The Mets have claimed Right Handed Pitcher William Woods from the Atlanta Braves. After the Braves DFA’d the 23 year old the Mets picked up the young arm.
The Braves drafted Woods in 2018. After making his organizational debut, he pitched to a 3.35 ERA over 51 innings. In that span, he struck out 10.2 per nine but also walked 5.1 per nine.
After missing the 2020 because their wasn’t a minor league season, he had 2 injury riddled seasons in 2021 and 2022. When healthy he struggled in the minors in this seasons, especially in 20222 with a 6.04 ERA between AAA, AA and RK. He did pitch 2 scoreless in the majors.
Even with his struggles, Woods is still just 23 years old. After back to back seasons in the Baseball America Braves top 25 prospects, scouts do see promise in the young arm. He is reportedly able to reach 100mph in short stint outings with potentially above average slider and change up. Let’s hope the Mets coaches can make his potential click. If so the Mets could end up with a solid arm with lots of control and lots of options.
Woods came into the Mets Pipeline at spot 30 in their prospect rankings.
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The Mets made a couple of bullpen moves yesterday, declining Mychal Givens Mutual option and claiming lefty Tayler Saucedo from the Blue Jays.
The Givens move was a surprise to me as the Mets didn’t pick up a low cost mutual option. With the Mets current bullpen, keeping Givens was a move I would make. Besides his bad first outing, Givens pitched to a 2.70 as a Met AND has been extremely consistent in his full season numbers in recent years. However, the Mets declining his option, means they have a plan. And I can’t wait to see what!
The Mets also made a minor move to add depth as they claimed Tayler Saucedo. A 29 year old lefty that hasn’t found success in his brief time in the Majors, pitching to a 5.40 Career MLB ERA in 28.1 innings.
In AAA however, Saucedo was pretty good. In 2021 he pitched to a 1.96 ERA in 18.1 innings with 12.3 strikeouts per nine. He followed that up with a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings with a 13.5 strikeout per nine rate between AAA and RK this year.
In the majors Saucedo is more of a ground ball machine then a strikeout guy. Over his brief mlb time, he got a very good 58.7 ground ball %. He also held lefties to a .182/.280/.295 slash line.
Saucedo throws mostly sinker/slider but he throws an occasional change, curve and 4 seamer. His Sinker averages at 92.6 with his slider at 83.9.
It’s a depth move with some promise. Saucedo has options so the Mets can put him in AAA and they have control until 2027. If this move works out and the Mets pitching coaches can find a way to make him improve, this could be a very solid addition.
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The Mets have claimed right handed reliever Yoan López from the Marlins. The Mets moved Joey Lucchesi to the 60 day IL to make room for López on the 40 man roster.
Since 2021, López has been part of 4 of the 5 NL East teams. The Braves traded for López during the 2021 season and DFA’d him after the season ended. The Phillies, Marlins and now Mets all claimed him of waivers from one another. The Mets have reassigned him to Syracuse right after the claim.
The 29 year old has been in the majors with the Diamondbacks every year from 2018 till 2021. He still have options left for the Mets to stack him as depth in the minors. He owns a 4.25 Career Major League ERA and had his best season in 2019, with a 3.41 ERA over 60.1 innings.
The main reason the Mets claimed him is probably his increase of strikeouts in AAA. In 2019 (6.2 K/9) and 2020 (7.3 K/9), his K/9 wasn’t way below average. He increased his strikeout rate to 10.1 in 35.1 innings in AAA last year.
López is a fastball/Slider pitcher with an average fastball velo of 95.7mph. He tends to get above average ground ball rates.
López will add some depth and if needed he is likely a guy that could lose his 40 man roster spot. With Lucchesi to the 60 day IL, no player is lost to make this move.
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The Mets are making some depth moves today. After signing Nick Plummer, the Mets followed it up with claiming Antonio Santos. The 40 man roster is now up to 39.
Antonio Santos pitched in 7 games with the Rockies in 2021, allowing 6 earned over 11.1 innings of work. Over that span Santos struck out 10 and walked 5.
The 25 year old struggled with AAA Alburquerque in 2021, pitching to a 7.94 ERA over 45.1 innings. It was the first year he was primarily a reliever after being a starter for his first 5 seasons. Santos owns a 4.83 Minor League ERA.
Santos was a teammate of Ronny Mauricio during the Dominican Winter Leagues, pitching to a 1.80 ERA in 5 innings for the Tigres del Licey.
The Mets need depth and this is another depth move. Maybe the Mets analytical department saw some potential in Santos, to take a shot with him.
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The Mets have claimed catcher Deivy Grullón from the Rays. The 25 year old from the Dominican Republic has played 5 total games in the majors hitting .167/.231/.250 with one RBI. With the Mets having an open spot on the 40 man roster, they don’t need to DFA anyone.
The right handed hitting catcher was part of the Phillies Top 20 Prospects as recently as 2019.
During the spring in 2021, he hit .231/.333/.692 in 13 at bats. He collected three hits, 2 of them went out of the Park.
Throughout his minor league career, Grullón hit a combined .253/.305/.405 with 70 homeruns in 606 games.
According to scouts Grullón provided above average power on the pull side with a strong throwing arm. He would be the fourth catcher on the 40 man roster with McCann, Nido and Maizeka already on the 40 man.
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