Today was the annual MLB Rule V draft, where teams can pick through other systems to find minor leaguers who have not been added to their current clubs 40 man roster and offer them a shot at playing in the bigs next season. As noted here, we felt the Mets might not be active this morning seeing as they had two players already (Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez) who, until noted otherwise, are slated to occupy slots on the major league roster while contributing nothing – meaning that maximum value must be garnered form the remaining 23 slots. However, Sandy Alderson and Co. proved to be active, and at least one other organization thought the Mets had hidden value on the farm. Let’s take a look at who was lost, and gained
Elvin Ramirez, rhp – the Mets signed Elvin out of Rivendelll the DR in 2004. Last season he split between High A St Lucie and AA Binghamton. At PSL, in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, he went 4-3 with a 4.17 ERA, with 43 walks and 65 K’s in 73 innings. In limited action at AA, he went 0-1 with a 4.16 ERA. In 7 innings, he walked 6 and struck out 7. As the walks total indicate, he has some command issues, but scouting reports from the Dominican Winter League was that he was reigning it in and had been clocked up to 97 MPH. On the strength of those reports, the Nationals took a flier on him. Seeing as Washington has Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper in the fold, just added Jayson Werth, and are rumored to be in the mix for Cliff Lee, the Nationals are looking to make some noise in the NL East. Can Ramirez, who has had scant experience in the high minors (AA or AAA) maintain control and command at the major league level on a team that sees itself as a contender? Time will tell. Worthy of note, the Nats took catcher Jesus Flores from the Mets in the 04 Rule V, kept him on the 25 man roster all season to protect him from going back to the Mets, and seriously retarded his development.
Now on to some of the bigger acquisitions the Mets made at this year’s Winter Meetings:
Brad Emaus, inf – Emaus was an 11th round pick by the Blue Jays (when JP Riccardi was GM) out of Tulane in ‘07, and split 2010 between AA New Hampshire, where he hit .272/.402/.434 with 5 HR’s, 29 RBI and 5 stolen bases. After a promotion to hitter friendly Las Vegas, he hit .298/.395/.495 with 10 HR’s, 49 RBI and 8 SB’s. He can play both 2B and 3B. Guess which position the Mets are going to give him a long hard look at. While seen as an offensive grinder first type of player, here is how Brad sees himself: “I’m just a blue-collar guy, a solid guy who has to know the game, has to have some (baseball IQ) because I don’t have great tools. I’m not flashy but I bring my best every day and go out trying to find an edge.” Sounds like a right handed hitting Daniel Murphy, and we al know how much that makes Met fans salivate…
Pedro Beato, rhp – a 17th round pick by the Mets out of Bay Ridge’s Xaverian high school in 2005, Beato wanted $1MM to sign. The Mets did not give it to him, but the Orioles gladly did after selecting him in the supplemental first round of 2006. Since then, he struggled with command as the O’s sought to keep him in the rotation. Last year at AA Bowie, he switched to the pen and the lights came on. His line for the year is a nifty 4-0 2.11 ERA, 16 saves, 60 IP, 19 BB, 50K’s. While the walk total is still high, it is not Ollie-esque. Alderson said he was “surprised” Beato was still on the board and we’re sure the Mets are excited to finally nab a player they had desired several years back. Look for him to have a shot at sticking in the pen and contributing in 2011.