Mets Sign International Free Agent C Ariel Yera, Release RHP Joshua Payne

On Tuesday, the New York Mets signed 22-year-old catcher Ariel Yera out of Cuba. Yera is the latest addition to the Mets’ latest international free agency class who include C Francisco Alvarez from Venezuela, OF Freddy Valdez from the Dominican Republic, 3B Warren Saunders of The Bahamas, and OF/3B Gerson Molina also from Cuba all acquired since last year.

Just a couple of years ago Yera was considered one of the 10 most outstanding prospects that remained in Cuban baseball. The latest catching prospect bats and throws right-handed and sizes up to about 6’3 and weights 174 pounds. Yera played for Los Elefantes de Cienfuegos in the Cuban National Series League since the 2015-2016 season. Yera has a career .208 BA with the team, a .292 SLG and 6 RBI before signing his minor league contract with the Mets. The international free agent is described with having occasional power and a good arm defensively in the same article that labeled him as one of the 10 most outstanding prospects out of Cuban baseball. Yera has been assigned to the Dominican Summer League Mets 1, which play in the Boca Chica South Division.

The Mets released right-handed pitcher Joshua Payne on Tuesday as well. Payne was drafted by the New York Mets in the 22nd round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft out of West Texas A&M University. In the 2017 season, Payne was assigned to the Rookie League with the Kingsport Mets before being promoted to the Class A Columbia Fireflies. In two years of pitching for the New York Mets organization, Payne was .500 with 4 wins and losses a piece with a 4.08 ERA, a 1.186 WHIP, and a 4.86 strikeout to walk ratio.

Be sure to keep your eye on the Amazin’ Prospects for more details surrounding the latest Mets acquisitions and for additional news around the New York Mets minor leagues.


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