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Peterson proves he's 'ready' in stellar debut

July 29, 2020

On Tuesday morning, when Mets manager Luis Rojas told David Peterson that he would make his Major League debut that night, there was no outward burst of emotion. No obvious elation. Stoic, Peterson simply thanked his manager and said: "I'm ready." Such is Peterson's demeanor, both off the mound and

What to expect from Mets' Giménez in MLB

July 27, 2020

For all of the buzz the Mets create in acquisitions like acquiring Robinson Canó or Yoenis Céspedes, they’ve also done a nice job of signing and developing their own big league bats from within. There’s 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso, of course, to go along with

Mets sign final Draft pick, 2nd-rounder Ginn

June 30, 2020

NEW YORK -- The Mets capped their aggressive Draft strategy on Tuesday by announcing that they signed second-round pick J.T. Ginn to an above-slot deal. Ginn, widely considered a first-round talent whose stock fell due to Tommy John surgery, agreed for $2.9 million, according to a source -- more than

Top Draft pick Crow-Armstrong signs with Mets

June 25, 2020

NEW YORK -- The Mets officially completed their goal of becoming a more athletic organization on Thursday, signing first-round Draft pick Pete Crow-Armstrong to a $3.36 million contract. The deal, which matched Crow-Armstrong’s slot value as the No. 19 overall selection, bolsters New York’s farm system with a premium center-field

Mets sign 2nd-round compensation pick Greene

Four others, including Crow-Armstrong, also agree to terms (sources)
June 25, 2020

NEW YORK -- The Mets wasted little time in agreeing to below-slot deals with four of their six picks from the MLB Draft, putting into practice an aggressive strategy similar to the one they used last year. The club on Thursday made the first of those signings official: compensation pick

Mets, Isaiah Greene agree to deal

June 25, 2020

The New York Mets on Thursday announced that the club has signed outfielder Isaiah Greene, the 69th overall pick from the 2020 MLB Draft. Greene, 18, was a second-round compensatory selection from Corona Senior High School (CA). The 6-1, 180-pounder was ranked 49th by Baseball America among this year’s Draft

'Night and day' difference for Orze post-cancer

Mets draftee lauded as 'high-makeup kid, high-quality kid'
June 17, 2020

NEW YORK -- For as long as he could, Eric Orze shrugged off the pain. It began as a strange sort of groin discomfort that faded and returned, easy to ignore. This was the spring of 2018, and Orze’s University of New Orleans baseball team was down to one healthy

Mets, Cal two-sport star McIlwain agree to deal

NY also adds University of South Alabama RHP Nightengale
June 15, 2020

NEW YORK -- The Mets agreed to terms with their first two non-drafted free agents on Monday: University of California two-sport star Brandon McIlwain and University of South Alabama right-hander Drake Nightengale. The team has not announced the deals because they are still unofficial. McIlwain, 22, was originally selected by

Mets draftee Orze is a two-time cancer survivor

June 12, 2020

He's got a mid-90s fastball and a good split-finger as his out pitch, but neither of those is nearly the most impressive thing about right-hander Eric Orze, whom the Mets selected in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2020 MLB Draft on Thursday. Orze, 22, has beaten two forms

Everything to know about Mets' 2020 Draft

June 12, 2020

NEW YORK -- Under Brodie Van Wagenen, the Mets’ goal the past two Drafts has been to infuse their system with the highest-end talent possible -- not just in the first round, but throughout the Draft as well. To do so, they took risks that other teams did not, pursuing

Mets go for 'premium talent' with Ginn on Day 2

Mississippi St. righty recovering from Tommy John surgery
June 12, 2020

NEW YORK -- One year ago, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen took a unique approach to his first MLB Draft, selecting first-round talent Matthew Allan in the third round and sacrificing elsewhere in the Draft to pay for him. The Mets garnered rave reviews for that strategy at the

Mets select 'magician in CF' Crow-Armstrong

Harvard-Westlake star taken 19th overall, fills hole in club's system
June 11, 2020

NEW YORK -- The movie “Little Big League” came out in 1994, so pardon Pete Crow-Armstrong, who was born eight years later, for not catching it in theaters. It was another decade or so before friends began noting to him the fact that his mother, actress Ashley Crow, played lead

Who will Mets take at No. 19 in 2020 MLB Draft?

