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AAA Pacific Coast League: Las Vegas 2/9/0 @ El Paso 7/9/0

Amed Rosario and Dom Smith enjoyed multi hit games while Sean Gilmartin got torched in his season’s debut, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits in 3.1 innings for the loss. Dom drove in a run, as well.

1. 2b Gavin Cecchini 1 for 4, K, .125
3. ss Amed Rosario 2 for 4, .375
4. 1b Dom Smith 2 for 4, RBI (1), .375
6. lf,3b Phillip Evans 0 for 3, BB, K, .182
Sean Gilmartin 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1/5 BB/K, 2 HR, 8.10 era, L (0-1), 63:39:24, 1:3:5
Logan Taylor 2.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 1/2 BB/K, 5.79 era, 46:29:17, 4:1:2

AA Eastern League: Binghamton 3/8/1 @ New Hampshire 8/11/0

Corey Oswalt had a mixed outing today, on the positive side, he struck out 7, on the negative, he gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits in 4 innings.

2. 3b David Thompson 1 for 5, .167
7. c Tomas Nido 0 for 4, K, .143
9. ss Luis Guillorme 1 for 3, BB, .333
Corey Oswalt 4 IP, 7 H, 5/4 R/ER, 1/7 BB/K, HR, 9 era, L (0-1), 80:56:24, 1:2:7

A+ Florida State League: St. Lucie 6/5/1 @ Palm Beach 3/7/2

The Mets used a 5 run top of the 9th to overcome a 3-1 deficit, with Jhoan Urena driving in the game winner.

3. dh Wuilmer Becerra 1 for 3, run, RBI (1), 2 Ks, .333
4. 1b Peter Alonso 0 for 4, .176
5. c Patrick Mazeika 0 for 3, run, BB, K, .333
6. 3b Jhoan Urena 1 for 4, run, RBI (3), K, .286
Nabil Crismatt 6 IP, 5 H, 3/2 R/ER, 2/3 BB/K, 3 era, 74:49:25, 4:7:3
Alex Palsha IP, H, BB, 0.00 era, SV (1), 18:12:6, 2:0:0

A South Atlantic League: Columbia 6/8/0 vs Augusta 0/3/0

2. 2b Luis Carpio 0 for 4, K, .333
3. 3b Blake Tiberi 0 for 4, K, .273
4. dh Dash Winningham 1 for 2, run, 2 BBs, .412
9. c Ali Sanchez 1 for 4, 2 RBI (2), .333
Merandy Gonzalez 6 IP, 3 H, 1/6 BB/K, 0.00 era, W (1-0), 80:57:23, 4:3:6

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**All Games @ 1pm EST unless noted**

Las Vegas Gameday @ 3pm
Binghamton Gameday
St. Lucie Gameday
Columbia Gameday @ 2pm
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AAA Pacific Coast League: Las Vegas 0/7/1 @ El Paso 7/9/1

Donovan Hand got wrecked in his season debut, giving up 6 runs in 5.1 innings. Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki had multi hit games.

1. 2b Gavin Cecchini 0 for 3, BB, .083
3. ss Amed Rosario 1 for 4, .333
4. 1b Dom Smith 0 for 4, K, .333
6. c Kevin Plawecki 2 for 4, 2 2b (2), .273
Kevin McGowan IP, 4.50 era, 12:6:6, 2:1

AA Eastern League: Binghamton 2/6/1 @ New Hampshire 0/8/1

1. cf Champ Stuart 0 for 4, RBI (1), 3 Ks
2. ss Luis Guillorme 1 for 4, 2 Ks
3. 3b David Thompson 1 for 3
6. c Tomas Nido 1 for 3

AA Eastern League: Binghamton 8/10/0 @ New Hampshire 2/6/1

1. cf Champ Stuart 1 for 3, run, K, .143, SB (1)
3. 3b David Thompson 0 for 4, run, RBI (1), BB, 2 Ks, .143
7. 2b Luis Guillorme 1 for 2, run, 2b (1), RBI (1), 2 BBs, .333, SB (1)

A+ Florida State League: St. Lucie 5/10/2 @ Palm Beach 4/4/2

Justin Dunn had a very poor start to his season, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks in 4+ innings, he threw just 41 of 80 pitches for strikes. Peter Alonso and Jhoan Urena had multi hit games. The Mets won their first game of the season.

