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Get To Know A Prospect: Milton Ramos

Milton Ramos was drafted in the 2014 draft in the third round. The 19 year-old short stop was the Mets second pick (thanks to Curtis Granderson). In limited AB’s this year due to being drafter this year, he had 166 AB with a .241 BA, .299 OBP, .355 SLG. In his 40 hits he had 9 doubles, 5 triples and no homers. He can also play second base, last year he split time about 60/40 between two favoring shortstop.

The short story from scouts is his defense is great! His hitting is quite the opposite.

The Mets future at shortstop and second base doesn’t rest on Milton Ramos, like it did back when they drafted Reese Havens. The Mets have Ahmed Rosario for short, and Dilson Herrera for second, (but prospects break your heart, shout have traded for Tulo, extend Murphy, yadda yadda yadda).

Milton Ramos is deep down the prospects charts, which is fine. He has a lot of time to work on his craft and hopefully with good coaching he can develop a respectable bat to go with his glove. Hitting prospects at short are always valuable.

Get To Know A Prospect: Akeel Morris

Akeel Morris was drafted by the Mets in 10th round of the 2010 draft. The 22 year-old pitcher has been with the Mets since was 17 and has pitched in the Gulf Coast League, for Kingsport, Brooklyn and Savannah.

Statistically, he had good run of it in 2010 in a limited exposure of 8 games, 24.2 innings and 2.19 ERA. The worrisome season was 2012 where he posted a 7.98 ERA over 38.1 innings. However the last two years he has turned it around on the stat sheet. In 2013 with a 4-1 record over 45.0 innings posting a 1.00 ERA, 1.156 WHIP and 12 K/9. In 2014 he put up an identical record in Savannah with a 0.63 ERA over 57.0 innings with a 0.719 WHIP / 14.1 K/9.

These are good relief numbers! He most likely projects as a middle inning reliever, maybe like a Vic Black type as an absolute highest ceiling. Amazin’ Avenue puts it best when they talk about all of the effort he puts into his throwing, which would be the main concern.

Get To Know A Prospect: Miller Diaz

One of the benefits of having so many pitching prospects the last couple of years is several prospects that would have more of a spotlight and pressure on them, don’t. Miller Diaz is one of those prospects. Joining the Mets as an international free agent at the age of 17, the now 22 year old has been with the Mets since the 2009 season. Overall in the minors he is 22-13 with a 2.96 ERA.

He first started playing in American minor league’s in 2011. He had a 4.32 ERA over 11 games and 7 starts with a 4.32 ERA between the Gulf Coast League and Kingsport. The following year he posted a 3.56 ERA over 11 games in Kingsport and then one start in Savannah. The year after he was sent to Brooklyn over 13 games and 12 starts with a 7-3 record and a 2.02 ERA. He was rewarded last year with a promotion back to Savannah where he was 6-1 over 13 games and a 2.25 ERA.

Miller Diaz doesn’t have an incredible high ceiling, maybe back of a rotation starter or long man in the bullpen, but now that he has two consecutive, promising statistical seasons, he may be able to move quickly through the minors to a debut. In his last two seasons he has been able to keep his WHIP down and increase his strikeout numbers, if he can continue to do that, we may start to see him creep into top 20 Mets prospects conversations.

Get To Know A Prospect: Robert Gsellman

Robert Gsellman is a right-handed pitcher drafted by the Mets in 2011. The 21 year-old pitcher has pitched in four seasons in the organization ranging from the Gulf-Coast league when he was 17 to Savannah last year. Overall he is 17-15 with a 2.85 ERA, a 1.265 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, 2.81 K/BB.

Last year he was 10-6 in Savannah over 20 games and a 2.56 ERA and 116.0 innings with a 1.345 WHIP, 7.1 K/9 and a 2.71 K/BB. He’s still young, so the hope is he starts moving up through the system last year. The ceiling for Gsellman is probably a back of the rotation type pitcher. In 2013 he pitched 5 games in Savannah and 2 in St. Lucie. It may be slightly disappointing that he was in Savannah for all of last season, but the Mets are stacked with pitching prospects. Hopefully he starts off the year in St. Lucie.

Amazing Avenue has a good write up on his stuff that doesn’t show up on a stat sheet.

Get To Know A Prospect: Dario Alvarez

For all of the Mets pitching strength, there’s a bit of a vacuum when it comes to left-handers, so right now anyoen who is on the Mes and is a borderline prospect that throws lefty is probably going to get serious look, especially when the only solidified lefty in the big league pen is Josh Edgin.

Dario Alvarez played three seasons in the Phillies Dominican Summer League team between 2007 and 2009. He then made his way to the Mets organization at the age of 24 in 2013. Overall in the minors he has a 20-14 record with a 2.66 ERA over 304.0 innings, a 1.178 WHIP, 10.4 K/9 and a 3.03 K/BB ratio.

Last year for the Mets he played in Savannah, St. Lucie and Binghamton with a 10-1 record over 29 games, 6 starts, 73.1 innings with a 1.10 ERA, 0.886 WHIP, 14 K/9 and a 6.71 K/BB ratio, so his numbers shot up, which is why we are now talking about him. He spent the bulk of the season in Savannah where he was 3.3 years older than the average player, so that probably factors into his numbers a bit.

I’m guessing that he is going to start high in the Mets organization this year, and when the normal bullpen changes start, if he is putting up numbers close to what he did last year, he may get a shot because as stated earlier, we need lefties. He’s intriguing but he is also an older player entering this season at 26.

Get To Know A Prospect: Casey Meisner

Casey Meisner, 19 years old, is a right handed pitcher the Mets drafted in the 3rd round in the 2013 draft.

