Mets: Guillorme, Nido named Arizona Fall League all-stars

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Tomas Nido
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Tomas Nido /

Luis Guillorme and Tomas Nido will represent the eastern division in the Arizona Fall League all-star game on Saturday

The New York Mets saw two of their prospects named to the Arizona Fall League all-star team. Catcher, Tomas Nido, and infielder, Luis Guillorme will play for the east division in Saturday’s contest, which will air on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET.

Guillorme has put up a solid line at the plate, collecting 10 hits in 30 at-bats. He has two doubles, two RBI, and three runs scored. It’s been his defense that has opened eyes even more as Guillorme has steadily moved up the organizational ladder.

In 2016, Guillorme was with St. Lucie and hit .263 over 123 games. He played all of 2017 in Binghamton and improved his average by 20 points. He also earned recognition by being named to the Eastern League all-star team in mid-season.

Though not a power bat in the slightest, Guillorme has shown the ability to get on base consistently. He has an opposite field approach over his career. Guillorme has been between 47-51% of batted balls in play to the opposite field in his career. For context, nobody in the Majors was over 38% in that category in 2017.

Nido is climbing up the ladder in the same fashion. At age 23,  he made the Eastern League all-star team and will play in the Arizona Fall League all-star game. Nido also was selected to the MLB Futures Game along with Amed Rosario. Nido didn’t have the same statistical success at the plate as he did in 2016 when he won the Florida State League batting title. However, his defense has been his main calling card.

In nine fall league games, Nido has gone 7-for-35 with one homer and six RBI. That came after hitting .232 with Binghamton. Nido also got his first taste of the big leagues, collecting 10 at-bats in September. He turned that into three hits and three RBI.

What jumps out about Nido is his arm. He threw out 45% of runners trying to steal last season with the Rumble Ponies. At this rate, his defense alone could carry him into a battle for playing time behind the plate in New York not too far down the road.

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Since the top prospects, last year have graduated to the big leagues, these two will be looked at among the next wave of guys to make it to New York in the nearer future. Nido and Guillorme are ranked ninth and eleventh respectively in the Mets’ prospect rankings according to MLB Pipeline.