Showing posts with label Baseball America. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baseball America. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Baseball America Names Mets Top Ten Prospects

Baseball America has announced its top 10 Mets prospects. The list:

1. Zack Wheeler, rhp
2. Matt Harvey, rhp
3. Brandon Nimmo, of
4. Jeurys Familia, rhp
5. Cesar Puello, of
6. Jenrry Mejia, rhp
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, of
8. Michael Fulmer, rhp
9. Reese Havens, 2b
10. Wilmer Flores, ss

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

BA's Jim Callis ranks the Mets Top 10 Prospects (including draft picks and recent trades)

Matt Harvey
Baseball America's Jim Callis has ranked the Top 10 Mets Prospects, including the latest draft picks and trades made by the Alderson regime.

Here they are:

1. Zack Wheeler, rhp
Not an easy call, but I'm taking Wheeler over Harvey because he has a higher ceiling.

2. Matt Harvey, rhp
Tore up high Class A, has struggled in Double-A during his first pro season.

3. Brandon Nimmo, of
Highest pick ever from Wyoming (No. 13) was one of draft's best athletes.

4. Jeurys Familia, rhp
Still throwing in mid-90s, has improved command after rough 2010 season.

5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, of
Not fair to call him an overachiever when he keeps producing everywhere he goes.

6. Jennry Mejia, rhp
System's No. 1 prospect entering 2011 had Tommy John surgery in May.

7. Cesar Puello, of
Having inconsistent year in high Class A, but still has five-tool potential.

8. Michael Fulmer, rhp
Fastball jumped to mid-90s, slider to mid-80s during high school senior year.

9. Jordany Valdespin, ss/2b
Enjoying breakout year with bat in Double-A, needs more defensive consistency.

10. Wilmer Flores, ss
Left field is best-case defensive scenario, and scouts are losing enthusiasm for his bat.

Friday, December 17, 2010

New York Mets #3 Rated Prospect According to Baseball America: Cesar Puello

If you’re a New York Mets fan, you might want to commit this name to memory for future reference: Cesar Puello.

At the fresh age of 19 years old, Puello has made his way to the top of the Mets farm system, most recently being named the Mets No. 3 top prospect by Baseball America.

Even though Puello wont make an impact on the team in the foreseeable future, he has the potential to become a star at the major league level in the Mets outfield, and here some reasons why:


For a young guy, Puello is bigger than most teens I’ve ever seen, excluding myself though. He’s listed at 6’2”, 195 lbs, but he plays like he much larger.

He has a ripped, muscular physique that will only fill out with age and experience at the professional level, and is said to possess above average speed, with a strong swing, and an above average arm from the right field.

He has shown a surge of power during batting practice, easily driving balls over the left –field wall, but at this stage in his career, he has yet to translate that swing to any games.

In the batter’s box

Since the beginning of the season, Cesar has reworked his swing with the help of the Savannah Sand Gnat coaching staff, and it seems to have been working for him.

Early in the year, Puello’s swing was a raw as it could get; leading the Gnats in broken bats symbolizing the amount of times he was getting jammed inside and hitting the ball off the label and not on the sweet spot.

He held his hands near the center of his chest with his shoulders slumped forward, creating too much time to get ready for the coming pitch. Standing this way, he had to bring his hands back loaded and his shoulders more relaxed before the pitch reached home plate, which is a lot to ask of a A league ball player.

In May, he re-tooled his swing by taking a little step off the plate, relaxing his shoulders and keeping his bat rested near his back shoulder. This created an easier opportunity for Puello to see the pitch and attack it accordingly.

In his first full seasons in the minors, Puello recorded a respectable .292 average, 22 doubles and a .734 OBP all gearing him for greater improvements in the future.

Baseball America's - 2011 Top 10 Mets Prospects

Here are your Top 10 Prospects from Baseball America:
Jenrry Mejia, rhp
2. Wilmer Flores, ss
3. Cesar Puello, of
4. Matt Harvey, rhp
5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, of
6. Reese Havens, 2b
7. Lucas Duda, of/1b
8. Fernando Martinez, of
9. Aderlin Rodriguez, 3b
10. Brad Holt, rhp

Scouts say:
Best Hitter for Average Wilmer Flores
Best Power Hitter Aderlin Rodriguez
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Brad Emaus
Fastest Baserunner ZeErika McQueen
Best Athlete Cesar Puello
Best Fastball Jenrry Mejia
Best Curveball Matt Harvey
Best Slider Jeurys Familia
Best Changeup Dillon Gee
Best Control Dillon Gee
Best Defensive Catcher Kai Gronauer
Best Defensive Infielder Wilfredo Tovar
Best Infield Arm Wilmer Flores
Best Defensive Outfielder Matt den Dekker
Best Outfield Arm Cesar Puello

Catcher Josh Thole
First Base Ike Davis
Second Base Reese Havens
Third Base David Wright
Shortstop Jose Reyes
Left Field Wilmer Flores
Center Field Angel Pagan
Right Field Cesar Puello
No. 1 Starter Johan Santana
No. 2 Starter Jenrry Mejia
No. 3 Starter Matt Harvey
No. 4 Starter Mike Pelfrey
No. 5 Starter Jon Niese
Closer Bobby Parnell
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