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The Mets future SS?

Posted: 8/22/2014 5:51 PM

The Mets future SS? 


http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/08/mets-notes-carlos-quesada-castillo-wheeler-niese.html

Does anyone have more information on this Cuban defector, Roberto Carlos?

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Posted: 8/22/2014 5:53 PM

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Never trust a man with two first names.


Question: Which two baseball teams are an Italian's favorite?

Answer:  The A's and O's
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Posted: 8/22/2014 6:36 PM

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Sounds about right. Low upside, low cost, perfect match for us while every real MLB team fights over Yoan Moncada.
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Posted: 8/22/2014 6:46 PM

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omnimetfan wrote:
Does anyone have more information on this Cuban defector, Roberto Carlos?
Takes one heck of a free kick


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Posted: 8/22/2014 7:15 PM

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DrGuru wrote: Never trust a man with two first names.
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Posted: 8/22/2014 11:33 PM

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Future SS?

It's certainly not going to be Wilmer Flores
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Posted: 8/22/2014 11:59 PM

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sweeper5 wrote: Future SS?

It's certainly not going to be Wilmer Flores
Oh boy,, Anyone that is still watching the game tonight can see Flores is not a SS in any way, shape or form.  Not even close.
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Posted: 8/23/2014 12:01 AM

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oct271986 wrote:
sweeper5 wrote: Future SS?

It's certainly not going to be Wilmer Flores
Oh boy,, Anyone that is still watching the game tonight can see Flores is not a SS in any way, shape or form.  Not even close.
 
2nd Base, maybe.  SS, not so much.  He cost us tonight.

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Posted: 8/23/2014 12:22 AM

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Scouts were pretty adamant that in no way shape or form would he be a 2B at the ML level...I guess we are seeing some of his SS shortcomings. In any event, I'll give him the rest of the season to see what he can do with the bat.
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Posted: 8/23/2014 12:23 AM

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He's a 1B, IMO, but I dont think he hits enough for 1B.
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Posted: 8/23/2014 2:16 AM

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I was hoping for a guy that could hit 15-18 HR's at SS and sort of live with his weaker fielding abilities. Not so sure this is a viable option. He may not even be capable at 2B as the scouts indicated. Then what? Duda is our 1B and Wright is 3B. Not much left.

I'll give him the rest of season for no other reason then I can't take punch and Judy Tejada at SS.

If its a no go, then big Sandy has a huge offseason job to do in LF and SS. There's no more time for experiments or 1 year dud signings like Chris Young.

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Posted: 8/23/2014 7:47 AM

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You can't judge by one game. But if you have been watching all along, the signs were there.

For now, I would continue to play Flores at SS, at least until Sept. 1. Then, we need to get a good look at Matt Reynolds.

I've said all along that Flores' only chance to stay in the majors is at 1B or DH, or.....maybe on another team not in the spotlight at 3B. I think Flores might get by playing 3B for a team like San Diego. But 1B is his best shot. I do believe Flores could eventually project to 20-22 homers and .295 BA, no speed of course.

But we need to get this out of our system. So that is why I would continue to play Flores. What we don't need is continued uncertainty. We don't need to go into ST 2015 with people continuing to say we should give Flores a chance or that he hasn't had enough ABs or chances. Sometimes you don't need to look to long at a player to tell he can't play a certain position.

We've convinced ourselves that Flores can play SS and rationalized it on the basis of saying things like the scouts have been wrong before. The scouts have had 5 years to evaluate Flores. He is not a SS and he is not suitable for 2B either. IMO he doesn't have the arm for SS. He doesn't have the range and his footwork is not good. The arm is definitely not an issue for 2B, and the range is probably not that vital at 2B either. But the footwork is more important for a 2B and Flores is suspect especially in terms of making the DP.
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Posted: 8/23/2014 9:02 AM

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I think this is going exactly how many of us figured it would. He should get the rest of the season to show what he can do, but yeah, I think he'd be a nice fit playing third in Houston or Minnesota...

I don't think Reynolds is recalled this year.

