2014 Top 41: #40 – 3B Pedro Perez and #41 – SS Luis Guillorme

It’s time I started publishing my Mets Top 41 Prospects for 2014. For the guys outside the top 10, I’m going to publish them in groups of similar value, some of which will be bigger than others. I’ll aim for two groups per week day.

I probably could have put any of the Mets’ major international signings from last year in the last few spots. However, in general, I wait until after a guy has played his first year in a domestic rookie league to rank a player, or, in the case of Amed Rosario last year, it was clear he would play stateside in the following season. To justify the uncertainty of putting a 16-year-old who has yet to play his first professional game and might still be a year or two away from even playing on US soil, I want to see monster potential.

So our list this year starts with two 19-year-olds who are years away from the big leagues. Their group: Infielders who Can’t Legally Drink.

#40 – 3B Pedro Perez

Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Height/Weight:  6’2”/220
Acquired: IFA 2011
Born: 9/31/94 (Cartagena, CO)
2013 Rank: NR | Stats
Why Ranked Here: I saw Perez have the best game of his life on July 4 in Johnson City, TN. Small sample size? Yup. He’s also a big, strong, young ballplayer with pop in his bat. Just that potential for in-game power earns him a spot on this list. At the plate, he spread out his feet last year to simplify his swing and focus on letting his hands work.

He might well outgrow third and he will need to improve in just about every respect defensively to stay at the position.
2013:  All but nine of Perez’s 176 plate appearances in the Appalachian League came against older pitchers.
Dr. Pangloss Says: A Major League 3B
Debbie Downer Says: A minor league 3B
Projected 2013 Start:  Perez has a chance to begin 2014 with Savannah. Anthony Chavez played third and did not hit much for Brooklyn in 2013.
MLB Arrival: 2018

2013 Stats
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2013 APP;45;159;42;5;1;3;11;52;.264;.314;.365;

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2013 GCL;5.1;29.7;6.3;1.7;.364;.101;


#41 – SS Luis Guillorme

Guillorme Fu ManBats/Throws: Left/Right
Height/Weight:  5’10”/170 lbs
Acquired: 10th rd, 2013
Born: 9/27/94 (Davie, FL)
2013 Rank: NA | Stats
Why Ranked Here:  That Fu Manchu moustache he’s sporting in the selfie on the right side in preparation for spring training. At this point on the list, we’re looking for something that looks like a major league tool. That ‘stache qualifies. Also, Guillorme has the defensive chops on the field. Baseball America praised his “soft hands and tremendous footwork,” and called him one of the best middle-infield defenders of the 2013 draft class.

Most of the video online of his swings is now at least two years old, but in it, he uses his entire body in his hack. He’ll need to get his hip action and timing under control if he is going to hit in professional baseball.
2013:  In 41 games in the Gulf Coast League, Guillorme had 37 singles and four doubles, and zero triples or homers. On the plus side, he had as many walks (17) as strikeouts (17).
Dr. Pangloss Says: Backup middle infielder
Debbie Downer Says: Yup, backup middle infielder in double-A
Projected 2013 Start:  Extended Spring Training and then Kingsport
MLB Arrival: 2019
Twitter: @lguillorme13

2013 Stats
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2013 GCL;41;159;41;4;0;0;17;17;.258;.330;.283;

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2013 GCL;2.2;9.1;9.1;0.0;.281;.025;

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