MLB teams are now allowed to promote any player who's on their 40-man roster to the majors. Typically, in the case of non-contending teams like the Mets, organizations wait to promote people until after their minor league affiliates finish their respective seasons.
At that point, teams promote players already on the roster to add depth and guys that will soon have to be added to the 40-man roster due to their Rule 5 Draft eligibility.
Here are 10 players that will be talked about being promoted, only some of which will actually get the call during the next month.
Minor-league relief pitchers Jacob Rhame and Jamie Callahan will be among the first players promote to the Mets as rosters expand to 40 players in September, the Mets announced Friday.
Jamie Callahan warms up in the bullpen in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees in Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Rhame, 24, who was recently acquired from the Dodgers for Curtis Granderson, has struck out 66 batters in 54 innings and recorded a 4.00 ERA in 45 appearances this season at the Triple-A level. He is currently ranked the organization's 23rd prospect by MLB.com.
Callahan, 23, is 6-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 41 appearances at the Double-A and Triple-A this season. Acquired in the deal that sent Addison Reed to the Red Sox, Callahan is ranked by MLB.com as organization's 30th prospect.
This is important, because it will give Sandy Alderson an idea of what these two pitchers are about (from a big-league perspective) as he begins planning to rework his bullpen this winter (for next season). In addition to Rhame and Callahan, Robert Gsellman will almost certainly be added again, as well. It would be equally wise to bring back Triple-A reliever Kevin McGowan, who did not look great in his lone big-league appearance earlier this year. But if Alderson is trying to establish big-league inventory and assets, the more looks the better.
My hunch is we'll also see Tomas Nido, who is already on the 40-man roster. He hit just .237 with 27 extra-base hits in 99 games at Double-A this season. While he's just 23 and yet to play in Triple-A, he represented the Mets with Amed Rosario in the MLB Futures Game this past summer and his stock is rising around the league.
Mets catching prospect Tomas Nido (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
Similar to needing to learn about the organization's available arms, it would be nice to know what Nido is capable of in the big leagues, especially given the track records and uncertainties surrounding Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.
I'd also like to see Double-A infielder Luis Guillorme, who hit .287 with a .379 on-base percentage and just a .336 slugging percentage in 125 games this season. He gets zero lift, hitting mostly line drives and ground balls, but he's an incredible fielder, whether he's playing second or shortstop. I mean, for evidence of his handy work, there's this:
Guillorme is eligible for the Rule 5, but, I doubt he'd be selected because of his lack of hitting, so there's probably no rush to add him to the 40-man and get him up to the Mets. However, he is an intriguing player. He makes good contact and could create a Gold Globe-calibur middle-infield duo alongside Rosario. Given the state of second base, maybe they give him a shot here sooner than later.
Newsday's Marc Carig said on Twitter that the team is expected to promote an outfielder, which makes sense, but I have no idea who that player will be. Right now, the only minor-league outfielder on the 40-man roster is 22-year-old Single-A right fielder Wuilmer Becerra, who was acquired from Toronto four years ago in the R.A. Dickey deal.
He's an exciting prospect, ranked 14th in the system by MLB.com. However, he's still young and inexperienced, and struggled this season after a breakout in 2016. His bum shoulder likely hurt him, resulting in way too many strikeouts. He's not going to be selected in the Rule 5, at this point. I think he'll eventually be a top prospect, but he's too green for a promotion during the next two years.
Otherwise, if the Mets need an outfielder, I guess they look to Triple-A left fielder Jayce Boyd, who coincidentally has to be added to the 40-man to be protected from this year's Rule 5 Draft. However, at 26 years old, and a lukewarm track record, I don't think he's being considered by anyone right now, including the Mets.
The other outfield option would be Double-A OF Champ Stuart, who is the fastest baserunner in the organization. Frankly, he may be the fastest player I've ever seen in Mets camp, and that includes Rosario and a young Jose Reyes.
That said, he doesn't hit. If the Mets were in a playoff race, I actually think he would have been promoted to be a pinch runner. However, I can't see anyone taking him in the Rule 5 Draft, so the only reason to add him to the 40-man would be to get him up in September.
The Mets signed Travis Snider this past summer. He's far past the days he was a highly-touted prospect several years ago, but had the Mets been in contention then he could have been an option as a backup outfielder. Given he is not on the 40-man, it's hard to see why they drop someone else just to get a look at him. However, if the Mets are desparate, he's probably the most qualified.
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