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Prospect Profile: 1B/3B Matt Oberste

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.

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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

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev G PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 21 0.0 Brooklyn A- 68 273 53 7 2 3 24 10 56 .208 .245 .286 .532
2014 22 0.5 Savannah A 91 364 92 22 4 8 47 19 68 .274 .320 .435 .754
2015 23 0.3 St. Lucie A+ 111 465 126 24 6 6 64 34 73 .301 .359 .430 .789
2016 24 -0.3 Binghamton AA 124 462 117 21 2 9 54 38 80 .283 .340 .409 .749
2016 24 1.9 Scottsdale Fal 13 53 9 3 0 1 8 2 9 .184 .208 .306 .514
2016 24 1.9 Scottsdale Fal 9 36 3 1 0 0 2 1 8 .088 .111 .118 .229

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Prospect Profile: RHP Ricky Knapp

A forgotten arm, Knapp is an interesting starter with a little upside, but the ability to eat innings. Drafted in the 8th round, he was expected to move quickly, but hit a few snags. He did very well in the middle minors in 2016 and is poised to possibly help the big club in 2017.

(Helene Haessler/Suncoast Sports Now)

RHP Ricky Knapp (College Stats)

R/R, 6’1″ 215 lbs, 5/20/1992 (24), Drafted by the Mets in the 8th round of the 2013 draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2013 21 -0.3 Brooklyn A- 3.76 13 1 0 0 26.1 29 13 11 1 9 19 1.443
2014 22 0.3 Savannah A 4.34 22 20 2 0 120.1 140 72 58 8 39 92 1.488
2015 23 1.0 2 Teams A-A+ 3.05 28 16 2 1 121.0 133 53 41 5 24 96 1.298
2015 23 0.1 St. Lucie A+ 6.59 7 0 0 0 13.2 20 13 10 0 4 5 1.756
2015 23 1.1 Savannah A 2.60 21 16 2 1 107.1 113 40 31 5 20 91 1.239
2016 24 0.2 3 Teams A+-AA-AAA 2.69 25 24 3 1 163.2 148 57 49 6 39 115 1.143
2016 24 -2.7 Las Vegas AAA 5.50 3 3 0 0 18.0 22 11 11 2 7 11 1.611
2016 24 -0.5 Binghamton AA 2.90 6 6 2 0 40.1 31 15 13 0 10 40 1.017
2016 24 0.9 St. Lucie A+ 2.14 16 15 1 1 105.1 95 31 25 4 22 64 1.111
All Levels (4 Seasons) 3.32 88 61 7 2 431.1 450 195 159 20 111 322 1.301

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Prospect Profile: SS Amed Rosario

Mets fans have been waiting since 2011 for a replacement for Jose Reyes. Reyes was dazzling, with blazing speed, great hitting, and a flamboyant attitude, and once he was gone, the Mets missed him and tried their best to replace him, only to fall short.  The year that Reyes started playing elsewhere, the Mets signed a 16 year old Dominican Shortstop who grew up idolizing Reyes by the name of Amed Rosario. Rosario received the highest bonus for his age bracket in franchise history, and became a rising star immediately. Over the next few years, his hype grew, and he improved greatly over time, and then exploded in Hi-A and Double-A. He gained national attention, and became a top-10 prospect in the MLB. But, while Reyes has returned to the Mets, Amed Rosario still looks to be the team’s long term answer at shortstop.

