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We'll do our second-to-last group of position players: corner outfielders. I divided the players in this group in tiers to make their rankings easier to follow. Basically, it's Cesar Puello, some lottery ticket youngsters and some organizational depth.

We covered the infield in five parts: third base,?shortstops,??catcher,?first base?and?second base.

Corner OFTier 1 - Everyday Players and Soon?

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The short answer to the question posed by the title is: "yes, I believe Cesar Puello is a prospect."

Monday, in his chat on the Eastern League Top 20 Prospects List, which did not include Puello, Josh Norris answered a question on the 22-year-old outfielder in his first exchange:

@Jaypers413 (IL): Thanks for the chat, Josh. What did evaluators have to say about Cesar Puello's season, and did he end up close making your list?

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Baseball America has their annual "Best Tools" issue out. It has a whole bunch of Mets arms.

In Triple-A, Zack Wheeler earned the Pacific Coast League's "Best Pitching Prospect" and "Best Fastball."

In AA, Noah Syndergaard earned the same pair of awards for the Eastern League and for advanced-A St. Lucie. Also, BAa named Cesar Puello the Eastern League's "Most Exciting Player" and Binghamton Manager Pedro Lopez the League's "Best Manager Prospect."

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Both Jordany Valdespin (surprise!) and Cesar Puello (not a surprise) will accept their 50-game suspensions for Performance Enhancing Drugs in relation to the Biogenesis clinic.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Jordanny Valdespin, Toby Hyde
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In an article mostly focusing on Alex Rodriguez, Jon Heyman at CBSSports has the following note:

The nine or so Biogenesis-linked players who may take deals in the next day or two:Mariners?catcher Jesus Montero;?Tigers?shortstop?Jhonny Peralta;?Rangers?outfielderNelson Cruz; Yankees catcher?Francisco Cervelli;?Padres?shortstop?Everth Cabrera; minor leaguers Jordan Norberto, Fernando Martinez, Fautino de los Santos and Cesar Puello.
The 22-year-old Puello is enjoying his best season in 2013, hitting .328/.405/.550 in 90 games in AA. For what it's worth, he did not play in the Binghamton game on Thursday night. He is second in the Eastern League in batting average, second in slugging, fifth in on-base percentage, hit by pitches (16) and is tied for second in stolen bases (he's 24-for-31). His 16 homeruns are already a new career-high, surpassing his 10 in 2011 in St. Lucie. Whether that's related to an performance enhancing drugs or simply Puello's natural physical maturation and improvement as a hitter is a wide open question.

The Major Leaguers will find it advantageous to take their suspensions now so that they can finish their 50-game punishments in 2013 and start fresh in 2014. Will MLB accommodate the minor leaguers in similar fashion? The B-Mets have just 32 games remaining. Will Puello be given the option of serving out his suspension in full in 2013? If it's a 50-game ban, can the Mets add him to the active MLB roster - he's already on the 40-man roster - in September so that he can finish serving out his suspension?

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AA: Trenton Thunder (NYY) 4, @ Binghamton Mets 1?(7 innings)@ Binghamton Mets 4, Trenton Thunder 1 (7 innings)

This was a pretty quiet doubleheader for the BMets offense which collected eight hits over 14 innings. One of the hits in game two was a grand slam from 3B Richard Lucas, his 7th of the year. The 24-year-old is hitting .207/.268/.326 in 76 games for AA Binghamton this year.

Erik Goeddel (9-4, 3.99) again struggled with his control in game one: L, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 WP.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Cesar Puello, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: Trenton Thunder 2, @ Binghamton Mets 0

SS Wilfredo Tovar, who was 1-for-3 with a walk, collected the B-Mets' only hit against Yankee farmhand Nik Turley and a pair of relievers.

Darin Gorski (3-1, 2.48) was the tough-luck loser: 9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. Gorski's done a fine job in AA in his last eight outings (36 K/13 BB/20 H/36.1 IP). In terms of projecting forward, it's hard to ignore his struggles in AAA to start the year (9 BB/7 K in 13.2 IP) as suggesting that both the top minor league hitters, let alone big leaguers, gave him trouble.

