Aug 11, 2019

Mets Infielder: Luis Guillorme (2018-2019)

Luis Miguel Guillorme Gonzales was born September 27th, 1994 in Caracas, Venezuela. The five foot, ten, infielder is nicknamed Luismi. As a youngster he held dual citizenships in Venezuela & Spain.

Drama: When Luis was a child he went with his cousin for a drive with & his toddler brother along for the ride as well. They were carjacked at gunpoint. 
 
Quotes- Guillorme: "I had no business 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 made a playing area for him to practice baseball by knocking down a wall making two rooms, one large area. It was there he spent his days, practicing & getting good with his hands  to become the fine defensive infielder he is. 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 back 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, 2018 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.

He was with the club in April seeing limited action for his fine defense. He then spent two months at AAA Syracuse, playing 69 games batting an impressive .307 with 7 HRs & 32 RBIs.

He saw action in five games with the Mets in July & then got called back up when Robinson Cano went down with a pulled hamstring. He enjoyed playing in the midst of the Mets 115 of 16 game win streak, contributing in a career moment on Saturday August 10th.

With the Mets down 3-2 to the Nationals in the 8th inning, Luis pinch hit for Juan Lagares facing veteran 42 year old pitcher, Fernando Rodney.

Guillorme shocked everyone, blasting a HR to right field, tying the game which the Mets went on to win, continuing their eight game win streak. It was his first career HR in 100 at bats.

Keeping a modest straight face as he rounded the bases, he electrified the crowd & his team mates as they greeted him in the dugout.

Quotes- Luis Guillorme: "That was great for me and it helped the team, too. If we're down one or five, we just know somebody is going to pick it up. Especially since the crowd, it helps out a lot when you have that energy out there. It just makes it easier,"

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