Upon perusing the various prospect lists for the Mets, Binghamton baseball fans will recognize a multitude of players who passed through Binghamton—16 former Mets/Rumble Ponies appear on at least one of the four prospect lists we published a few days ago. The players include:
- Peter Alonso (22)
- Ty Bashlor
- Gavin Cecchini
- J. Conlon
- Philip Evans
- Chris Flexen (36)
- Luis Guillorme (43)
- Kevin Kaczmarski
- Patrick Mazeika
- Marcus Molina
- Jeff McNeil
- Tomas Nido (29)
- Corey Oswalt
- Drew Smth
- David Thompson
- Adonis Uceta.
We include Alonso, Flexen, Guillorme, and Nido in boldface here because those are the players who received the widest support from the ranking organizations. The number in parentheses after each respective name indicates the sum of the prospective rankings for each player (.e.g., Alonso was ranked #7 by MLB and Amazin Avenue, #4 by Baseball America and Prospects1500, totaling 22). Nido’s number includes an asterisk, as his number only includes three organizations, as Baseball America did not include him in its top ten.
I think most Binghamton fans would agree that Alonso, Flexen, Guillorme, and Nido were the top prospects from the 2017 Rumble Pony team, so let’s discuss them briefly.
Though Alonso’s stay was only during the final two seeks of the season, his raw power was impressive. When he squares up the ball, that “crack” of the bat is special. Though his glove work needs a lot of work, he reminds me of a young Pat Burrell, the slugger for the Phillies a few years back who hit 292 homers in the majors.
Chris Flexen was totally dominant at Binghamton before he got called up to the Mets. Though Flexen struggled in the majors, his record at Binghamton (6-1, with a 1.66 E.R.A.) superseded that of any of the current Mets young starters—that’s right, he was more dominant than Harvey, deGrom, Matz, Syndergaard, and Wheeler while at Binghamton!
Luis Guillorme was a magician in the field throughout the season; his ability to turn the double play and the quickness of his hands are reasons to have visions of him teaming with Amed Rosario to form a stellar defensive combination up the middle at Citi Field for the next decade or so, staring in 2019. Watching Guillorme take infield practice is almost worth the price of admission alone—he’ll backhand a grounder and transfer it to his throwing hand by putting his glove between his legs! The only question with Luis is how much he will hit; if he can hit .260 he’ll be a fixture in Queens. His on-base percentage will offset his lack of power and speed.
Nido’s ability to control an opponent’s running game, as well as provide verbal support for his pitcher was evident throughout the season. He threw out an astonishing 45% of attempted stealers in 2017! Right now he is better defensively than d’Arnaud and Plawecki. If he can hit .250 in the majors, a decade of starting in the majors awaits him as well.
In a few days we’ll take a look at the dark horse names from the 16 players listed in this article.