Mar 9, 2019

Mets Infielder: Luis Guillorme (2018-2019)

Luis Miguel Guillorme Gonzales was born September 27th, 1994 in Caracas, Venezuela. The five foot, tem infielder is nicknamed Luismi. As a youngster he held dual citizenships in Venezuela & Spain. As a child with his toddler brother in the car & his cousin driving, they were carjacked at gunpoint. 

Quotes- Guillorme: "I had no buisness being outside, you can be outside & somebody can rob you for a pair of shoes. If you have something nice over there you can get in trouble for that. So you'd rather stay inside."

His father knocked down a wall to make two small rooms a large one. It was there that Guillorme practiced, for hours a day, with a baseball & became so good with his hands. His childhood baseball hero was Omar Vizuel.
 
Eventually his family moved to Davie, Florida. He no longer had the room to throw the ball off the wall, but his parents bought him a batting cage for the yard. There he attended Coral Springs charter school & was a stand out baseball player.

He was drafted by the New York Mets, in the tenth round of the 2013 draft, mainly for his outstanding defensive skills. The infielder is not a power hitter, hitting just five career minor league homers in 2021 at bats. In 2015 he did hit .318 at A ball Savannah & .283 at AA Binghamton in 2017.

In 2018 the Mets gave him a chance, as he was brought up when Tomas Nido was optioned to Las Vegas. 

He made his debut on May 11th, as a 9th inning pinch runner. He scored the games tying run as Devin Morasco hit a two run game winning HR. Two days later, Guillorme collected a hit as a pinch hitter, in his first official at bat. Both games were at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. 

On May 15th he drove in his first run, in a 12-2 Mets win at Citi Field over the Toronto Blue Jays. He saw steady action through out May, highlighted by collecting four hits & three RBIs in a day / night doubleheader split in Atlanta. He then struggled in June & was sent down after batting just .172 up to that point. He returned briefly in late July, early August. 

In 35 games he saw action at third (14 games) & second base (8 games) making just one error in 30 chances. He batted .209 with 5 RBIs & two triples. At AAA Las Vegas he batted .304 in 69 games.

Guillorme was invited to Spring Training 2019 where he was 4-8 with a walk in his first five games. He also sported one of the best beards in Florida Spring Training 2019.

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