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NY Mets minor leagues

Posted on: August 25, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2010 11:40 pm
 


IMHO, this system is getting better under the watch of Krivsky and Collins, but is at best pedestrian. The Mets have some good prospects, but in the areas they need to address the most, they're sorely lacking. When you look at starting pitching, the bullpen and 2B there is a dearth of talent. Those areas must be addressed in 2011. The Mets need one, maybe 2 starters, a total overhaul of their pen and a 2B man. They have few options in the minors there. They do have some options in the OF though.

I've listed a few prospects that have been touted or have performed well. After each, I gave my take. Honestly, I do not believe there is much there that will help this team next year where it is most needed. I also believe a few prospects are that in name only.

Here's my take...


Minor leaguers to watch:

1. Kirk Niuewenhuis-This guy can hit and run. He has 17 HRS- 72 RBI-.282- 86RS- 13 SB. This guy could be the Mets CF/RF of the future. Right now, he's their #1 OF prospect. Unlike DL- Mart, he proves it on the field.

2. Jenrry Mejia-I put him #2 because of his failed MLB stint and that put him a year behind. He has great stuff, but is injury prone. I'd deal him for a pitcher like Zach Greinke or even Soria. I see him as a possible #3, but could be another Martinez in terms of failed potential. Right now, he's pitching well with a 2-0 mark and 2-1 K/BB ratio. However, the sample is very small. He's the Mets best trading chip.

3. Cory Vaughn- I love this kid's talent. He has the genes as well being Greg Vaughn's kid. Currently he's a tad sore but should remain playing, though likely as a DH. 12 HRS-44 RBI-.300-.538 SLG%-10 SB. I see this kid as a possible Met by 2012/2013.

4.Mark Cohoon- He was unreal @ A ball putting up eye-popping numbers(7-1.1.30-3CG-3SHO), but has cooled off @ AA(4-3 4.97-CG). Overall, 11-4-2.73- 4CG-3SHO- 122K's-30BB. The Mets #2 pitching prospect.


Others worth watching..


Josh Satin-1B/2B- Binghamton- He can hit. .324- 11HRS-72RBI in the minors this year. He's 25, so he needs to be here soon or dealt.


Lucas Duda-Lucas until this year, he was pretty pedestrian, but he's having an unreal year and could be Mets Minor League Player of the Year.  23HRS-87RBI-.309- .402 OBP-.590 SLG% Those are scary numbers. He's 24, but 6-5-240 lbs. He could be dealt as a RF/DH to an AL team like Oakland which always wants young talent. He may get a shot in 2011, but I doubt it. He should be here now.

 
Overrated:

Fernando"DL Mart"- Martinez -The guy never produces on-the-field, is always hurt and quite frankly hasn't a clue about how to play the game. The biggest bust since Alex Escobar. Deal him ASAP. If I hear one more time he's only 21, I'm going to wretch. He'll be 31 and they'll be saying the same thing.

Wilmer Flores- This kid did nothing in the minors until early 2010, when he was hitting .340. Now, he's down to.290 and fading. I'd deal him before he becomes DL-Mart. Some scouting reports have painted him as an average player. Another guy who you always here how young he is. That's become too convenient of an excuse for a lack of production.

Reese Havens- - Another guy who is always hurt and gets too much hype. He has power, but is a horrendous fielder. He also doesn't hit for average. They're trying to make him into a 2B man, but so far he's been hurt too much to see progress. He's another guy who can be moved for a Soria or Greinke. I'd deal him.

Jordanny Valdespin- He has speed but has 15 steals in 27 attempts. .285-6HRS- 35RBI is hardly impressive. He also has a .316 OBP. Seems like another light-hitting 2B man in the Tejada mold without Ruben's defense. Yawn. Again, move him for pitching if possible.



The Mets system has Brooklyn leading the NY Penn league and they're 20 over .500. That happens to be the team Wally Backman is managing(surprise, eh?). Savannah won their first half, but have been fading since. St.Lucie is struggling and Buffalo under Oberkfell's leadership has been solid. They're far better than 2009 where their top 2 farm teams had the worst and 3rd worst record in the entire minors. However, they're far from upper echelon. Years of neglect from Minaya, Bernazard and the Wilpon's spending little on international prospects has hurt them. The return of Krivsky and the promotion of Collins have helped. Those 2 are real professionals unlike Bernazard and Minaya. However, it will take 2-3 more good drafts and better managing and coaching to bring the system back to where he can really fortify the team. That can happen if the 2 remain in charge and the current GM is removed.


