Sandoval Signing Helps Flores
So the Mets signed SS Rylan Sandoval out of the Arizona Winter League on Thursday. Sandoval was 7-for-21 with a double, two triples and a HR in a league where 24 players were hitting at least .333 after a 10 games. He was the California Junior College Player of the Year at Chabot in his freshman year in 2006. The A’s drafted him that year, but he went back to school and the Mets took a chance on him in 2007 only to watch him head to Long Beach State. He didn’t hit much in college. In 34 games in 2008, he hit .263/.411/.434 and then followed that up with a .250/.321/.375 performance in 27 games in 2009. At 22, just beginning his professional career, with no record of collegiate success, it’s pretty hard to be at all excited about Sandoval. On the other hand, his addition adds welcome depth to the SS position around A-ball, and gives the Mets a tiny bit of flexibility with their SS assignments.
I figure Ruben Tejada will go to AAA Buffalo to play SS everyday. Jose Coronado will play SS at Binghamton, with Reese Havens at 2B. Maybe, just maybe, Sandoval will play SS for St. Lucie, and the Mets will return Wilmer Flores to the SAL as an 18-year old. Such a move would be a welcome departure from the aggressive promotion schedule for young international prospects in recent years. Robbie Shields would have been a candidate to play SS in St. Lucie, but his fall Tommy John surgery precludes such a move.
Riggans Signing Helps?
The Mets also announced that they have signed 29 year old C Shawn Riggans to be their 12th string catcher. In 188 AB, he’s a career .202/.266/.356 hitter. Averaging Chone and Marcel, he’s projected to hit .242/.302/.395. Maybe the idea is that with Riggans around, if Josh Thole wins an MLB job, Buffalo will have another option.
I’m not going to read too much into this one. If Jacobs and his sub-.300 OBP bat in the same lineup as Omir Santos, the Mets are going to have a lot of trouble scoring runs. His signing helps Buffalo, but if he, and his abysmal defense play 1B regularly in NYC, the Mets are in big trouble. Buffalo could hit a lot of HR this year.
Former Binghamton Mets General Manager Scott Brown has left the AA B-Mets to take the GM job with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Atlanta Braves Advanced-A Carolina League affiliate. Brown had been the B-Mets GM for the last five seasons, and will officially begin his new job in early March. Meanwhile, back at NYSEG stadium, the B-Mets promoted Jim Weed, who had been the team’s assistant GM for the last five years, to be the club’s new GM. Weed, who has been with Binghamton for 14 years, went fromintern to Director of Business Operations in one year.