Mets Protect Four From Rule 5 Draft, Expose Uceta, Jannis

By Mets Daddy

November 20, 2017 11 Comments

The New York Mets have announced they have added four minor leaguers to their 40 man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft:

RHP Tyler Bashlor

MMN Rank: 38

Age: 24

Level: St. Lucie & Binghamton

Stats: 3-2, 3.44 ERA, 46 G, 13 SV, 49.2 IP, 84 K, 1.309 WHIP, 4.5 BB/9, 15.2 K/9

RHP Gerson Bautista

MMN Rank: 28

Age: 22

Level: Carolina League & St. Lucie

Stats: 3-3, 4.22 ERA, 37 G, 9 SV, 59.2 IP, 73 K, 1.592 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, 11.0 K/9

MI Luis Guillorme

MMN Rank: 13

Age: 23

Level: Binghamton

Stats: .283/.376/.331, 20 2B, HR, 43 RBI, 4 SB, 3 CS
RHP Corey Oswalt

MMN Rank: 14

Age: 24

Level: Binghamton

Stats: 12-5, 2.28 ERA, 24 G, 24 GS, 2 CG, SHO, 134.1 IP, 119 K, 1.176 WHIP, 2.7 BB/9, 8.0 K/9

The Mets have left Adonis Uceta (MMN Rank: 40)who had a dominant year his first year as a reliever, and Mickey Jannis, a knuckleball pitcher coming off a terrific Arizona Fall League campaign, unprotected.

With the addition of these four players, the Mets 40 man roster officially stands at 39 players thereby giving the Mets the opportunity to make a selection in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The Mets will have the sixth pick in that draft.

The Rule 5 Draft is scheduled for December 14th.


  • TexasGusCC

    Uceta spent most of the year in Columbia, with good but not eye popping numbers; so he’s not going to be taken.

    Jannis is a knuckle baller in AA. So, while a team can him and throw him in their rotation, he really isn’t going to be a bullpen piece. He probably could get taken.

    I was a little surprised they protected Guillorme, but after seeing the Giants grab a lighter hitting defensive whiz from the waivers and seeing the Phillies protect a defensive whiz, yea, protect our guy.

    Ok, so far so good this off season. Too, they’re talking to the Tigers about Kinsler… Are these really the LOLMets I know all my life?

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  • Nessim Toledano

    I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and guess that maybe you read the wrong stat line for Uceta in Columbia. Because these numbers look pretty eye popping to me:
    1.26 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, league hit just .158 against him, 47 Ks in 43 IP, a K/BB ration of almost 3:1, and 11 saves in 11 opportunities. Gave up zero HRs in 43 innings. And his numbers got even better when he moved up to St Lucie. I think he’s a strong candidate to be taken if he remains eligible for the minor league phase of the draft. I do think, however, that the Mets can manage to fit him in to the AAA list and protect him from that phase.

  • TexasGusCC

    Nessim, I’m not arguing but rather love talking baseball. It’s my opinion that he wasn’t that special because he is 2 years older than the average player and the link I gave you is the stats link for all players, and while he doesn’t appear in these stats for whatever reason, by ranking players via the corresponding column, we see that there are many players like him and better. And, it’s only A ball for a 23 year old. I don’t expect anyone to take him.

    I worry more about Jannis and Knapp.

  • Rae

    They made a huge mistake by not protecting knuckleballer, Mickey Jannis. He is a successful AA minor leaguer who is usually able to control his knuckler. He is the type of player that some team in need of starting pitching is going to take a chance on. This was another dumb Mets front office move. The really do need a set of new owners, and a new GM. None of these guys are able to fully assess the prospects they have. It is pitiable.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Okay we get it. You love the guy. but I think thats overstatement based on emotion rather than objectivity.
    “Successful” in AA? He was 11-20 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.393 WHIP. And for a team with a winning record. He was downright bad in 2016, mediocre (at best) in the first half of 2017, and needed nearly two full years to finally succeed at that level. He’s 29 and just starting to find his groove. Yeah, some team somewhere might take a flyer on him. Maybe. but far from definite. But even then, is he that big a loss for this organization?
    Look, the org can’t protect everybody, and once in a while, they lose someone who might be moderately useful. Thats part of life and its just part of the cost of doing business. Every business has hidden costs. If you open a store, some items get stolen by shoplifters or fail to sell before the new merchandise comes in.
    If you own a laundromat, some machines break and have to be fixed or replaced from time to time. If you won a restaurant, some food gets thrown out and you have to brine a health inspector every year. It doesn’t mean the entire business or business model is bad one. If you want to gripe about Sandy, there are other, more relevant matters to complain about than Mickey Jannis.

  • Nessim Toledano

    There are a lot of moving parts to the Rule 5 puzzzle. in this case, we don’t know (and won’t be told) whether the Mets have placed Uceta on the AAA list or not. If he is on it, then I agree, its very unlikely that he;s be taken in the big league phase.
    The minor league phase, however, is another story. He’s clearly ready for AA. If a team takes him now and sends him to AA, they’d have three more years with which to develop him before his options run out. He’s got great stuff, he’s had great success. No downside.
    As for is age, I don’t see where the league average age is noted on that page link. According to his player page on Baseball Reference, he was, in fact, just 1 year older than league average in Columbia and a hair younger than league average in St Lucie. His numbers at both levels are, IMO, big enough to overcome that one variable.
    As for Knapp and Jannis, I’m not worried. Every org has prospects just like them. They might be useful someday, but they don’t appear headed for stardom. And they’re most likely to end up being 4A players. But they’re not key to this org now or in the future.
    I don’t necessarily want to lose them. But if someone takes them, well, thats just how it goes sometimes.
    Uceta is a much bigger talent with a brighter future and a lot more upside.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Urena is currently on the AAA roster, meaning he is only eligible for the major league phase of the draft. I have a hard time seeing why he is any more likely to be taken than someone like Phillip Evans who has already demonstrated that he can consistently hit the ball hard at the major league level, and can handle the speed of the major league game defensively.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Predicting who might be taken is like buying a lottery ticket. Year after year, plausible picks get passed over and remain with the team, while names like Paul Paez, Adrian Ameda, and Greg Peavy get plucked away.

  • TexasGusCC

    Can’t bribe health inspectors any more. Nowadays, they rotate them so quickly to other areas that by the time you get to know them, you have someone else.

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