Ryley Gilliam RHP
Gilliam was taken by the Mets in the 5th round of the 2018 draft out of Clemson. He saw some starts in college but was used mostly as a back-end reliever in collegiate ball.
This is a role that should continue to suit him well given his mid-90’s fastball with movement and power curveball combination, as well as his 5’10’’ frame and high effort delivery.
He pitched 17.1 innings in Low-A ball in 2018, allowing 4 runs (2.08 ERA) and striking out 31 guys. It’s expected he will move quickly through the minor leagues, especially if the results keep coming.
He’s a 22-year-old right-handed reliever with a Cody Allen type style and framework. So, if he reaches his ceiling, we may see Gilliam throwing important innings for the Mets as soon as 2020.
We’ve seen Guillorme in the majors already, I know. But, he’s still a rookie and therefore maintains his status as a prospect. Guillorme’s calling card is unquestionably his defense. Fangraphs grades his fielding and throwing abilities at 70 and 60 respectively on the 20-80 scale.
After his disappointing debut in the big leagues, evaluators seem to have given up on Guillorme pretty quickly. However, I am here to tell you that every team needs a defensive dynamo with plus contact on their roster.
He isn’t Omar Vizquel. But, he is the perfect infield defensive substitution late in a game when the score is tight and a mistake could be costly. He is one of the most highly regarded infielders from a defensive standpoint in the minor leagues for a reason and could, therefore, enjoy a long career in the Major Leagues as a utility type that also hits from the left side.
Also note that in 74 Major League plate appearances last year, Guillorme struck out just 3 times (4.1 K%). The Mets have failed in recent years to manufacture runs, often striking out in situations when they should be putting the ball in play with sac flies or even weak ground balls just to gain a run.
The Mets’ new hitting coach, Chili Davis, strongly emphasizes an ideology of putting the ball in play. Because Guillorme fits this mold, his offense may complement his defense enough to contribute to the Mets.