3. dh Wuilmer Becerra 1 for 3, 2 runs, BB, .333
4. 1b Peter Alonso 3 for 5, run, HR (1), 2 RBI (2), .231
5. 3b Jhoan Urena 2 for 4, 2b (2), RBI (2), K, .300
Justin Dunn 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 5 BBs, 6.75 era, 80:41:39
Tyler Bashlor 2 IP, 1/4 BB/K, 0.00 era, W (1-0), 28:18:10, 1:1:4

A South Atlantic League: Columbia 9/9/1 vs Augusta 5/9/2

2. ss Luis Carpio 2 for 3, 2 runs, RBI (3), 2 BBs, K, .455
3. cf Desmond Lindsay 0 for 4, BB, .182
4. 1b Dash Winningham 1 for 5, RBI (9), K, .400
5. 2b Michael Paez 0 for 3, run, BB, .300
Gabriel Llanes 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3/2 R/ER, 4/1 BB/K, 4.15 era

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AAA Pacific Coast League: Las Vegas 4/8/1 @ El Paso

1. 2b Gavin Cecchini 1 for 5, .111
3. ss Amed Rosario 1 for 4, .375
4. 1b Dom Smith 2 for 4, run, 2b (2), .500
6. c Kevin Plawecki 0 for 3, .143
7. 3b Phillip Evans 1 for 4, run, K, .250
Ricky Knapp 6 IP, 7 H, ER, 1/3 BB/K, 1.50 era, 81:52:29, 9:4:3
Chasen Bradford IP, 2 Ks, 0.00 era, SV (1)

AA Eastern League: Binghamton POSTPONED

A+ Florida State League: St. Lucie 2/6/1 vs Fort Myers 3/5/0

3. dh Wuilmer Becerra 1 for 3, BB, 2 Ks, .333
4. 1b Peter Alonso 0 for 4, 3 Ks, .000
5. c Patrick Mazeika 1 for 3, run, RBI (2), K, .500
6. 3b Jhoan Urena 1 for 4, 2b (1), RBI (1), K, .167
7. ss Colby Woodmansee 0 for 3, BB, 2 Ks, .000
Thomas Mcilraith 3 IP, H, ER, 2/1 BB/K, 3 era, 52:27:25, 5:2:1

A South Atlantic League: Columbia 7/11/1 vs Augusta 0/3/1

Columbia starter Jordan Humphreys was dominant in his season debut, scattering 3 hits and a walk across 5.2 innings while striking out 9 for the win. Desmond Lindsay and Dash Winningham had multi hit games.

2. 2b Luis Carpio 1 for 3, 2 runs, 2 BBs, K, .375
3. cf Desmond Lindsay 2 for 4, 2 runs, BB, K, .286
4. 3b Blake Tiberi 1 for 4, RBI (2), BB, .429
5. 1b Dash Winningham 2 for 5, run, 2b (1), 4 RBI (8), K, .500
6. ss Michael Paez 1 for 3, 2 BBs, K, .429
9. c Ali Sanchez 0 for 4, K, .375
Jordan Humphreys 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1/9 BB/K, 0.00 era, W (1-0), 85:61:24, 3:3:9
Joseph Zanghi IP, 1/3 BB/K, 0.00 era

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**All Games @ 630pm EST unless noted**

Las Vegas Gameday @ 9pm
Binghamton Gameday
St. Lucie Gameday
Columbia Gameday @ 7pm
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AAA Pacific Coast League: Las Vegas

AA Eastern League: Binghamton POSTPONED

A+ Florida State League: St. Lucie 1/6/2 vs Palm Beach 3/5/0

Andrew Church pitched well, but the offense struggled, going 1 for 4 with RISP and stranding 8, as the Mets fell 3-1 in their home opener. Church allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits (including a homer) in 5.2 innings, he struck out 4. Patrick Mazeika homered in the loss.