There are other prospects as well, but these are the ones most talked about. In later entries, I'll include those players.

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Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2010 1:41 pm
 

NY Mets minor leagues

I think you're being a tad hard on Jenrry.  His stuff is great and he'll get another chance to shine in September hopefully as a starter.  I think he'll be the #1 guy in a few years when Santana's gone but it's really too early to tell.  Why put him in the same category as F-Mart.  He wasn't that bad in the majors like F-Mart was.  Jenrry never looked like an idoit while F-Mart looked like a moron by falling on his face trying to catch a fly ball and forgetting to run on a pop-up that was dropped.  I'll bet F-Mart gets traded if Omar is fired.  He's a bigger loser than Lastings Milledge. Laughing

I like Mejia, but let's face it, he's been rushed and that's hurt his development. While here, he was fairly pedestrian going 0-2 and has about as many K's as BB's. I don't fault him for that, because he was miscast and misused. He was here due to Omar's inability to properly fill the pen once again. He also didn't impress @ AA last year going 0-5 with a 4.47 ERA. Those numbers don't speak #1 starter to me. That distinction falls upon the few who you can see by their on-field performance have it. Mejia has talent, so to me that puts him more in the Pelfrey, Niese category. I see both of them as #3 starters as well(if not #4). The comparison to DL-Mart is due to his injuries(last year and this year), his age, the hype and the fact he's rushed. I think he's a far, far, far better prospect.

DL-Mart isn't going to cost Omar his job(let's all "hope" he's gone), but rather the insane deals he gave Perez and Castillo. That resonates with ownership far more than a failed prospect who may have cost them a few million.

I was skeptical of the Flores hype just like you and I would have been willing to put him in a deal for Cliff Lee or Oswalt.  It's probably too early for even the pro scouts to tell how good he is because he's only in class A ball (I think).

As for Flores, this guy has some talent and has had a decent year(4HRS-34RBI-.297), but his power numbers and defense are far from impressive. Moving him to 2B may be better, but those numbers offensively aren't going to excite many. He's young(again, we'll hear that), but he dipped from well over .350 to where he is now. That's not a good sign when you tail off that much. If he ends strong, that would be a positive. A healthy Havens is ahead of him at that position already. Jordanny Valdespin is also ahead of him there.


Good to see the Cyclones doing well.  I wonder how much of their success is Backman's doing and how much is our young talent.  I'm very excited to see Corey Vaughn in the MLB one day because he can hit.  Do you know if they plan on moving him up to AA next year?



Vaughn is hitting very well(11 HRs-44RBI-.300), but is a tad banged up. I can see him starting the year in A ball(Savannah or St.Lucie), but if he hits like this year could be moved to Binghamton. There is talent there, but wherever Wally goes, his teams win. Hopefully, he'll be the Mets manager in 2011.

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Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2010 5:22 pm
 

NY Mets minor leagues

I think you're being a tad hard on Jenrry.  His stuff is great and he'll get another chance to shine in September hopefully as a starter.  I think he'll be the #1 guy in a few years when Santana's gone but it's really too early to tell.  Why put him in the same category as F-Mart.  He wasn't that bad in the majors like F-Mart was.  Jenrry never looked like an idoit while F-Mart looked like a moron by falling on his face trying to catch a fly ball and forgetting to run on a pop-up that was dropped.  I'll bet F-Mart gets traded if Omar is fired.  He's a bigger loser than Lastings Milledge. Laughing

I was skeptical of the Flores hype just like you and I would have been willing to put him in a deal for Cliff Lee or Oswalt.  It's probably too early for even the pro scouts to tell how good he is because he's only in class A ball (I think).

Good to see the Cyclones doing well.  I wonder how much of their success is Backman's doing and how much is our young talent.  I'm very excited to see Corey Vaughn in the MLB one day because he can hit.  Do you know if they plan on moving him up to AA next year?



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