Saturday night, the Arizona Fall League held their annual prospect showcase – the Rising Stars game. Two of the game’s better prospects, Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton and Washington’s Brian Goodwin shone brightest. It featured only one Met, LHP Chase Huchingson. Huchingson faced two batters: issued a walk and induced a groundout.
He was an odd choice to represent the Mets in the game as he was neither a “name” prospect nor had been effective in the AFL. In fact, in his six AFL appearances, he had walked nine and fanned four in 6.1 innings and allowed seven runs, six earned for a 8.53 ERA. If the AFL, wanted a situational lefty, they could have turned to Adam Kolarek who had an 8/4 K/BB ratio, but had yielded 13 hits in his 8.1 innings of work.
The fact that neither CF Darrell Ceciliani (.234/.315/.340 for a .655 OPS in 13 games) nor Cesar Puello (.232/.317/.268 for a .585 OPS in 14 games) merited inclusion on the squad was fairly damning.