The Arizona Fall League started yesterday with six Mets on the Surprise Saguaros, including right-handed pitchers Ryan Fraser and Greg Peavey, left-handed pitchers Chase Huchingson and Adam Kolarek, and outfielders Darrell Ceciliani and Cesar Puello.
Surprise lost in last night’s opener, during which Ceciliani was hitless with two strike outs in three at bats. No other Mets played in the game.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I don’t know much about these pitchers, but it’s probably worth keeping an eye on Puello and Ceciliani. Last summer, I heard more than one insider compare Ceciliani’s tools and ceiling to Brett Gardner (in terms of speed, hustle, size and gap hitting), though he needs at least another year or two in the minor leaguers. Puello, on the other hand, they say has the potential for significantly more power than he’s shown. I watched him a lot last spring. He hit really well in batting practice, but looked rather soft in games. He’s built like Jay Payton, with similar speed and unrealized raw tools. I’ve heard minor league experts say he can look like Carl Crawford one moment and then Carlos Gomez the next. In either case, though I don’t think either of these kids will help the Mets next season, given the state of the organization’s outfield it’s probably worth knowing as much as possible about every future option.
In recent seasons, before becoming big-leaguers, the Mets sent Daniel Murphy, Josh Thole, Robert Carson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Bobby Parnell, Jenrry Mejia, Ike Davis and others to play in the AFL.