Two GCL Mets Players Promoted To Kingsport | Astromets Mind

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Two GCL Mets Players Promoted To Kingsport

A pic tweeted out by Paul DePodesta

A day after the K-Mets clinched a playoff spot, they are getting some extra help from the GCL Mets.

            With the GCL season coming to an end Saturday morning, the Mets have promoted two of the team’s top performers to join the Kingsport Mets for a playoff run. Ali Sanchez, an 18-year-old catcher from Venezuala that the Mets signed in 2013, and Adonis Uceta, a 21-year-old right-handed starting pitcher who made his stateside debut in August 2014, join Kingsport a day after the K-Mets clinched the Appy League Western division title. The GCL Mets final game was cancelled due to rain Saturday morning, although these two were likely already on their way to Kingsport. Eucebio Arias and Joe Shaw were placed on the 60-day DL to make room for them on the Kingsport roster.
            Ali Sanchez was a big-time international signing for the Mets back in 2013, as they spent $690,000 on him, and he was the 25th best international prospect at the time. Sanchez had a great catching reputation at the time, and I heard multiple positive reports about him behind the plate this year. Teammate, and fellow catcher, Anthony Dimino raved about him in this recent post on 27outsbaseball (the whole interview is worth checking out):

“Ali is a great player – unbelievable – especially at the age of 18. The knowledge, his hand-eye coordination at the plate is great. He’s got a good approach. His catching is beyond what I would expect from an 18-year-old. His receiving is great. Pitch-calling – he knows what he’s doing and has a plan for every different guy…. He’s been around the team for extended training, which is a big deal. He tells me little intricacies about the game and the team, and how to play at the professional level.”

            Sanchez finished the GCL season with a .278/.399/.315 slash over 177 PA, including 6 doubles, 17 RBI, and a 14.7 K%: 6.8 BB% at the plate, and caught 25 of 52 base runners trying to steal against him. After maintaining a .730+ OPS over his first 2 months of the season, he has struggled in August, with a .534 OPS in 73 PA. He hasn’t hit for much power yet, but he’s still very young.

            Adonis Uceta is a little older for the GCL, but he had a very good season with the GCL Mets, allowing 2 ER or less in 9 of 12 games. He finished top-10 on the GCL leader boards in ERA (3.08), FIP (2.61), Strikeouts (46), and BB% (3.5%). There is little information about DSL/GCL pitchers, so hopefully we can learn more about Adonis before the end of 2015 now that he’s reached Kingsport.

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