Category: Columbia Fireflies (Page 1 of 2)

Prospect Profile: RHP Harol Gonzalez

It’s about time, Harol is incredibly advanced and I should have written about him earlier. Last season, Harol went to the Short Season-A Brooklyn Cyclones and simply dominated this past season and looks poised to start in full season in 2017. Despite stuff and size, Gonzalez is an excellent pitcher with a bit of promise, and will show it this season at full season ball.

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RHP Harol Gonzalez

R/R, 6’0″ 170 lbs, 3/2/1995 (22), Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2014

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GS CG IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
2014 19 0.1 2 Teams FRk 3.24 15 7 0 50.0 51 18 1 11 53 1.240
2014 19 0.1 Mets 2 FRk 3.41 7 7 0 29.0 27 11 1 8 26 1.207
2014 19 0.1 Mets 1 FRk 3.00 8 0 0 21.0 24 7 0 3 27 1.286
2015 20 -0.6 Kingsport Rk 4.96 13 9 1 65.1 68 36 12 9 56 1.179
2016 21 -0.4 Brooklyn A- 2.01 14 13 0 85.0 69 19 2 17 88 1.012

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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: 2B/SS Luis Carpio

Another top prospect to look out for, Carpio burst out as a 17 year old in Rookie-League Kingsport, and was poised to make the jump to Full-Season Ball last season but fell to shoulder surgery. When healthy, Carpio is possibly one of the best middle infield prospects in the system, and is definitely one to watch at 19 years old.

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2B/SS Luis Carpio

R/R, 6’0″ 165 lbs, 7/11/1997 (19), Signed on 7/11/13 for $300,000 out of Caracas, Venezuela

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 Mets 2 FRk 60 250 35 49 9 1 1 20 12 4 33 33 .234 .347 .301 .648
2015 17 -3.6 Kingsport Rk 45 207 31 55 10 0 0 22 9 7 17 34 .304 .372 .359 .731
2016 18 -2.4 2 Teams A–Rk 20 86 7 15 3 1 0 3 0 0 9 21 .203 .314 .270 .584
2016 18 -3.1 Brooklyn A- 12 52 4 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 8 10 .140 .288 .186 .475
2016 18 -1.5 Mets Rk 8 34 3 9 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 11 .290 .353 .387 .740

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Prospect Profile: 1B Dash Winningham

Thinking about Winningham reminds me of an interaction I had with a co-writer before the 2014 draft. The writer asked me if I knew anything about the draft. I said yeah. He asked if when players get told by scouts about interest, and that the Mets were interested in someone he knew, does that actually translate into them being drafted. I said “of course, who is this guy?” Turns out to be Winningham, a first baseman with a lot of power.

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1B Dash Winningham

L/L, 6’2″ 225 lbs, 10/11/1995 (21), Drafted in the 8th round of the 2014 draft out of Trinity Catholic HS, Ocala, FL

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev G PA H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2014 18 -1.8 Mets Rk 52 199 39 10 1 5 36 2 1 17 39 .231 .322 .391 .712
2015 19 -1.6 Kingsport Rk 66 290 71 19 1 12 51 1 0 15 63 .266 .310 .479 .790
2016 20 -1.4 Columbia A 125 504 109 31 2 12 69 0 1 29 108 .234 .284 .387 .671

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C Ali Sanchez: Another Talented Catcher

Another catcher with upside, Sanchez is a guy to keep your eye on moving forward. Signed out of Venezuela, the catcher has some real upside and has been okay so far, but was hampered by a thumb injury last season that may have compromised his performance. Sanchez has a very high ceiling as catcher, due to his ability to stick behind the plate with many believing he’ll be able to hit as well.

C Ali Sanchez

R/R, 6’1″ 200 lbs, 1/20/1997 (20), Signed out of Venezuela on July 2nd, 2013 for $690,000

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2014 17 -1.3 Mets 1 FRk 50 209 21 53 7 0 3 24 6 6 27 31 .303 .406 .394 .800
2015 18 -1.6 2 Teams Rk 49 188 22 47 6 0 0 20 2 0 12 28 .272 .330 .306 .636
2015 18 -1.5 Mets Rk 46 177 20 45 6 0 0 17 2 0 12 26 .278 .339 .315 .654
2015 18 -2.6 Kingsport Rk 3 11 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .182 .364
2016 19 -2.1 Brooklyn A- 46 181 15 37 10 0 0 11 2 0 10 26 .216 .260 .275 .535
All Levels (3 Seasons) 145 578 58 137 23 0 3 55 10 6 49 85 .264 .335 .326 .661

