Monday, March 10, 2014
The Mets started to make their cuts down to minor league camp....
Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin was the most notable name dispatched to minor-league camp in the first round of cuts.
Edgin, who made 34 relief appearances for the Mets last season, was registering only in the upper-80s with his fastball.
Others sent to minor league camp: infielder Wilfredo Tovar, left-handers Steven Matz and Adam Kolarek, right-handers Erik Goeddel, Logan Verrett and Chasen Bradford, catcher Kevin Plawecki, infielder Daniel Muno, infielder/outfielder Dustin Lawley, and outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Cory Vaughn, outfielder Cesar Puello, left-hander Jack Leathersich and right-hander John Church.
The Mets sent 15 players overall to the minor-league side. That leaves 49 players still in big-league camp.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Mets Prospect Cesar Puello was moved from the restricted list back onto the 40-man roster Thursday after serving a 50 game ban related to Biogenesis. Matt Harvey was transferred to the 60-day DL to open the spot.
Puello, 22, hit .326 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 331 at-bats with Binghamton in 2013.
Jordany Valdespin, who completed his sentence two days ago was optioned to Triple-A Vegas. Valdespin may not survive the winter on the 40-man roster, But Puello is expected back in major league camp in spring training.
Friday, August 23, 2013
To be eligible to be on the list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.
*Players are graded on a 2-8 scale for both present and future tools. 2-3 is well below average, 4 is below average, 5 is average, 6 is above average and 7-8 is plus.
1) Noah Syndergaard - RHP - Binghamton Mets (AA)
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Fastball: 6/7 | Curveball: 4/5 | Changeup: 5/6 | Control: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6
Syndergaard had a very successful full-season debut where he made the All-Star team, held hitters to a .212 average and struck out 10.6 per nine innings. He uses his height well, throwing downhill with some movement. Though his fastball is plus, thrown up to 96 mph consistently, he’s more than just a thrower. His power curve has improved as he’s added velocity to it and it could be an above-average breaking ball in the future. He has a power changeup as well, which is still a work in progress, but could give him a third above-average offering. Despite his size, he has an easy delivery and he throws strikes. His combination of stuff, pitchability and aggressiveness on the mound point to a possible future as a frontline starter.
2) Travis d'Arnaud - C - New York Mets
Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 5/6 | Power: 5/6 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 5/6 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6
If it hadn’t been for some injuries, talk about d’Arnaud as a prospect would have long been a thing of the past and the buzz would be about him as one of the bright young catching stars in the big leagues. In 2012, he was tearing up the Pacific Coast League when he tore the PCL in his left knee. During the offseason, he was traded for an ace for the second time in his career. Initially a Phillies prospect, he was dealt to Toronto in the Roy Halladay deal. This time, he was the key part of a package sent from the Blue Jays to the Mets for R.A. Dickey. When healthy, he has the tools to be a top-flight all-around backstop. He’s agile and athletic with a good arm and has worked hard to improve his throwing. He has the ability to hit for both average and power and is a natural leader behind the plate, skills he should be able to show off in New York soon.
3) Rafael Montero - RHP - Las Vegas 51's (AAA)
Scouting Grades* (present/future): FB: 6/7 | Curve: 4/5 | Slider: 5/5 | Changeup: 4/5 | Control: 5/6 | Overall: 5/6
Since signing out of the Dominican Republic, a bit older than most international prospects, Montero has been on a bit of a fast track. He made three stops during his debut summer in 2011, then kept on going in 2012, pitching at both full-season A-ball affiliates while finishing fourth in the organization in ERA and batting average against. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but there aren't concerns about durability. Montero has a real feel for pitching, often pitching backwards with his slider and quality fading changeup. That doesn't mean he doesn't have a fastball. He can touch 95 mph with a ton of life. He can throw all of them for strikes, which bodes well for his future as a member of a big league rotation.
