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.
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.