#MetsCrushMonday: Will Toffey

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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#MetsCrushMonday: David Peterson

The 6’6” left hander was first drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 28th round of the 2014 June Amateur Draft however opted not to sign. It turned out to be the right move as he eventually was drafted by the New York Mets as the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 June Amateur Draft.

Soon after, Peterson would make his professional debut within the Mets organization with the Brooklyn Cyclones. While he only pitched 3.2 innings with the Cyclones, he did just come off pitching in 15 games and 100.1 innings while posting a 2.45 ERA and going 11-4 for Oregon that same year.

Also read: #MetsCrushMonday: Francisco Alvarez

In 2018, Peterson pitched 128 innings between St. Lucie and Columbia. The lefty went 7-10 and put up a 3.16 ERA in his first full season at the professional levels. While Peterson took a bit of a step back once he was promoted to Binghamton, he was consistent enough to be considered for the rotation during the 2020 campaign.

Now while it’s probable that Peterson would not have started the year off with the big club, an injury to Noah Syndergaard and the opt-out of Marcus Stroman guaranteed him a regular spot in the rotation.

The Denver, Colorado native made his big league debut on July 28th, 2020 against the Boston Red Sox, the team Peterson was originally drafted by. The lefty tossed 5.2 innings in which he gave up two earned runs on seven hit picking up his first Major League win.

After the game, manager Luis Rojas told reporters “That’s his first outing, he handled himself like it was one of many outings he’s had at the Major League level.” He also added “His poise, once again, is something that stands out… His matureness, how he’s able to handle the scenario, that’s a great thing.”

The left hander has been hitting 91-94 MPH with his fastball/sinker this season and while he doesn’t strike out many in the batters box, he does induce many ground balls. Now it seems as if scouts aren’t too high on his secondary pitches like his change-up, slider, or curve-ball, except for those at MLB and Baseball America.

With a ton of uncertainty surrounding Steven Matz, Peterson would be a strong candidate for the back end of the rotation in the upcoming 2021 season, even if new owner Steve Cohen helps invest in a big free agent pitcher like Trevor Bauer.

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#MetsCrushMonday: Drew Smith

In a trade that sent former homegrown fan favorite slugger Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Mets would receive a 23-year old right handed reliever with a high ceiling in Drew Smith. While his 2020 statistics may not justify the attention that I’m giving, the now 27-year old may be looking at a make or break 2021 season.

The former third round pick by the Detroit Tigers would have a pretty decent 2018 campaign with the Mets in his first crack at the Major League level. He pitched to a 3.54 ERA throughout 28 innings but only struck out 18 while opponents hit .309 off the righty.

However early in 2019 during Spring Training, his career would end up being put on hold as the Fort Worth, Texas native would require Tommy John Surgery causing him to miss the entire season.

Smith owns a plus fastball that can hit 97 MPH on the radar gun, alongside a curveball, change-up, and even a brand new cutter in which he learned by watching Clayton Kershaw has been added to his repertoire.

“He’s got a good repertoire, adding that cutter,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “It can make the fastball play a little more.”

Unfortunately, Smith hasn’t had much opportunity this season and has only appeared in eight games. Throughout those seven innings, Smith posted a 6.43 ERA as well as an improved 1.14 WHIP and averaged a strikeout per inning.

Now while it’s no where near safe to assume that the 2021 bullpen will be looking the same, if it were, Smith would have decent shot at making the roster. At only 27 years old, Smith still has a lot to offer the Mets ‘pen and has more to offer for more than just one season. But Smith seems to understand that this process will be one step at a time, one day at a time.

“I’m just doing everything I can, doing the best I can trying to show them that I’m healthy and ready to go,” Smith said. “Whenever I get my chance — whether it be Opening Day, whether it be a week after — I’ll be ready to go. And I’m excited to be back out there.”

If he does figure it out and start putting it together, he will be a cheap bullpen piece. Smith will enter his first year of Free Agency in 2025 and will be eligible for arbitration in 2022.

