Mets Minor League Transactions: Time Runs Out for Non-Drafted Free Agents

By Jacob Resnick

October 14, 2017 4 Comments

(Jacob Resnick/Mets Minors)

After releasing 20 players on Thursday and Friday, the Mets continued by letting go of six players on Saturday. Among them were pitchers Justin Brantley, Casey Delgado, and Joe Napolitano, in addition to infielders Reed Gamache, Danny Hoy, and Jeremy Wolf.

Brantley, the cousin of Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, only lasted one season in the organization, after the Mets inked him to a minor league contract in March. In 32 appearances (10 starts) between Hi-A St. Lucie and Low-A Columbia, Brantley pitched to a 5.15 ERA, with 77 strikeouts in 80.1 innings.

It was a similar story for Hoy, who signed with the Mets in March after four years at Princeton University. In 26 games for the Kingsport Mets, he hit .188 with three home runs and 15 RBI.

Delgado was the longest tenured member of the organization among those released Saturday, as the 27-year-old had his contract purchased from the independent Traverse City Beach Bums in May 2016. Delgado made 58 starts across three seasons in the system, making it to Double-A Binghamton, and owning a 31-18 record with a 3.93 ERA in 364 innings.

Gamache and Napolitano were also non-drafted free agent signings, from SUNY Binghamton and St. John’s University, respectively. In 481 at-bats over two seasons, Gamache hit .268 with a pair of home runs, while Napolitano worked to a 5.49 ERA in 31 total outings.

  • Bill Rosenberg

    What’s the story with Delgado? He certainly is as decent as some of those on the Las Vegas roster….

  • Nessim Toledano

    I don’t think “those on the Las Vegas roster” are an issue, here. Most of those guys are free agents and will be gone anyway. There was simply no need to formally release them. And decent or not, Delgado’s a 27-year old still pitching in AA, and one who needed more than a year at that level to get a handle on it there. No matter how you slice it, he’s not a prospect.
    The question to be asked is why he’s being released, while Mickey Jannis is being sent to the AZ Fall League.

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