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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ranking the Mets Top Prospects

The New York Mets' farm system has improved over the years, and it looks like they have a handful of players that can help them in the future. People have their own opinions on who the top prospects are, and where they rank. Here is where I rank the Mets top 20 Prospects.

On the out Looking In:

Jenrry Mejia, RHP. Mejia got his feet wet in the majors a couple of years ago, but was shut down with an injury, and had Tommy John surgery. He is a flame thrower, but has struggled this year. He probably should be in the top 20, but so many guys have improved, and he is still getting back to form from the surgery. Next season, I expect to him to be tremendous, and be with the Mets before the season's end.

Reese Havens, 2B. So far, Havens has been a total bust since being taken in the first round in 2008. Injuries have killed him, and when he has played, he has not delivered. Many people still have Havens on their prospect list, but I have no idea why. The guy will be 26 this October, and a lot of guys in the farm system at his position are performing. Maybe he can turn it around, but I don't see it happening.

Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B. A right handed power hitter who has recently been promoted to St.Lucie. He has a nice feel for the game, and is a force to be reckoned to be with at the plate. By next year, Aderlin will definitely be a top 15 prospect.

Akeel Morris, RHP. Morris has been pitiful this season, but you can't give up after one bad season. He is 0-6, with a 10.87 ERA. You just hope he can forget about this year, and re-group next season. He has good stuff, he just needs to make it happen.

Phillip Evans, SS. Evans has had a quietly nice season for the Brooklyn Cyclones. He doesn't really do anything wrong. He isn't going to blow you away, but he does the little things right. He is still very young, and needs time to develop.

20) Jefry Marte, 3B. The once highly touted prospect has struggled the past couple seasons in A-Ball. He has picked it up a bit this year in Binghamton. If he reaches the potential he has, he can easily be a reliable big league player. Ceiling: Major League Starter

19) Danny Munno, SS. A very tough middle infielder who has shown he can do a little bit of everything. Although he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs this past May and was suspended for 50 games, he is still having a nice year in the Florida State League. Ceiling: Utility Man

18) Darrel Ceciliani, OF. Although he has not shown it this year, Ceciliani has very good speed which makes him a base stealing threat. This is someone who hit 13 triples in the New-York Penn League, which is a shortened season. Ceiling: Leadoff Hitter

17) Matt Den Dekker, OF. A great defensive outfielder who has shown he can handle the bat. Since being promoted to Triple-A, he has been struggling offensively, but that will pick up with more at bats. Ceiling: Solid fourth outfielder

16) Cory Mazzoni, RHP. Mazzoni has been very consistent since being drafted. He has three solid pitches, and maintains his velocity throughout the game. He could be a mid-season call up next year, or a September call up depending where the Mets are at. Personally I see him as a very effective closer, but I don' think the Mets will go in that direction. Ceiling: Good 5th starter/ Long Reliever

15) Darin Gorski, LHP. The tall lefty has a very good off-speed pitch, and has proven to be reliable. He is capable of starting, but I think he is more of a reliever who can occasionally make a start if someone is injured. I think he can make a very nice compliment to Josh Edgin in the bullpen next year. Ceiling: Reliable Lefty Specialist

14) Kevin Plawecki, C. The Purdue product is an offensive minded catcher who has the potential to be an RBI Machine. He is your typical tough nosed catcher that pitchers love to have behind the plate. The Mets are in dying need of a catcher, and hopefully Plawecki can move through the minors quickly. Ceiling: Starting Catcher

13) Cory Vaughn, OF. The son of former major leaguer Mo Vaughn has struggled greatly in the Florida State League, this year only hitting .239.  He has shown some pop, and pretty good speed. I seem him as a guy who could pan out has a decent pinch hitter, as well as a pinch runner. Ceiling: Utility Man

12) Juan Lagares, OF. Lagares bursted onto the radar in 2011 when he flat out bullied the Florida State League pitchers. That earned him a promotion to Double-A where he played even better. This year hasn't been quite like last year, but still very productive. The guy can flat out fly, but he needs to be more patient at the plate, because he does not walk much. Ceiling: Starting corner outfielder

