MiLB’s Mets Minor League All Stars

By Mets Daddy

November 20, 2017 8 Comments

Photo by Ernest Dove has amassed their list of the Mets minor league players who had the best 2017 campaigns.  As noted in their piece, this list is not comprised on the weight of a prospect’s status within an organization, but rather based on how well they performed on the field.

C Kevin Plawecki

Level: Las Vegas & MLB
MiLB Stats: .328/.375/.514, 17 2B, 3B, 9 HR, 45 RBI
MLB Stats: .260/.364/.400, 5 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, SB

1B Dominic Smith

Level: Las Vegas & MLB
MMN Rank: 2
MiLB Stats: .330/.386/.519, 34 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 76 RBI, SB, CS
MLB Stats: .198/.262/.395, 6 2B, 9 HR, 26 RBI

2B Luis Guillorme

Level: Binghamton
MMN Rank: 13
Stats: .283/.376/.331, 20 2B, HR, 43 RBI, 4 SB, 3 CS

3B Jhoan Urena

Level: St. Lucie & Las Vegas
MMN Rank: 30
Stats: .277/.358/.440, 34 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR, 70 RBI, 18 SB, 3 CS

SS Amed Rosario

Level: Las Vegas & MLB
MMN Rank: 1
MiLB Stats: .328/.367/.466, 19 2B, 7 3B, 7 HR, 58 RBI, 19 SB, 6 CS
MLB Stats: .248/.271/.394, 4 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 7 SB, 3 CS

OF Travis Taijeron

Level: Las Vegas & MLB
MiLB Stats: .272/.383/.525, 32 2B, 3 3B, 25 HR, 78 RBI, 2 SB, CS
MLB Stats: .173/.271/.269, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI

OF Wagner Lagrange

Level: Brooklyn & Kingsport
MMN Rank: 37
Stats: .330/.379/.460, 11 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 44 RBI, 3 SB, 3 CS

OF Kevin Kaczmarski

Level: Binghamton
Stats: .274/.370/.369, 18 2B, 5 3B, 5 HR, 52 RBI, 15 SB, 8 CS

DH Peter Alonso

Level: St. Lucie & Binghamton
MMN Rank: 9
Stats: .289/.359/.524, 27 2B, 3B, 18 HR, 63 RBI, 3 SB, 4 CS

RHP Corey Oswalt

Level: Binghamton
MMN Rank: 14
12-5, 2.28 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, 2.7 BB/9, 8.0 K/9

LHP P.J. Conlon

Level: Binghamton
MMN Rank: 22
Stats: 8-9, 3.38 ERA, SV, 1.235 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, 7.1 K/9

RP Adonis Uceta

Level: Columbia, St. Lucie, Binghamton
MMN Rank: 40
Stats: 6-0, 1.51 ERA, 14 SV, 0.905 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 10.1 K/9

Looking over the Mets minor league season, it is difficult to argue with this list. With that said, it is interesting to see how MiLB factored in defense when it came to different player’s spots on this list.

First, Alonso was not used primarily as a DH this season.  However, MiLB likely considered him one as he posted a poor fielding percentage at first whereas Smith was noted as being a fine first baseman in Las Vegas.  Putting Alonso at DH also allowed MiLB to honor two of the best seasons had by a Mets minor leaguer.

The other thing that was of interest was how defense was weighted.  Arguably, Michael Paez had a better offensive season than Guillorme posting a 152 wRC+ in Columbia as opposed to Guillorme’s 103 for the season.  However, with Paez falling off with St. Lucie (82 wRC+), and the outstanding defense of Guillorme, that was the correct decision.

Finally, there was the selection of Urena over other more defensively capable third baseman like David Thompson or Rigoberto Terrazas.  While fielding percantage is not the end-all, be-all, Urena posted a poor .908 fielding percentage.  This is a likely factor in the Mets listing him as an oufielder for the Instructional Leagues.  Considering the .348/.413/.486 slash line Terrazas posted this past season with a better albeit not great 935 fielding percentage, you could say he should have received the nod over Urena at third base.