4) Wilmer Flores - 2B/INF - New York Mets
Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 6/6 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 4/5
The 2012 season was a big one for the Mets infield prospect. Still very young, Flores made impressive progress at the plate, moving up to Double-A for the first time. He has a knack for making contact and is extremely tough to strike out. His overall approach at the plate improved and that helped him tap into his raw power more consistently. Initially a shortstop, Flores moved around the infield in 2012, spending more time at third than anywhere else, and that's a much better home for him given his lack of quickness. He has good hands and a strong arm, but the lack of range might continue to be an issue. Flores' bat might be ready to contribute soon, regardless of his position.
5) Brandon Nimmo - OF - Savannah Sand Gnats (A Full)
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/6 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6
When evaluating where Nimmo is on the development path, it's important to note that Brooklyn is not a very nice place to hit. Just ask Ike Davis, who hit zero homers in the New York-Penn League at age 21. Nimmo, the Wyoming native who didn't have a high school baseball team, hit six as a raw teenager. There's a lot of raw power to tap into for Nimmo and as he continues to refine his approach, he should have at least above-average pop in games. He does understand the strike zone quite well, so he should hit for average as well. A solid average runner, Nimmo has a good arm and while he has work to do to stay in center field, should be an average defender across the board. The Mets knew it might take Nimmo some time to develop given his experience, but in many ways he's ahead of the curve.
6) Cesar Puello - OF - Binghamton Mets (AA)
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 3/6 | Power: 5/6 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 6/6 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/6
In terms of pure raw tools, no one stands ahead of Puello in the Mets' organization. The 2013 season looked like the one where he would translate those tools into consistent performance, until he was suspended for 50 games for PED use in the wake of the Biogenesis investigation. Puello still has a good deal of raw power and the bat speed to be a good all-around hitter. He needs to continue to refine his approach at the plate so he can tap into that power, something that started to come in 2013. He has good speed and a very strong arm from the outfield, with the chance to be an above-average defender, either in center or right field. He'll need to prove to everyone that his breakout wasn't drug-enhanced after he returns from his suspension.
7) Dominic Smith - 1B/OF - GCL Mets (RK)
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 4/4 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/5
For the third year in a row, the Mets took a high school position player with their first pick in the Draft and this time it was Smith, whom many thought to be the best pure prep hitter in the 2013 Draft class. The SoCal first baseman has the chance to be an above-average hitter and should add more power as he develops. While he's a quality defender at first, he is limited to that position, so how much pop he does add will determine just how well he profiles at the corner infield spot. Most are confident, however, that his bat should carry him to the big leagues.
8) Gavin Cecchini - SS - Brooklyn Cyclones (A Short)
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 2/4 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 5/6
If Cecchini needs advice about the travails of Minor League life, he can ask his older brother, Garin, who was a fourth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010. Of course his father, who doubled as his high school coach, well-prepared him for the path ahead. Gavin is a scrappy middle infielder who should be able to play shortstop long-term thanks to good range, a solid arm and plus instincts. Those instincts also helps his solid average speed play up on the basepaths. He projects to be a good all-around hitter with the ability to make consistent contact, even if it’s not with that much power. He plays the game the right way and that plus makeup should help him move up the organizational ladder.
9) Kevin Plawecki - C - St. Lucie Mets (A Adv)
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 3/5 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/5
The 2012 Draft class wasn't a great one in terms of catching depth, especially from the college ranks, so Plawecki was able to ride a strong junior season at Purdue into the supplemental first round. At Purdue, he was a contact-first, offensive-minded catcher, but he has some obvious strength and should hit for more power in the future (he did hit seven homers, including four at home in Brooklyn -- a tough park for hitters). He may not wow anyone with his skills behind the plate, but he's a solid receiver who works well with pitchers and with an arm that was strong and accurate enough to throw out 32 percent of would-be basestealers during his pro debut. There isn't much catching depth in the Mets' system and Plawecki rises right to the top of that class.
