The Kingsport Mets, who begin their 2012 Appalachian League season tonight, have now updated their roster on Kmets.com. There are players worth watching up the middle and on the mound.
Up the Middle
SS Gavin Cecchini, the Mets first round pick in the 2012 is the team’s biggest name. His double-play partner will be 2012 fourth-round pick Brenden Kaupe, a diminutive Hawaiian, listed at 5’7″.
The outfield features one of the best athletes from the Mets’ 2011 draft class Brad Marquez. Marquez, the Mets’ 16th rounder that year, had a decent season as a freshman wide receiver at Texas Tech.
He’s joined in the outfield by Joe Tuschak, 2011′s 6th round pick who didn’t hit much in his brief professional debut in the GCL in 2011, but has nice fluid movements defensively.
Behind the dish, Tomas Nido, 2012′s 8th rounder leads four catchers. The Mets had to go $113,100 overslot to sign Nido away from a Florida State commitment. His power made him a top-10 round pick although, as is usually the case with HS catchers, there are questions about his work as a receiver.
On the corner, I’m a little interested in 17-year old 3B Pedro Perez, who will not turn 18 until the final day of August. Perez hit .262/.350/.343 in 61 games in the DSL last summer, going 15-for-17 stealing bases which speaks well of his athleticism and 25 walks against 47 strikeouts in 61 games which speaks reasonably well of his plate discipline.
Lots of interesting names here again, starting with Steven Matz, the Mets first selection in 2009, in the second round, who has yet to throw a professional pitch after Tommy John Surgery in May 2010. So, good to see he’s survived his setbacks to make a roster.
It’s very interesting that RHP Akeel Morris will repeat Kingsport. The hard-thrower fanned 10.7 batters per nine innings (61 K/51.1 IP) in 2011, but also walked 6.7 (38/51.1 IP). He was tied for fourth in the league in strikeouts, but led the Appy League in walks.
The Mets had to go $328,400 overslot to sign 7th round RHP Corey Oswalt away from a UC Santa Barbara commitment. According to Baseball America, he “is a long-term project,” as he throws 88-90, but can touch 91-92 mph with “some feel” for spinning a breaking ball.
Also, LHP Zach Dotson is on the K-Mets’ roster. The Mets went overslot for a $500,000 bonus to sign their 13th round pick in 2009. He tested positive for a banned substance in 2010, and threw just one inning over two appearances in the GCL in 2011.