3. dh Wuilmer Becerra 1 for 3
4. 1b Peter Alonso 0 for 4, K
5. c Patrick Mazeika 2 for 3, run, HR, RBI, BB
6. 3b Jhoan Urena 0 for 2, 2 BBs
7. ss Colby Woodmansee 0 for 4, 2 Ks
Andrew Church 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2/1 R/ER, 4 Ks, HR, 1.59 era, L (0-1), 79:58:21, 6:7:4

A South Atlantic League: Columbia 14/13/0 vs Augusta 7/11/1

It was a big day for the Fireflies in their 2017 home opener, as five players enjoyed multi hit games, including 2016 draftees Blake Tiberi and Michael Paez, who homered. Tiberi also walked twice, reaching base four times. Harol Gonzalez got trucked, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits in 3.2 innings.

2. 2b Luis Carpio 2 for 5, 2 runs, 2b, 2 RBI
3. cf Desmond Lindsay 0 for 3, run, RBI, BB, 2 Ks
4. 3b Blake Tiberi 2 for 3, 3 runs, 2b, RBI, 2 BBs, K
5. 1b Dash Winningham 3 for 5, run, HR, 4 RBI, K
6. ss Michael Paez 2 for 4, run, 2b, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
9. c Ali Sanchez 3 for 4, 3 runs, BB
Harol Gonzalez 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3/3 BB/K, 12.27 era, 78:51:27, 2:2:3

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Year. Number. Eleven.

And no, we will never mention that guy here. Ever. EVER. Go elsewhere for circus sideshows.

**All Games @ 7pm EST unless noted**

Las Vegas Gameday @ 9pm
St. Lucie Gameday @ 630pm
Columbia Gameday
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Hello and welcome to MPHs Postseason Top Prospects List. The system as a whole took a giant step forward despite the needless, ill-advised, and, to be quite frankly, stupid trade for Jay Bruce. Dilson wasn’t technically a prospect anymore, and Max Wotell wasn’t as highly regarded as Thomas Szapucki. Still, the major prospects in the system took big steps forward, and the new additions via the 2016 draft provide depth and some intrigue of their own. And off we go:

01. ss Amed Rosario
Birthday: 11/20/95; will be 21 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: AAA Las Vegas
R/R, 6’2/190

2016 Stats: .324/.374/.459/.833, 155 for 479, 65 runs, 24 2b, 13 3b, 5 HR, 71 RBI, 40/87 BB/K, 19/27 SBs

A+ St. Lucie: .309/.359/.442/.800, 82 for 265, 27 runs, 10 2b, 8 3b, 3 HR, 40 RBI, 21/36 BB/K, 13/19 SBs
AA Binghamton: .341/.392/.481/.874, 73 for 214, 38 runs, 14 2b, 5 3b, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 19/51 BB/K, 6/8 SBs

The Mets consensus number 1 prospect finally put tools and production together, and it was glorious. 42 XBH in 479 ABs, including 13 triples, solidify Rosario’s standing as the game’s next great shortstop prospect, and an overall top 15 prospect in baseball. Many people compare him to Jose Reyes at the same level, only without the ability to switch hit. Lets see how long the Mets go in 2017 with Cabrera’s lack of range at shortstop, and when Rosario forces their hand (my guess is sooner rather than later — #SuperTwo, though)

02. lhsp Thomas Szapucki
Birthday: 6/12/96; will be 20 for half of 2017
Projected 2017 start: A+ St. Lucie
R/L, 6’2/205

2016 Stats: 4-3, 1.38 era, 9 GS, 52 ip, 26 h, 12/8 r/er, 3 hr, 20/86 bb/k

R+ Kingsport: 2-1, 0.62 era, 5 GS, 29 ip, 16 h, 5/2 r/er, 2 hr, 9/47 bb/k, 2.79 bb/9, 14.59 k/9, 2.35 FIP
A- Brooklyn: 2-2, 2.35 era, 4 GS, 23 ip, 10 h, 7/6 r/er, 11/39 bb/k, 4.30 bb/9, 15.26 k/9, 1.58 FIP

