MACK - Sunday Morning Observations (2024)

Mack - Sunday Morning Observations

(thru Friday’s results)


Let’s talk pen.

My French Mother-In-Law asked my Italian Father-In-Law once why he stopped watering the plants outside. He barked out “THEY’RE ON THEIR OWN!”

I can’t do anything about the 2024 pen, They’re on their own here. What I do is look to the future and what better time to try and line up the 2025 pen than right now.

Here’s my spin right now…

All this my 2023 Pen Template…

Edwin Diaz- I’m not sure how much gas is still in the tank here, but for the remaining contract that doesn’t run out until the end of the 2025 season is reason alone that is a reason he will still be around. I don’t think we will see the bravado and velocity from Sugar again, but he remains a hell of a lot more talented than some of the people this team has thrown at us this season.

Sean Reid-Foley- I have loved this guy from the get-go. He was drafted by Toronto in 2014 and came to the Mets after the 2020 season, as part of the Steven Matz deal. Produced a 3.52 parent Mets last season in 8-appearances with 16-K in 7.2-IP. So far this season. He has already appeared in 17 games, tossing a 2.18-ERA, 16.2-IP and 21-K. He turns 29 in August and will become elligible for free agency after the 2027 season.Big time keep here.

Bryce Montas de Oca- Dey-O was drafted in the 9thround of the 2018 draft, by the Mets, out of the University of Missouri. Through two minor league seasons he has posted a combined 3.80-ERA, but he really only down one great thing… he strikes batters out (127-K in 85.1-IP). He also walks a bunch of batters (65) and spends a lot of time in the trainer’s room. On March 13, 2023, de Oca was diagnosed with a stress reaction which needed some TLC; however, 17 days later his UCL Was deemed “insufficent” and he went under the knife. As I write, he is hitting 98 in the back fields. He could easily be considered the next Mets closer.

And… from the current pool and future contracts, these are the only “keepers” in my 2025 pen.

Others to consider…

RHP Dediell Nunez- Nunez is currently under a $596,805 one year deal with the Mets. As of Thursday, he was pitching to a 2.31 ERA. That’s good. I would sign this guy THIS YEAR to, at least, two more seasons.

RHP Dom Hamil- Hamil has a lot of talent but he has stalled as a starter in Syracuse. Still, he throws the ball real hard and has had 528 strikeouts in 404 innings pitched over his career. He is also under team control for 4+ future seasons. Lastly, there is too much starter talent below him forcing him to the slower lane. For these reasons alone, I am sure the team can squeeze an inning (or more as a long man) per outing out of him.

RHP Mike Vasil- Similar to Hamil, peaking as a minor league starter. Also throws hard and has a sh*teload of eligibility left. He too will be quickly passed by other emerging prospect starters. Only around a 1K per 1-IP guy, but still a workable one inning reliever in the future.

RHP Drew Smith- Currently unsigned for 2025. Loved when the Mets traded Lucas Duda to the Rays for this guy. Did have to sit him for six weeks due to shoulder soreness, but his career 3-47-ERA and 2.53 currently through Wednesdau night makes me want to sign this 30-year old forat least one more season.

Reed Garrett - Currently unsigned for 2025. Wh,o-da-think-it? A 31-year old basic has been with a career 5.50-ERA, turn into a huge success this year in Queens. Basically unhittable early on that, as of end Wednesday night, still has put up 0.2-WAR and a 3.19-ERA this season. Making $740K this season. Lots of teams are going to go after this guy. Sign him now.

Keeping an eye on…

Danny Young- Currently unsigned for 2025. Has, through Wednesday night, thrown three scoreless innings for the Mets (0.00-ERA). Previously, produced a 1.59-ERA for Syracuse this season in 11.1 innings.

Tyler Jay- Currently unsigned for 2025. 30-year old former early first rounder trying to make a comeback from where he bagan… a reliever. So far this season… currently, through Wednesday, 0.1-WAR, 2.25-ERA for the Mets and 2.08 for Syracuse.

One thing worth noting…

Relievers used to be known as failed starters. College teams are churning out much more talented relievers this day, but the fact still remains that the lion share of your future pen comes from your starter pool in the minors. For this reason alone, I now project two prospect starters, that don’t seem to be progressing as starters, to become 2027 relievers… NolanMcLeanand Joander Suarez.

