Why the promotions this past week?

Toby Hyde, Contributor

Top Mets prospects CF Brandon Nimmo, LHP Steven Matz and 2B/SS Dilson Herrera moved from Single-A to Double-A this past week.

The Mets were so excited about the moves, team COO Jeff Wilpon journeyed to Binghamton to watch Nimmo and Herrera’s B-Mets debut.


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Why now? The second half began Thursday in the South Atlantic League and the Florida State League. The Mets have made a habit of 1) trying hard to win half titles to put their affiliates in the playoffs and 2) allow their prospects to play in All-Star games.

The South Atlantic League’s first half ended Sunday – the Mets Low-A affiliate Sand Gnats won the first half comfortably – and played its All-Star game on Tuesday. The Florida State League played their All-Star game last Saturday, and ended the first half on Wednesday with St. Lucie chasing a playoff spot to the final day of the half before ultimately falling just one game short.

The Mets held these two affiliates together for their playoff run, so on Thursday, the dam broke. So, what happened and who moved? >> Read more about Mets promotions and what’s next at SNY’s Mets Minors.




39 comments
dooley
dooley

After promotions to Syndergaard and Montero, our best prospects will now be position players.

tw22
tw22

Wjy now?! That's a pretty silly question.

j_spikett
j_spikett

i like what alderson is doing. he is building a top notch farm system. the same way miami,st louis and frisco has done. and better yet he is not trading them away for washed up stiffs like minaya did.

Jim Flaherty
Jim Flaherty

I'd suggest taking a look at Matt Reynold's Line Drive Rate as well to help get a measure of how much of his increase in BABIP is related to his increase in walk % in that he's not making contact at bad pitches anymore but letting them go by and he's making contact on better pitches to hit instead.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Glad that Nimmo, Herrera, and Matz have come to Binghamton where they are close enough to go see them play. I'd rather drive a little further to watch them, Plawecki and the B Mets then watch the "real" Mets.

Ramon Pena
Ramon Pena

the ne3xt move should be plaweki to the bigs

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

How about worrying about the MLB roster that is terrible. If Wilpon is excited about minor leaguers being promoted to AA we have a problem. Not one position player that has been promoted has done anything.

Eugene DuBow
Eugene DuBow

Obviously Jeff wants to see who could be moved up. Getting ready to trade some of the MLB players soon and looking to see who could be replacements?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Why?  Why not?  The whole idea is to get them to the majors in a realistic timeframe.  This notion that you have to spend a certain amount of years at a given level is ridiculous.....and who gives a hoot about a minor league all star game or the playoffs?  I thought the primary motivator was winning at the major league level.  I know that's the case for most major league teams; guess it's different with the Mets.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Toby,

Any insight to the level Conforto is going to start at? Sounds like he is way overqualified for Brooklyn and the only reason for him to be there is an ulterior motive by ownership..

1harris1
1harris1

"The Mets were so excited about the moves, team COO Jeff Wilpon journeyed to Binghamton............"

Never mind. Whatever about Jeff Wilpon.

Congrats to all the young guys! I would imagine Plawecki gets bumped up to Vegas next week when d'Arnaud returns to the big club?

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Congratulations Boys tbe Big Team sure needs tbe help,Learn FAST!

The Feels band
The Feels band

The Mets Minor League blog used to be my favorite place to go,  but I'm sorry, it's way too ugly to navigate these days so I literally never go anymore. Such a bummer 'cause Toby is my favorite Mets writer, too. 

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

Sandy has loaded up on pitching. His position players can't be judged because most of them were high school players. Expect him to trade some of the pitching to get a bat or two.

Sean Andrew Ingram
Sean Andrew Ingram

@bockers He would probably have 12 homers playing at CitiField. Remember, Yankee stadium turned Granderson into a 40 homer guy. 

tw22
tw22

@bockers In Baltiomore, hitting between Davis and Machado. You're fired.


Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

Great. How many will he hit in the last year of the long term $25 million a year deal it would have taken to bring him to citi field?

Tyler Young
Tyler Young

I know how attractive that looks. But be honest with yourself... Would he even make a difference on this team? We sure as hell still wouldn't be competitive.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Joe Wenzel I was listening to Casey Stern on MLB Inside Pitch this morning.  For him, to "Tejada" something has become a descriptive term.  As in Nieuwenheis "Tejada'd" the slide yesterday.  Don't know exactly what he meant, but it was funny to hear the term used.

thwacker
thwacker

@Ramon Pena See article in NY Post  - says Plawecki is threat to TDA at catcher

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

@Ramon Pena 

Move Plawecki to 3rd to get the most out of his bat. Wright can't throw any more. Move Wright to 1st or 2nd after the 2015 season.

