I was scanning through Josh Norris’ Baseball America chat on the EL prospects — and it took me all of five seconds to find something to write about.
@Jaypers413 (IL): Thanks for the chat, Josh. What did evaluators have to say about Cesar Puello's season, and did he end up close making your list?
Josh Norris: He didn’t end up close to making the list, and quite frankly, a great deal of it had to do with the Biogenesis scandal. It also didn’t help that people within the Mets organization have told me beforehand that they don’t really consider him a prospect.
Well, that’s exactly what I did not want to hear concerning the young outfielder. As much as any of us would like to put it behind us or downplay the whole thing, it looks like the BioGenesis scandal is going to hang over Puello this season like a dark cloud. I was almost certain Puello would crack the top-20 list alongside Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, but I was wrong.
What might have been the most saddening about that statement, however, is Norris’ statement on the organizational view of Puello. First off, there can be internal debate over players in the same way that we do — so that’s not saying that every single person in the Mets organization feels he is a non-prospect. That being said, it is no fun to watch a player you have been touting as a potential Top-5 Prospect get thrown under the bus like that.
All we can hope for is a strong season from Puello in ’14 — because that will be the defining factor in getting the proverbial monkey off his back.
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