10) Jeurys Familia - RHP - Rehab Assignment
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Fastball: 7/7 | Slider: 5/6 | Changeup: 4/5 | Control: 3/4 | Overall: 5/6
There has never been any question about Familia’s arm strength and his ability to generate swings and misses, with his strikeout rate of nearly a batter per inning throughout his Minor League career. He can maintain his mid-90s velocity throughout his starts with good sink. His slider with short bite gives him a very good breaking ball to complement his fastball, and it has a cutter-type action. He shows some feel for a sinking changeup, though he doesn’t throw it much, especially when he’s coming out of the bullpen. His lack of command and the lack of a consistent third pitch makes most thinking a relief role makes the most sense, with the potential to be a future closer.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Jordany Valdespin has joined Cesar Puello as the players from the Mets organization accepting 50-game MLB suspensions as part of the Biogensis investigation.
The duo were among 12 players across baseball agreeing to the suspensions.
This could signal the end of Valdespin's tumultuous Mets career. He had been on shaky ground anyway because of repeated behavioral issues, including having a blow-up when the Mets demoted him to the minor leagues in mid-July. Valdespin had just returned Sunday with Triple-A Las Vegas from a three-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl.
The suspensions would drop the Mets' full 40-man roster to 38 players.
Their penalties should be completed this season because suspended 40-man roster players in the minors can have their big league club's September games counted toward the total. Minor league seasons end early next month.
"We have and continue to support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Testing program," the Mets said in a statement.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Mets Minor League Roundup 6/6:TACOMA 9, LAS VEGAS 1: D.J. Mitchell allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Box
BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 4: Cesar Puello hit two solo homers, including the game-winner in the eighth. He has five homers in his past four games. The B-Mets (35-25) overcame an early 3-0 deficit. Ramon Flores walked to open the game, advanced to second on Cory Mazzoni's errant pickoff attempt, moved to third on a bunt and scored on Tyson Blaser's single. With two outs in the second, Ali Castillo and Flores had RBI doubles. In the bottom half, Matt Tracy walked the first four batters and had a stretch of 13 consecutive balls. The B-Mets scored their first run when Alonzo Harris walked to force in a run. They plated another on Xorge Carillo's double-play groundout to pull within 3-2 without a hit in the inning. Mazzoni and Tracy then found their grooves and tossed three scoreless innings apiece. In the sixth, Puello homered to tie the score at 3. Joe Bonfe later reached on a two-out infield single, stole second and scored on Harris' double for a 4-3 lead. Mazzoni departed in the seventh after allowing a single to Castillo. He was charged with three runs(two earned) on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Jack Leathersich struck out Flores to end the inning, but labored in the eighth. Leathersich allowed two walks and a single to load the bases with none out. Neil Medchill struck out. Closer Jeff Walters then entered, and Jose Pirela hit a first-pitch fly ball. Bonfe made the catch, but it was deep enough for a game-tying sacrifice fly. Puello answered by blasting his second homer, this time against Fred Lewis in the bottom of the eighth, to give Binghamton a 5-4 lead. Walters pitched a perfect ninth. Darrell Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Box
LAKELAND at ST. LUCIE (canceled)
LEXINGTON at SAVANNAH (canceled)
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Mets News and Notes: Familia surgery, Niese will wait to throw, Strasburg push back, Puello suspension
Mets News and Notes:
Jeurys Familia, who flew to New York on Tuesday morning, will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs and other loose bodies from his pitching elbow, the team announced.
Familia had been placed on the DL on May 12 with biceps tendinitis. The surgery will be performed Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Jonathon Niese will wait until Wednesday to throw a bullpen session at Nationals Park, which is the standard three days before his next scheduled start.
Niese missed his last turn with shoulder tendinitis. He is due to play catch today.
The Mets intend to have Niese reenter the rotation Saturday against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field, assuming he gets through Wednesday's activity OK.
