Today the Columbia Fireflies released their preliminary roster for 2017. This roster is essentially set, but sometimes they add a guy or two to it.
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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
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
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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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
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.
R/R, 6’1″ 200 lbs, 1/20/1997 (20), Signed out of Venezuela on July 2nd, 2013 for $690,000
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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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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
The second best defensive shortstop in the Mets Minor Leagues, Ramos has great potential as a player, but hasn’t completely realized it yet.
SS Milton Ramos
R/R, 5’11″180 LB, 10/26/1995 (21), Drafted in the 3rd round, 84th Overall out of American Heritage High School for $750,000 (Slot $651,700)