Mets Minor League Free Agents
The minor league free-agent market is now open, and over 600 bushers are available.
Soon I will provide my list of players worth considering. In the meantime, here is the list of players free to leave the Mets’ organization:
Righthanderd Pitchers: Joe Hietpas, Brian Lawrence, Clint Nageotte, Marcelo Perez, Corey Ragsdale, Jose Santiago
Lefthanded Pitchers: Ricardo Morales, Raul Valdes
Catchers: Edwards Guzman, Jose Reyes
First baseman: Andy Tracy
Second basemen: J.E. Cruz, Jake Gautreau
Third basemen: Brett Harper, Vince Harrison, Fernando Tatis
Shortstops: Jason Alfaro, Wilson Batista, Mark Kiger
Outfielders: Ender Chavez, Ambiorix Concepcion, Elvis Cruz, Jesus Feliciano, Chad Hermansen, Luis Matos, Miguel Negron
Hietpas used to be a “catch and throw” catcher, meaning a catcher who couldn’t hit. He was converted to pitching early in 2007. Ragsdale was a similar case; he was a no-hit shortstop with a cannon who finally tried pitching this past year. There’s a possibility both will return.
Brett Harper is the only guy that jumps out. He was once a slugging first base prospect who had a hard time progressing as quickly as the Mets would have liked. He had a fine season in AA last year — but as a 26-year-old. By his age, he wants to be in MLB. Unfortunately, he’s a one-dimensional power hitter, with poor fielding skills and a slug around the bases. Yes, I’ve just described Carlos Delgado, but Delgado has hit 40 HRs at the MLB level. Who knows, though … both Travis Hafner and Jeff Bagwell were late bloomers.
No worries regarding Ender Chavez. It is indeed Ender and not Endy.
Ambiorix Concepcion was once a crown jewel of the system — in 2004 he was the #1 prospect in the NY-Penn League, prompting Baseball America to say “There wasn’t a manager in the league who questioned the remarkable talent of Brooklyn outfielder Ambiorix Concepcion.” Since then, however, he has regressed, and spent all of last year in A ball after being overmatched by AA in 2006. His quick fall from grace should be considered by Mets fans who have remarkably high hopes for youngsters such as Francisco Martinez — evaluating teenage talent can be a real crapshoot.
The rest of the free agents are mostly filler players and non-prospects — no one that the Mets will miss.
For all the knocks on prospect evaluations though, we have come along way from the great 1st rounders, Al shirley, kirk pressley, and ryan Jaroncyk.
Would Paul Wilson qualify for mention on the list? Stan Jefferson? Herm Winningham?
While writing this post, and already coming up with the 3 names listed above off the top of my head, I discovered there’s an existing website that lists all of the Mets first round draft picks throughout their existence. If any of you don’t already know about it, it came be found at…
Sort of like if your name was Bob and your brother’s name was Bobber.
Not sure but I believe there is an older brother named “Endest”.