Adonis Uceta Promoted to the Rumble Ponies

By Corne Hogeveen

August 20, 2017 17 Comments

Photo by Ed Delany

After a short and dominant stint with St. Lucie the Mets will promote right-hander Adonis Uceta. Uceta is having a dominant year in his first full season as a reliever and will now be a part of the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies bullpen.

Uceta started his season with the Columbia Fireflies making 29 appereances, pitching to a 1.26 ERA. Uceta was a perfect eleven for eleven in save oppurtunities with the Fireflies pitching a total of 43 innings. He allowed just 23 hits and 16 walks over those 43 innings pitching to a 0.91 WHIP and striking out 47 batters.

Uceta earned a promotion to the St. Lucie Mets and was even better in his short stint there. In 10.2 innings Uceta pitched to a 0.84 ERA and 0.75 WHIP. Opponent hit just .143 against the righty while he struck out 15.

This season overall he has pitched to a 1.17 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 53.2 innings pitched. He converted 13 of 13 in save oppurtunities dominating hitters striking out 62.

The hard throwing righty sits between the 96-99 mph range with a lethal change. He will join other hard throwing relievers like Drew Smith and Tyler Bashlor in the Rumble Ponies bullpen, ready for the Eastern League playoffs.

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  • MetsNextYear

    Rumble Ponies are gonna have a killer bullpen for the playoffs

  • Martin Monaco

    Bashlor has to be protected in the Rule 5 draft and added to the 40 man roster. What about the other two?

  • john goldsmith

    Thanks Corne!

  • Nessim Toledano

    35 on the 40-man now. 3 more on the 60-day DL which goes away in the off season. That leaves only two openings. Who will you be cutting to make room for all of these bullpen arms that are anywhere from one to three years away? Don’t forget that Callahan, Rhame, Oswalt, Guillorme, and Bautista are also R5 eligible. Some of them can get de facto protection by being on the AAA roster. That makes them eligible only for the major league phase of the draft – the restrictions in that phase may make these guys less [or UN]appealing. But you also need room to add free agents.

  • Nessim Toledano

    I think thats the idea.

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  • Jason Mercado

    Didn’t know that about the Triple A part. Good to know. See any current 40 man roster guys not making it aside from people possibly going to 60 day DL like maybe Matz?

  • Jason Mercado

    indeed with a decent rotation of Oswalt, Conlon & Molina. Lineup got a little jolt with Mazeika. Wonder if they do call up Alonso or Urena for the playoff push as well.

  • Jason Mercado

    I can see him maybe getting a spring training invite.

  • MetsNextYear

    Urena was promoted to AAA yesterday

  • Buddy3

    Bashkirs has to be protected . College player. Out 4 years

  • Nessim Toledano

    Thanks, but thats not what I meant. Yes, I know the rules, and I know he is eligible. (Believe me, I track these things more closely than most people). But that does not mean that the Mets are obligated to protect him. They can choose not to.
    By my count, the Mets have 39 players in full season alone who are eligible for Rule 5. They’re not going to protect more than a handful, if that many. What I am saying is that I’m not so sure Bashlor is one that they “must” protect.

  • Nessim Toledano

    First, there is no 60-day DL in the off season. Everyone on the 40-man roster counts towards that 40-man limit. Thats what I was explaining: with 35 on the active 40-man, plus 3 more on the 60-day DL, there are only two openings left. Reyes is a free agent, so he will drop off – until or unless they decide to re-sign him. That would create one additional opening. There are, IMO, a few candidates for removal from the 40. but I still don’t know if Bashlor is high enough on the “players we must protect and keep” depth chart.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Conlon’s not in the mix anymore. He’s been coming out of the pen for one-inning stints for a few weeks now. Ricky Knapp was sent down to Bing last week, and Delgado and Jannis have been pitching rather well as of late.

  • Jason Mercado

    wow. IF depth was pretty weak in AAA after they lost Smith, Rosario, Cheech & Reynolds. Urena didn’t have a spot in AA and AA needs the guys for the playoff push. Hope the cup of coffee in AAA is a good one for him.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Yeah. Historically, the guys who’ve gotten these types of promotions have done fine in this particular assignment, but have gone on to struggle when they got assigned to AA the following year. Dustin Lawley, LJ Mazzilli jump to mind.