Sean Andrew Ingram
Sean Andrew Ingram

@Macacawitz Giancarlo Stanton was brought up in 2010 as a 20 year old rookie because he played himself out of every minor league stop they had him at. If he were a Met Sandy would probably just now be bringing him up so Terry can play him 1 day a week behind Chris Young. 

hankypanky
hankypanky

The minor league all-star games and playoffs gives scouts and their organizations a heads- up on player development. This knowledge is valuable to the club. It's also entertaining to fans who like to follow their team,s development

hankypanky
hankypanky

The move to Brooklyn is pretty transparent. It's designed to attract New York area fans and bring in revenue.l

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

@BringBackDaveTelghe 

Conforto is at about the same place Kris Bryant was last year as far as development goes. Bryant has more power and will be the better player. The Cubs started Bryant in a short season league and then moved him to the FSL. He started this year in AA and had a graet 1st half. They just moved him up to AAA. I think Conforto should start at St. Lucie or be moved there quickly after his start in Brooklyn. Like Bryant he likely will spend the 1st half of his 2nd pro season in AA even if he gets a taste of it this year. If things go well he would be promoted to AAA about this time next year and may have a Sept. call up.
That seems to be what should happen, with the Mets you never know.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Yep, really is awful right now. Maybe they are in transition to a different format, or even testing a format on the main site but it's terrible. You have no idea what you're looking at, leads are stale week old stories, updates are buried, comments are disabled..not user friendly at all.

dooley
dooley

Um...you can say that all prospects cannot be judged properly until they reach the majors

David Jay
David Jay

12HR at Citi? Still would've been a significant upgrade from CY don't you think?

Terry Jacoby
Terry Jacoby

@Tyler Young Your defense is confusing. So SA is not to blame for not getting Cruz. because he wouldn't help this awful team that was PUT TOGETHER by SA. Four years is long enough and the team is still the laughing stock of baseball - on and off the field. It's been a circus with one thing after another. Embarrassing payroll for any organization, especially in NY. Chris Young. Tejada (who they rip in the media and he's STILL HERE), Terry Collins (worst game manager in baseball), spending money on Colon when the depth was obviously pitching and leaving SS and 1B unattended. The farm team in Las Vegas? The letter to fans saying they must support the team if the payroll is going to increase. Leaving WFAN. Screwing with Wilmer Flores. On and on and on ... ENOUGH!

David Jay
David Jay

YOURE a threat to TDA at catcher. His career is on the verge of going bye-bye if he doesn't show well in his next MLB opportunity

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

@thwacker @Ramon Pena 

Plawecki is an option at catcher if TDA does not hit. If TDA hits then he would be the better option for catcher because of his defense.
Plawecki is supposed to be a good defensive catcher but his offense is what is getting all the attention. I don't know if he could play third but I would like to see the Mets look into it. I don't think Wright will be there for much longer. His arm seems to be declining. If Plawecki could play third and they move Wright to 1st or 2nd that would be a boost to their offense. When Smith is ready they could trade Murphy.


Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@hankypanky I see your point.  I've just outgrown the romanticized notion that you can gauge a player's future success based based upon making an all star team in A ball; or if success at that levels guarantees similar results at the major league level.  The need for the Mets to find legitimate impact players at the major league level has reached critical mass.  Channel surfing and watching Cespedes and Encarnacion and Cruz and the other Abreu evokes major jealousy pangs.  These guys are exciting ABs, they put fannies in seats.  The Mets have exactly none of these types of players on the current 40 man, nor do they have any even close to this talented in their system.  If the Mets were doing it the right way, by showing some aggression in the FA market as they promised, maybe taking a risk on a highly touted unknown, I'd have more patience for the farm system narrative.  Until they do, I'm hard pressed to get too excited over these promotions.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@mets2891 thanks. A $25 million a year multi-year offer is what he was asking for. When nobody would bite, he settled for a last second 1 year offer in a good lineup in a band-box to prove his value for next year. The only way we get him in spacious citi field on our anemic lineup is to give him what he's asking for. With a gaping hole in our lineup waiting out the market till the bitter end on Cruz and hoping nobody else gives him what he wanted would have been a ridiculous gamble to take.