New York Mets fans were not happy with what they got in return when they traded Jeurys Familia. One of those players, Will Toffey, is trying to prove people wrong.
Will Toffey was ranked as the 17th best prospect for Oakland when the trade was made. It was understandable that New York Mets fans would be up in arms when they found out they traded one of the games top relief pitchers for the 17th best prospect and a 26-year-old reliever in Bobby Wahl.
Even though most people did not agree with the trade, we can all agree that Toffey deserves a chance to show what he’s got. So far, Toffey is off to a hot start.
Prior to the trade, Toffey was playing for the Stockton Ports in Advanced A ball. In 48 games, Toffey hit for a .244 batting average and put together an on-base percentage of .357 in 164 at bats. He also had 8 doubles, 5 home runs, and drove in 32 RBI’s.
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Now Toffey has been assigned with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Double-A affiliate for the Mets. Since joining Binghamton, Toffey has played 17 games and in just 53 at-bats, he has put together a .321 average and OBP of .478.
Toffey has also hit 8 doubles, 1 HR, and 7 RBI’s. All of the runs he has driven in have come when runners are in scoring position.
Toffey, the left-handed batting third baseman was drafted out of Vanderbilt in the 4th round of the 2017 draft by Oakland. He has shown spots of growth in his jump to Double-A as his numbers have gotten better.
In Stockton, he put together a .286 average when there are 2 outs in an inning, and in Binghamton, he has increased that to a .353 average.
Against left-handed pitchers, which on paper should be his weakness due to the lefty on lefty mentality, he is hitting a respectable .273. But what’s impressive is that he has been able to put together 7 out of his 15 walks against left-handed pitchers.
Third base is a position that is very uncertain when it comes to the Mets future. David Wright is a walking unknown at this point and Todd Frazier is only signed through one more year.
It is still way too early to tell if Toffey will be the answer to the Mets problems at the hot corner but it definitely is worth keeping your eye on as he progresses into the offseason.
Jeurys Familia is off to a hot start for Oakland as well. Familia has pitched 10 innings in 8 games and has yet to allow an earned run.
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Whether not it is fair, Toffey will have to impress in order for fans to justify the trade that took place in July. For now, it’s safe to say, he is doing just fine.