Minors News: Mets FSL All-Stars announced; Wuilmer Becerra and Scarlyn Reyes earn SAL Players of the Week | Astromets Mind

Monday, June 8, 2015

Minors News: Mets FSL All-Stars announced; Wuilmer Becerra and Scarlyn Reyes earn SAL Players of the Week

As the first half of the FSL season come to an end, the All Star game rosters have been announced, and there are several Mets who made the team.

The PSL Mets came into the season with arguably the most talented roster within the farm system, but it was an extremely young roster for the FSL – Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario, Jhoan Urena, and Marcos Molina were among the youngest players in the league at the start of the season. They’ve had an up-and-down season in the standings, with several losses blown by rehabbing Mets relievers, but they sit at .500, which is good for 2nd place in the FSL South division. A few key players led the Mets production early, and now those guys have been recognized with All Star game nods.

The Florida State League All Star game is scheduled for June 20th at 7:00 PM, and it will take place at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. The following four Mets were selected for the initial FSL South All Star roster, although two of them are already playing in Binghamton, so won’t be participating.
Michael Conforto was the big name on the roster, and one of the biggest names in the league, as few guys have such a clear Major League upside at the A+ ball level. Conforto his .283/.350/.462 over 206 PA, with a 12.6 K%: 8.3 BB% and 19 extra base hits (12 doubles, 7 homeruns), which was good for a 141 wRC+. You can see from his FSL spray charts below that he has no problem using the whole field. I don’t think he minds playing everyday in AA for an extra three weeks over playing in this game.

Image 1 – Michael Conforto’s spray chart with the PSL Mets, courtesy of MLBFarm

Robert Gsellman had a nearly perfect first half with St. Lucie, with his results above average across the board, except for his average 18.9 K%. He gained some national attention when BA writer Jeff Moore caught a few of his starts and started to swoon, but he’s always been a polished pitcher within the system to keep an eye on. He was hardly being challenged, and John Gant was a little overmatched after skipping the FSL, so it made sense to switch their roles even if Gsellman misses the ASG.
Jeff McNeil has been one of the best hitters in the FSL this year, although he hasn’t hit for much power. Overall, he’s up to .344/.398/.417 over 216 PA, with 10 extra base hits (7 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homerun) and a 12.5 K%: 6.9 BB%, which is good for a 150 wRC+. Although his overall numbers have taken a huge step forward with St. Lucie this year, it appears that all of the gains have been from his .120 point gain in BABIP, as his ISO is the same, and his K: BB rates have gone the wrong way. I’d guess that McNeil is wearing a Mets jersey for Binghamton shortly after the Al star game is over.
Finally, Akeel Morris has been excelling as the Mets closer this year, with 10 saves, including 6 two-inning saves. He has an impressive 36.8 K% and .097 AVG against, but runners still get on base against him via the walk too often (12.3% walk rate). Especially when you consider his status on the Mets 40-man roster, Morris should be a lock for Binghamton during the second half of the season.
While these are the initial guys to make the roster, some spots may open up due to promotions around the league, and another trio of PSL Mets players may have a case to fill in. First baseman Dominic Smith has been on a tear since May 12th, with 18 doubles and a bomb in 106 PA, good for a .340/.377/550 slash. Shortstop Amed Rosario had a .318/.370/.455 slash over 119 PA in May, with 7 doubles, 4 triples, and some top-notch defense. At 24, Colton Plaia is a little older for the FSL, but catchers get some age lee-way, and his .757 OPS is tied for 20th among qualified FSL players (which includes at least three players who have already been promoted to AA). UPDATE: It appears that those spots have already been filled, check out the official roster here,

The Sand Gnats are really enjoying the month of June, as they’ve won 6 of 7 games, and two of their players have been awarded player of the week honors. Player of the Week Wuilmer Becerra was off to a solid start in the SAL through mid-May, but he’s turned it up to another level since, and was the best hitter in the SAL during the first week of June. He had a hit in the first 6 games of the week, going 12-28 overall, with 6 doubles and 2 homeruns, which is good for a 1.324 OPS. He has a 1.095 OPS over his last 15 games, but his walk rate is actually down during that span, and is one of the bigger weaknesses in his game. Pitcher of the Week Scarlyn Reyes has been solid for Savannah this year, but his 7-shutout innings against first place Greenville was definitely his best start so far, as he allowed only 5 base runners in his outing.

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