A new report by T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN uncovers new names linked to the controversial biogenesis clinic in Miami. Among the names are top Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello. Documents obtained by ESPN indicate that both Puello paid the clinic $1,000 last March.
Puello is a client of ACES, a sports agency that has drawn much media attention over the past few weeks, with almost a dozen ACES clients being linked to the clinic:
Two of the five new named players, Puello, De Los Santos and Martinez, are clients of ACES, the sports agency owned by brothers Seth and Sam Levinson. The other two, Cabrera and Norberto, are former ACES clients. All told, 10 players identified as Biogenesis clients have ties to ACES, and most have been connected by sources or documents as having worked with Juan Carlos Nunez, who worked for ACES as a liaison to players. Seth and Sam Levinson have said they had no knowledge of Nunez’s extensive work with Biogenesis, and said he was temporarily employed by them as a contractor.
Puello, 21, is considered to have five-tool potential, and up until this year, was a consensus top ten Met prospect. However, he missed major time due to injury this season, hitting .260 with four home runs and 19 stolen bases in 66 games with St. Lucie.
Among the other names uncovered by ESPN are former Mets phenom Fernando Martinez, now playing for the Houston Astros, and Evereth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres, who led the National league in stolen bases last season with 44.