By Gem Tablak
The Mets have made some smart moves these last few months dating back to the Yoenis Cespedes signing.
But recently the Mets traded Gabriel Ynoa to the Orioles for cash. Yes, just some cash.
Ynoa made 25 starts in the hitters friendly PCL where he had a record of 12-5 while sporting an ERA of 3.97 over 154.1 innings. He did give up 170 hits but only allowed 40 walks while striking out only 78 batters.
So in the PCL, we can clearly see he was giving up a lot of hits & with some players that’s to be expected. What’s also very known is that you can’t fairly judge or scout a player in that environment. But as far as the Mets are concerned, Las Vegas is the only affiliate that has to endure these conditions & unfortunately, it’s the their AAA team.
Looking back to 2015, in 151.1 innings in AA, Ynoa had a 9-9 record while giving up 157 hits & only 31 BB’s. So while looking at the numbers, it’s obvious that he’s done better in better pitching environments but I’m far from overwhelmed.
But is he an ace? Or a even a number 2 pitcher? No & definitely not on the Mets. So on the surface, while it seems like the Mets traded a prospect just for some cash, in reality, the Mets traded a player in their organization that may never see real time in the majors. Sure, he’ll get called up on a spot start possibly & see some time in September, he’ll never really be an important part to the Mets 25 man roster.