who went on to do great things.

Have to know when to hold em' and when to flip em'.

jamets
jamets

@mi @tw22  It would be nice to trade them BEFORE they're busts, for a change.  We didn't do that with many of the guys you listed.

jamets
jamets

@ry110891 @Evan Halperin  You can't get too excited about relievers in the low minors.  AA hitters usually bring things guys back down to earth in a hurry.  Look at Leathersich, for example.

mets1973
mets1973

@metjetnet @Marty Coe Jr I see Murphy as having his best value as a DH.  Although he could also be put in a package for a stud hitter at the ML level. As for Muno, I am a little leery of him since his suspension for PEDS. 

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

@jamets @mi @tw22 Most of them were always busts, the Mets just lied to us and pumped them up beyond what their talent actually was to make it look like we had a farm system. There were some legit busts, like Greg Jefferies, but most of them were awful to begin with.