Szapucki, who came advertised with the highest breaking ball spin rate in the 2015 draft, paired with a (at the time) low to mid 90s fastball, absolutely blew through two levels of competition in 2016, overwhelming his opponents to the tune of a 14.89 K/9, and a roughly 1.40 era backed by a 2.25 FIP. Walks were a slight concern in Brooklyn, but nothing major to be worried about given his age. There’s a strong possibility Szapucki starts 2017 in Columbia, but I’ll say that the Mets will challenge him with a St. Lucie assignment, where he may spend the whole year.

03. rhsp Justin Dunn
Birthday 9/22/95; will be 21 for all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: A+ St. Lucie
R/R; 6’2/170

2016 Stats: A- Brooklyn: 1-1, 1.50 era, 11/8 G/GS, 30 ip, 25 h, 11/5 r/er, hr, 10/35 bb/k, 3 bb/9, 10.50 k/9, 2.88 FIP

Dunn is a potential steal of a pick for the Mets where they got him (19th overall), since there was not a large sample size of him starting. Armed with a mid 90s fastball that he can crank up to 99, along with solid secondaries, the best of which is a slider. His changeup lags behind his two breaking pitches since he spent a long time closing for BC before moving into the rotation. Dunn, for most people, is the system’s best pitching prospect. For me, I take the lefty with premium velocity over the righty.

04. rhsp Robert Gsellman
Birthday: 7/18/93; will be 23 for half of 2017
Projected 2017 start: AAA Las Vegas
R/R; 6’4/205

2016 Stats: 8-11, 3.55 era, 28/27 G/GS, 159.2 ip, 155 h, 70/63 r/er, 11 hr, 46/130 bb/k, 2.59 bb/9, 7.33 k/9, 3.33 FIP

AA Binghamton: 3-4, 2.71 era, 11 GS, 66.1 ip, 57 h, 23/20 r/er, 2 hr, 15/48 bb/k, 2.04 bb/9, 6.51 k/9, 3.25 FIP
AAA Las Vegas: 1-5, 5.73 era, 9 GS, 48.2 ip, 56 h, 35/31 r/er, 8 hr, 16/40 bb/k, 2.96 bb/9, 7.40 k/9, 5.20 FIP
MLB New York: 4-2, 2.42 era, 8/7 G/GS, 44.2 ip, 42 h, 12 er, hr, 15/42 bb/k, 3.02 bb/9, 8.46 k/9, 2.63 FIP

Many people had Gsellman as a middle/back of the rotation prospect coming into 2016, and it’s not hard to see why. Gsellman had only struck out more than 7.5 per 9 once in his minor league career, and that was in Brooklyn in 2013 (8.23 per 9). So to say his ML performance was shocking is a definitive understatement, but it did happen, and it IS 100% backed up by advanced metrics. That’s not to say he’s going to continue pitching as a #1, but it’s just saying to not dismiss it as fluky (as, say, for example, another ReplaceMet, Seth Lugo, who’s 2.67 era is backed by a 4.33 FIP and 4.71 xFIP). Gsellman should open in Vegas in 2017, barring setbacks for the main rotation.

05. 1b Dom Smith
Birthday: 6/15/95; will be 21 for half of 2017
Projected 2017 start: AAA Las Vegas
L/L; 6’0/250

2016 Stats:
AA Binghamton: .302/.367/.457/.824, 146 for 484, 64 runs, 29 2b, 2 3b, 14 HR, 91 RBI, 50/74 BB/K

Smith had a breakout season in AA as a 20/21 year old, setting career highs in OBP, SLG, HRs and RBI. And now he’s off to Las Vegas where he almost assuredly will put up video game numbers. He still needs to refine his approach some, but at this point, he should be in the Mets plans for 2018, and maybe 2017 if Lucas Duda re-injures his back (which, lets be honest, as a Met, he has a 99.2% chance of doing). Smith projects as a 20, 25 HR hitter if all pans out, with a decently high average/OBP to back that up. And he’s a plus defender, for whatever that means at 1b. The concern here is that he eats himself out of the league very quickly – perhaps before he even gets INTO the league.

