Category: Brooklyn Cyclones

Mets Sign Leon Byrd

The Mets signed Leon Byrd to a minor league contract, according to Baseball America. A Mets 25th round pick in 2012, Byrd opted to go to Rice and underperformed there, hitting a career .279/.376/.331. As a Junior at Rice, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round for $30,000 as a cost-saving under slot pick.

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Prospect Profile: OF Ricardo Cespedes

Did you all know there was another Cespedes on the Mets? No, they’re not related…this one is from the Dominican Republic, and trained under the same trainer as top prospect Amed Rosario: trainer Jhon Carmona. In 2013, Cespedes led the pack for Mets international signings, and was one of the youngest of the signing period.

OF Ricardo Cespedes

L/L, 6’1″, 200 LBS, 8/24/1997 (19), Signed out of the Dominican Republic for 725K on 8/24/13

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2014 16 -2.3 2 Teams FRk 53 235 29 58 9 3 0 17 7 5 14 36 .266 .311 .335 .646
2014 16 -2.3 Mets 1 FRk 45 199 21 42 6 2 0 10 4 4 11 34 .227 .271 .281 .552
2014 16 -2.3 Mets 2 FRk 8 36 8 16 3 1 0 7 3 1 3 2 .485 .528 .636 1.164
2015 17 -2.5 Mets Rk 44 185 16 37 3 2 0 15 7 3 13 29 .224 .282 .267 .548
2016 18 -2.5 Kingsport Rk 56 241 30 73 4 3 1 16 7 7 9 36 .322 .356 .379 .735

Signed out of the Dominican Republic on his birthday in 2013, Cespedes is a young player who is oozing with some nice potential. Ricardo had a nice season with Rookie-League Kingsport after having two lackluster years in complex-level Rookie League. He was the highest paid Mets signee in 2013, edging out fellow prospect, Catcher Ali Sanchez by $35,000.

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