Luis Guillorme

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Biographical Information[edit]

Luis Guillorme made it to the majors in 2018.

Guillorme was born in Venezuela but moved to the US in 2007 as his family escaped the violence in Venezuela; after an earlier carjacking, he was banned from playing outside and practiced a lot of catch inside. [1] The New York Mets took him in the 10th round of the 2013 amateur draft; the scout was Mike Silvestri. [2] He was chosen one pick before Emilio Pagan. He hit .258/.337/.283 for the 2013 GCL Mets and fielded .956 at short. He hit somewhat better in 2014 with the Kingsport Mets (.282/.337/.324) and scored 38 runs in 57 games; he also was 3 for 9 with a walk for the Savannah Sand Gnats. He led Appalachian League shortstops in assists (187) and double plays (33). [3]

His hitting was much better in 2015 - .318/.391/.354 for the Sand Gnats. He drew 54 walks, scored 67 runs and stole 18 bases in 26 tries while fielding .972. The only major drawback was a lack of pop; he had 16 doubles and no triples or homers. He was second in the South Atlantic League in average (.010 behind Shane Hoelscher), 4th in OBP (between Jonathan Johnson and Josh Morgan), led in fielding at short and tied for 9th in runs. He was named the league's All-Star utility infielder (Ozzie Albies was picked at short) and won MVP honors. Baseball America named him the #18 prospect in the SAL, between Tyler Kolek and Ryan O'Hearn. [4]

Luis alternated between second and short for the '16 St. Lucie Mets, producing at a .263/.332/.315 clip. He joined the Spanish national team for the 2016 European Championship and did well as their shortstop. He hit .281/.303/.406 with 3 steals in 3 tries, 6 runs and 7 RBI in 7 games while fielding .941. Only former major leaguer Fernando Martínez had more runs or RBI for Spain. He tied for 4th in the event in steals, one behind co-leaders Alex Liddi, Felix Brown and Roger Bernadina. In the Gold Medal Game, Spain's first trip to the finals since 1955, he hit leadoff for Spain and played short. He was 1 for 4 (with a hit off Lars Huijer) while handling 3 putouts and 3 assists and making no errors. In the 10th inning, he came up with two on and none out with a 2-2 tie and laid down a sacrifice successfully against Loek van Mil but Spain did not score and wound up losing. [5]

Guillorme also represented Spain at the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. He went 1 for 7 with two walks and a RBI, singling off Leonel Cespedes for his lone hit. [6] He played in 2017 for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, batting .283/.376/.331 with 70 runs and 72 walks while fielding .983 at 2B and .968 at SS. He was the toughest player to strike out in the Eastern League, with one K per 10.5 at-bats. [7] He was 6th in the EL in walks (between Austin Wynns and Kevin Taylor), 6th in runs and was second in walks (four behind Mike Ford). [8] He was named the EL All-Star second baseman. [9] He was also named team MVP. [10] After the season, he hit .289/.333/.356 for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League and played in the Rising Stars Game.

He opened 2018 with the Las Vegas 51s on a good note (.300/.394/.433 in 28 G). He was called up to the Mets to replace Tomas Nido on the roster. In his big league debut on May 11th, he pinch-ran for Wilmer Flores in the top of the 9th with a 1-0 deficit against the Philadelphia Phillies. He was not on the bases long as Michael Conforto homered on the fourth pitch to put New York ahead. Guillorme stayed in at third base but did not handle a chance in the field as the Mets won. [11] His next game, he got to the plate for the first time. Pinch-hitting for Jacob deGrom against the Phillies' Aaron Nola, he singled but was stranded. [12]

Notable Achievements[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. Newsday
  2. 2018 Mets Media Guide, pg. 129
  3. 2015 Baseball Almanac, pg. 391
  4. MILB.com, 2016 Baseball Almanac, pg. 384-385
  5. European Baseball Federation
  6. World Baseball Classic
  7. 2018 Mets Media Guide, pg. 129
  8. 2017 EL leaders at MILB.com
  9. MILB.com
  10. 2018 Mets Media Guide, pg. 129
  11. B-R boxscore for his debut
  12. B-R boxscore from the game he got his first hit

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