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Posted: 8/23/2014 9:06 AM

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He's been a slow starter at virtually every level...I'd stick him at SS for the rest of the year just to get him enough PA's to see if he can actually hit.


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Posted: 8/23/2014 9:50 AM

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NYMethuselah wrote: I think this is going exactly how many of us figured it would. He should get the rest of the season to show what he can do, but yeah, I think he'd be a nice fit playing third in Houston or Minnesota...

I don't think Reynolds is recalled this year.
The only reason not to would be because he would have to be put on the 40 man roster. But I wonder, wouldn't he have to be put on the 40 man roster to avoid Rule V anyway?

IMO ultimately the Mets are going to solve the SS situation internally. They aren't going to sign Hanley Ramirez and Tulo is no longer an option. I don't think Didi is on the Mets radar either and Starlin is going to cost too much.

We may have to wait a couple of years. But right now the Mets have a handful of SS prospects, three of which (Ramos, Rosaria, Cecchini) are in the top 20 list. We also have Matt Reynolds, and TJ Rivera who is definitely a long shot.

BTW, I expect to see some major reshuffling of the 40 man roster. Does anybody care if we lose Kirk or Satin or Brown or Puello or Rice or Goeddel either in the Rule V draft or minor league FA? Are the Mets going to re-sign DiceK?  Will Colon be traded by then?
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Posted: 8/23/2014 10:26 AM

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I'm pretty sure Reynolds doesn't have to be added to the 40-man this year, but I also think it makes more sense to run with Flores the rest of the year.

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Posted: 8/27/2014 12:18 PM

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Article in the NY Times on Reynolds:

LAS VEGAS — About a year ago, after another bad game, Matt Reynolds sat in his car outside Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and called his father. He could not remember exactly which game it was. The whole season was a blur, one big struggle, as he put it. If he had to guess, he had just gone 0 for 4, with three strikeouts.

“I don’t know if I can do this,” Reynolds said he told his father.

The Mets had taken him in the second round of the draft out of Arkansas in June 2012. And, the next season was his first full year in professional baseball, and now he had to find a way to get past the discouragement.

“Grind out the rest of the season,” his father told him. As he always had.

Reynolds recalled the conversation last week as he sat in the dugout of the Mets’ Class AAA team, the Las Vegas 51s, the club for whom he now has a .340 batting average as the starting shortstop going into Tuesday’s game. At 23, just a year removed from his initial difficulties in Class A ball, he has now emerged as an intriguing option for the Mets as they look toward 2015.

Could Reynolds be the major league shortstop they keep looking for?

For much of the season, the Mets have used Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores at short, and neither has distinguished himself. The 24-year-old Tejada is the incumbent who was surprisingly given another chance this season after stumbling so badly in 2013. But with a .230 average going into Tuesday, he really has not taken advantage of his extra opportunity.

Flores, who is 23, has been a touted prospect for the Mets for years, but whether or not he eventually emerges as a major league hitter (he is hitting just .225 at the moment) he may be misplaced at shortstop, not quite quick enough to play the position.

Enter Reynolds, who is still something of an unknown to Mets fans. His manager at Las Vegas, Wally Backman, calls him a “grinder,” which, of course, is exactly what Backman was when he played second base for the Mets’ last championship team, in 1986.

According to Reynolds’s father, Gary, his son’s first word was “ball” and his life soon revolved around it. When he was 3, he swung at whiffle balls in the family’s garage. At around 5, he started working with a personal trainer on his footwork and speed. Growing up in Tulsa, he played quarterback, point guard and shortstop.

His father said that he himself had played a little bit of college baseball and was intent on teaching his son “the right way to play the game.” One example: He taught Matt to hit to the opposite field when he was all of about 6, placing colored paper on netting in the garage and then, as he pitched to his son, yelling out a color for him to aim at.

As a result, hitting to the opposite field became second nature for Reynolds, which made his 2013 season somewhat baffling. He kept pulling the ball and then took as many as 200 swings during batting practice to try to fix the problem. Still, every at-bat in a game seemed to end in one of two ways: a groundout to the left side or a fly out to the right. He finished the year batting .225.

“I beat myself up too much,” Reynolds said.