11) Juan Urbina, LHP. Urbina also has major league bloodlines. His father Ugueth Urbina was a two time all star who pitched in the league for ten years. Urbina isn't pitching all that well, but the good news is that he is only 19. He has a very good arm and if he continues to develop his pitches, Urbina can be a nice addition to the bullpen. Ceiling: Reliable Set-Up Man

10) Domingo Tapia, RHP. His fastball hits triple digits at times, which is by far his best pitch. He needs work on his secondary pitches, which will take time to polish. If he can develop his other pitches as effective as his fastball, watch out! The sky is the limit for this kid. Ceiling: Top-Middle of the rotation Starting pitcher

9) Michael Fulmer, RHP. Throws a powerful slider, with a fastball that can get into the mid 90's. Despite being drafted in the first round, Fulmer was a little overlooked. He is not afraid of any hitter, and he will make you hit his stuff. I like his arm, and over the next few years he is going to improve his secondary pitches. Ceiling: Solid middle of the rotation starter.

8) Rafael Montero, RHP. Montero has loads of potential, and has had pretty good command this season. His pitches obviously need some work, but so far he has been very successful in the minors. If his pitches can come together, I think he has a chance to be good player for a long time. Ceiling: Starting Pitcher

7) Gavin Cechinni, SS. The Mets 2012 first round pick out of Lake Charles, Louisiana is far from the majors, but is still one of their top prospects. He has nice gap to gap power, and very good range at shortstop. I see him being a 20 plus stolen base guy who gets on base a whole lot. As of right now, Ruben Tejada looks like the shortstop of the future, so Cechinni could eventually move to second. Or Tejada can move to second because thats where his arm is better suited anyway. I see Tejada and Cechinni being a nice middle infield tandem. Ceiling: All Star middle infielder

6) Cesar Puello, OF. Puello is an international signing who has many good qualities. He has a strong arm in the outfield, nice speed, and a pretty good bat. The power will come eventually come. Puello has been struggling, but that is no reason to get defeated because he is still very young.The tools are there, and the Mets just hope he can become the player they think he can be. Ceiling: All Star Outfielder

5) Wilmer Flores, 3B. It seems like Wilmer Flores has been on these prospects lists forever, and he has. Probably because the team signed him when he was just 16 years old. He is only 21, and has come along nicely. He is in Double-A now, and I expect him to be with the Mets within the next two years. Assuming the Mets lock up Wright, Flores will have to move to a different position. He has proven to be versatile defensively, and has a nice feel up at the plate. Ceiling: Starting Infielder

4) Brandon Nimmo, OF. Nimmo is one of my favorite prospects in the Mets organization. I think he can be a five-tool player. He has exceptional speed, and is reliable defensively. Nimmo was greatly overlooked because he comes from Wyoming. If he played baseball elsewhere, I think he would of have been a top-5 pick. Ceiling: All Star Centerfielder. For more on Brandon Nimmo, check out my article here: http://network.yardbarker.com/mlb/article_external/a_diamond_in_the_rough_brandon_nimmo/11372335

3) Jeurys Familia, RHP. Familia is another power arm in the Mets farm system, and constantly hits the upper-90's. However, he has been very inconsistent this year in Triple-A. His overall command needs work, but at times, he has proven to be dominant. Most people think he is a starter, but I personally think he is better suited for a closer role. He has electric stuff, and I think he can pan out to have the same impact Craig Kimbrel is having on the Braves. Ceiling: Dominant Closer

2) Matt Harvey, RHP. Although Harvey is pitching in the big leagues now, and has pitched quite well, he is still considered a prospect. He has overpowering stuff, and his strikeout numbers will always be high. He has a pretty good off-speed pitch, and a decent breaking-ball. His curveball is flat sometimes, but he has time to work on that. Clearly, Matt Harvey belongs in the majors. Ceiling: All Star #2 pitcher

1.) Zack Wheeler, RHP. Clearly the Mets #1 prospect, Wheeler hits the mid-90's on a regular basis, and can freeze hitters with his off-speed stuff. He tends to walk a lot of batters, but his command will get better. Sandy Alderson swapped Carlos Beltran for Zack Wheeler last spring, and this deal was clearly won by the Mets. Beltran played there for two months, then fled to St.Louis. Wheeler is on the way up, and very soon will be pitching in the majors. Ceiling: All Star Ace

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