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Dave writes:

With the Braun suspension in connection with Biogenises, why have we not heard anything from you regarding Puello and his name on the list?
I certainly have not avoided the story. I was on it in January when word broke that Puello was training with some of the same guys as Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera. I wrote about in June, twice.
I haven't written at length about Puello and Biogenesis since because I have had little to add since the story broke in June.
What the Bruan suspension makes clear is that MLB and MLBPA are together very willing to go outside the usual procedures of 50/100/life for a first, second and third PED punishment. Thus, any further discipline will be bargained. I had figured that MLB would negotiate relatively shorter sentences with most of the "smaller" fish to get cooperation to build stronger cases against Braun, Alex Rodriguez and even Nelson Cruz. Braun, however, made a rational decision, with his thumb hurting (leading to his second lowest isolated slugging percentage of his career), and his Brewers irrelevant, to get his punishment out of the way and start over. Given that Braun's base compensation hops from $8.5 million this year to $10 million next year, it made economic sense to take his unpaid suspension now when it would cost him less.
What's this mean for Puello? He will still have to bargain with MLB negotiators. At the moment, the Binghamton Mets have played 100 of their 142 games. Even if Puello took a 50-game suspension now, it would trail into next year. A suspension for the duration of this year would be for 42 games. That option, if indeed, he and the Mets and the MLBPA believe a suspension will be forthcoming, and upheld, looks better and better. And to be clear, those ifs and ands in the previous sentence are really important. If the parties on Puello's side believe he has a chance to fight and avoid a suspension, fairly obviously, his incentive for negotiating drops significantly.
I would not bet on a 50-game suspension for Puello. Rather, I'd bet on something either longer or shorter. Which, I do not know.
The other issue we have not touched on is how any potential PED use affects Cesar Puello as a baseball player. Has it helped his 2013 season? Maybe. Has it been irrelevant? Maybe. Have players who were suspended for PED use come back better? Marlon Byrd says "yes." Basically, I cannot draw a direct line between a player's PED use and his performance.
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I've been on the road, so we're going to skip the game-by-game stuff to point out three or so things by affiliate that I care about right now.

1. Cesar Puello is not just hitting, he's walking a little. After drawing one walk in an 18-game stretch from June 8th through July 7th, Puello has drawn seven free passes in his last 12 games while hitting .395/.491/.581 with seven walks, only eight strikeouts and a .444 BABIP in those dozen contests. Obviously, he cannot run a .444 BABIP in the big leagues, but the 8/7 K/BB sure seems like progress for the 22-year-old. He also had four doubles in his last three games over the weekend in New Britain. Puello is leading the Eastern League in batting average, (.332), fifth in on-base percentage (.401), second in slugging (.571) and tied for fourth in homers (16), and is third in stolen bases (23). More or less, the thing keeping him from AAA was his strike zone control.

I wonder at this point whether the Mets will promote Puello to AAA at all this year. The AA B-Mets are going to the playoffs, and are 11 games up in first while the AAA Las Vegas 51s are 0.5 games behind Tucson. His time in Double-A appears to have been very productive developmentally. More to the point, it looks like his game is still evolving as his recent K/BB shows.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Cesar Puello, Jenrry Mejia, Toby Hyde
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AA: Richmond Flying Squirrels 9, @ B-Mets 3

The Double-A Binghamton Mets were the only affiliate to complete a game on All-Star Tuesday and they lost LHP Angel Cuan's AA debut. Cuan was ok: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. If he's flown under your radar, well, that's no surprise and even as it should be. At 24, he's a little soft-tossing lefty (listed at 5'11", but probably smaller) with a breaking ball and a changeup. He pitches with smarts and guts, but there's just not enough stuff to see him in the big leagues.

Cesar Puello (.331/.395/.560 - 75 games), who was 2-for-4 with an double and an RBI, was the only B-Met with two hits. His power production has dropped in July. After 15 extra-base hits in 18 games in June, he has just one in 12 games in July as part of a .313/.365/.333 line. After a three-walk June, he's equaled that mark in two thirds as many games in July. Progress on plate discipline, or small sample size nonsense?

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AA: Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 8, Binghamton Mets 5?(15 innings)

Considering these two are scheduled for a double-header and 14 innings on Saturday, 15 innings was a bad start to the weekend for the bullpens as position players finished the game for both teams.

RF Cesar Puello?(.335/.397/.570 - 71 games): 4-for-7 with a walk, SB, CS

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At ESPN yesterday, Keith Law took a bunch of Mets questions, and it turns out he's not a Cesar Puello fan.

Mitch (NJ): Between Puello, Dykstra, Boyd, Plawecki, D'arnaud and Flores, which Mets prospect do you want to see most at MLB level?

