Mets Minors Transactions, March 4-10 | Astromets Mind

Friday, March 11, 2016

Mets Minors Transactions, March 4-10

26 days until minor league opening day!

Keeping track of recent minor transactions within the Mets system

Cuts: Rafael Montero, Dario Alvarez, Akeel Morris, Chasen Bradford, and Paul Sewald
The first wave of Spring Training cuts came before this went out, with few surprises in the group. I expect all in AAA to start the year, where they will be competing for the role of “first pen arm called up when injury strikes.”
Montero may seem surprising, but if he was sitting 88-90 MPH the other day, he’s not ready to help the Mets, and may have further problems. Personally, I’ve been waiting for Montero to show up again since 2013. He wasn’t as sharp in 2014, and then he barely pitched last year, so I had low expectations coming into Spring Training. I think it’s smart to get him out of the spotlight of the bullpen competition early (there’s not much other competition for reporters to discuss right now), so he can just focus on getting innings on a regular basis and finding his way to success again.
With Josh Edgin expected to start rehabbing in Las Vegas early in the season, the Mets suddenly have a number of potentially good lefty pen options (accepting that all bullpen arms are risky year-to-year). Don’t sleep on Dario Alvarez, because he was dominant between AA and AAA for most of the season in 2015, and his slider should be nicknamed ‘Death to Lefties.’ I can’t break the stats down by pitch for the minor league season, but Alvarez induced a 35% Whiff/Swing rate against lefties with the B-Mets, and that jumped to 42% with Las Vegas.
Apparently I missed the Joe Zanghi signing that BA reported a few weeks ago, but it still hadn’t appeared on the MLB transaction sites as of this writing. Read more about him from this Mets Minors exclusive here. Mid-90’s velocity is nice, and it’s a good sign for the Mets that a young pitcher would choose to come here to develop.
MetsMerized Online was the first to report about the Luis Carpio shoulder surgery he underwent a few weeks ago. This is an unfortunate setback for one of the emerging prospects in the system, but he’s such a young prospect that he’ll still be ahead of the curve when he starts full season ball next year.

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