The newly minted
Stud Muffins Rumble Ponies are gearing up for a new season starting on April 6th. Their Double-A Level Roster was released today by Tyler Feldman. The roster is as shown:
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Right now, the saddest thing going on is the continued deterioration of David Wright. For many of us, it’s a heartbreaking experience, knowing that Spinal Stenosis has brought down our once excellent third base thumper. Probably the closest starting caliber 3rd Baseman to the Major Leagues for the Mets, Thompson has a lot of athleticism, but a lot of questions too. Thompson has a possibility of being what replaces Wright in the Majors in the future, but he’s got a few questions around him as well.
(Dustin Satloff/Brooklyn Cyclones/NY Post)
R/R, 6’0″ 210 lbs, 8/28/1993 (23), Drafted by the Mets in the 4th Round of the 2015 Draft out of the University of Miami
Literally the forgotten first baseman in the Mets organization, who has done nothing but hit, and sometimes near the caliber of their top 1B Dominic Smith. Oberste has essentially been eternally tied to Smith from the day he started full season ball and was drafted seven rounds after him in 2013. He has played the last three years as second fiddle to the top prospect across A-ball, Advanced-A, and Double-A. Oberste has his own strengths and abilities, but an uphill battle to climb.
(Photo Credit: MILB/ Helen Haessler)
1B/3B Matt Oberste (College Stats)
R/R, 6’2″ 240 lbs, 8/9/1991 (25), Drafted in the 7th round out of the University of Oklahoma
A player with quite a few tools, but hasn’t put it all together. Don’t you love that cliche? Nevertheless, Mora has been around for a while and he had some promise around him, he’s likely going to lose some playing time to some other players due to not enough performance.
(Photo Credit: Fred Devyatkin/MILB.com)
OF John Mora
L/L, 5’11” 195 lbs, 5/31/1993 (23), Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011 for an undisclosed amount
|All Levels (5 Seasons)||432||1755||246||410||73||31||10||192||66||52||207||246||.276||.371||.387||.758|
A lefty relief pitcher that has shot up the ladder for the Mets, but struggled a bit in Double-A. A senior sign in the 10th round, Secrest has been decent in the lower levels, but needs to take the next step in Double-A. Hey, when we cover all of these players, we cover ALL of these players.
(UNCW Website, John Crouch)
LHP Kelly Secrest
L/L, 6′ 225 lbs, 9/13/1991 (25), Drafted in the 10th round of the 2014 draft out of UNC Wilmington
|All Levels (3 Seasons)||3.08||92||1||2||137.1||114||50||47||4||64||136||1.296|
Senior signees are strange to me. A senior sign is usually a player drafted out of college in his senior year and is taken in earlier rounds to give the team more bonus pool space to spend over slot in the draft later. Often times the player turns into an organizational player (non-prospect), but there are a few guys that actually turn into something more. Kaczmarski may be one of those that could be something more. The guy can hit.
L/R, 5’11” 195 lbs, 12/31/1991 (25), Drafted in the 9th round of the 2015 draft out of the University of Evansville. Signed for $5,000
|All Levels (2 Seasons)||175||760||116||207||47||15||6||80||34||15||74||109||.309||.381||.451||.832|
Kevin Kaczmarski was just a hitting beast at Evansville. In his redshirt-senior year (known as a 5th year in college, fourth year playing college ball and missed his freshman year due to a broken foot), he hit .465/.543/.746 in 46 games while hitting 33 extra base hits. With the .465 batting average, he won the overall NCAA batting title for that year. He signed with the Mets on June 23rd and was assigned to Advanced Rookie League Kingsport.
Another projectable arm that the Mets has drafted but hasn’t gotten the same fanfare and development arc as others. Oswalt is that forgotten young arm, but he still has some development to do on his overall stuff and work harder on his ceiling. He did well in the Arizona Fall League last October
(Photo by Ed Delany)
When you cover outfielders, you want to see the tools that can make an outfielder great. Hitting, power, defense, Arm, Speed…well, I can’t speak for much others, maybe defense and arm, but when it comes to Stuart, there is definitely plenty of speed. If you wanted to read about a player in the Mets organization with the best speed, congratulations, you’ve found him.
(Photo Credit Bill Mitchell/Baseball America)
One thing with the Mets that you can always count on is that they are excellent at developing projectable arms. They did it with Jacob deGrom, Robert Gsellman, Michael Fulmer, and they continue to with guys like Thomas Szapucki and many others. Often times they find parts of a delivery to tweak, the arm slot to move up, quicken, a new grip on the slider that will allow better deception. The Mets development staff for pitching is excellent, and Flexen may be another product.
RHP Chris Flexen
R/R, 6’3″ 235 lbs, 7/1/1994 (22), Drafted in the 14th round of the 2012 Draft, 440th overall out of Memorial HS. Signed for $374,000 ($274,000 overslot)