Mets Announce 2017 Instructional League Roster

By Mets Daddy

September 22, 2017 27 Comments

Photo By Ernest Dove

The New York Mets have announced their 2017 Instructional League roster.  For those interested, no, Tim Tebow will not be taking part in the Instructional Leagues this year.  However, there are still a group of Mets prospects who are taking part including the Mets first round draft picks from the prior two drafts:

PITCHERS

RHP Daison Acosta
RHP Garrison Bryant
RHP Jose Butto
RHP Yeizo Campos
RHP Briam Campusano
RHP Matt Cleveland
RHP Marcos Correa
RHP Tony Dibrell
RHP Jeff Diehl
LHP Chistofer Dominguez
RHP Justin Dunn
RHP Colin Holderman
RHP Bryson Hutchinson
RHP Christian James
RHP Liam McCall
RHP Jose A. Moreno
RHP Dedniel Nunez
RHP Noah Nunez
RHP Nathan Peden
RHP Jasson Pena
LHP David Peterson
RHP Marcel Renteria
RHP Oscar Rojas
RHP Ronald Sanchez
LHP Jake Simon
RHP Willy Taveras
RHP Ronnie Taylor
RHP Jaison Vilera
RHP Chris Viall
RHP Kyle Wilson

This list includes both Dunn and Peterson, who were the Mets top draft picks from the prior two drafts.  While Dunn has struggled as a starter this year, the Mets still have him listed as a starter.  With respect to Peterson, his being listed as a starter is of little surprise.  It will be interesting to see how much he pitches considering he made just three starts for the Cyclones throwing no more than 1.2 innings in any of those starts.

(Jacob Resnick/Mets Minors)

CATCHERS

Wilfredo Astudillo
Jay Jabs
Rob Kidwell
Scott Manea
Domingo Martinez
Ali Sanchez
Carlos Sanchez
Juan Uriarte

This two biggest surprises here, and perhaps the two biggest surprises on the Instructional League roster are Jabs and Sanchez.  With respect to Jabs, he has little to no experience at the position with his never having played there in college or the minors.  However, the Mets see something in him there, which may include but not be limited to a strong arm.

Regarding Sanchez, he is coming off successive seasons with hand issues, and he needed surgery to repair a hamate bone.  His being listed as a catcher and not under rehab is a good sign for his rehabilitation from the injury.

(Ed Delany/Mets Minors)

INFIELDERS

1B Peter Alonso
1B Jeremy Vaszquez
IF Luis Carpio
IF Sebastian Espino
IF Edgardo Fermin
IF Andres Gimenez
IF Gregory Guerrero
IF Hansel Moreno
IF Shervyen Newton
IF Mark Vientos
3B Rigoberto Terrazas
3B Jose Peroza

What really stands out here is the Mets not designating their middle infielders as anything other than INF.  This seems to follow an apparent organizational philosophy where a players plays shortstop until they prove they can no longer handle the position, and/or they are moved to another position by a better prospect.

OUTFIELDERS

CF Ranfy Adon
RF Wuilmer Becerra
CF Anthony Dirocie
OF Guillermo Granadillo
LF Wagner Lagrange
RF Jose Medina
CF Jhoander Saez
LF Jhoan Urena
CF Jacob Zanon

While Urena has played other positions throughout his minor league career, he has predominantly played third base.  With David Thompson being in line for a promotion to Triple-A next year, and Urena already there, this is a possible solution to find both players not only playing time, but also the best possible position for each going forward.

OTHER

SS Ronny Mauricio
OF Adrian Hernandez
CF Stanley Consuegra

This group listed by the Mets as other are from the Mets recent International Free Agent signing class.  Notably, Mauricio set the Mets record for largest bonus ever received topping the previous record holder Amed Rosario.

(Stephen Slade / Courtesy of UConn)

REHAB

LHP Anthony Kay
RHP Josh Prevost
RHP Luis Silva
LHP Seth Davis
RHP Ronald Guedez
LHP Joel Huertas
RHP Michel Otanez
LHP David Roseboom
LHP Thomas Szapucki
LHP Blake Taylor
INF Blake Tiberi

For Kay, this presents the first opportunity he has had to throw a pitch while wearing a Mets jersey.  When he was selected in the first round last year, the Mets soon discovered he needed Tommy John surgery, and he was shut down for over a year now.