Just a couple days after cutting 8 minor leaguers, the Mets let 3 more guys go: outfield Javier Rodriguez and pitchers Michael Hebert and Michael Powers.
Rodriguez was a 2nd round pick in 2008 as an 18 year old out of Puerto Rico, but he has failed to play anything like a 2nd round pick in his 4 seasons. In 2011 he started the season playing full season ball in Savannah, but hit .209/.284/.407 in 26 games before being demoted. He finished the year in Brooklyn but his numbers were ordinary. Being cut at this point means that he was not going to make a full-season club, which at his age means his career has hit a brick wall. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing career for such a high draft pick.
Hebert was the Mets 7th round pick in 2008. He has a big frame and throws hard, but he struggled with injuries and control and could never harness his stuff into consistent success. He spent parts of the last two seasons in Savannah, but with an influx of talented college arms from last year’s draft, there apparently wasn’t enough room for Hebert in A-ball and so his chances have run out.
Powers was a 32nd round pick in 2008, who never had a realistic chance of getting to the big leagues. He’s been a nice organizational piece the last couple of years, but like Stoner, Niesen, Carr, and Merritt a couple days earlier there’s no room for him in the upper levels.
On a related note, the cutting of Rodriguez points to Brandon Nimmo breaking camp with Savannah. Also, the cutting of Hebert may point to a space being open in Savannah for Michael Fulmer.