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Caribbean Winter Leagues Update: Wilmer Flores Is Hot; Cesar Puello Is Not; Jeurys Familia Still Out Of Control

The Mets already suffered two casualties in the Caribbean.  Juan Lagares‘ knee inflammation is considered minor, and was prescribed rest, but Allan Dykstra suffered a broken fibula.  Readers might have picked up by now, that I have been championing Dykstra’s cause.

Wilmer Flores has been heating up the winter league in Venezuela, but control issues have continued to haunt Jeurys Familia through the Arizona Fall League, and presently in the Dominican Republic.

It is worth keeping an eye on catcher Juan Centeno playing in Puerto Rico, who is next in line to be called up, should something happen to Travis d’Arnaud and/or Anthony Recker.

Six year minor league veteran outfielder, Cesar Puello, 22, has officially become an acute situation.  He is participating in his first action since August 1st, when he began serving a 50-game suspension stemming from Biogenesis, that ended his 2013 regular season.

To put it simply, Cesar has so far been horrible over 31 games, and 89 at-bats in the Dominican League.  In his first experience playing AA ball, Cesar was having a career year in 2013 playing for Binghamton.  In 91 games prior to his suspension, he had 331 official times at bat, had 108 hits, 21 doubles, and set multiple careers highs with 16 home runs, 73 RBI, a .326 batting average, .403 OBP, .547 slugging, and a .950 OPS.

His previous high for home runs was 10 over 441 official trips to the plate, during 2011 playing in Port St. Lucie.  He is otherwise a career .287 hitter, covering 1,750 minor league at bats, with a .351 OBP.

Cesar Puello potentially has another month of winter ball games left to try and get straying impressions about him back in the fold, then will need to have a good Spring Training as well.


12 games, 43 at-bats, 17 hits, 3 doubles, 6 RBI, .395/.460/.465/.925.

15 games, 53 at-bats, 13 hits, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 8 RBI, .245/.273/.396.

Injured; broken fibula.


10 games, 2-0 record, 9.1 innings, 12 hits, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts, 2.89 ERA, 1.82 WHiP.

3 games. 2.1 innings, 6 hits, 2 ER, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.

Injured; knee inflammation.

31 games, 89 at-bats, 16 hits, 0 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBI, .180/.215/.247/.462, and 25 strikeouts.


17 games, 46 at-bats, 13 hits, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBI, .283/.320/.391/.711.


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  • Ken Meoni

    Thanks for the update Mike. Go Flores Go!

    • MikeLecolant.BTB

      No sweat! Flores – a good sign. Ankle problem perhaps behind him. Wilfredo Tovar has suddenly become very important to the Mets. We need to keep our eyes on him. I’m not so sure they can afford to have him injured at this point.

  • RONBO19

    Mike, I like your blog and I think your usually spot on on most issues but for the life of me, I cant figure out what you see in Alan Dykstra? He reminds me of another career minor league’r Mike Hessman as their both big strong guys with hugh holes in their swings which keep them minor league’rs.

    • MikeLecolant.BTB

      Thanks RONBO. Call him a pet project. I like slugging average. That’s one of my pet stats. And while the Mets outfield, and first base situation remained unhinged these last two years, Since we undertook a major rebuilding was taking place, I just figured he deserved a fair shot. I admit, the club probably moved away from opening any opportunities for him.

    • RONBO19

      O.k, i get that.But isn’t he kind of getting a little long in the tooth to be considered a prospect?
      Not sure but I think he’s at least Ike’s age isn’t he?

    • MikeLecolant.BTB

      I won’t dispute that. This is the darker side of getting drafted out of college, then joining a different organization while still in the minors. Dykstra will turn 27yrs old in May, and has been in the minors for 6 years. He was injured in 2012, so I cut him some slack on service time. You have to admit though, his 2013 numbers are nifty. I wonder if things would have worked out differently for him, had he signed with the BoSox out of high school?