Now that the 2013 1st year player draft has passed the next stage is getting the players signed before the July 12th deadline and seeing when and to what affiliate the players end up reporting to.This marks the 3rd draft under the current administration and the race is on to see which of their players will be the 1st to make their MLB debut. Here is a look at some of those players that should eventually see the bigs with some a lot sooner than later.
2011 Draft Class:
Name: Brandon Nimmo
The very 1st player drafted under the current administration but highly unlikely to be the 1st called up Nimmo who just turned 20 has had a solid season that was briefly interrupted due to an injury in Savannah but still was chosen as a reserve outfielder for the 2013 S.A.L. All Star Game.
Name: Cory Mazzoni
Mazzoni has had his season at Binghamton interrupted for most of April due to elbow soreness
. While you never want to see a pitcher give up more hits than innings pitched as Mazzoni has up to now he has at least averaged a high number of SO/9 at 9.6 SO/9. Mazzoni from some accounts may be better suited as a reliever if he is to make the bigs.
Name: Travis Taijeron
Taijeron has just hit the ground running this season as he was named Milb player of the week twice while in St. Lucie for the weeks of (April 29-May 5) & (May 27-June 2) which soon followed with him being promoted to Binghamton and in his 1st 2 games at AA he has only gone 5 for 9 with 2 HR's, 6 RBI's and 4 Runs scored. While some of his teammates named Vaughn and Puello may have something to say before he gets a call up. If he continues at the pace he is going he will surely give the Mets another option to consider as a MLB OF option either with the Mets or possibly via a trade on another club.
Name: Jack Leathersich
Leathersich has just been a strikeout machine down in Binghamton this year. His 55 strikeouts does not only lead all relievers in AA but many starters as well. His 17.1 SO/9 is tops in the league. The Mets GM recently said he could see the lefty Leathersich coming up this year skipping AAA all together making him the odds on favorite to probably be the 1st drafted player under the current administration to be called up and considering the dire need for a reliable lefty out of the pen it can't come soon enough.Honorable Mention:
Due to a torn meniscus
in his right knee the 1st pitcher drafted by the current administration Michael Fulmer
has yet to pitch in a game this season. Still he was one of the most promising arms to be selected by the Mets out the draft. Fulmer is definitely an arm worth keeping an eye on once he returns. Here is what MetsMinors
had to say about Fulmer.
Outlook: Fulmer’s 2012 line gave a lot of people, including myself, high hopes for the future. Some of the scouts that saw him were most impressed with his aggressiveness and poise. He moves ahead to St.Lucie next year where he will join a rotation packed with some of the best Mets righthanders in the system Fulmer stands to only improve on his position as a prospect in our system when you consider all things. He already has the build of an MLB pitcher, can overpower hitters, command his pitches, and pitches fearlessly. The goal now is to build his stamina and pitch deeper into games while he continues to develop at his own pace. So far, everything we’ve seen of Fulmer points to a fast rise through the minors. All things considered, Fulmer could find himself anchoring the top or middle of our rotation in a few years and not a single soul would be surprised.
2012 Draft Class:
Name: Kevin Plawecki
Plawecki the supplemental pick the Mets received for the loss of Free Agent Jose Reyes has been Doubleicious. Plawecki's 23 doubles is tops in the S.A.L. and his .326/BA is among the top 10. It has resulted in him being named the catcher at the 2013 S.A.L. All Star Game. Plawecki should expect a promotion real soon and with the Mets depth at catcher with names like d'Arnaud, Pena and Centeno ahead of him having Plawecki added to the mix is a good problem to have.
Name: Matthew Bowman
Bowman started out in Savannah and after 5 starts he was called up to St. Lucie and he has put together a very solid season going at least 5 innings in all of his starts while not allowing more than 3 earned runs in any of them. Teams are hitting .233 against him this season and he does not walk many averaging 1.6 BB/9. It will be nice to see Bowman rewarded with a bump up to Binghamton if he continues at this pace before the season is over.
Name: Jayce Boyd
Boyd is another Savannah product that has been unconscious with the bat this season. His .339/BA along with his 76 hits ranks 3rd in the S.A.L. The righty has hit both left and right handed pitching with equal prejudice batting .441/BA vs lefties and .321/BA vs righties. It has resulted in him being named the first baseman at the 2013 S.A.L. All Star Game. Boyd I would guess should expect a promotion soon and while current Mets 1B Ike Davis is working out his swing down in AAA it's possible that by the time Boyd is ready for a call up there may be an opening available at 1st base.