June 10, 2020

NEW YORK -- Last year’s Draft was among the highlights of Brodie Van Wagenen’s first summer as Mets general manager. By pooling together bonus pool money that the Mets could have used on later picks, they managed to sign pitcher Matthew Allan, a first-round talent, in the third round. Adding

The Mets' Top 6 international signings of all time

May 6, 2020

NEW YORK -- Becoming increasingly aggressive in the international market in recent years, the Mets have signed teenagers such as Ronny Mauricio and Francisco Alvarez to seven-figure deals. It will take years before such international prospects are ready, but for players with that sort of potential, the payoff can often

30 prospects we'll be talking about in 2022

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
March 28, 2020

Right now, all baseball fans can do is look ahead to the future. We decided to take that to the extreme by looking two years down the road at which prospects we expect to be big names in 2022. The fact that 14 of the Top 20 players on MLB

Here are the Mets' 2020 Top 30 Prospects

March 3, 2020

The new Mets Top 30 Prospects list looks much different than it did a year ago, following the graduation of National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso and the trade that sent pitching prospects Simeon Woods Richardson and Anthony Kay to Toronto for Marcus Stroman. But the organization still

Mets prospect report from Spring Training

March 2, 2020

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- For many years, and across front office regimes, the Mets have had a commitment to getting high-ceiling talent on the international market. It’s been a strong relationship between the Latin American scouting and player development staffs: The scouts find the players, those running the farm

Filthiest secondary pitches among top prospects

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 27, 2020

Feel to spin. Deception. Missing bats. Generating weak contact. These are all terms used in describing pitchers’ secondary stuff. Whether it’s a curveball, slider, changeup or occasionally something like a splitter or cutter, these are the offerings a pitcher often uses to put away hitters. And a lot of pitching

Ramos shows power; Peterson's velocity up

February 24, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Among qualified Major League hitters last season, Wilson Ramos produced the highest ground-ball-to-fly-ball rate in baseball. And it wasn’t particularly close. For every ball Ramos lofted in the air, he hit 3.26 of them into the ground. Next on the list was Eric Hosmer, at

Each team's top power-hitting prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 20, 2020

The 2019 Major League season will be remembered as the Year of the Home Run after players across baseball combined to hit a record 6,776 homers -- up from 5,585 in 2018 -- and 14 different teams set a new franchise record. National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso

Céspedes 2.0? Yoelkis has showcase in works

Hopefully, there's a hype video coming soon
February 18, 2020

There’s another Céspedes on the way, and his arrival on the market is one of the most anticipated events in the international baseball community. Cuban outfield prospect Yoelkis Céspedes, 22, the younger half-brother of Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes, is in the planning stages of showcases next month in Florida and

One prospect to watch on each team

February 13, 2020

The future is now. As Spring Training gets underway, there will be position battles and players with much to prove. But there will also be highly touted prospects who will be putting their talents on display against Major Leaguers during Cactus League and Grapefruit League action. Here's a guide to

These prospects have the best fastballs

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 11, 2020

Perhaps nothing gets a ballpark buzzing more than a long home run or a sizzling fastball. Scoreboards display velocity so fans can marvel at how hard flamethrowers deliver their heat. The current king of big league fastballers is Jordan Hicks, who threw the 23 fastest pitches in MLB last year

Here is each team's fastest prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 6, 2020

Think fast! That’s what we’re doing this week at MLB Pipeline. We assure this will be a quick read. That’s because we’re looking at the fastest players in each organization. This isn’t just a list of top prospects, as many organizations have speedsters who might not have other tools that

10 teams with prospects for blockbuster trades

December 3, 2019

It’s been a relatively quiet trade market so far, with only a few notable deals having transpired since the completion of the postseason. But as teams continue to assess their roster ahead of 2020 and weigh which free agents might fit their budget, it shouldn’t be long until things pick