The Mets have announced the seven players they will be sending to the Arizona Fall League this year to play for Surprise. Let’s take a closer look at who’s going:
Ryan Fraser – A 16th round pick in 2010, Fraser saved 12 games as Brooklyn’s closer that year and has worked his way up to Binghamton this year. Since the all-star break Fraser has an ERA of 2 for the B-Mets so he’s really picked it up this year. He doesn’t project as anything more than a middle reliever, but he does throw low 90′s and he should be ready for AAA to start 2013, so with a good performance in the AFL he can get on the radar as a viable mid-season option for the ML bullpen next year. But keep in mind, he will be challenged in the AFL.
Chase Huchingson – Somehow Huchingson and his 6’5” frame went un-drafted in 2010. He spent most of this season starting for St. Lucie. After a brilliant April, he got progressively worse in May, June, and July, but has rebounded in August and has finished the season strong. He’s another guy that will be challenged by the AFL and doesn’t profile as more than a middle reliever.
Adam Kolarek – He was nearly un-hittable for much of the season in St. Lucie, but after an unsuccessful stint in AA, he has struggled since moving back to St. Lucie to help the Lucies on their playoff run. Kolarek’s trip to the AFL will be good preparation for beginning next year in AA. He definitely has the potential to be an MLB LOOGY and should start next season on par with where Josh Edgin began this year, but whether he progresses as quickly as Edgin did remains to be seen.
Greg Peavey – This is a bit of a head scratcher as Peavey appears to have hit the end of the line at AA. He has low 90′s velocity at best and his strike out rate is unimpressive. He has been noticeably better in August, but I’m not sure why the Mets are sending him to the AFL because the odds that he ever makes it to the big leagues are low.
Danny Muno – Muno gets a trip to Arizona in part because he missed 50 games this season because of you know what. He also goes to Arizona because he skipped over Savannah entirely and put up fairly impressive numbers this year, right now standing at .289/.390/.429. He has nearly as many walks as he does strikeouts and has seen time at both second base and shortstop. The most likely scenario is that Muno becomes a back up middle infielder if he reaches the big leagues, but a starting second baseman isn’t impossible, especially if he hit well in the AFL and gets off to a good start in AA next year.
Darrell Ceciliani – He has missed a lot of time this year (just 19 games played so far), aggravating and reaggravating a hamstring injury, but when he’s played Ceciliani has done nothing but hit. With so much missed time it’s a no brainer to send him to the AFL, but it may not be enough to get him ready to start 2013 in AA, which is a shame.
Cesar Puello – Just like Ceciliani, Puello has missed a lot of time this year (61 games so far), but unlike Ceciliani he has not produced when he’s been in the lineup hitting .257/325/.424 with 57 strikeouts and just 6 walks. His homerun rate is lower than last year, but with if he had played a full season he would have almost twice as many doubles as he did last year (also in St. Lucie). The five-tool potential is still there, but with so much difficulty staying in the lineup on a consistent basis Puello definitely needs more time this season, and hopefully with a strong AFL season and a strong spring he can prove to the Mets that he should start next year in AA, which is where he needs to be.