06. ss Gavin Glenn Christopher Joseph Cecchini
Birthday: 12/22/93; will be 23 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: AAA Las Vegas
R/R; 6’2/200

2016 Stats:
AAA Las Vegas: .325/.390/.448/.838, 145 for 446, 71 runs, 27 2b, 2 3b, 8 HR, 55 RBI, 48/55 BB/K

Cecchini continued to excel offensively, displaying a contact orientated approach resulting in a very low strikeout rate, and a solid 9.6% walk rate, higher than it was in AA (8.7%). Cecchini seems to have developed a bit of the yips from shortstop, but the Mets are hopeful he can move past that. However, either way, he’s not long for shortstop with the ascendence of Amed Rosario, Cecchini is likely a second baseman in the future. He’s basically ready now, with just minor tweaks needed to his game (mostly on the defensive side), but with Neil Walker and Wilmer Flores ahead of him (for some reason Wilmer is ahead of him) on the depth chart, Cecchini likely opens 2017 back in Las Vegas, playing second base opposite the aforementioned Rosario.

07. of Desmond Lindsay
Birthday: 1/15/97; will be 20 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: A Columbia
R/R; 6’0/200

2016 Stats: A- Brooklyn: .297/.418/.450/.868, 33 for 111, 18 runs, 5 2b, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 20/26 BB/K, 3/4 SBs

Lindsay battled hamstring injuries for the second straight season, which is the only reason he fell to the Mets in the 2nd round last year. However, he does have significant upside if he can get healthy. Whwn he was on the field, he was extremely impressive, posting a 166 wRC+ and a great 14.9% walk rate against competition that was a few years older than him. If he’s healthy to start 2017, he should open in Columbia. Lindsay profiles as a potential five tool center fielder with potential for 25/25 seasons down the road. It’s just a matter of keeping and staying healthy.

08. cf Brandon Nimmo
Birthday: 3/27/93; will be 24 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: AAA Las Vegas
L/R; 6’3/205

2016 Stats:

AAA Las Vegas: .352/.423/.541/.964, 138 for 392, 72 runs, 25 2b, 8 3b, 11 HR, 61 RBI, 46/73 BB/K, 7/15 SBs
MLB New York: .274/.338/.329/.666, 20 for 73, 12 runs, 2b, HR, 6 RBI, 6/20 BB/K

Nimmo showed flashes in his ML stints which hint at a potential platoon outfielder in the bigs, and he wasn’t as “bad” defensively as we were led to believe, and, in my opinion, he should be option 1 for the Mets to be the opening day centerfielder, in a platoon situation with Juan Lagares. Nimmo is an average at best defender in CF, and should be all right hitting 8th. He projects as a medium-low average, medium OBP, subpar power hitter who won’t “track star” his way to additional value, but shouldn’t hurt you on the bases, either. A line of .265/.340/.410 isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility – which, as the long side of a platoon, would prove to be pretty valuable.

09. ss Andres Gimenez – Note: This is the highest you will most likely EVER see me rank a DSL prospect. Very special case here.

Birthday: 9/4/98; will be 19 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: R+ Kingsport, or A- Brooklyn. Could MAYBE be pushed extremely aggresively to A Columbia. But most likely it’s a short season team.
L/R; 6’0/165

2016 Stats: DSL: .350/.469/.523/.992, 75 for 214, 52 runs, 20 2b, 4 3b, 3 HR, 38 RBI, 46/22 BB/K, 13/21 SBs

Keep in mind the DSL is a very low levelled league featuring mostly non-prospects. That doesn’t mean Gimenez isn’t good, or advanced, but… just take the numbers (especially the insane 2.09:1 BB/K) with a grain of salt.

