Gabriel Ynoa (metsminorleagueblog.com)
The Brooklyn rotation was every bit of spectacular, splendid, sensational, whatever positive “S” word you select. Including six. The six-man rotation of young, Hispanic aces proved to embarrass every New York-Penn League opponent.
Hansel Robles was the best one statistically, although they all were great. Robles, a 22-year old Dominican, allowed just nine earned runs in over 72 innings, surrendering only 47 hits. That equates to a 1.12 ERA and a WHIP of 0.79. He led the league in ERA and opponent’s batting average (.184). Robles capped his monumental campaign with a 4-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in a playoff game against the eventual NYPL champions, Hudson Valley Renegades.
Even though Robles has never pitched above A-ball, the Mets added him to the 40-man roster this winter, presumably to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
But it’s also a possibility Robles could be given a chance to make the Mets bullpen this year. His fastball reaches the mid-90s, he can throw four pitches and has very sound mechanics. So, the Mets could give him a fighter’s chance this Spring.
Gabriel Ynoa touched 93 on the gun and features a very effective changeup, making him unique to many of the Mets prospects.
At 19-years-old, Ynoa appears to be ahead of the game, also recording tremendous numbers in Brooklyn (2.23 ERA, 0.93 WHIP).
The third best starter statistically was Luis Mateo, who led the Cyclones in strikeouts, with a crazy-high total of 85 in 73 innings.
Mateo can dominate with his slider and mid-90s fastball, and could progress very quickly, potentially as a reliever.
Baseball America recently named his slider the best in the system and shockingly ranked him as the 4th best prospect in the system. He hasn’t even sniffed the top ten in any other rankings, but, if nothing else, it shows Mateo is starting to make some noise.
Rainy Lara also has a good changeup and Luis Cessa has shown solid command and good velocity as well.
Julian Hilario was the weak-link of the staff, posting a 3.24 ERA and a .500 record. I kid.
All in all, the Brooklyn rotation posted an ERA of 2.37 and a WHIP right around 1. Downright dominating.
Cyclones pitching coach Marc Valdes deserves a ton of credit, as does the entire Mets pitching development staff. This group young pitchers is a true testament to the coaching the Mets have in their farm system. All of these guys have been nurtured by the team since they were signed as young teenagers.