Klaw:?D'Arnaud, Plawecki, Flores, in that order. Not a big Puello fan, and last night didn't help.

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AA:?Binghamton Mets 3, @ Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 0?

Something common: Cesar Puello (.338/.407/.616 - 58 games) hit. The 22-year-old was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Something uncommon: he played centerfield for the second straight night and the third time this year. In part, Puello has played center because the B-Mets' other two options Alonzo Harris (concussion) and Darrell Ceciliani (unclear) missed the last two games. Puello has mostly played right in his minor league career, but played center about a third of the time in 2012 in advanced-A St. Lucie. Obviously, his value goes up if he can handle centerfield, even in a fill-in role.

What is Puello doing in AA? My theory is that 1. the Mets are allowing him to consolidate his skill gains and 2. allowing him to participate in the Double-A All Star Game. The All-Star Game is July 10. Puello deserves to start in the game. In the last few years, the Mets have rewarded their players who earn All-Star Game recognition, and then, when circumstances allow, promoted them after the game. I suspect that this will be the case with Puello.

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AA: Saturday: @ Binghamton Mets 6, Erie Sea Wolves 5 (10 innings)Sunday: @ Binghamton Mets 7, Erie Seawolves 2?

Sunday, Noah Syndergaard made his AA debut and was very good: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K - 70% strikes (62 strikes/88 pitches), 5 ground ball outs/5 flyouts. Perhaps the best in that sequence is the strike percentage. He attacked hitters. Oh and he "hit 98 on the stadium radar gun." The BMets helped Syndergaard defensively, as Joe Bonfe threw out a runner at the plate in the third.

Syndergaard's comments to Lynn Worthy about pitching with runners aboard and the third inning are interesting:

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AA: @ Richmond Flying Squirrels 3, Binghamton Mets ?2 (8 innings)Binghamton Mets 8, Richmond Flying Squirrels 1?(7 innings)

There were games. And the B-Mets split 'em, losing in walkoff fashion in game one before rallying in game two. However, the most important thing: RF Cesar Puello's return to the B-Mets' lineup. Puello missed seven days after hurting his finger on a stolen base attempt in Trenton on June 11. In the two games on the day of his return he combined to go 4-for-7 with two doubles, four runs scored, two RBI, a strikeout and of course, a HBP (his 11th this year). In 55 games in AA at age 22, Puello is raking at .338/.410/.613. He's third in the Eastern League in batting average, second in slugging percentage, tied for second in homers and third in stolen bases. According to Baseball Reference, Puello has had only four plate appearances against pitchers who are younger than he is.

Other things:

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AA: Binghamton Mets 6, Trenton Thunder (NYY) 5?

We'll start with the most important thing: Cesar Puello was 2-for-4 with a strikeout, but left this one early after getting caught stealing. According to tweets of those at the game, he hurt his hand/wrist on ?the play. The 22-year old Puello is up to .330/.403/.604, #1 in the Eastern League in slugging, and #2 in OPS and homers and #3 in batting average.

2B Danny Muno popped a three-run homer, his third longball of the season. The 24-year-old is hitting just .224/.353/.348 in 60 games with 40 walks and 47 strikeouts. His offensive profile is all approach and few hits.

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Double-A outfielder Cesar Puello has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week.

Puello went 12-24 with two doubles, five home runs 13 RBI and two stolen bases over five games.

He has continued his hot streak over the last two games, going 3-9 with a home run and four RBI.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 9, @ Altoona Curve (PIT) 3?

So, Rafael Montero seems to have AA figured out. His line Saturday: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He threw 67% of his pitches (65 of 96) for strikes. In his three starts since his AAA cameo, Montero has just dominated the AA Eastern League: 20 IP, 11 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 18 K.

RF Cesar Puello continues to just crush the baseball. After a Saturday in which he was 3-for-5 with a homer (his sixth) and four RBI he has four straight multi-hit games and is ?up to .333/.408/.619 in 51 games in AA with 11 doubles and 13 homers. His six games in the month of June: .600/.630/1.440 (15-for-25) with three doubles and six homers.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 3, @ Altoona Curve 2?

