#13 – Aderlin Rodriguez
Rodriguez made major strides in his plate discipline in 2012 with Savannah, although he regressed a bit when he got to advanced-A. He can get long at times and will give away at bats, but when he’s locked in, he’s a scary hitter.
Rodriguez also finally got serious about his conditioning this winter. He reported to camp about 30 lbs lighter, the product of a long off-season’s worth of work at the Mets’ complex in the Dominican. He’s still a big guy, but it’s now a better big.
Rodriguez’s work at third is interesting. He has enough arm for the position. I am more concerned about his hands and his feet. His weight loss will be a nice deposit on getting ready to play the position. However, he has yet to show the sure-handedness required to play third base everyday. I suspect that by the time he reaches AAA, he will be almost exclusively a first baseman.
2012: After a slow start, Rodriguez hit .307/.368/.555 in the next 59 games in the SAL to earn his way to advanced-A. He got off to a slow start in St. Lucie too, but improved to .278/.321/.519 in 21 games in August as he adjusted to the level. He also played first base for the first time as a professional, getting 10 games there.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Impact middle of the order bat.
Debbie Downer Says: AAA slugger
Projected 2013 Start: Advanced-A St. Lucie, but he should be in Binghamton by mid-July
MLB Arrival: September 2014, potentially, otherwise 2015
Weird Fact: Baseball Reference lists four professional baseball players named Aderlin all of whom were active since 2009. None has played in the big leagues. Is this a new name?
|2012 SAL Total||10.8||20.2||8.2||4.5||.305|
#14 – RHP Luis Mateo
Height/Weight: 6’3”, 200 lbs
Acquired: NDFA ‘11
Born: 3/22/90 (Nizao, DR)
2012 Rank: NR | Stats
Why Ranked Here: Mateo showed two potentially plus pitches in the New York Penn League – a fastball that was 92-95 and could touch 96, and a hard slider in the upper 80s, which I saw at 87 mph. Early in the season, when I saw him, his velocity was inconsistent inning-to-inning which might have been a result of inexperience and conditioning. Mateo threw his slider a lot by the standards of the New York Penn League. In doing so, he camouflaged some very real issues with fastball command, which came and went. I saw a very, very raw changeup.
Mateo took a circuitous route to the Mets. In 2008, he signed with the Giants, who tore up the contract after finding bone chips in his elbow. Then after agreeing to terms with the Padres that fall, MLB began investigating. It turned out he had lied about his age, and was suspended for a year in March 2010. The Mets signed him immediately thereafter.
2012: Mateo was ninth in the New York Penn League in ERA, but #1 in strikeouts.
Dr. Pangloss Says: There’s a pretty exciting pitching prospect in here who can pitch near the front of a rotation.
Debbie Downer Says: There’s a reliever who had trouble repeating his delivery, with no changeup, who was old for the NYP.
Projected 2013 Start: Advanced-A St. Lucie
MLB Arrival: 2015, if all goes well.