The Mets released 8 additional players from their minor league system. This is something all teams do as they make roster decisions for the upcoming season.
The list of those Mets prospects released was INF/OF JJ Franco, RHP Jorge Cespedes, LHP Sean Burnett, OF Raphael Gladu, RHP Miguel Ramirez, RHP Boris Sanchez, OF Patricio Diaz, and OF Jean Carlos Soto.
JJ Franco was drafted by the Mets in the 42nd round back in 2010 but chose to attend Brown University. Franco was drafted in 2014 by the Atlanta Braves in the 38th Round. Franco returned to the Mets organization in 2017 and split time last season between the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Advanced-A St. Lucie Mets hitting .229/.335/.267. An interesting note about Franco, JJ is the son of former Mets closer John Franco. John Franco currently serves as a special operations advisor for the team. He’s been in the front office since 2010 where he served as a team ambassador.
Right-handed pitcher Jorge Cespedes has played solely for the Mets organization in his minor league career since 2016 splitting time between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League. Last season Cespedes was 2-2 and had a 4.60 ERA with a 1.244 WHIP in 45 innings pitched.
Sean Burnett signed a minor league deal with the Mets back in February. Drafted in the 1st Round in 2000 by the Pittsburgh Pirates Burnett spent nine years in the big leagues playing last for the Washington Nationals in 2016. Last season Burnett spent time with the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami Marlins, Triple-A affiliate). For his career, Burnett pitched a 3.52 ERA in 378 1/3 major league innings.
Back in 2017 in the 16th round, the Mets drafted outfielder Raphael Gladu out of Louisiana Tech University. Last season Gladu split time between Advanced-A St. Lucie and the Single-A Columbia Fireflies. Combined Gladu hit .261 with 3 Home Runs and struck out 51 times.
Right-handed pitcher Miguel Ramirez also joins the list of those released. Ramirez has been in the Mets organization since 2016 playing primarily in the Dominican Summer Leagues and last year in the Gulf Coast League. In his minor league career with the Mets Ramirez went 6-10 with a 3.00 ERA in 126 innings pitched.
Boris Sanchez is a right-handed relief pitcher who also split time between the Dominican Summer Leagues and the Gulf Coast League with the Mets since joining the organization back in 2015. Last season Sanchez went 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 21 innings pitched in the Gulf Coast League.
Leftfielder Patricio Diaz only played in the Mets organization last season where he was assigned to the Dominican Summer League. Diaz had a batting average of .207 in 2018 with 13 RBI.
Jean Carlos Soto spent two years in the Mets organization playing mostly in left field in the Dominican Summer Leagues. In his career, Soto hit .240 with 2 home runs and 37 RBI.
Other interesting transactions to note would be the official call ups for LHP Luis Avilán and RHP Tim Peterson from Syracuse to the Major Leagues as well as 1B Pete Alonso from Binghamton to the Major Leagues as well.
The Mets also put the following players on the 10-day Injured List:
- OF Yoenis Céspedes
- C Travis d’Arnaud
- 3B Todd Frazier
- INF Jed Lowrie
- RHP Drew Smith
You can note that the formerly named disabled list will now be referred to as the injured list, a change Major League Baseball made prior to the season to avoid the misconception that people with disabilities are injured and therefore unable to participate in sports.
The Mets will likely have more transactions to make in the next week or so as some of the minor league affiliates prepare for their opening day. Be sure to watch Amazin’ Prospects on the web and on social media to stay up to date with changes being made to the minor league rosters.