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Quick notes from @MetsFarmReport Q&A about the system

Yesterday, the official Twitter account for the team’s farm system, @MetsFarmReport, held a Q&A with fans and essentially said,

Last year’s first-round pick, 1B Dominic Smith, could skip Brooklyn and start his first, full season in Low-A Savannah.

2B Dilson Herrera may get time playing shortstop this year in Single-A.

OF Brandon Nimmo‘s struggles in 2013 can mostly be attributed to injuries.

The team expects a healthy and exciting competition for the big-league bullpen among their young, minor-league pitchers this spring.

RHP Jenrry Mejia is a starting pitcher, he is no longer considered a reliever.

Infielder Wilmer Flores will get most of his time at second base in 2013, assuming he’s not on the big-league roster.


For the full Q&A, click here.

35 comments
BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

I'll be very impressed if Dominic Smith can put up some nice numbers down in Savannah.  Tough place to hit but it's nice to have possible masher down on the farm..

ac0814
ac0814

Dom Smith on the fast track, I love it. He has the goods. What a sweet swing that kid's got.

mets2014
mets2014

while we are on the subject of the minor leagues, I think 2014 is a great opportunity for the mets to turn many of their arbitration eligible players into near future stars while still having the ability to field capable players at those vacant positions as well as clearing some salary to further enhance the payroll flexibility that alderson loves.  For example, this june Gee can be moved perhaps to Arizona for one of those coveted SS and can be replaced internally by syndergaard.  Another example, murphy can be traded to Baltimore for one of their young arms and can be replaced internally by flores.  If you do 2 or 3 trades like this you are continuing to strengthen your farm system and giving your major league ready players an opportunity to play as well as giving you payroll space to add major leaguers via free agency and/or trade.

slainte2
slainte2

Hard to understand Flores playing 2b in minors. Together w Ike's contract, sounds like duda is a sure thing for Vegas, and Murphy may be mid season trade bait.

The Feels
The Feels

Happy for DoMo about possibly skipping Brooklyn, but also bummed 'cause I was hoping to check him out at the Cyclones games, too! Doh! Moh! 

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Wilmer needs to stay off the DL not matting if he is in the majors or minors . Its the DL that is biggest obsticle.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Guys get labeled, sometimes too soon, as NOT being able to do this or that. Then, that label sticks. Not fair. Let the Mets decide what a guy can or can not do by using their own eyes. 


mystere24
mystere24

Murphy is a natural hitter, tough competitor, and gets props for turning himself into an adequate defender at 2b. He is this generation's Dave Magadan, which makes him one of the few tradeable commodities on the current roster because he plays a position where we have some depth of talent (EY Jr, Flores, and Herrera). As a 2B, he hits better than the league average and therefore has trade value although it remains to be seen to what degree his value is shared in the same way by other clubs. I was hoping the Mets would trade him in a package deal for a real cleanup hitter and then we could install both EY Jr. and Flores in a platoon at 2b as EY continues to be our only semi-legitimate leadoff hitter and disruptor on the base paths with his speed and stolen base ability. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem likely to occur so we will see EY getting spot starts in the OF and maybe at 2b as a utility player, which does suit him as well. He may still get a lot of ABs that way. If the Mets stumble out of the gate, he could be moved at the trade deadline if another team has that need to fill but if the Mets catch a break and get a career year out of him, I could see them signing him long-term so this is a pivotal year for Murph. Given all of this, it makes sense to play Herrera at both 2b and SS in the minor leagues because its unclear where he will most be needed at the major league level by the time he is ready.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Interesting that virtually every scout that see's Herrera says he doesn't have the tools to play SS. Footwork and arm strength mainly. Yet the Mets are potentially moving him there. That a reflection of their SS depth in the organization? And I'm surprised they are going to have Flores playing second if in minors. Obviously not going to project at third with Wright but wonder what that says about Murphy's future

