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