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Prospect Profile: OF Tim Tebow

It’s so weird writing a baseball profile on a pro football player but… here we are. I remember Tebowmania in college. In my freshman year, I went to a small school down in Florida. He was star quarterback at University of Florida, and everyone drooled over his talent as a football player. To the Floridians, he just walked on water, turned water into wine, and turned into the messiah of college football. But he didn’t do as well when he went pro, and fizzled out, only to pick up baseball again, a game he hasn’t played since he was in high school. As soon as word got out that Tebow was playing Baseball, Scouts were sent out to his showcase, and the Mets signed him to a six-figure contract. For a bit there, I thought he was going to play in short season this year, but then I thought “wait, no, there’s such opportunity for him to grace Columbia.”

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Profile: LHP Thomas Szapucki

I bet you’ve been waiting for this profile, eh? This is a guy that many Mets fans have heard about that was just dominating short season leagues in 2016, and for good reason: his stuff is just electric. Placing already at 60 on Keith Law’s Top 100 prospects,  Szapucki has already turned heads  Pitching a stone’s throw away from the St. Lucie Mets while in High School, Szapucki was a Mets fan growing up. He’s a Toms River, New Jersey native originally and was ecstatic to take the bonus and go pro. He started out as a big-armed lefty with control issues, and with a few tweaks in his delivery, performed like a flat-out ace.

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LHP Thomas Szapucki

R/L, 6’2″ 205 lbs, 6/12/1996 (20), Drafted 5th round, 149th overall out of William T. Dwyer HS (West Palm Beach, FL). Signed for $375,000 (355,500 slot).

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev ERA G GS GF IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2015 19 -1.4 Mets GULF Rk 15.43 3 0 1 2.1 5 4 4 0 0 3 2.143
2016 20 -1.2 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A- 1.38 9 9 0 52.0 26 12 8 2 20 86 0.885
2016 20 -1.0 Kingsport APPY Rk 0.62 5 5 0 29.0 16 5 2 2 9 47 0.862
2016 20 -1.4 Brooklyn NYPL A- 2.35 4 4 0 23.0 10 7 6 0 11 39 0.913

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Prospect Profile: 3B Blake Tiberi

I realized that third basemen haven’t been covered yet… at all, so I’m going to address that in a line this week, starting with Tiberi, who was drafted in the third round in 2016. Tiberi I can safely state currently has a profile to former Met Daniel Murphy

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Prospect Profile: RHP Jordan Humphreys

A lesser known pitcher who was drafted in 2015, Humphreys opened a few eyes with increased velocity and a nice curve. He pitched well in Rookie Ball and should jump to full season this year and be starting going forward.

RHP Jordan Humphreys

R/R, 6/11/1996 (20), 6’2″ 225 LBs, Drafted 18th Round, 539th overall in 2015 out of Crystal River HS, Crystal River, FL

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2015 19 -1.4 Mets Rk 0 0 1.54 7 0 2 11.2 12 5 2 0 1 7 1.114
2016 20 -1.0 2 Teams Rk-A- 3 6 3.58 13 13 0 75.1 72 36 30 3 16 85 1.168
2016 20 -1.0 Kingsport Rk 3 5 3.76 12 12 0 69.1 65 35 29 3 15 76 1.154
2016 20 -1.4 Brooklyn A- 0 1 1.50 1 1 0 6.0 7 1 1 0 1 9 1.333

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Prospect Profile: RHP Colin Holderman

Interesting arm drafted in 9th round who was paid overslot, who was named Division 2 Junior College Player of the year in 2016 due to his superb pitching and fantastic hitting. While he did well on both aspects of the ball, Holderman is most definitely a pitcher going forward, and a promising one at that.

RHP Colin Holderman

R/R, 6’5″ 220 LBS, 10/8/1995 (21), Drafted Round 9, 280 overall, out of Heartland Community College for 400,000 dollars (263,000 over slot).

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2016 20 -1.0 Kingsport APPY Rk 3.86 13 3 18.2 17 10 8 1 11 13 1.500

A junior college star, Holderman has a very interesting arm, and is likely someone you follow with interest.

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