Mets 2016-2017 International Free Agency Recap

By Michael Mayer

March 21, 2017 7 Comments

Photo Credit - JDBBASEBALL

Photo Credit – JDBBASEBALL

During the 2015 International Free Agency period the New York Mets made a big splash signing two of the best prospects available in shortstops Gregory Guerrero ($1.5MM) and Andres Gimenez ($1.2MM).

The bonus for Guerrero was the second highest handed out by the Mets behind the $1.75MM Amed Rosario received in 2012. While Gimenez has burst into the Mets top 10 prospects after just one season and was even ranked recently by FanGraphs as the 82nd best prospect in all of baseball.

This year they went with a different approach of not giving out any major signings bonuses with highest going to shortstop Sebastian Espino ($300K) followed by third baseman Jose Peroza ($280K) and outfielder Ezequiel Pena ($200K).

Quick look at a few of the Mets top signees with scouting reports from Ben Badler at Baseball America:

SS Sebastian Espino ($300K)

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 172 lb B/T: R/R Age: 5/29/2000 (16)

He’s a defensive minded player as a true shortstop who has good hands and actions, with the potential to develop into a plus fielder. He’s a righthanded hitter with a contact-oriented, line-drive approach and uses the opposite field with occasional doubles power.

3B Jose Peroza ($280K)

Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 201 lb B/T: R/R Age: 6/15/2000 (16)

He has strong hands and two above-average tools in his raw power and arm strength, with a power-over-hit profile.

OF Ezequiel Pena ($200K)

Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 200 lb B/T: R/R Age: 6/25/1999 (17)

Pena had a rough pro debut in 2016 going 3 for 29 with 15 strikeouts for the DSL Mets2.

Pena has a chance to develop into a power bat from the right side of the plate. He’s a corner outfielder whose 45 arm and speed might lead him to left field.

INF Luis Santana ($200K)

Ht: 5’9″ Wt: 165 lb B/T: R/R Age: 7/20/1999 (17)

The second baseman hit .293/.354/.400 with four doubles and two triples in 22 games for the DSL Mets last season.

He doesn’t project to be a power hitter, but he puts a loud charge into the ball for his size, with a compact swing that results in a lot of contact.

1B Wilmy Valdez ($180K)

Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 205 lb B/T: R/R Age: 7/3/1997 (19)

The 19-year old hit only .222/.266/.282 with two doubles, one triple and a single home run in 117 DSL at-bats in 2016.

Two main tools in his raw power and arm strength.

OF Jean Carlos Soto ($150K)

Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 160 lb B/T: L/L Age: 4/3/2000 (16)

He’s strong for his size with big hands and strong forearms that help him drive the ball with authority and catch up to good velocity.

C Wilfred Astudillo ($150K)

Ht: 5’11″ Wt: 195 lb B/T: S/L Age: 3/14/2000 (17)

A switch-hitter, Astudillo looks better in games than he does in workouts, performing well against live pitching with frequent contact, a lot of line drives and doubles power, driving the ball with more authority from the left side.

Notable players that BA touches on include catcher Alexis Marquez ($135K), catcher Alejandro Medina ($115K), right-handed pitcher Michel Otanez ($35K) and right-hander Daison Acosta ($70K).

The Mets also signed RHP Darling Baez, OF Juan De La Rosa, LHP Jefferson Escorcha, RHP Andres German, OF Moises Gonzalez, RHP Dedniel Nunez, RHP Jasson Pena, OF Jhoander Saez, C Kevin Torres, RHP Luis Vazquez, RHP Ramon Guzman, RHP Malky Mena, LHP Christofer Dominguez, RHP Williams Valencia and RHP Jender De Jesus.

For more info head over to Baseball America where Ben Badler does a fantastic job.