Heading into the 2017 season, it was widely accepted that Luis Guillorme was the best defensive shortstop in the Mets minor league system. Despite his defensive prowess, he was not considered to be on the same level of prospect of Amed Rosario because he did not have the bat Rosario does.
In fact, Guillorme struggled last year in St. Lucie hitting .263/.332/.315 in 123 games.
Well, early this season it appears Guillorme has the bat to match his terrific hands in the field. And no, that is not a reference to Guillorme catching Adeiny Hechavarria‘s bat. Guillorme is off to a hot start in Binghamton.
Through the first 10 games of the season, Guillorme is hitting .389/.476./.472 with three doubles and four RBI. So far, he has reached safely in each and every game this year, and his .389 batting average is good for eighth in the Eastern League this year. His OBP is the fifth best in the league. He also has the fifth most doubles in the league. Overall, while it is still early, the early returns are promising.
There is hitting talent there with Guillorme. He saw glimpses with his 2015 MVP performance in the Sally League when he hit .318/.391/.354 while playing an excellent shortstop. If Guillorme can truly develop into a guy who can get on base at a high clip like he did in 2015 and is showing glimpses of yet again this year, his ceiling becomes much higher. At that point, the discussions can begin anew about how to fit both Guillorme and Rosario in the same infield. That would be a great problem to have.
For now, we see Guillorme garnering limelight for catching a bat and him pushing to get himself in the limelight again by having a great overall start to the 2017 season.