Sure, the Matt Harvey news is devastating to Mets fans. But there are still minor league games and teams and three more affiliates in the short-season levels, two of whom have strong shots at the post-season.
SSA – New York Penn League
The Cyclones are 0.5 game out of the division lead in the McNamara Division, and a playoff spot with 10 games to play. The Cyclones have won three games in a row while the Aberdeen IronBirds in front of them have won two straight. The Cyclones have two games left against the Ironbirds next weekend and six against the Tri-City ValleyCats (HOU) who have the league’s second-best record at 40-25. If they make the playoffs, this Brooklyn team will have earned it.
Prospects You Care Most About: SS Gavin Cecchini has had a big August (.349/.396/.398 – 22 games) to pull his overall line to .287/.329/.331 in 42 games at age 19. 2013 draftees LJ Mazzilli (4th rd) and Jared King (5th) will both play in the upper levels of the minors and have chances to be MLB contributors someday.
Robert Gsellman, is big, young, has something like an average MLB fastball and a chance to pitch in a big league rotation someday. We discussed him at more length this weekend.
Rookie – Appalachian League
The Kingsport Mets have dropped two in a row to slip 0.5 game out of first, but merely need to finish in the top two in the West division to make the playoffs. Kingsport is two games up on Johnson City and 2.5 up on Elizabethton with five games to play. However, the KMets finish up with two more games at Bluefield and three games at home against Pulaski, the top two teams in the East Division, both of whom have played above .630 baseball all year.
Prospects You Care Most About: Amed Rosario. Signed for $1.75 million last summer. Hitting .244/.277/.368 at age 17. Incredibly young, raw.
Champ Stuart – CF with exciting tools. Plus runner. Plus arm. Strong forearms. Really interesting package hitting .231/.385/.328 as the 6th round pick in this year’s draft.
Rookie – GCL
The GCL Mets are 19-38 and ahem, not headed to the GCL post-season.