Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/17/14
In July of 2007, exactly three months after his 16th birthday the Mets signed Cesar Puello, a toolsy, RH hitting outfielder from the Dominican Republic, to his first professional contract. Now 20-years-old, 6’2″ and about 220 lbs., with 1192 lifetime minor league AB’s under his belt, Puello seems poised and ready to bust out in 2012. That’s why he is our choice for the 2012 MMO Mets Top 20 Prospect list, at #9. His first two seasons stateside 2008 and 2009 were spent toiling in the rookie leagues. Puello broke in as a 17-year-old, with 151 AB’s in the GCL in ’08, batting .305 with 1 HR and 17 RBI’s. In 2009 Puello played at Kingsport, in the Appalachian League, where in 196 AB’s he batted .296 with 5 HR’s and 23 RBI’s. Playing at Savannah in 2010 was Puello’s first year in a long-season league, and he hit pretty well considering he was two to three years younger than the average player in the South Atlantic League. Puello notched season highs in almost every offensive category, in ...

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