RF Cesar Puello was 2-for-3 with a walk, his 14th of the year and two stolen bases, numbers 16 and 17 of 2013. He has multi-hit games in each of his last four contests, but perhaps more importantly, four walks in his last 10 games as part of an absurd .421/.500/.921 line with four doubles and five homers. He's up to .326/.404/.603 for the year and is 17-for-20 stealing bases. Puello has power and speed and makes both play in games: he's third in the Eastern League in steals, tied for second in homers (12), and is leading the league in slugging and HR/AB rate. This is real and for a Mets' team desperate for outfield help and offensive help, one of the best possible developments of the first half of the minor league season.

LF Darrell Ceciliani left this one in the second inning after a double. Hamstring perhaps?

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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 5, Trenton Thunder 4?

The facts first:

Cesar Puello hit two more homeruns, a game-tying shot in the sixth inning and a go-ahead blast in the eighth. The 22-year old is now up to .320/.397/.602 in 49 games with 11 doubles, two triples and 12 homers, a new career-high. Up to the second, he's 7th in the EL in batting average, tied for second in HR, third in stolen bases (15), tops in HBP (10), slugging percentage and HR/AB ratio (1 every 15.08 AB). He's homered in four straight games while going 10-for-17 (.588) in that span.

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AA: Trenton Thunder (NYY) 10, @ Binghamton Mets 6?

The Thunder scored six runs in the first two innings against Mark Cohoon, an advantage too great for the B-Mets to overcome. Cohoon's ERA rose to 4.60 after a performance in which he gave up eight runs, six earned on 10 hits in five innings. That's bad, but irrelevant to the Mets' big league future.

Don't worry, there was good, and again it came from the B-Mets' outfield.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 7, @ New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2?

The B-Mets scored five times in the fifth inning and cruised from there.

RF Cesar Puello was the hitting star, going 3-for-5 with a double and a homer, his eighth of 2013. After 46 games in AA, Puello is up to .302/.382/.521 at age 22. Puello is easily the most pleasant surprise in the Mets' system so far this year (second best surprise would an interesting debate). He was coming off two years in which he was unimpressive (.259/.313/.397 in 117 games in '11) and injured (.260/.328/.423 - in 66 games in '12) in the Florida State League. He's already two off his career-high of 10 homers set back in 2011 and his .219 isolated slugging percentage would easily be a career high.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 8, Altoona Curve (PIT) 5?

The B-Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, an inning that began with a Wilfredo Tovar single, to snap a 4-4 tie.

RF Cesar Puello (.296/.382/.513 - 42 gms) reached base four times: he was 1-for-1 with a double, two walks and a HBP. ?He's now up to 12 walks and nine hit-by-pitches this year. That all works out to a BB+HBP rate of 12% of plate appearances, much more palatable than his 7% walk rate, which itself represents major progress.

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AA:?@ Binghamton Mets 3, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 2?

The B-Mets scored the winner in the bottom of the 10th on a throwing error.

RF Cesar Puello (.301/.375/.524 - 39 gms) was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, one intentional in the 10th inning. It was the first time he drew two walks in a game since April 15, 2012 when he was in advanced-A.

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AA: Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 10, @ Binghamton Mets 9

At three hours and 57 minutes, this was the third-longest game in B-Mets' franchise history. According to B-Mets' broadcaster Tim Heiman, it?included, "25 hits, 3 errors, 21 LOB, 30 at-bats w/ RISP, 94 batters, 8 pitchers, 393 pitches, 2 bullpens/benches cleared," AND an inside the park grand slam.

The inside the park slam came in the first off Cory Mazzoni when a Michael Almanzar fly ball in center bounced off the center field wall and away from CF Darrell Ceciliani. Mazzoni's ugly line: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP.

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AA: @ New Britain Rock Cats 1, Binghamton Mets o?

LHP Mark Cohoon (8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was the tough-luck loser in this day game.

RF Cesar Puello (.304/.369/.519 - 37 games) had a Puello-ish day: 1-for-3, HBP (6), SB (10). At 22 years old, there seems to be a growing sense within the fan base that the Mets should call up Cesar Puello sometime soon. They absolutely should not. He still must become more patient at the plate. He should also get a taste of AAA, where ideally he will have some success. ?If he meets both criteria, where he becomes more patient, and thrives in AAA, then by all means, give him a big league look.

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AA: @ New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) 9, Binghamton Mets 3?

