by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
On the surface it seems like the Mets’ return for Jeurys Familia was a little weak in terms of prospects received. At the same time reports have $1 million in international bonus money also going to the Mets. That’s not something that should go undervalued, as it could allow the Mets to add another upper echelon international prospect (or multiple international prospects with the potential to make an impact down the line).
As far as the current players the Mets received:
Bobby Wahl – Right-Handed Pitcher
Wahl isn’t going to be considered the “better” prospect by the masses, but it’s possible he holds significant value almost immediately. With Familia jettisoned there is a significant hole at the back of the Mets bullpen and no obvious candidate to step in. Before we all point towards Robert Gsellman or Anthony Swarzak, look at the numbers:
- Robert Gsellman – 4.15 ERA and 1.31 WHIP (he had a 4.58 ERA in May and a 6.59 in June)
- Anthony Swarzak – 7.47 ERA and 1.98 WHIP
Wahl has had injury issues throughout his career, including surgery for thoracic outlet surgery last year. At 26-years old he appears to have recovered well, posting a 2.27 ERA and 0.86 WHIP over 39.2 IP at Triple-A (while also going 11-for-12 in save chances). His 14.75 K/9, courtesy of a 20.2% SwStr%, is highly impressive and helps to overcome some mediocre control (3.86 BB/9, though reports have it as improved) and lack of groundballs (41.2%).
With the Mets lacking options, is it a stretch to think Wahl (with reports having had him touching 100 mph in the past) gets an opportunity to work his way into a late inning role? He has experience closing at Triple-A and could ultimately get an opportunity to fill that role in New York. He’s not a lock to produce and needs to work on a few things, but the chance is there for the taking.
Grade – C+
William Toffey – Third Baseman
The more heralded prospect, Toffey has struggled at High-A this season hitting .244 with 5 HR over 164 AB. According to MLB.com:
Toffey controls the strike zone very well and shows power potential in his left-handed swing. He improved his walk and strikeout rates each year at Vandy and hit for more power than ever in 2017. While he hasn’t shown that pop as a pro, he has been an on-base machine.
However, even those who question his tools give him credit for his ability to process the game, his makeup and his competitiveness.
He owns a 14.7% walk rate, but as a 23-year old he also has an 11.7% SwStr% at High-A. That’s a discouraging mark, as is the lack of power (he’s only added 8 doubles). He has potential, but right now it’s hard to get excited.
Grade – C-
Sources – MILB.com, MLB.com, Fangraphs
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