Las Vegas 51s
MiLB Stats: .297/.371/.512, 18 2B, 3B, 11 HR, 46 RBI, 26 BB/47 K, 3/3 SB
Travis Taijeron played three years at Las Vegas and finally got the call to the big leagues. Injuries to Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes along with a barrage of trades forced the Mets to call him up. He struggled and looked overmatched to say the least in the majors. He is mow part of the Dodgers organization.
Victor Cruzado was a slow riser but always had a decent OBP in the minors. His .385 slugging percentage in Las Vegas is an issue however. He was passed up on a promotion for Travis Taijeron in September and is now a free agent.
Binghamton Rumble Ponies
MiLB Stats: .292/.375/.373, 439 PA, 20 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 46 RBI, 54 BB/53 K, 2/3 SB
MiLB Stats: .222/.310/.331, 358 PA, 16 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 38 BB/122 K, 35/41 SB
MiLB Stats: .274/.370/.369, 516 PAs, 18 2B, 5 2B, 5 HR, 52 RBI, 64 BB/84 K, 15/23 SB
Taylor was a former draft pick by the Dodgers. Since coming to the Mets organization, Taylor has hit well but is still trying to find a position for himself. He played Indy ball from 2014-2015 before returning in 2016 to affiliated baseball.
Champ Stuart continues to be a high strikeout, low OBP bat. His speed could earn him a spot somewhere like Eric Young Jr. but he he needs to start hitting better to have a regular MLB role. Kaczmarski has always hit for a high OBP but has never hit for much power. He is old for the league but his OBP makes him an interesting prospect despite his lack of slugging.
St. Lucie Mets
MiLB Stats: .267/.332/.335, 519 PA, 16 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 44 RBI, 37 BB/132 K, 16/21 SB
MiLB Stats: .252/.371/.432, 252 PA, 17 2B, 3B, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 30 BB/58 K, 12/15 SB
MiLB Stats: .224/.286/.345, 63 PA, 5 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 4 BB/10 K, 1/3 SB
Of these guys, Becerra is the most intriguing. He is still suffering from his shoulder injury as evidenced by his low slugging percentage. Hopefully one more year removed in 2018 will allow him to regain his former strength.
Sergakis had a nice first full professional season. He should be in Binghamton to begin 2018 and could fill a utility role.
Zanon had a limited role in St. Lucie but was known for his great base running in Columbia. He was 28/31 in steal attempts in Columbia and should repeat St. Lucie to begin 2018.
MiLB Stats: .220/.327/.388, 237 PA, 1o 2B, 3B, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 33 BB/77 K, 4/6 SB
MiLb Stats: .219/.323/.273, 363 PA, 11 2B, 3 3B, 29 RBI, 48 BB/70 K, 6/9 SB
MiLB Stats: .206/.278/.347, 351 PA, 18 2B, 3 3B, 35 RBI, 31 BB/100 K, 4/4 SB
Desmond Lindsay really needs to stay healthy. He started showing his potential right before he got hurt. What makes his numbers this past year was his ability to be a league average hitter despite a low batting average. Many hitters his age will struggle if they don’t hit .300 but his approach is very advanced. A poor May really hurt his numbers but Lindsay posted a 1.094 OPS in June and a .824 OPS in July. He has a lot of talent and has very good bat speed.
Cone and Jabs had two dreadful years. Both were in their first years of full season baseball and it is safe to say that it was not good. Both need to rebound 2018 to get back on the prospect map.
Noteworthy Short Season Outfielders
MiLB Stats: .257/.303/.348, 224 PA, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 14 BB/49 K, 10/13 SB
The 2017 third round pick had a slow season at Brooklyn but got a late season call-up to Columbia nonetheless. He should be in Columbia to start 2018 and could rise quickly. His bat speed should allow him to hit for some more power going forward.
MiLB Stats: .330/.379/.460, 244 PA, 11 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 44 RBI, 20 BB/26 K, 3/6 SB
Lagrange definitely opened some eyes with his strong season in Kingsport and Brooklyn. He most certainly put himself on the prospect map and could see a quick rise if he hits well in Columbia. He has some more room for power but right now, he’s a contact oriented hitter. Definitely someone to keep an eye on moving forward.
Jose Miguel Medina
MiLB Stats: .252/.310/.314, 244 PA, 9 2B, 2 3B, HR, 20 RBI, 19 BB/63 K, 25/31 SB
Medina was all over the place in terms of where he played this past year. He had stints in St. Lucie and Columbia but mostly played in Brooklyn. His speed really stands out and his bat was better in previous years. If his bat rebounds, he could be a more intriguing prospect that comes through the farm system.
MiLB Stats: .245/.287/.489, 251 PA, 19 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 14 BB/93 K, 3/5 SB
Dirocie’s highest slugging percentage ever before this season was .414. This year it was a whopping .489 and to no surprise, his ground ball percentage went way down. His OBP was not pretty, neither was his BB-to-K rate. Hopefully that was just a blip because he was selling out for more power. He is definitely someone we should have an eye on in 2018 and I hope the Mets start him in Columbia. His skillset would be fun to watch.
MiLB Stats: .264/.383/.450, 151 PA, 13 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 22 BB/43 K, 1/2 SB
Bautista was picked out of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy in 2015. He stalled in the GCL the past few years before taking off this year. It could just be a benefit of playing in the same league for three years but he’s definitely earned himself a promotion for 2018. He’s still very young so hopefully it was a sign that he’s starting to put it together.