Baseball America on Friday listed the Nine Key Players To Watch In Winter Ball and #8 on their list was Mets Top Prospect Cesar Puello.
After missing the rest of the 2013 season due to being handed a 50 game suspension in early August for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, he is in winter ball working towards regaining the swing that helped him put up some tremendous numbers in the first half with the B- Mets where he batted .326/.403/.547 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs. It was a great year cut short, and now he has hopes that he can use the Dominican Winter League to refuel that fire in his swing and prove that the numbers weren’t chemically enhanced.
So far through 10 games in the Dominican Winter League with the Toros, he is hitting .265/.265/.382 with one home run.
It’s far too soon to judge him by his early stats as he shakes off months of rust. It may take a while to regain the timing that helped him to be as productive as he was before the suspension. He’ll need plenty...