Last October, he went bow hunting in southern Oklahoma with his father and two brothers-in-law. Alone in the woods, he finally began to exhale. Then, in December, his agent, Jason Wood, had him meet with Rick Strickland, a hitting instructor and part-time scout for the Mets. Strickland concluded that Reynolds was not moving his body in unison as he swung.

Adjustments were made and the results were immediate. Reynolds hit .355 in 58 games with Class AA Binghamton this season and was promoted to Las Vegas, where he has continued to hit just as well. And the line drives are going to the opposite field again.

Backman, meanwhile, said he admired Reynolds’s work ethic. “That’s what you’re looking for in a middle infielder — they’re grinders,” Backman said. “It’s a long season for them, because they’re involved in the game so much.”

Whether or not Reynolds makes a cameo appearance with the Mets in September, he is expected to play in the highly regarded Arizona Fall League, where the Mets can get one more look at him this year and think some more about whether he can play shortstop on the major league level or might need to move to second or third.

Meanwhile, his father is already making a pledge.

“One day, when he makes it to the Mets, I can guarantee he’ll be out there working hard,” he said. “He’s going to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”

Perhaps even as the Mets’ 2015 shortstop. With Backman looking on approvingly from Las Vegas.

INSIDE PITCH

Playing without both David Wright (neck) and Daniel Murphy (calf) for the first time all season, the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, on Tuesday at Citi Field. Neither Wright nor Murphy are expected to miss significant time, although Wright has also dealt with a bruised left rotator cuff for about two months that has seemed to affect his performance. Juan Lagares compensated with a two-run homer on Tuesday.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 8/27/2014 2:18 PM

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Reynolds was working with a personal trainer at the age of 5!!!????    Is this normal?    Not judging.....but I'm amazed a 5 year old would even have the patience to listen to a personal trainer.    


Well......I still think Flores should at least get the rest of this season to have a look at his game.    I am still befuddled about why the Mets wasted half of this season with Tejada at SS.   Did they really need to analyze his game more than they already had?    I mean.......I always believe that a player can make improvements.    But I didn't really see where Tejada was going to emerge beyond his 'breakout' season.   Seemed like Flores at least had a higher batting ceiling than Tejada.    But......whatever......the Mets are where they are.    


I was going into the offseason feeling like a JJ Hardy would be a solid guy for the team........but I'm starting to wonder if I'd prefer taking a chance on Asdrubal Cabrera now that he won't be attached to a tender offer (he won't, right?).    I know it's not popular......but I'd see if they could trade for Andrus from the Rangers, as an alternative.   A buy low flier.    Then the Mets can focus on a functional/complementary bat for LF.
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Posted: 8/27/2014 2:29 PM

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if DW, Granderson, and CYoung hit to their contracts this year, nobody would be complaining about Tejada.  If Tejada was hitting .280 instead of .230 we'd have maybe 1 more win.  He wasn't the problem this season, though many make him the scapegoat.
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Posted: 8/27/2014 2:31 PM

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JeffHostetlerFan wrote: Reynolds was working with a personal trainer at the age of 5!!!????    Is this normal?    Not judging.....but I'm amazed a 5 year old would even have the patience to listen to a personal trainer.    


Well......I still think Flores should at least get the rest of this season to have a look at his game.    I am still befuddled about why the Mets wasted half of this season with Tejada at SS.   Did they really need to analyze his game more than they already had?    I mean.......I always believe that a player can make improvements.    But I didn't really see where Tejada was going to emerge beyond his 'breakout' season.   Seemed like Flores at least had a higher batting ceiling than Tejada.    But......whatever......the Mets are where they are.    


I was going into the offseason feeling like a JJ Hardy would be a solid guy for the team........but I'm starting to wonder if I'd prefer taking a chance on Asdrubal Cabrera now that he won't be attached to a tender offer (he won't, right?).    I know it's not popular......but I'd see if they could trade for Andrus from the Rangers, as an alternative.   A buy low flier.    Then the Mets can focus on a functional/complementary bat for LF.
A year ago, Texas signed Andrus to a 8/120mil contract. Forget him.
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