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.
A player with quite a few tools, but hasn’t put it all together. Don’t you love that cliche? Nevertheless, Mora has been around for a while and he had some promise around him, he’s likely going to lose some playing time to some other players due to not enough performance.
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OF John Mora
L/L, 5’11” 195 lbs, 5/31/1993 (23), Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011 for an undisclosed amount
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Senior signees are strange to me. A senior sign is usually a player drafted out of college in his senior year and is taken in earlier rounds to give the team more bonus pool space to spend over slot in the draft later. Often times the player turns into an organizational player (non-prospect), but there are a few guys that actually turn into something more. Kaczmarski may be one of those that could be something more. The guy can hit.
L/R, 5’11” 195 lbs, 12/31/1991 (25), Drafted in the 9th round of the 2015 draft out of the University of Evansville. Signed for $5,000
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Kevin Kaczmarski was just a hitting beast at Evansville. In his redshirt-senior year (known as a 5th year in college, fourth year playing college ball and missed his freshman year due to a broken foot), he hit .465/.543/.746 in 46 games while hitting 33 extra base hits. With the .465 batting average, he won the overall NCAA batting title for that year. He signed with the Mets on June 23rd and was assigned to Advanced Rookie League Kingsport.
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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When you cover outfielders, you want to see the tools that can make an outfielder great. Hitting, power, defense, Arm, Speed…well, I can’t speak for much others, maybe defense and arm, but when it comes to Stuart, there is definitely plenty of speed. If you wanted to read about a player in the Mets organization with the best speed, congratulations, you’ve found him.
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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.
L/L, 6’1″, 200 LBS, 8/24/1997 (19), Signed out of the Dominican Republic for 725K on 8/24/13
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.
Probably the second most talented position player in the system after Amed Rosario, the outfielder Lindsay goes from the Mets fans stating “who?” at his draft, to “holy crap!”. We’ve got something here, a possible four/five-tool talent if healthy…
— Brooklyn Cyclones (@BKCyclones) August 25, 2016
That was so satisfying to watch….Got your attention?
R/R, 6’0″ 200 LBS, 1/15/1997 (20), 2015, Round 2, 53rd Pick out of Out-Of-Door Academy, Sarasota, FL