By Gem Tablak
Update #2: 5/7/17 – Guillorme continues to show off his range in the infield which gets him raving reviews from scouts all across the majors & minors. Honestly, this was to be expected. Especially since Guillorme puts in 100% every time he steps out on that diamond.
In my original post, I eluded to that Guillorme reminds me quite a bit of the Rangers infamous second baseman, Rougned Odor. Most of us remember Odor when he almost laid Jose Bautista on his ass in a very heated rivalry between the Rangers & the BlueJays of Toronto.
Odor is a second baseman with pop but his plate vision isn’t where the Rangers would like it to be as he continues to support an OBP on the lower part of the totem pole. I’m not too familiar with his defensive abilities & statistics but he doesn’t give off the impression that he’s a terrible second baseman.
Guillorme has played 25 games in the 2017 season with the Binghamton Mets in upstate New York & in 97 at-bats, Guillorme sports an impressive .320 average without hitting any homers so far. He has 8 RBI’s which it not a total shock since he’s been batter in the top spots of the line up.
He also has 5 doubles while having a .397 OBP which is a tremendous sign of ball & strike recognition. This will fit the Mets mold going ahead into the future as the Mets may change their approach to the plate.
I anticipated for Guillorme to have a breakout season & although roughly 100 AB’s in 25 games is a decent sample size, Guillorme still has a lot to prove before the Mets brass considers him an option during the latter half of 2018 & most likely the 2019 season is when fans could expect Guillorme to spend a larger capacity of his time in the Majors.
Update: 3/5/17- Guillorme has shown some slick plays in the field regularly & even when opposite field with a 3-run HR on Sunday afternoon. Earlier on in the week, he saved his teammates from potential injuries when he caught a bat flying towards the Mets dugout after a batter had it slip out of his grip during the swing.
Guillorme is batting .250 with 1 HR & 4 RBI’s this Spring while displaying his excellent defensive skills.
Ok so listen… we have all season long to crush on our favorite players on the Mets regular season roster but there’s 2 months where the teams have expanded rosters.
Firstly, we all know Spring Training is loaded with youngsters & then there’s the September call ups, which plays to a lesser extent due to the timing of the season.
In my eyes, this is a great opportunity for us “Mets Junkies” to get a look at some of the younger guys that are getting a look in Major League camp.
Sunday afternoon Guillorme worked a great AB vs Nationals LHP Kyle Ryan in the 8th. Guillorme worked the count extremely well & would end up being the victor in the match up.
Guillorme would work Ryan deep into the count displaying his great vision at the plate & eventually belting a triple out to right field.
Guillorme reminds me a lot of a Rougned Odor, especially with the wide open stance. Scouts will tell you that Guillorme will snag grounders with the best of them & IMO it doesn’t look like he’s offensively too far away.
Guillorme has shown his ability to drive in runs throughout his minor league career while maintaining an OBP at .332 which is naturally lower from his previous year & even his career MiLB OBP.
So not only is Guillorme getting on base, he’s also driving in runs. Guillorme is knocking on the door when it comes to opportunities to prove his abilities to make his way on the team, he’s working to get himself into the future second baseman discussion.
Guillorme showed why every scout and fan who had the priveledge to see him rave about his defense. His glove IMO is even better than Rosario his glove.
Guillorme plays such sweet shortstop with good range, good arm and great hands. He is a guy who can make to it the majors with his defense alone, as a defensive minded back up infielder.
Guillorme is a lefty hitter without a lot of power. He hit his first and only homerun in St. Lucie this season. So don’t expect homeruns from Guillorme but expect a guy who does whatever he can to get on base. A singles hitter who takes the ball to all fields. I hope his bat will improve as I see him as the starting shortstop for the first ever Rumble Ponies team