Category: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Page 1 of 2)

Prospect Profile: OF John Mora

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.

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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

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 19 0.4 2 Teams FRk 64 249 38 53 12 3 0 27 11 16 34 37 .268 .388 .359 .746
2012 19 0.4 Mets 1 FRk 38 147 23 33 9 3 0 20 9 12 23 20 .287 .411 .417 .828
2012 19 0.4 Mets 2 FRk 26 102 15 20 3 0 0 7 2 4 11 17 .241 .354 .277 .631
2013 20 1.6 2 Teams FRk 68 285 36 75 15 5 0 46 16 14 31 34 .310 .397 .413 .810
2013 20 1.6 Mets 1 FRk 37 159 20 41 8 2 0 24 12 9 17 21 .297 .384 .384 .768
2013 20 1.6 Mets 2 FRk 31 126 16 34 7 3 0 22 4 5 14 13 .327 .415 .452 .867
2014 21 0.7 2 Teams Rk-A- 56 234 44 61 9 4 0 17 17 6 25 33 .307 .388 .392 .780
2014 21 0.0 Brooklyn A- 24 99 15 26 3 1 0 5 3 2 5 20 .292 .327 .348 .675
2014 21 1.2 Mets Rk 32 135 29 35 6 3 0 12 14 4 20 13 .318 .433 .427 .860
2015 22 0.4 Savannah A 115 481 65 113 22 12 5 60 14 10 57 70 .278 .368 .428 .796
2016 23 0.3 St. Lucie A+ 128 506 63 108 15 7 5 42 8 6 60 72 .246 .341 .346 .688
All Levels (5 Seasons) 432 1755 246 410 73 31 10 192 66 52 207 246 .276 .371 .387 .758

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Mets Sign RHP Justin Brantley

Mets yesterday signed right-hander Justin Brantley to round out the bullpen at Double-A Binghamton. He’s the nephew of ex-big leaguer Mickey Brantley and cousin of talented Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley.

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Prospect Profile: LHP Kelly Secrest

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

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2014 22 0.6 Brooklyn A- 1.82 20 0 0 24.2 20 5 5 0 12 30 1.297
2015 23 0.1 St. Lucie A+ 3.14 38 0 1 57.1 50 21 20 0 23 49 1.273
2016 24 0.5 2 Teams A+-AA 3.58 34 1 1 55.1 44 24 22 4 29 57 1.319
2016 24 -0.5 Binghamton AA 5.51 12 0 0 16.1 14 12 10 1 10 20 1.469
2016 24 0.9 St. Lucie A+ 2.77 22 1 1 39.0 30 12 12 3 19 37 1.256
All Levels (3 Seasons) 3.08 92 1 2 137.1 114 50 47 4 64 136 1.296

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Prospect Profile: OF Kevin Kaczmarski

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.

OF Kevin Kaczmarski (College Stats)

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

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2015 23 2.4 Kingsport Rk 64 284 47 91 18 5 4 34 20 9 24 33 .355 .415 .512 .927
2016 24 2.1 2 Teams A-A+ 111 476 69 116 29 10 2 46 14 6 50 76 .280 .360 .413 .773
2016 24 1.3 St. Lucie A+ 42 175 28 46 10 3 0 18 8 0 21 26 .301 .383 .405 .788
2016 24 2.6 Columbia A 69 301 41 70 19 7 2 28 6 6 29 50 .268 .347 .418 .764
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.

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Profile: RHP Corey Oswalt

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)

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OF Champ Stuart Brings The Speed

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)

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Prospect Profile: RHP Chris Flexen

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)

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2012 17 -3.5 Kingsport Rk 5.62 7 6 32.0 38 23 20 2 14 26 1.625
2013 18 -2.5 Kingsport Rk 2.09 11 11 69.0 53 18 16 6 12 62 0.942
2014 19 -2.7 Savannah A 4.83 13 13 69.0 75 41 37 5 37 46 1.623
2015 20 -1.6 3 Teams A-A–Rk 2.42 12 9 52.0 45 17 14 0 16 51 1.173
2015 20 -0.4 Mets Rk 0.00 3 2 6.0 2 0 0 0 1 5 0.500
2015 20 -1.3 Brooklyn A- 5.11 3 2 12.1 15 8 7 0 8 13 1.865
2015 20 -1.9 Savannah A 1.87 6 5 33.2 28 9 7 0 7 33 1.040
2016 21 -2.1 St. Lucie A+ 3.56 25 25 134.0 125 62 53 6 51 95 1.313

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Prospect Profile: LHP Ben Griset

A lesser known reliever who was older, but effective in the last few years. Mets signed him at the end of 2014 after he was released by the Rays. He was a starter for the Rays, but was converted to reliever with the Mets. I know you’re asking, “why cover a soon-to-be 25 year old lefty reliever who hasn’t gotten out of A-Ball?”

I cover everyone, just so you know who they are. I don’t care if you think they have a major league future or don’t. I cover them, so you know and so I do too (because often, I don’t remember all these reports)

LHP Ben Griset (College Stats)

L/L, 6’0″ 190 lbs, 3/12/1992 (24) , Drafted in the 13th round, 398th overall in 2013 out of St. Mary’s College of California by the Tampa Bay Rays

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev Aff ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP
2013 21 -0.3 Hudson Valley A- TBR 3.41 14 14 0 0 66.0 79 31 25 3 10 55 5 1.348
2014 22 -0.1 2 Teams A-A+ TBR 3.42 20 12 2 0 84.1 106 44 32 8 16 65 4 1.447
2014 22 0.1 Bowling Green A TBR 3.88 15 12 0 0 72.0 95 40 31 8 13 56 3 1.500
2014 22 -1.2 Charlotte A+ TBR 0.73 5 0 2 0 12.1 11 4 1 0 3 9 1 1.135
2015 23 1.1 Savannah A NYM 2.97 28 0 10 1 39.1 32 15 13 0 15 41 0 1.195
2016 24 0.9 St. Lucie A+ NYM 1.80 32 3 12 3 60.0 42 19 12 3 20 66 0 1.033

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Prospect Profile: Infielder Phillip Evans

(MILB.com)

Although the Mets’ draft in 2011 has yielded modest returns to this point, skepticism among fans regarding the then-new front office regime’s first venture into the amateur draft remains prevalent.  The front office made their first splash by drafting a relative no-name from Wyoming named Brandon Nimmo. Using their first pick on a kid who never played high school ball felt as much like a statement regarding the new modus operandi as it did an attempt to find authentic Big League talent. But the organization’s most audacious maneuver in 2011 coincided with selecting Phillip Evans in the 15th round. Nearly six years later, Evans remains an enigmatic prospect who we are still parsing out.

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Prospect Profile: INF Jeff McNeil

An underrated player who is usually under the radar, and had hernia surgery that put him on the shelf last year when a breakout was definitely due. He also got engaged the other day, so I decided to cover him instead of a Spring Training Invitee. No worries, I will cover him next time.

INF Jeff McNeil

L/R, 6’1′, 190, 4/8/1992 (25), Drafted 12th Round, 356th Overall out of California State University, Long Beach, Unknown Bonus

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