Continuing on with the signed cards I’ve gotten back from MLB spring training camps in March, we’ll start off with my first (and to date only) Mets player, outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo.
I have a number of Japanese baseball cards in my collection. Most feature Japanese players who signed with the Mets or North American players who went on to play in the Atlantic League.
Until recently, I didn’t have any Japanese baseball cards of Major League Baseball players… it just never occurred to me to look for them.
Among the baseball cards were some produced by Upper Deck for Kelloggs in 2008, and I noticed a partially obscured Jose Reyes card in the image. I left a comment hoping to get a better look at it in a future post, and before you know it Kenny sent me a copy for my own collection.
According to Kenny, the back of the Reyes card says: “Represented the Dominican Republic in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, had a .300 average, 19 HRs & 81 RBI in the regular season which were all career highs. For three consecutive seasons, in 2005, 2006 & 2007, he led the league in stolen bases.”
(I’m not sure how you’re seeing the images above, but the Kelloggs card does have traditional square corners.)
It’s never too early to start looking ahead to next season. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin has started doing just that with a series of “Burning Questions” articles. The first installment covers ten Mets prospects who could make their major league debut in 2015.
- Jacob deGrom is a finalist for the MLB Players’ Choice “Outstanding Rookie” award. (ESPN New York)
- Travis d’Arnaud‘s surgery to address a bone spur in his right elbow was successful. (ESPN New York)
- The Arizona Diamondbacks have received permission to interview Chicago White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing for their managerial vacancy. McEwing played for the Mets from 2000-04. (NJ.com)
- 15-year-old blogger Niko Goutakolis conducted an interview with Mets in-game host Branden Wellington last month. (Pepper: a Mets Blog)
- If you collect baseball cards, you have a chance to win some in the fourth annual “Almost Easiest World Series Contest on the Web” (Collector’s Crack)
I missed watching the New York Mets beat their ex-closer K-Rod on Friday, but I did get to see the Binghamton Mets score two runs on a strikeout in a victory over Trenton, so it kind of evens out.
The B-Mets are making their only visit to New Jersey this weekend, so I was happy to have the chance to watch prospects like Brandon Nimmo and Dilson Herrera in person. (Both patiently signed autographs for dozens of fans before the game, which was nice to see.)
The New York Mets are rumored to be close to completing a trade that would send R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays for one or more prospects.
While money may have played a role in moving things to this stage, a look at Baseball America’s newly-released ranking of the top 10 prospects in the Mets’ farm system is more telling.
To no one’s surprise, pitcher Zack Wheeler is at the top of the list. The rest of the list includes just three other players who’ve advanced to the Double-A level or above: infielder Wilmer Flores and pitchers Jeurys Familia and Cory Mazzoni.
Seven of the ten players are right-handed pitchers, with Flores, shortstop Gavin Cecchini and outfielder Brandon Nimmo the only position players ranked. Both Nimmo and Cecchini are still teenagers and neither has advanced above short-season ball yet.
As for Flores, Baseball America writes:
A lack of blue-chip position prospects clouds New York’s future lineup possibilities, however. Its best upper-level hitter is infielder Wilmer Flores, but he may not have enough power or defensive chops to profile as a long-term starter at any position.
It’s not pleasant to think about trading away a popular Cy Young Award-winning pitcher. But the holes in the Mets’ major league lineup and the lack of position player prospects in the minors make unpleasant decisions like this necessary.