Having said that, Gimenez has tremendous upside but is an eternity away. He profiles, right now, as a leadoff hitter type with the expectation that he will be able to stick at shortstop, but, once again, keep in mind he is precisely forever away and things can and most likely will change.

10. 1b Peter Alonso
Birthday: 12/7/94; will be 22 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: A+ St. Lucie
R/R; 6’3/225

2016 Stats: A- Brooklyn: .321/.382/.587/.969, 35 for 109, 20 runs, 12 2b, 3b, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 11/22 BB/K

Alonso, if all breaks right, is basically a righty hitting clone of Lucas Duda, hopefully with more batting average. He’s a 1b only who’s average defensively, so the bat is going to have to carry him.

11. rf Wuilmer Becerra
Birthday: 10/1/94; will be 22 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: A+ St. Lucie

2016 Stats: A+ St. Lucie: .312/.341/.393/.734, 77 for 247, 27 runs, 17 2b, HR, 34 RBI, 9/52 BB/K, 7/8 SBs

Becerra’s hit 2 homers in his last 490 ABs, but had surgery to repair his right shoulder, so hopefully that was the reason for that. Still, Becerra’s somewhat less intriguing than he was a year ago. When and if he’s healthy, he’s a potential 5 tool rightfielder with a strong throwing arm/solid defense, decent enough speed, and solid power projection. There’s really no telling when or how much the shoulder injury impacted his on-field production, but a good guess would be “mid 2015 into 2016, and alot”. Naturally the Mets mishandled it totally because Mets.

12. rhsp Seth Lugo
Birthday: 11/17/89; will be 27 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: AAA Las Vegas/MLB New York (bullpen)

2016 Stats:

AAA Las Vegas: 3-4, 6.50 era, 21/14 G/GS, 73.1 ip, 103 h, 63/53 r/er, 10 hr, 20/62 bb/k
MLB New York: 5-2, 2.67 era, 17/8 G/GS, 64 ip, 49 h, 19 er, 7 hr, 21/45 bb/k

Lugo is most likely a backend of the rotation starter, or, more likely, a quality setup man who doesn’t have to worry too much about dialing his fastball back too much to gain more command. As it stands now, though, he has an average to tick above average fastball, a plus plus curve with both depth and run, and then an average at best changeup/slider combination. Assuming full health for the rotation, my bet would be on Lugo starting the season in Las Vegas as a starting pitcher to provide much needed depth.

13. rhsp Gabriel Ynoa
Birthday: 5/26/93; will be 24 most of 2017
Projected 2017 start: AAA Las Vegas

2016 Stats:

AAA Las Vegas: 12-5, 3.97 era, 25 GS, 154.1 ip, 170 h, 77/68 r/er, 15 hr, 40/78 bb/k 2.33 bb/9, 4.55 k/9, 4.87 FIP
MLB New York: 1-0, 6.38 era, 10/3 G/GS, 18.1 ip, 26 h, 13 er, 7/17 bb/k, 3.44 bb/9, 8.35 k/9, 2.60 FIP

Ynoa made his ML debut in mid August due to the unending relentless injuries which decimated the Mets pitching staff, and acquitted himself decently. Armed with more poise/command and less pure stuff, Ynoa pitched much better than his unsightly 6.38 era indicates, as evidenced by his 2.60 ML FIP. Still, an extremely long track record of getting no strikeouts whatsoever in the minors probably doesn’t bode well for future ML success as a starter for Ynoa. More than likely, he’ll find his niche as a swingman in the bullpen, an effective long reliever. For 2017, he’ll provide valuable depth in Vegas as an emergency callup.

14. rhsp Marcos Molina
Birthday: 3/8/95; will be 22 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: A+ St. Lucie

2016 Stats: Did not play following 2015 Tommy John Surgery

Molina is coming off Tommy John Surgery, and his mechanics were a mess beforehand, so this is probably heading towards him being converted to relief work. Still, I’m sure the Mets will have him start the season as a starting pitcher in St. Lucie, and proceed on a “come what may” course. Armed with a mid 90s fastball and solid secondaries, it would certainly be nice if Molina could hold up under a starters workload, but given his mechanics and lack of using his back half, the odds aren’t in favor of it.

