The New York Mets promoted infielder Luis Guillorme Tuesday after placing Todd Frazier on the disabled list. However, his spot on the 25-man roster should last longer.
Luis Guillorme gets noticed. The New York Mets prospect has gained our constant attention ever since he caught a bat with one hand in the dugout of a Spring Training game in 2017. He is the best defensive infielder in their minor league system. He could eventually be partnered with Amed Rosario for years to come at second base.
Guillorme will finally make his major league debut tomorrow. He replaces Todd Frazier who is on the 10-day DL. Even though Wilmer Flores can play third base in Frazier’s absence, Guillorme is the one who should play every day, either at third or second and have Asdrubal Cabrera move to third temporarily.
Guillorme has significantly improved his offense, hitting .300 in Las Vegas with doubles power as well. He has Gold Glove-caliber defense, so he should not sit. With the Mets still struggling offensively, they need a spark who could energize the lineup. Guillorme is that spark.
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He is a difficult player to strike out. The Mets have tons of players who strike out a ton. Having a contact hitter to set the tables is just what they need. He will probably bat seventh or eighth until he gets comfortable, but if he hits there is no way he should go back to Las Vegas. Guillorme could become the perfect super utility player this year and Jose Reyes could be designated for assignment.
The Mets can not continue to run out the same underachieving players night after night and expect to compete for a playoff berth. I have been preaching again and again that changes MUST be made and Guillorme is part of the positive changes.
This team is a work in progress, no doubt. The starting pitching is still a huge concern, and the offense continues to struggle.
A concern was eliminated with the acquisition of catcher Devin Mesoraco and Guillorme could remove the concern of Jose Reyes and his anemic under .150 batting average.
Todd Frazier struggled mightily over the last few weeks. Having his hamstring heal should get him going again once he returns, and could eliminate another concern.
Mickey Callaway certainly has his work cut out for him. The Mets are only two games out of first place, trailing the Phillies and Braves, NOT the Nationals. Those teams are not expected to continue this pace so the Mets must right the ship quickly or else none of these concerns will matter anyway.
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At least for now, we can say, welcome to the Mets Luis Guillorme!