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Minor League Notes: Opening Day Starters, Releases, Signings

Tomorrow is Minor League Opening Day!

Opening Day Starters by level

AAA – Adam Wilk

AA- Tyler Pill

A+ – Andrew Church

A – Harol Gonzalez

Per Baseball America, the Mets Released:

RHP’s Ty Williams, Bryce Beeler, Jimmy Duff and Dillon Becker

Signings:

Mets have signed Outfielder Desmond Jennings to a minor league deal. According to Betsy Helfand, Triple-A Manager Pedro Lopez states he’ll play all three outfield positions and play around four games a week.

Nido Highlights Double-A ‘Ponies Roster

The newly minted Stud Muffins Rumble Ponies are gearing up for a new season starting on April 6th. Their Double-A Level Roster was released today by Tyler Feldman. The roster is as shown:

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LHP Szapucki Diagnosed With Shoulder Impingement

So, to add to the “ugh” news of the day starting with Seth Lugo having a slight Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear, is unfortunately Thomas Szapucki being diagnosed with a Shoulder Impingement according to MLB.com.

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Triple-A Roster Released, Not Many Surprises

Yesterday, Betsy Helfand, beat writer for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51’s released the preliminary roster for the 2017 Season. The Roster is as follows:

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A-Ball Fireflies Roster Released, Tebow, Lindsay Highlight

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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Early Roster Notes: Rosario, Thompson, Cone

According To Amed Rosario‘s twitter, he is headed to Triple-A Vegas. David Roseboom has been confirmed to be heading to Vegas as well.

According to Michael Mayer of Metsminors.net, David Thompson is headed to Double-A Binghamton.

According to the Columbia Fireflies, 2016 10th round pick Gene Cone will join the team for the 2017 Season.

Prospect Profile: 3B David Thompson

Right now, the saddest thing going on is the continued deterioration of David Wright. For many of us, it’s a heartbreaking experience, knowing that Spinal Stenosis has brought down our once excellent third base thumper. Probably the closest starting caliber 3rd Baseman to the Major Leagues for the Mets, Thompson has a lot of athleticism, but a lot of questions too. Thompson has a possibility of being what replaces Wright in the Majors in the future, but he’s got a few questions around him as well.

(Dustin Satloff/Brooklyn Cyclones/NY Post)

3B David Thompson

R/R, 6’0″ 210 lbs,  8/28/1993 (23), Drafted by the Mets in the 4th Round of the 2015 Draft out of the University of Miami

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev G PA H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2015 21 -0.1 Brooklyn A- 59 228 45 10 1 3 22 3 11 44 .218 .268 .320 .588
2016 22 -0.0 2 Teams A-A+ 116 481 121 34 2 11 95 6 29 90 .280 .333 .444 .778
2016 22 -0.7 St. Lucie A+ 55 225 54 12 0 6 37 3 15 41 .265 .321 .412 .733
2016 22 0.6 Columbia A 61 256 67 22 2 5 58 3 14 49 .294 .344 .474 .817

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Prospect Profile: 2B Vinny Siena

A 14th round draft pick out of UConn, Siena is a frustrating player, a live bat with the potential to hit very well, but is terribly inconsistent. Another 2nd baseman in the pipeline.

(Brooklyneagle.com)

2B Vinny Siena (College Stats)

R/R, 5’10” 200 lbs, 12/24/1993 (23), Drafted in the 14th round of the 2015 draft out of The University of Connecticut

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2015 21 -0.2 2 Teams A–A+ 72 298 34 72 7 1 0 21 9 3 26 56 .268 .333 .301 .634
2015 21 -1.7 St. Lucie A+ 4 18 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 .188 .278 .250 .528
2015 21 -0.1 Brooklyn A- 68 280 32 69 6 1 0 19 9 3 24 55 .273 .337 .304 .641
2016 22 0.1 2 Teams A-A+ 111 472 73 103 23 4 0 27 10 1 69 110 .268 .391 .349 .740
2016 22 -0.7 St. Lucie A+ 45 184 20 38 7 0 0 14 2 0 18 44 .236 .322 .280 .602
2016 22 0.6 Columbia A 66 288 53 65 16 4 0 13 8 1 51 66 .291 .435 .399 .834

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MLB Draft Profile: LHP/1B Nick Pratto

Another day, another mock. Almost a month ago now, Minor League Madhouse released their Mock Draft 3.0. They have the Mets taking a two-way talent in Nick Pratto with the 20th overall pick.

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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.

(Picture by Jeffrey Hyde/MILB.com)

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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