15. rhsp Merandy Gonzalez
Birthday: 10/9/95; will be 21 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: A+ St. Lucie

2016 Stats A- Brooklyn: 6-3, 2.87 era, 14 GS, 69 ip, 65 h, 29/22 r/er, 2 hr, 27/71 bb/k

Gonzalez, Merandy anyway, burst onto the scene this year with some fanfare. Featuring a low 90s fastball and an advanced changeup, Gonzalez easily carved up the low A NYPL, the true test will be the FSL in 2017, and then potentially the EL. Right now, he projects as a #4 SP in the majors, but there’s some upside here.

16. c Tomas Nido
Birthday: 4/12/94; will be 23 for the overwhelming majority of 2017
Projected 2017 start: AA Binghamton

2016 Stats: A+ St. Lucie: .320/.357/.459/.816, 110 for 344, 38 runs, 23 2b, 2 3b, 7 HR, 46 RBI, 19/42 BB/K

Nido came into 2016 with a reputation as a free swinger who had pop and little else going for him. He ended 2016 with one of the most dramatic one season turnarounds in recent memory. Consider his 2015 numbers in Savannah: .259/.284/.372/.657 with a 12/86 BB/K in 335 PAs, and conpare them to his 2016 numbers, where he struck out just 42 times in 370 PAs, and put up an .816 OPS. Now the trick will be to maintain this new found approach in AA and beyond.

17. lhsp Anthony Kay
Birthday: 3/21/95; will be 23 all of 2018**
Projected 2017 start: N/A

2016 Stats: N/A

18. cf Champ Stuart

Birthday: 10/11/92; will be 24 all of 2017
Projected 2017 Start: AA Binghamton

2016 stats:

St. Lucie: .265/.347/.407/.755, 73 for 275, 49 runs, 9 2b, 6 3b, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 25/28 SBs, 31/95 BB/K
Binghamton: .201/.264/.261/.525, 37 for 184, 23 runs, 3 2b, 3b, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 15/18 SBs, 14/73 BB/K

19. c Ali Sanchez
Birthday: 1/20/97; will be 20 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: A Columbia

2016 Stats:

A- Brooklyn: .216/.260/.275/.535, 37 for 171, 15 runs, 10 2b, 11 RBI, 10/26 BB/K

20. ss/2b Luis Carpio
Birthday: 7/11/97; will be 19 for over half of 2017
Projected 2017 start: A Columbia

2016 Stats: .203/.314/.270/.584, 15 for 74, 7 runs, 3 2b, 3b, 3 RBI, 9/21 BB/K

R GCL: .290/.353/.387/.740, 9 for 31, 3 runs, 2b, 3b, 2 RBI, 1/11 BB/K
A- Brooklyn: .140/.288/.186/.475, 6 for 43, 4 runs, 2 2b, RBI, 8/10 BB/K

21. ss Gregory Guerrero
Birthday: 1/20/99; will be 18 all of 2017
Projected 2017 start: XST and then probably the GCL

2016 Stats:

R DSL: .247/.324/.287/.611, 61 for 247, 32 runs, 10 2b, 20 RBI, 28/51 BB/K, 10/12 SBs

22. rhsp Chris Flexen
Birthday: 7/1/94; will be 23 for half of 2017
Projected 2017 start: AA Binghamton

2016 Stats:

A+ St. Lucie: 10-9, 3.56 era, 25 GS, 134 ip, 125 h, 62/53 r/er, 6 hr, 51/95 bb/k

23. rhp Chris Viall
24. rhsp Jordan Humphreys
25. of Ricardo Cespedes
26. rhp Colin Holderman
27. lhsp Jake Simon
28. ss Colby Woodmansee
29. 2b Michael Paez
30. 3b Blake Tiberi
31. rf Edison Valdez

32. rhsp Cameron Planck
33. lhsp Blake Taylor
34. lhsp Sixto Torres

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