(Ted Klein, 2013 Spring Training)

SS Amed Rosario

R/R, 6’2″ 200 lbs,  11/20/1995 (21), Signed on July 2nd 2o12 for 1.75 Million Dollars out of the Dominican Republic

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 17 -3.5 Kingsport Rk 58 226 22 51 8 4 3 23 2 6 11 43 .241 .279 .358 .637
2014 18 -3.1 2 Teams A–A 75 321 41 81 11 6 2 27 7 3 18 58 .274 .320 .372 .691
2014 18 -3.0 Brooklyn A- 68 290 39 77 11 5 1 23 7 3 17 47 .289 .337 .380 .717
2014 18 -3.5 Savannah A 7 31 2 4 0 1 1 4 0 0 1 11 .133 .161 .300 .461
2015 19 -3.7 2 Teams A+-AA 105 427 42 100 20 5 0 26 13 4 23 78 .253 .302 .329 .631
2015 19 -3.7 St. Lucie A+ 103 417 41 99 20 5 0 25 12 4 23 73 .257 .307 .335 .642
2015 19 -5.5 Binghamton AA 2 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 .100 .100 .100 .200
2016 20 -3.4 2 Teams A+-AA 120 527 65 155 24 13 5 71 19 8 40 87 .324 .374 .459 .833
2016 20 -2.7 St. Lucie A+ 66 290 27 82 10 8 3 40 13 6 21 36 .309 .359 .442 .800
2016 20 -4.3 Binghamton AA 54 237 38 73 14 5 2 31 6 2 19 51 .341 .392 .481 .874
All Levels (4 Seasons) 358 1501 170 387 63 28 10 147 41 21 92 266 .280 .328 .388 .715

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Profile: RHP Logan Taylor

Another relief arm invited to 2017 Mets Spring Training who was effective last year in Binghamton. Mets were so happy with his performance that he was given a chance to make the team out of spring training for 2017. The pitcher has great stuff, but hasn’t been able to put it together as a starter, so they converted him to relief. His strikeouts jumped in 2016 after switching from starting to relief and he looks to be a possible future ‘pen piece.

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RHP Logan Taylor

R/R, 6’3″ 230 lbs, 12/13/1991 (25), Drafted in 2012 in the 11th round out of East Oklahoma State College

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2012 20 -1.2 Brooklyn A- 0.93 13 0 6 0 19.1 11 3 2 0 2 19 0.672
2013 21 -0.7 Savannah A 2.67 7 7 0 0 30.1 28 10 9 0 9 35 1.220
2014 22 0.6 2 Teams A-Rk 2.37 11 11 0 0 64.2 55 21 17 7 16 55 1.098
2014 22 1.6 Mets Rk 1.12 3 3 0 0 16.0 14 2 2 0 2 16 1.000
2014 22 0.3 Savannah A 2.77 8 8 0 0 48.2 41 19 15 7 14 39 1.130
2015 23 0.1 St. Lucie A+ 3.69 24 22 0 0 136.2 127 68 56 8 55 98 1.332
2016 24 -0.5 Binghamton AA 3.99 44 5 11 0 85.2 85 42 38 5 39 99 1.447

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Profile: Catcher Xorge Carrillo Backin’ Up Through The Ages

Xorge (pronounced Jorge), has been around for a long time in the Mets Minor League Scene. A senior sign out of Arizona State University the catcher Carrillo has been backup for many starters over the last six seasons, and has earned himself an invite to Spring Training.

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C Xorge Carrillo (College Statistics)

R/R, 6’1″ 235 lbs, 4/12/1989 (27), Drafted out of Arizona State University in the 14th Round of the 2011 Draft.

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Prospect Profile: RHP Kevin McGowan

Another pitcher that has been invited to Big League Camp, this is a tall pitcher who wasn’t effective as a starter, but has been very good as a reliever. This flamethrower came from D2 Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.

RHP Kevin McGowan

R/R, 6’5″ 235 lbs, 10/18/1991 (25), Drafted in the 13th round of the 2013 draft (386th overall) out of Franklin Pierce University.

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Prospect Profile: 1B Dominic Smith

Probably the most divisive player in the Mets Minor League System, it’s hard to blame most people on that, but it’s a topic we need to discuss. To the Mets, it seems  Dominic Smith is the future, but it’s a debate to most if he will be because of a first baseman’s most coveted skill: power. Dominic has been devoid of it, but broke out a bit in Binghamton this past season. Brace yourself, this analysis is a doozy.