RF Cesar Puello, from the #3 spot in the order was 1-for-5 with a homer (good) and three strikeouts (bad). The 22-year-old is now hitting .338/.393/.623 in 20 games in May and is up to .315/.379/.543 overall with six homers in 35 games - that's 25 homers over 150 games. Yeah, that'll play. Remember, Puello hit seven homeruns total in his first 198 professional games in America, before busting out with 10 in 117 games in the FSL in 2011. His current isolated slugging percentage of .228 would easily be a career-high.

RHP Jacob deGrom (1-5, 5.83): 4.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K.

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AAA: Las Vegas @ Iowa - ppd by rain

Rafael Montero's AAA debut will have to wait until Tuesday afternoon.

 

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AA:?@ Binghamton Mets 5, Akron Aeros (CLE) 2?

Tuesday's games are already in progress, but I wanted to point out a few things from Monday night's AA game.

- Rafael Montero (4-3, 3.47): 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K... 67% strikes (66 strikes/98 total pitches). This is sort of what I expected a standard Montero start to look like in AA. Lots of strikes, but contact and hits allowed. After a .277 BABIP in April led to a .188/.212/.257 opponents' line, a .345 BABIP in three May starts has led to a .269/.296/.385 performance. We're into SSS territory here, but the numbers suggest more solid contact against him. Also, his strikeout rate has dropped from 33% in April to 23% in May.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 3, @ Trenton Thunder 1?

Start here with the most important thing: RF Cesar Puello homered twice, doubling his season total from two to four. Puello now owns a 15-game hitting streak over which time he is hitting .327/.373/.655 with eight extra-base hits (and for what it's worth a .378 BABIP). Puello's streak is fairly remarkable too in that he has not drawn a walk in 12 games. Overall, the 22-year old is up to .296/.360/.531 in 24 games in AA. Here's a crazy stat from Baseball Reference: he has ONE plate appearance this year against a pitcher younger than himself. ?He's big, fast and strong and quite likely a Major League outfielder. The question is whether there's enough plate discipline and in-game power to be an impact guy on the corner.

Also, for those impatient, and to answer a question I've received a few times on Twitter recently, yes there's a chance that Puello sees some time in Queens this year. He will need 1. to perform and 2. a little bit of help. First, the thing he controls: he will needs to hit his way out of AA and improve his walk rate. Second, the Mets will need to have a hole in the outfield to justify giving Puello a shot. As far as #2 goes, Mets' outfielders have hit an ugly combined .217/.301/.381 so far, 27th in MLB in wOBA and RC+. I like wRC+, which scales to 100 as average - the Mets' OF has a collective 91 wRC+ compared to MLB average. ?He's already on the 40-man roster, so that will not be a hurdle. To be clear, we are not talking about Puello as anything like an imminent outfield, but there's a chance he will make his big league debut in August or September. No guarantee, just a chance.

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AAA: @ Las Vegas 51s 3, Round Rock Express (TEX) 2?

The 51s scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when Reese Havens singled, went to second on a Josh Satin groundout and then pinch-runner Brian Bixler came home on a throwing error on the Round Rock catcher.

Havens, for what it's worth, lined up at second while Wilmer Flores DHed. Now 26, Havens is hitting .276/.358/.362 in 21 games with three extra-base hits. After striking out in 29% of his plate appearances last year in AA, Havens has cut that down to 13% this year with eight walks and nine strikeouts. The extra contact has come at the expense of his power - after a .136 isolated slugging percentage last year in Binghamton, he's down to .081 this year in AAA. The odds of his being a productive MLB player - extremely slim.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 8, @ Harrisburg Senators (WAS) 2?

The B-Mets gave Erik Goeddel plenty of support in this one, outhitting Harrisburg 11-3.

LF Darrell Ceciliani (.248/.299/.367 - 27 G) was 3-for-5 with a homer, a stolen base (his eighth) and three RBI to lead the way. After a slow start, the 22-year-old (pictured at right) has had a nice last 10 games (.310/.341/.500) with five extra-base hits, but just one walk and 13 strikeouts.

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This pairing of two tools outfielders makes good sense to me. Puello's advantage in playing at higher levels is mitigated by his regression in 2012.

#27 - Cesar Puello

Bats/Throws:?Right/Right

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There's almost always a Mets angle.

Yesterday, Jorge Ortiz at USA Today followed up the Miami New Times Steroid/HGH story with one of their own, focused on Nelson Cruz and his links to a trainer, Cesar Paublini.

