New York Mets Sign Slew of Minor Leaguers

Alex SchuhartCorrespondent INovember 17, 2011

Vinny Rottino.
Vinny Rottino.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The New York Mets have made a few interesting minor moves recently. They signed Vinny Rottino, re-signed Val Pascucci and a couple minor league players, and let Jason Pridie, Nick Evans and Taylor Buchholz walk.

Here’s a rundown of each of those moves.

The signing of the 31-year-old Rottino has the potential to be interesting, if only because he is versatile and could make the big club out of spring training.

Rottino, who has appeared in 26 games for the Milwaukee Brewers and Florida Marlins over a span of four big-league seasons, has mostly been used as a pinch hitter, outfielder and third baseman in his short cups of coffee.

However, in the minor leagues, he has shown the ability to play first base and at catcher.

The Triple-A veteran has both solid, but not stupendous, power and speed. He has swatted over 10 home runs three times and stolen over 10 bases five times in nine minor league seasons and is also a .294 hitter at that level.

Pascucci could also provide solid power off the bench in 2012. However, judging by his career path, he will likely spend most if not all of the season in the minor leagues.

The 33-year-old outfielder appeared in the big leagues in 2011 for the first time since 2004 and hit .273 with a home run in 11 at-bats.

The right-hander, who has been in the Mets system since 2008, has 234 minor league dingers in his 11-year career.

Minor leaguers Jean Luc Blaquiere and Raul Reyes, a catcher and outfielder, respectively, also made a return to the Mets farm system. Both are filler and neither are particularly eye-catching.

The 25-year-old Blacquiere, who has been in the Mets system since 2006, is a solid defender but a dud with the bat—his .233 batting average and 15 career home runs strike no fear in the heart of any pitcher.

Reyes, 24, has also been in the Mets system since 2006. He is a .253 hitter with some pop—last year, he hit 14 home runs and slugged .457.

Lastly, outfielder Jason Pridie, utility player Nick Evans and relief pitcher Taylor Buchholz became free agents, with the former signing with the Oakland Athletics. A solid defender, Pridie hit .231 in 101 games for the Mets in 2011 and Buchholz had a 3.12 ERA in 23 games.

Evans, who had been up and down with the Mets about a million times since his big-league debut in 2008, was never able to stick with the big league club despite possessing solid power and defensive versatility. 2011 was his longest stay in The Show to date—in 59 games, he hit .246 with four home runs and 25 RBI.