By Gem Tablak
On Tuesdays episode of MLB Now on the MLB Network, Veteran Broadcaster & Host of the show Brian Kenny did a segment on the talented prospects the Mets posses in their organization. The Top names brought up in this segment which featured a phone call from Mets bench coach & former Director of Player Development Dick Scott were Steven Matz, 1st baseman Dominic Smith, SS Amed Rosario, SS Gavin Cecchini & OF Brandon Nimmo. Dick Scott also said that not only in the Majors but in the Minors, the coaches challenge the pitchers to be aggressive on the hill.
When John Smoltz brought up a possible innings limit on Steven Matz, Scott responded that he expects the team to take precautions with every starting pitcher, which is a little contradictory from what I heard on how management was going forward with the starting pitchers. I was under the impression that there would be no limitations however I do think Matz needs one considering his injury past.
Player-Analyst Carlos Pena asked about Cecchini & not only about his defense, but the strides he’s taking offensively as well. Scott responded that he was a surprise in the sense that he hit all year long, from start to finish & his defense was strong as was to be expected. Scott also thinks that Cecchini will be an impactful call up in September once that time rolls along. He also talked about Dom Smith & how he is on the Horizon & about a year away from a call up. Scott also went ahead & declared Smoker to be the possible sleeper in the bullpen saying that he can come in & get as far up there as 97 MPH from the left side of the bump.
Smoltz went ahead & ended the segment stating that if the Mets are going to put limits on their staff, they should start them out light so they can finish out the year strong & I completely agree with the HoF Pitcher. Barely mentioning Dilson Herrera & Matt Reynolds, barring injuries I’d say the Mets farm system is in a pretty good position when it comes to talent & depth. It’s a great time to be a Met, it’s just as great a time being a Met fan.