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@mets2014 Completely agree.  If the team is out of it in July, they should be making a numbers of deals for guys that are on the cusp of being ready.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@mets2014 How many veteran-for-prospect trades have there been this offseason? Very few. Teams are valuing (probably overvaluing) their prospects more than ever. I don't think either of the trades you proposed would fly with the other team.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@mets2014 Careful with the Arizona SS's. All the scouts are saying Gregorious is going to have to move to 2b, he doesn't project as a SS. So that leaves Owings. And why would Arizona trade him if he's their SS of the future? Only if you overpay for him

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Ron Davis That's the first injury Wilmer's ever had that made him miss any time...he's been in 120 games that last 3 years.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@mystere24 Why is EYJ the only leadoff hitter we have?  Cause he's fast?  Is this 1970?

He doesn't get on base and was one of the worst batters in the whole league last year, if anything he should be moved down the order when he does play so as not to waste ABs.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@mystere24 Do have to give Murphy credit for working as hard as he has to make himself into a serviceable 2b. Will never win a gold glove but good enough with the glove that it let's his bat carry him. I just can't stand to see him playing out in right field! Makes me crazy

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Tarheel11 I think it reflects the fact that Mets just don't have anyone to play SS for St. Lucie, but they have multiple 2B candidates (Mazzilli, Evans, Herrera).

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@Tarheel11I think the tryout of Herrera at SS is more a reflection of the fact that if he can learn to even fake it at SS, his value increases exponentially. This front office has been very consistent in leaving guys at premium defensive positions as long as possible, until they prove that they can no longer hack it at the level that they're at. It's also got to be at least partly wanting to see with their own eyes what he can do at the position.

mets2014
mets2014

@Tarheel11 why are you surprised about flores playing 2B?  Just think about it...murphy will likely get around $6M this year after his raise...assuming murph has a typical year in 2014, he will stand to get another significant raise perhaps $10M...I just can't see alderson valuing murph that high...my guess is that murph gets traded before the 2015 season which will be his last before hitting free agency

mets2014
mets2014

@xgamblorx@mets2014 I was thinking the trades would happen prior to the trade deadline when contending teams become more desperate...players values tend to rise come june/july

mets2014
mets2014

@Tarheel11@mets2014 I am going with the assumption that Arizona is in the playoff hunt and are in need of a legitimate starting pitcher which they can control for the next 2 years.  In this case the dbacks would be dealing from an area of strength.  Perhaps the mets would have to sweeten the deal a little to get owings.  My intention was to float the idea of trading players like gee and murphy to get younger stars.  who knows what they will get in terms of players names

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@xgamblorx @Tarheel11 I completely agree about leaving guys at premium positions as long as possible, just like the tried to leave Flores at SS. But Herrara has never played an inning at SS in his professional career. Big difference between 2b and ss. Commonplace to see a SS moved over to 2b, but very rare do you see a kid go the other way. 

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

They could try to buyout Murphy's FA year by offering him a 2/3 year deal now. He would probably take a 2 year deal for 12 mil. Or even 3 years for 18.

slainte2
slainte2

@mets2014@Tarheel11 

do  you think there would be much of a market for Murphy for 2015 with a 10M contract attached?  

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@xgamblorx @Tarheel11 For what it's worth, that's how baseball works. Virtually every MIF in baseball started as a SS. That's where the best athletes are. As an example, UNC one of the premier college programs in the country recruits only SS. Their entire infield and catcher even were all shortstops in HS. That's how kids project up. They start at SS then the cream of the crop stay there, everyone else gets moved. I coached college ball for 4 years and I've seen it first hand. I've seen it with my own son who is playing college ball next year. That's baseball. You can't fake SS. 

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@Tarheel11 He was an amateur SS for what that's worth. The Pirates made the decision to move him to 3B, then 2B, but I'm willing to entertain the possibility that he can fake it at SS in the low minors and if he can actually improve at the position enough to hack it at a higher level, that could be huge with the potential his bat holds.