1B Dominic Smith

L/L, 5’11” 235, 6/15/1995 (21), Drafted 11th Overall in the 2013 Draft from Junipero Serra HS. Signed for 2,600,000.

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Prospect Profile: RH Reliever Chasen Bradford

(MILB.com)

For Mets fans, the front office’s refusal to add a bullpen arm in free agency this year seemingly induces frustration and signals a lack of effort, a lack of creativity, or a lack of capital. For a fringe prospect Minor Leaguer who’s been in the system for half a decade, the refusal to add a bullpen piece thus far should say one thing: Door’s wide open.  Among non-roster invitee pitchers coming to Major League Spring Training for the Mets in 2017, Chasen Bradford fits the bill of fringe system prospect looking to finally break in.

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Mets Sign Adam Wilk to Minor League Deal

Two days ago Wilk was given a minor league contract with a spring training invite by the Mets. Wilk has been exclusively a starter in his career.

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev Aff ERA G GS IP H ER HR BB IBB SO WHIP
2009 21 -0.6 2 Teams A–A DET 1.47 14 14 73.2 53 12 2 7 0 67 0.814
2009 21 -0.4 Oneonta A- DET 1.45 7 7 37.1 23 6 0 5 0 34 0.750
2009 21 -0.8 West Michigan A DET 1.49 7 7 36.1 30 6 2 2 0 33 0.881
2010 22 -1.1 2 Teams A+-AA DET 2.74 27 27 167.1 149 51 9 24 0 114 1.034
2010 22 -0.9 Lakeland A+ DET 3.01 24 24 143.2 139 48 8 19 0 100 1.100
2010 22 -2.2 Erie AA DET 1.14 3 3 23.2 10 3 1 5 0 14 0.634
2011 23 -3.8 Toledo AAA DET 3.24 18 18 102.2 105 37 15 14 0 76 1.159
2011 23 -5.2 DET MLB DET 5.40 5 0 13.1 14 8 3 3 0 10 1.275
2012 24 -3.2 Toledo AAA DET 2.77 24 24 149.2 123 46 13 28 1 128 1.009
2012 24 -4.2 DET MLB DET 8.18 3 3 11.0 21 10 4 3 0 7 2.182
2013 25 -3.5 NC Fgn 4.12 17 16 91.2 93 42 12 27 0 70 1.309
2014 26 -1.2 Indianapolis AAA PIT 4.74 28 24 146.1 166 77 18 44 4 106 1.435
2015 27 0.2 Salt Lake AAA LAA 5.59 27 25 145.0 189 90 16 40 0 105 1.579
2015 27 -1.3 LAA MLB LAA 4.50 1 0 2.0 2 1 1 1 0 2 1.500
2016 28 1.4 Durham AAA TBR 3.61 15 15 87.1 85 35 9 13 1 75 1.122

Wilk is likely a depth signing for their Triple-A team. His scouting report reads that he throws in the mid-80’s, touching 90 with an average breaking ball and above-average changeup. He can locate it well, coercing a decent amount of strikeouts. He may be better in a relief role.

Prospect Profile: RH Reliever Paul Sewald

(MILB.com)

It wouldn’t be winter without concerns surrounding the prospective Mets bullpen. Although bullpens are fluid by nature, finding the right mix of players filling the right roles is yeoman’s work in today’s game. Just look around the league and observe teams handing out record contracts to one inning workers and paying king’s ransoms for these guys to batten down the hatches in-season. Quite honestly, it feels like a losing strategy—overextending finances or parting with prized prospects for guys who are both failed starters and mercurial from year to year.

Losing strategy or not, however, winning teams now prioritize bullpen construction. Although the Mets had a successful pen in 2016, with the likely departures of Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas, and the imminent suspension of Jeurys Familia, fans are uneasy about the current bullpen outlook.  Reading the offseason tea leaves, we can pretty confidently say the Mets intend to address any bullpen concerns primarily from within, and thus Paul Sewald has a golden opportunity to break into the Majors in a big way.

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