Here's the story: Paublini trained Melky Cabrera. This is an adulatory story about Melky Cabrera's training with Paublini written in the summer of 2012, that includes this nugget:

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Remy asks:

Why no talk of Puello or Lagaras being a right handed bat in the OF?

There's no talk of using either Cesar Puello or Juan Lagares as a right-handed bat in the OF because neither is ready.

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The Surprise Saguaros, the team that Mets farmhands are playing on this year in the Arizona Fall League, have only ?three games remaining. The Saguaros are one half game out of first,?in the AFL West,?behind the Peoria Javelinas if you're looking for a little mid-November pennant chase.

While the AFL has a reputation as a crazy league for offense, it has not played that way this year with a collective batting line of .270/.351/.400 and 5.3 runs per game scored per team. AFL pitchers own a 4.55 ERA with a K/BB of 2 (1365 K/691 BB) in 1544.1 innings.

- CF?Darrell Ceciliani?has hit .258/.342/.348 in 66 AB over 18 games with four extra-base hits, nine walks and 13 strikeouts. ?Ces

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What were Mets' farmhands up to in the Arizona Fall League this weekend? All of the Mets' pitchers threw Thursday, and with the AFL taking Sunday off, there were just two games - Friday and Saturday - to talk about.

CF Darrell Ceciliani - Friday: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI. ?The hits were his first in three games for Surprise. At 22, he's playing for an Opening Day assignment to AA Binghamton in 2013.

CF Cesar Puello - Saturday - 2-for-5, RBI, K. Puello has at least one hit in each of his three games in the AFL, going 5-for-14 (.357) but five strikeouts and zero walks to go along with one HBP. This would be a good time to start learning the more disciplined approach he will need in AA and the big leagues.

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@ Jupiter Hammerheads 3, St. Lucie Mets 1?

This was the game Jupiter needed with their ace on the hill, in their only home game, to take a 1-0 lead, and give themselves a shot in game one of this best-of-three game series.

The Hammerheads scored twice in the bottom ?of the eighth off Adrian Rosario to break a 1-1 tie. After a leadoff walk, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna singled to bring home the second run. The third run scored on a sacrifice fly off Hamilton Bennett. Yelich was 3-for-4 with a strikeout and two runs scored. I wrote briefly about him on Tuesday. He's really good.

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The Arizona Fall League has released preliminary rosters for the 2012 version of the circuit. Teams use the AFL for different players including: as a finishing school for top prospects, as preparation for the transition to a higher level, either AA or AAA, as extra-playing time for a guy who was injured during the season or as an extra audition for a spot on the team's 40-man roster.

At the moment, the Mets are sending three position players: CF/RF Cesar Puello, CF/LF Darrell Ceciliani, INF Danny Muno?and three pitchers: RHP Greg Peavey, RHP Ryan Fraser and LHP Chase Huchingson. In 2012, the Mets will be members of the Surprise Saguaros.

We'll analyze the position players in this post, and take on the pitchers in part two tomorrow.

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A+: Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 9, @ St. Lucie Mets 0 (7 innings)@ St. Lucie Mets 8, Jupiter Hammerheads 1 (7 innings)

 

Lets skip past game one to game two, where 3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 3-for-3 with two homers and 3 RBI. In 15 games in August, the 20-year old ?is hitting .298/.344/.632 with six homers. That'll play. He's up to 24 homers this year as part of a .266/.326/.492 in 117 games between Savannah and St. Lucie playing his home games in two places that are tough to hit homeruns. Rodriguez has struck out less in the FSL - 18% - than he did in either of his two periods of play with Savannah. There are plenty of questions here, but the man has tremendous power. If the Mets were willing to put Wilmer Flores on the 40-man roster last winter, Rodriguez should go on this year. In fact, I think you could make the argument that Rodriguez at the end of 2012 is closer to the big leagues than Flores at the end of 2011.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Alonzo Harris, Cesar Puello, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Lets take a look at what's going on in the St. Lucie, in the advanced-A outfield.

Three of the four guys getting regular playing time, CF/RF Cesar Puello (#6), RF Cory Vaughn (#32) and LF Travis Taijeron (#40) appeared on my pre-season Top 41 prospects list, while the most productive perhaps is CF/LF Alonzo Harris, who was unranked this year. Harris topped out on my list at #26 in 2010, but that was a postion ago, back when he was playing second base.

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Tags: Alonzo Harris, Cesar Puello, Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie Mets, Travis Taijeron, Toby Hyde
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