Mets Minor League Stars of the Week: Luis Guillorme and Chris Flexen

Position Player of the Week: Luis Guillorme

Courtesy of Milb.com

Age: 22

Position: SS/2B

Acquired: 10th round, 2015 MLB Draft

Height: 5-9

Weight: 190 lbs

Affiliation: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Double-A)

Statistics from 6/26-7/2: 4 games, .467/.556/.600, 1 RBI, 2 2B

Luis Guillorme tends to be overshadowed by the likes of fellow Mets middle infielder prospects Amed Rosario and Gavin Cecchini, but the 22-year old has quickly elevated himself as a unique talent on both sides of the diamond. Originally selected in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, Guillorme was seen as the best defensive shortstop in the draft, but a work-in-progress at the plate.

After two seasons of rookie ball and a brief stint in Single-A, the Florida native was deemed the starting shortstop for the then-Savannah Sand Gnats. In 2015, his first full season of professional ball, he hit an impressive .318/.391/.354 with 55 RBI and 18 SB. The following year, Guillorme found himself in St. Lucie, but saw a slight dip in offensive production, hitting .263/.332/.315 in 123 games.

The organization has moved Guillorme along at a brisk pace, as they assigned him to Double-A Binghamton in just his third full season in the system. At this moment in time, he is hitting .299/.363/.352 in 71 games, but an outstanding past week certainly indicates that he is ready to take another step forward in his development.

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Admittedly, Guillorme will likely never transform into an impactful offensive force. With little-to-no power, he relies on above-average bat speed and an ability to hit the ball all across the diamond, as well as a superb eye at the plate. Defensively, he has been touted as a wizard, so that (along with a steady offensive progression) should push him to Triple-A in 2018.

The future of the Mets’ middle infield is currently up in the air, as Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, Gavin Cecchini, and Amed Rosario’s roles have yet to be determined for 2018 and beyond. Right now, Guillorme has an excellent chance to make a name for himself and possibly earn a big-league callup in late-2018 or so.

Pitcher of the Week: Chris Flexen

Courtesy of Baseball Reference

Age: 23

Position: SP

Acquired: 14th round, 2012 MLB Draft

Height: 6-3

Weight: 235 lbs

Affiliation: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Double-A)

Statistics from 6/26-7/2: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 10 SO

Chris Flexen has emerged as a promising young arm that may be part of the next wave of Mets pitching prospects. Drafted out of Newark Memorial High School in the 14th round of the 2012 MLB Draft, Flexen was seen as a “projectable arm” that could reach 93 mph on his fastball, and had the potential for a plus-slider, according to Baseball America. After a rough first season in Kingsport, Flexen remained with the rookie league squad in 2013. That year, he put himself on the radar by posting an 8-1 win-loss record and a 2.09 ERA in 11 starts. The California native slowly made his way up the Mets system, and the organization recently gave him a major vote of confidence when they added Flexen to the 40-man roster this past spring.

Coming into 2017, Flexen was ranked as the 21st best prospect in the entire Mets system (Amazin Avenue). Today, his fastball tops out at 96 mph, and has developed an incredible slider to his repertoire. The 23-year old also sports a curveball and changeup, but they are both seen as average at best. Flexen started this year in Single-A with the St. Lucie Mets, but earned a promotion to Double-A after three excellent outings. With the Rumble Ponies, Flexen has posted a 3-1 record in his past four starts, and has gone 26.2 innings pitched without issuing a walk.

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Flexen has been slightly overshadowed by Thomas Szapucki and P.J. Conlon, among others, but his huge frame could enable him to become an elite pitching prospect as soon as next year. At 23-years of age, the right-hander is on track for a well-timed MLB promotion around 2019 or so. By then, the Mets may be in dire need of young, controllable starting pitching, so one has to imagine that Flexen will be given a major opportunity to place himself in New York’s future plans.

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