The Mets acquired third basemen Will Toffey & right handed reliever Bobby Wahl from the Oakland Athletics in the trade that brought the contending Oakland A’s the backend reliever, Jeurys Familia.
The Mets also received $1MM in international bonus & Oakland will take over the remainder on Familia’s salary.
However, the Mets may have received a Gem in this trade. Third baseman, William Toffey. Toffey will probably never hit for power but the kid knows how to get on base & getting on the paths usually generate to runs scored. The Orange & Blue know this problem all too well in the past couple of years.
In 2017, at the age of 22 years old in the New York Penn League, in 57 games & 209 AB’s, Toffey had 55 hits, 11 of which being doubles, 2 triples, & 1 homerun while driving in 11 RBI’s & scoring 38 runs. For his first year in the minors, Toffey batted .263/.377/.349/.726 which isn’t too shabby for his first taste pro-ball.
Entering the 2018 season, Toffey ranked as the A’s 25th prospect. He’s outperformed his ranking & reputation & is exceeding the hype with his numbers at the plate. He has had shoulder issues during the beginning of the season so he must prove to himself that he can stay healthy & eventually produce as a third baseman at a major league level.
After batting .219/.347/.349/.646 with 18 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 27 RBI’s in 91 games and 269 at-bats, Toffey enters the 2020 season as the Mets 24th ranked prospect.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has hit worldwide since then and Minor League baseball has taken the decision to call it a year and not even hit the diamond. Again while unfortunate, definitely understandable with a lot of fallout taking place between MLB and MiLB.
While Toffey has dropped in the ranks through no faults of his own, he still may find his way lost in the system and eventually released or make his way to the MLB roster with a spot on the bench. New ownership will soon takeover and with changes expected to made top to bottom, no one’s job could really be safe.
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