Quotes sourced from MLB.com

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#MetsCrushMonday: Ronny Mauricio

Now ranked as the number one prospect in the organization, Ronny Mauricio signed with the New York Mets in July, 2017 as an international free agent with a hefty check for $2.1M at the young age of 16 years old. The now 18 year old switch hitting shortstop will not have it easy, and I mean this in regards to his journey to the big leagues with the two shortstops that stand in front of him in the depth chart. However, even with Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez positioned in the way, Mauricio may be the better player of the tremendously talented trio.

Standing tall at 6’3″, you would expect Ronny Mauricio to have a lot of moving parts in his swing, however, this isn’t the case. The Dominican native has a very smooth stroke and an extremely good eye at the dish while he continues to give opposing pitchers a tough time, as he always seems to put together a quality at-bat.

He currently has more pop while batting against right handed pitching but as he continues to age, mature, and add muscle, I expect that his righty/lefty approach will develop into a more similar technique. Scouts suggest that Mauricio should hit for average as well for power due to his electric bat speed.

Defensively, Mauricio has very soft hands to go along with a cannon for an arm however he needs some work on his footwork, besides that, he’s above average across the board. He might quite possibly be better suited for 3rd base as time goes on but should also rank as an above average shortstop.

While catching Francisco Lindor and Manny Machado comparisons by scouts and my peer bloggers, Mauricio still has some ways to go till he’s Major League ready. However, expect to hear Mauricio’s name a lot. Whether it be by Minor League experts, the SNY booth, bloggers, and radio personalities, his name is going to come up often in the next two years.

The San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native finished the 2019 campaign with a slash line of .268/.307/.357/.665 while hitting 20 doubles, five triples, four home runs. Mauricio also crossed the plate and scored 62 runs as well as driving in 37 RBI’s while swiping six bags.

While these numbers aren’t overwhelming at the very least, the infielder still earned his way into All-Star Game in the South Atlantic League as well as ranks as the top 80th prospect throughout all of Major League Baseball. He’s expected to make his Major League debut at some point during the 2022 campaign.

If Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets plan to make a big splash on the Trade Market, every General Manager and front office will want and ask for Mauricio as a return piece, understandably so.

Also read: #MetsCrushMonday: Andres Gimenez

#MetsCrushMonday: Ronny Mauricio

Now ranked as the number one prospect in the organization, Ronny Mauricio signed with the New York Mets in July, 2017 as an international free agent with a hefty check for $2.1M at the young age of 16 years old. The now 18 year old switch hitting shortstop will not have it easy, and I mean this in regards to his journey to the big leagues with the two shortstops that stand in front of him in the depth chart. However, even with Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez positioned in the way, Mauricio may be the better player of the tremendously talented trio.

Standing tall at 6’3″, you would expect Ronny Mauricio to have a lot of moving parts in his swing, however, this isn’t the case. The Dominican native has a very smooth stroke and an extremely good eye at the dish while he continues to give opposing pitchers a tough time, as he always seems to put together a quality at-bat.

He currently has more pop while batting against right handed pitching but as he continues to age, mature, and add muscle, I expect that his righty/lefty approach will develop into a more similar technique. Scouts suggest that Mauricio should hit for average as well for power due to his electric bat speed.

Defensively, Mauricio has very soft hands to go along with a cannon for an arm however he needs some work on his footwork, besides that, he’s above average across the board. He might quite possibly be better suited for 3rd base as time goes on but should also rank as an above average shortstop.

While catching Francisco Lindor and Manny Machado comparisons by scouts and my peer bloggers, Mauricio still has some ways to go till he’s Major League ready. However, expect to hear Mauricio’s name a lot. Whether it be by Minor League experts, the SNY booth, bloggers, and radio personalities, his name is going to come up often in the next two years.

The San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native finished the 2019 campaign with a slash line of .268/.307/.357/.665 while hitting 20 doubles, five triples, four home runs. Mauricio also crossed the plate and scored 62 runs as well as driving in 37 RBI’s while swiping six bags.

While these numbers aren’t overwhelming at the very least, the infielder still earned his way into All-Star Game in the South Atlantic League as well as ranks as the top 80th prospect throughout all of Major League Baseball. He’s expected to make his Major League debut at some point during the 2022 campaign.

If Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets plan to make a big splash on the Trade Market, every General Manager and front office will want and ask for Mauricio as a return piece, understandably so.

Also read: #MetsCrushMonday: Andres Gimenez