I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been following Meisner. I heard of him because of the Mets Top 20 prospect list presented by Minor League Ball where Casey is ranked at spot 20.

In his two seasons in the Mets system he is 6-6 over 23 games and 17 starts over 97.2 innings with a 3.50 ERA with a 1.290 WHIP, 8.8 K/9 and a 3.39 K/BB. Last year he had a 3.75 over 62.1 inning swith a 1.364 WHIP, 9.7 K/9 and a 3.72 K/BB. The main thing that Sickels at Minor League Ball points out is that Meisner has a lot of control for someone his age. I’m not a scout and I don’t know if that’s true, but at least statistically speaking, his control is improving. He raised his K/9 rating up 2.6 over the last season and K/BB ratio up about 0.9 points, so he’s improving, plus he is only 19.

This would be a big season for him. The sleeper type prospect generally becomes more well known after their first play in Brooklyn. If he starts off in Brooklyn and gets off to a positive start, and then goes to Savannah and does the same thing, he may start to rise very quickly (maybe he also just goes straight to Savannah in April). If he does well, he’ll be moved quickly at this point and people will start talking about him.

Get To Know A Spring Training Invitee: Johnny Monell

In November the Mets added to their minor league catching depth by signing Johnny Monell to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The Mets are going to go in 2015 with d’Arnaud as the starter and Recker as the backup. I think it is safe to assume that if anything happened to d’Arnaud that would impact his playing time for a significant amount of time, the Mets would call on Plawecki. If anything happens to Recker though, that position is up for grabs to some degree.

So Monell will be coming to camp to compete for the back up for the back up position. From the Bronx, Johnny was drafted in 2005 by the Giants, drafted by the Mets in 2006 and drafted again by the Giants in 2007. 2013 was the only time he saw some major league playing time recording a hit, scoring 2 runs in 8 AB’s. Later his contract was purchased by the Orioles. The following year, 2014, his contract was purchased by the Dodgers.

In the minors he is a career .264 hitter with a .347 OBP and a .448 SLG, whichisn’t bad for a catcher. Last year he hit .238 with a .301 OBP and a .364 SLG, which was a significant drop from his previous slash line of .275/.364/.494.

For the Mets, Monell is useful to have in the system. If something happens to Recker, it wouldn’t be wise to go to Plawecki. If d’Arnaud needs to miss limited time, it may not be worth it to bring Plawecki up. Monell provides an interesting solution, as long as he gets on the 40 man, which currently only has Recker and d’Arnaud.

Get To Know A Prospect: Gabriel Ynoa

Gabriel Ynoa, 21 years old, is a RHP who has been in the Mets system since 2010. Since that time his stock has bounced around, mainly because the Mets system in terms of pitchers has changed a lot since 2010.

Anyway, he has pitched 5 seasons with the Mets and last year he spent considerable time at AA, so he is getting closer. Over those 5 years he has posted a 38-16 record with a 3.00 ERA while pitching 488.2 innings with a 1.097 WHIP, 6.2 K/9, 5.37 K/BB. Statistically speaking, 2012 and 2013 were his best seasons as he pitched a 2.23 and a 2.72 ERA respectively with a low level WHIP.

The following year, last year, when he moved up to St. Lucie and Binghamton he posted a 4.07 ERA over 148.0 innings with a 1.311 WHIP, 6.4 K/9 and a 4.24 K/BB. So the good news is kept up a positive K/BB ratio. He is demonstrating that he is not a top of a line starter, but that’s not really what was expected seriously Ynoa. He is now looking like an intriguing back of the rotation, long man option. In a system stocked with arms, there isn’t the need for Ynoa to be a frontline starter (although that would be nice). This year he was given a C+ ranking at Minor League Ball, and is considered to be the Mets 19th best prospect.

Get To Know A Prospect: Wuilmer Becerra

Wuilmer Becerra should sound familiar as he was the additional player in the R.A. Dickey trade when he was only 18. Last year at the age of 19 he earned a ranking of C+ from Minor League Ball with the accolade of “one of the highest ceiling bats in the system.”

In his three seasons he has played in 121 games across two seasons in the Gulf Coast League (two organizations) and one season in the Appalachian League with 412 AB’s, .272 BA, .352 OBP and a .388 SLG. Last season he had 207 ABs over 58 G batting .300, a .351 OBP, and a .469 SLG. Over those ABs he had 62 hits, 19 extra-base hits. 10 doubles, 2 triples and 7 homers. Last season was the first time the power started to show for Becerra as he develops into his frame. This upcoming season will be important, can he replicate the the power he displayed last year at a higher level? I was high on Becerra when we got him in the trade, but that was only because I was trying to make the R.A. Dickey trade seem like a lopsided monster in my head. Let’s see what he can do next year!

Get To Know A Prospect: Robert Whalen

Robert Whalen, who will be 21 next year, is a RHP the Mets drafted in the 12th round of the 2012 draft. Minor League Ball ranks him as the 14th best prospect giving him a C+ ranking.

In 3 seasons he is 12-4 with a 1.89 ERA over 27 games, 24 starts and 143.0 innings. Last year he was 9-2 over 14 games, 12 starts with a 1.94 ERA pitching 69.2 innings with a 0.990 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 3.00 K/BB ratio.

Looking at just his stats, his WHIP and K/9 are incredibly impressive. He did most of the work at Savannah last year. His next year is going to be important in determining how he develops considering he missed the majority of last season due to an infection in his hand. Can he pitch more than ~70 innings in a season and still keep his numbers? If Savannah is more of a pitching park, what happens when he goes to more of an even park?  If anything he is intriguing.