The Mets announced they have invited RHP’s Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni, C Juan Centeno, INF Josh Satin and OF Matt den Dekker to Major League Spring Training.
Toby Hyde, Contributorden Dekker plays a strong centerfield, and crushed it in Double-A to the tune of .340/.397/.563 in 58 games in 2012. Before he was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo last year, he was leading the Eastern League in batting average, hits, doubles, slugging percentage, extra-base hits, runs scored, total bases, and was fourth in OBP and strikeouts. The strikeouts will eventually hurt his batting average, but even if he’s not hitting .340, or even .300, his pop and defense will have major league value.
In regards to Mazzoni, he has upside as a mid-rotation starter and downside as a hard-throwing bullpen piece.
He did not miss enough bats in AA to be a viable prospect as a starter as his strikeout rate slipped to 6.2 K/9 in AA and just 16%. However, he showed flashes of cranking up his velocity to 95 and 96 mph that make me think he can be a bullpen guy. Scouts’ reviews on his changeup/splitter and his slider were ok, but not enthusiastic.
Statistics and information on the Mets invitees to big league camp...
Montero, 22, went a combined 11-5 with a 2.36 ERA (32 earned runs/122.0 innings) and 110 strikeouts in 20 starts for Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League and St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League. The 6-2, 168-pound native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic went 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA (20 earned runs/71.1 innings) in 12 starts for the Sand Gnats and 5-2 with a 2.13 ERA (12 earned runs/50.2 innings) for the St. Lucie club. The Mets signed the righthander as a non-drafted free agent in 2011.
Mazzoni, 23, split last season between St. Lucie and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League, making a combined 26 starts and earning a spot on the midseason Florida State League All-Star team. The 6-1, 190-pound native of Evans City, Pa. went 10-6 and compiled a 3.93 ERA (63 earned runs/144.1 innings) with a 104 strikeouts and 36 walks. The Mets selected the righthander in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Centeno, 23, hit .285 (80-281) with 12 doubles and 35 RBI in 79 games for Binghamton last season. The 5-9, 172-pound native of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, made his pro debut in 2007 with the Gulf Coast Mets. The Mets selected Centeno, who bats lefty and throws righty, in the 27th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Satin, 28, had one at-bat with the Mets last season, striking out in his only major league action. He spent the remainder of the season with Buffalo (AAA) of the International League, hitting .286 (126-441) with 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 131 games. The 6-2, 200-pound native of Hidden Hills, Calif. made his major league debut in 2011, hitting .200 (5-25) in 15 games with the Mets. The club selected Satin, who throws and bats righty, in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Den Dekker, 25, appeared in 135 games between Binghamton and Buffalo last season, hitting .274 (146-533) with a career high-tying 17 home runs and 76 RBI. The 6-1, 205-pound native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. who bats and throws lefty, hit two grand slams with the Bisons: August 6 at Syracuse and August 14 vs. Lehigh Valley. The Mets selected the outfielder in the fifth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.