Mr. Sparkle If you follow the Mets minor leagues at all it's amazing how many top prospects go through the system and are made out to be the next great ballplayer. "Little" Ricky Otero was one of them. And like so many of the others, he was a bust. A great minor leaguer who couldn't cut it in the show. There's a ton of guys like Ricky out there who never pan out.
August 23, 2001 The Phillies laughed at the Mets when they acquired Otero for light hitting Phil Geisler. Neither players panned out, Geisler couldn't hit the curve, and Otero we will just leave it at that.
June 26, 2002 All I remember about him was that he was really really small.
November 20, 2013 Looking over the "Least Popular" list of Mets and I ran into Ricky Otero. Ricky Otero was the kind of player that drives me crazy. He had one skill which was that he was relatively fast. He could not hit a lick and I doubt any of his hits for the Mets made it to the outfield. I remember him more from his time with the Phillies where he may have even started for a while. A poor man's (ok, a REALLY poor man's) Vince Coleman.