At Baseball America, Ben Badler broke down the Mets’ 2013 international signing class at a level of detail only he can.
There’s a new name, so we’ll start with an excerpt on him:
RHP Scarlyn Reyes – $25,000 – “The Mets took a flier on an intriguing arm last February when they gave $25,000 to 6-foot-3, 190-pound Dominican righthander Scarlyn Reyes. By Latin American amateur standards, Reyes is already ancient, having turned 22 in November. Reyes also has a big arm, sitting at 92-94 mph, touching 97 and throwing a lot of strikes.
At his age, and with this scouting report, I’d expect to see Reyes stateside this year.
OF Ricardo Cespedes – $725,000 – “one of the youngest players eligible to sign last year… a 6-foot-2, 185-pound lefty with a loose, whippy swing and good bat path. …He’s around an average runner with good body control and a solid arm, so the Mets project him as a center fielder.”
C Ali Sanchez – $690,000 – “an excellent receiver with good footwork, quick hands and an average arm that plays up because of his quick release and accuracy. Scouts highest on Sanchez have seen him hit in games with a contact-oriented swing from the right side, though other scouts were more skeptical of his bat.”
SS Yeffry de Aza -$475,000 – “high-waisted frame at 6 feet, 170 pounds and generates surprising power at times….With an average arm and average speed, de Aza will get a chance to play shortstop, though scouts from other organizations thought he fit better at second base.”
SS Luis Carpio – – $300,000 – “Several teams were surprised the Mets were able to sign Venezuelan shortstop Luis Carpio for just $300,000 and felt he was one of the more underrated players in the 2013-14 signing class…. good athlete who does a lot of things well… good bat control, recognizes pitches.. at least a plus runner underway…will start out at shortstop and has solid hands, though some scouts feel he could end up at second base or center field…”
RHP Luis Silva – $275,000 – ” 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame….88-92 mph before July 2, Silva has since been up to 94. His changeup is advanced for his age and is ahead of his slurvy 74-78 mph curveball.”
– Former Met Colin McHugh writes about the anxiety of reporting to a new organization, driving an old car, but finishes optimistically with the pleasure it feels to “belong.”
– Tim Dierkes at MLBTradeRumors, points out that the “Marlins gave up rights to Jose Fernandez’s age 26 season (2019) so he could throw five additional innings for them in 2013 (Apr 7 debut).” This is part of the reason that Noah Syndergaard will not start the season with the Mets. Even if he’s awesome in spring training, and basically MLB ready, he needs to spend two weeks in the minors (and make two or three starts) to give the Mets an extra year of control – which, if he’s as good as the team and fans hope – could be worth $20 million or more on the open market. Of course, he’d be arbitration eligible in that final season – the 2020 season -and perhaps making $10-$15 million. Even so, smart organizations do not piss away $5-10 million for one start from a guy who has never pitched in AAA as the Mets would if they started Syndergaard in the big leagues.