Stephen Strasburg will be pushed back and not face the Mets on Thursday, the Washington Nationals announced. Gio Gonzalez, pitching on regular rest, instead will oppose Shaun Marcum in the series finale.
Strasburg was forced from his last start after two innings with a strained lat muscle.
Lastly, Major League Baseball will move to suspend roughly 20 players linked to the Miami-area clinic ensnared in a performance-enhancing drug scandal after gaining cooperation from Biogenesis of America founder Tony Bosch, "Outside the Lines" reports.
While Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are big names identified in the report, the Mets' Double-A outfielder Cesar Puello also is a suspension candidate, the report states.
Puello, 22, entered today's play hitting .302 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 169 at-bats with the B-Mets.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Mets News and Notes: Mejia, Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Puello, Wright, Francisco, Minor League Deals, Prospects
MLB confirmed the age and identity of Jenrry Mejia and the right-hander has been granted a visa to report to camp, the Mets announced. Mejia should arrive today or Friday.
Daniel Murphy returned to camp Wednesday, after a medical exam in New York. Murphy received a cortisone injection in his right side for a strained intercostal muscle. He was limited to icing his side and riding a stationary bicycle on his first day back.
Collins said Kirk Nieuwenhuis will have the first chance to earn the leadoff role. Nieuwenhuis will bat No. 1 Saturday when the Mets open Grapefruit League play against Strasburg and the Nats.
Outfield prospect Cesar Puello referred questions to the Players’ Association a day after being identified in an “Outside the Lines” report as being linked to the South Florida clinic at the heart of an alleged performance-enhancing drug scandal.
David Wright again stood by his agents, who also represent Puello. The firm has had other clients linked to performance-enhancing drugs, including Melky Cabrera, who allegedly had ties to the same South Florida clinic as Puello.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The Mets now have 40 players in major league camp.
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Mets added pitchers Robert Carson and Jeurys Familia, outfielders Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Cesar Puello, and infielders Wilmer Flores and Reese Havens to their 40-man roster, ensuring that no team can select those players in the Rule 5 Draft proceedings at the Winter Meetings in Dallas.
They opted not to protect pitcher Brad Holt and infielder Jefry Marte, among others, leaving those players exposed to other teams.
Friday, December 17, 2010
If you’re a New York Mets fan, you might want to commit this name to memory for future reference: Cesar Puello.
At the fresh age of 19 years old, Puello has made his way to the top of the Mets farm system, most recently being named the Mets No. 3 top prospect by Baseball America.
Even though Puello wont make an impact on the team in the foreseeable future, he has the potential to become a star at the major league level in the Mets outfield, and here some reasons why:
For a young guy, Puello is bigger than most teens I’ve ever seen, excluding myself though. He’s listed at 6’2”, 195 lbs, but he plays like he much larger.
He has a ripped, muscular physique that will only fill out with age and experience at the professional level, and is said to possess above average speed, with a strong swing, and an above average arm from the right field.
He has shown a surge of power during batting practice, easily driving balls over the left –field wall, but at this stage in his career, he has yet to translate that swing to any games.
In the batter’s box
Since the beginning of the season, Cesar has reworked his swing with the help of the Savannah Sand Gnat coaching staff, and it seems to have been working for him.
Early in the year, Puello’s swing was a raw as it could get; leading the Gnats in broken bats symbolizing the amount of times he was getting jammed inside and hitting the ball off the label and not on the sweet spot.
He held his hands near the center of his chest with his shoulders slumped forward, creating too much time to get ready for the coming pitch. Standing this way, he had to bring his hands back loaded and his shoulders more relaxed before the pitch reached home plate, which is a lot to ask of a A league ball player.
In May, he re-tooled his swing by taking a little step off the plate, relaxing his shoulders and keeping his bat rested near his back shoulder. This created an easier opportunity for Puello to see the pitch and attack it accordingly.
In his first full seasons in the minors, Puello recorded a respectable .292 average, 22 doubles and a .734 OBP all gearing him for greater improvements in the future.