Adonis Uceta RHP
Throws: R Ht: 6’0 Wt: 228 lbs Age: 23 (DOB 5/10/94)
I will be posting a short synopsis and opinion on a prospect in the Mets farm system in a new daily series. Let’s kick things off with a name who’s been on the radar of talent evaluators for years, but finally put it together in 2017: Adonis Uceta.
I remember reading a Baseball America chat transcript, where writer Matt Eddy was discussing some young arms of note down in the rookie levels of the Mets system. This was a few years back. That’s the first time I heard of Adonis Uceta. Even though he is now entering his age 23-24 season, Uceta’s arm has shown potential for years.
The Dominican hurler was signed by the Mets as an international free agent in 2012. He spent the next three seasons making his way through the lower levels of the Mets minor league system. The stocky righthander was first tried as a starting pitcher, but like many talented arms, the lack of a third pitch and spotty command held Uceta back. Finally moved to the bullpen full-time in 2017, Uceta blossomed with a nasty two-pitch combo.
Uceta gets his fastball into the mid 90’s, and overwhelmed A-ball hitters last year with a filthy plus changeup. In 59 innings last season, across three levels, finishing his season in AA, Uceta gave up only 34 hits and struck out 67 batters. Uceta enjoyed the best control of his career, limiting his walks to 20 in those roughly 60 innings. While Uceta will have to become even more stingy with the free passes in order to enjoy success at the upper levels, his plus two-pitch mix could very well play a key roll in a Major League bullpen in the not so far off future. Look for Uceta to possibly be closing out games for the AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies to start out the 2018 regular season.