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.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Micalpalyn November 3, 2007 at 10:21 am
    Concepcion: yes but joe, many questioned his age. at the time he was said to be possily 25.

    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.

  2. joe November 3, 2007 at 11:28 am
    you forgot Steve Chilcott
  3. isuzudude November 3, 2007 at 1:28 pm
    Nothing tops Chilcott…however…

    Would Paul Wilson qualify for mention on the list? Stan Jefferson? Herm Winningham?

    **Mid-post update**
    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…

  4. joe November 3, 2007 at 2:17 pm
    Shawn Abner … ouch. The Mets have had some absolutely awful first overall picks.
  5. isuzudude November 3, 2007 at 5:03 pm
    You know, I understand the logic behind obtaining and holding on to as many high draft picks as you can, but seeing all the dreadful names on that list re-enforces the thought, to me, that signing free agents with established major league track records is such a better way to build a successful franchise. Yes yes yes, I know having depth and the availability of young talent in your organization is very very important. But I can’t say no to signing a veteran pitcher or slugger who is a LOCK to win me 15 games or drive in 90 runs on my big league team knowing the reason I turned him away was to draft Shawn Abner, or Paul Wilson, or Terry Blocker, or Tim Foli, or Randy Milligan…all who happn to be top-4 draft picks in the 1st round by the Mets. There’s plenty of other rounds and plenty of other ways to obtain talent than to put all your eggs in the draft basket.
  6. joe November 3, 2007 at 5:11 pm
    Well then, I imagine it’s a good thing you aren’t a Twins fan.
  7. Micalpalyn November 3, 2007 at 6:45 pm
    Btw: Isnt this Ender Chavez Endy’s brother
  8. Micalpalyn November 3, 2007 at 6:48 pm
    Ahh: I think billy Beane now gets an asterisk as he is still ‘disappointing’ the Mets
  9. joe November 3, 2007 at 8:45 pm
    Yes Ender is Endy’s younger brother.

    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”.


  10. isuzudude November 4, 2007 at 8:11 am
    Father’s name is Endless, mother’s name is Endear, sister’s name is Endily, dog’s name is Endo
  11. sincekindergarten November 4, 2007 at 4:30 pm
    I think that Brian Lawrence wore out his welcome with his 83-mph fastball . . . and his 83-mph changeup.
  12. joe November 4, 2007 at 5:18 pm