Category: Righthanded Starters

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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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.

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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: RHP Andrew Church

Probably one of the top resurgence stories in 2016, this pitcher broke out after three seasons of underperformance and showed why the Mets selected him in the 2nd round. The Vegas-born Church had been ineffective through his first three seasons in short season league, and looked early as though he was going to be a definitive bust. He’s made a statement this year to not be counted out yet.

(Photo: Jeff Blake/MILB.com)

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Prospect Profile: RHP Justin Dunn

I was giddy leading up to the draft, down right giddy. Usually men aren’t supposed to get “giddy”, but the draft is my favorite non denominational holiday. I absolutely love the draft. I had been doing countless draft reports, pouring over scouting reports of every player, seeing all the mock drafts I could, and came to the conclusion that the Mets were picking Wake Forest 3rd Baseman Will Craig for the 19th overall pick. On the night of the draft, the Mets passed on Craig and surprised me, grabbing Dunn, a right hander from Long Island, who was drafted out of Boston College. According to the Mets, they really wanted him, having him higher on their board, and I’m going to show you why.

RHP Justin Dunn (College Stats)

R/R, 6’2″ 185 lbs, 9/22/1995 (21), Drafted in the First Round 19th overall out of Boston College in 2017.

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Profile: RHP Corey Oswalt

Another projectable arm that the Mets has drafted but hasn’t gotten the same fanfare and development arc as others. Oswalt is that forgotten young arm, but he still has some development to do on his overall stuff and work harder on his ceiling. He did well in the Arizona Fall League last October

(Photo by Ed Delany)

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Prospect Profile: RHP Chris Flexen

One thing with the Mets that you can always count on is that they are excellent at developing projectable arms. They did it with Jacob deGrom, Robert Gsellman, Michael Fulmer, and they continue to with guys like Thomas Szapucki and many others. Often times they find parts of a delivery to tweak, the arm slot to move up, quicken, a new grip on the slider that will allow better deception. The Mets development staff for pitching is excellent, and Flexen may be another product.

RHP Chris Flexen

R/R, 6’3″ 235 lbs, 7/1/1994 (22), Drafted in the 14th round of the 2012 Draft, 440th overall out of Memorial HS. Signed for $374,000 ($274,000 overslot)

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2012 17 -3.5 Kingsport Rk 5.62 7 6 32.0 38 23 20 2 14 26 1.625
2013 18 -2.5 Kingsport Rk 2.09 11 11 69.0 53 18 16 6 12 62 0.942
2014 19 -2.7 Savannah A 4.83 13 13 69.0 75 41 37 5 37 46 1.623
2015 20 -1.6 3 Teams A-A–Rk 2.42 12 9 52.0 45 17 14 0 16 51 1.173
2015 20 -0.4 Mets Rk 0.00 3 2 6.0 2 0 0 0 1 5 0.500
2015 20 -1.3 Brooklyn A- 5.11 3 2 12.1 15 8 7 0 8 13 1.865
2015 20 -1.9 Savannah A 1.87 6 5 33.2 28 9 7 0 7 33 1.040
2016 21 -2.1 St. Lucie A+ 3.56 25 25 134.0 125 62 53 6 51 95 1.313

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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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Prospect Profile: RHP Robert Gsellman

(MLB.com)

Robert Gsellman looks like he keeps a surfboard in the back of his 1960s pickup truck. He pitches that way, too. Calm and smooth without a care in the world. As a foil to the seriousness and intensity synonymous with the Mets’ young rotation fixtures, Gsellman is atypical in his approach. The results, however, have been typical—at least to the extent that we’ve grown used to seeing young Mets pitchers dominate.

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Prospect Profile: RHP Merandy Gonzalez

(Picture is by Mark Suleymanov, beat writer for the Brooklyn Cyclones, Via Scout.com)

New to the scene is Merandy Gonzalez, a pitcher who earned recognition in 2015 for pitching a no-hitter in the Gulf Coast League. Merandy was a pitcher little-known until he came stateside, considering there was not much fanfare, and his bonus was not reported. Not many knew he was signed or when, and we’re not even sure where the name “Merandy” came from, but I’m going to refer to him as his first name for this entire article.

RHP Merandy Gonzalez

R/R, 6’1″, 195 LBs, 10/9/1995 (21), Brooklyn Cyclones

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