Roster Moves-

Mets -

RP Jorge Lopezpassed through waivers and was released

C Omar Narvaezpassed through waivers and was released

RHP Drew Smithreinstated from the 15-Day

LHP Josh Walkerwas optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

Syracuse -

RHRP Jonathan Pintarosigned

Binghamton -

RHP Hunter Parsons- Moved from DL list to 7-Day IL

St. Lucie -

OF A J Ewingpromoted from FCL Mets

Prospect Rating Changes -

OFA J Ewingfrom BLACK toBLUE

New Met

RHRPJulian Smith

6-421027-yrs old

MiLB career:15-105.57190.2-IP 209-K

Assigned to A+ Brooklyn

RHRP JonathanPintero

26/yrs 6-2 235 UDFA Shorter Univ.

Signed from Glacier out of the Frontier League


(to me, this is a real shot in the drak, but what the hell… if he can duplicate a K/IP ratio even close to this, it’s worth developing him as a closer)

Florida Complex League Mets@FCLMets

Play well, get rewarded!

A.J. Ewinghas been named the FCL Player of the Week AND been promoted to the St. Lucie Mets.

A.J. slashed .353/.542/1.000 with 3 home runs in 5 games last week

(was waiting for this guy to get going… I have raised his prospect status fro BLACK to BLUE)

Top performers from '23 Draft -- one from each team - LINK

Mets: Brandon Sproat, RHP

Sproat was a fun Draft story as a player twice-taken by the Mets, and early results have made New York look smart to turn back to the Florida pitcher in last year’s second round. Sproat leads full-season pitchers in the system with his 1.23 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 63 strikeouts and .151 average-against over 51 1/3 innings between High-A Brooklyn and Double-A Binghamton. His fastball has touched triple digits while his slider and changeup have also been strong swing-and-miss pitches.

Mike Mayer @mikemayer22

Veteran utility player Mike Brosseauhomered in both games of the doubleheader on Thursday for Triple-A Syracuse. Brosseau is hitting a ridiculous .341/.450/.626 with 7 HR in 27 games since signing with the Mets.

Obviously, a small sample size for Dedniel Núñez, but look at the Top 5 in K% with 10 IP min:

51.5% Mason Miller

46.4 Fernando Cruz

42.9 Jeremiah Estrada

42.6 Dedniel Núñez

40.5 Josh Hader

Colin Houckis starting to heat up for St. Lucie over his last 13 games:

.353/.411/.588, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 2 SB

Bryce Montes de Ocarecently threw live BP. He was already hitting 96-98 mph.

Mets prospects Blade Tidwell, Brandon Sproat added to Baseball America’s updated Top 100 list -

Anthony DiComo @AnthonyDiComo

Digging back into the minors in the latest Mets newsletter for a look at Boston Baro, who's been turning some heads down in Port St. Lucie:

MLB Pipeline @MLBPipeline

Behind a high-velocity fastball, Brandon Sproathas mixed his arsenal exceptionally well in his promotion to Binghamton.

The Mets' No. 13 prospect continued that efficiency Sunday with a career-best performance at Double-A:


(everybody loves this guy, but the thing you have to realize is he has only thrown 51.1 professional innings. Let this guy pitch every sixth day for Binghamton for the remainder of this season, then open him up next season for Syracuse)


JJ Cooper@jjcoop36

My apologies that I missed this earlier. It looka at MLB catchers knee position and called strike rates. This is looking purely at called strike rate to measure how much a one-knee down (or both knees down) stance compares to traditional.

You as an umpire may think you call it as it crosses the plate, but the best umps in the world are influenced by how a catcher receives the pitch. At this point, arguing otherwise is like arguing the world is flat.

This is a cool study @tangotiger looked at every different pitch type and different location. Only on high sliders was a conventional stance equivalent in pitch framing, and that is such a rare pitch that it may be a small sample size issue.

this point at the MLB level, this is as close to a settled debate as possible. At the MLB level, teams believe/know that one-knee down stances are superior to the traditional two-knees up setup, and pretty much every MLB team/catcher has adopted the modern setup.

(take the time and read this, but if you don’t wish to, Coop pretty much concludes the facts here.)

Matt Eddy@MattEddyBA

Two-year minor league park factors are here! For the first time, park factors are split by batting hand: all batters, RH batters and LH batters

Includes all 120 full-season parks, covering the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Jeff Passan@JeffPassan

Outfielder Avisail Garciais being designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins, sources tell ESPN. Garcia is in the third year of a four-year, $53 million contract. The Marlins will eat nearly $24 million on the deal.

Ken Rosenthal@Ken_Rosenthal

García is owed the balance of his $12M salary this season, $12M next season and a $5M buyout on a 2026 option. He has been on the injured list since April 28 with a left hamstring strain.

(any interest here?)

Rob Dibble @robdibble49

I coach HS pitchers and have for 20 years. I also have worked in Broadcasting for 25 plus years and interviewed the best Orthopedic Surgeons on the planet. Young pitchers need time to recover and over amping and overuse is killing them. But what do I know?

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