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    Mets 2012-2013 Prospects Listings

    MBL.COM - Joe Mayo's after season top 20 list

    Zack Wheeler
    Rank: 1
    ETA: 2013
    Position: RHP
    Age: 22, DOB: 05/30/1990
    Bats: L, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 4", Weight: 185
    Drafted: 2009, 1st (6) - SF
    Wheeler, who came to the Mets from the Giants in the Carlos Beltran trade in 2011, can run his heavy fastball into the mid-90s consistently. His main breaking ball is a curve that has improved to the point of being another potentially plus pitch. Wheeler’s changeup has continued to develop well and gives him another option. He’s struggled with command in the past, though his walk rate plummeted in the second half of 2011 and continued to fall in 2012. A fingernail problem he had in 2010 seems to be a thing of the past and Wheeler was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo on August 4.
    Travis d'Arnaud
    Rank: 2
    ETA: 2013
    Position: C
    Age: 23,
    DOB: 02/10/1989
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195
    Drafted: 2007, 1st (37) - PHI
    Ranked No. 11 on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list and No. 1 on the Blue Jays' Top 20 at the time he was traded as part of a package for R.A. Dickey, d'Arnaud is the best catching prospect in the game. He knows what it’s like to be involved in a deal for an ace, having previously gone to Toronto from Philadelphia for Roy Halladay. The backstop has the skills to be an outstanding all-around everyday catcher at the big league level, and he’s just about ready to test them out. Agile and athletic behind the plate, d’Arnaud also has a good arm to help control the running game. The bat really started to come around in 2011 and continued in '12, as d'Arnaud showed the ability to hit for average and power. The only thing that has held him back is injuries, with a knee injury cutting his '12 short and perhaps keeping him from a callup to the big leagues. Assuming health, he should be ready to take over in New York very soon.
    Noah Syndergaard
    Rank: 3
    ETA: 2014
    Position: RHP
    Age: 20, DOB: 08/29/1992
    Bats: L, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 5", Weight: 200
    Drafted: 2010, 1st (38) - TOR
    Syndergaard was No. 83 on the MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list and No. 3 on the Blue Jays’ Top 20 at the time of the trade that sent him to New York. The young right-hander had an outstanding full-season debut as he pick was a Midwest League All-Star, finishing third in the league in strikeouts and would have been fourth in ERA had he thrown enough innings to qualify. A hard thrower, Syndergaard is much more than arm strength. The 2010 supplemental first-round does get his fastball into the upper 90s and commands it fairly well. His power breaking ball has the chance to be above-average as it becomes more consistent, and his changeup should also be above average or better. With a strong and projectable frame, he has all the tools to be a frontline starter in the future. All he needs are innings and experience to get there.
    Jeurys Familia
    Rank: 4
    ETA: 2012
    Position: RHP
    Age: 22, DOB: 10/10/1989
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 4", Weight: 230
    Signed: July 13, 2007 - NYM
    As the strikeout rate attests, Familia has one of the best power arms in the Mets’ system. He runs his fastball easily into the upper 90s. He’s still more arm strength than anything else, but his success at upper levels shows that his secondary pitches are improving. Familia’s breaking ball should be an average pitch and his changeup, while clearly his third pitch, can keep hitters honest at times. He improved his walk rate and the hope is his overall command will continue to get better. The Mets gave him a chance to show his stuff in the Majors in 2012, where he made his debut on September 4.
    Wilmer Flores
    Rank: 5
    ETA: 2013
    Position: 3B
    Age: 21, DOB: 08/06/1991
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190
    Signed: Aug. 6, 2007 - NYM
    After 2011, it would be easy to look at Flores' numbers and feel like he'd been disappointing, especially for a highly touted prospect. He quieted doubters in 2012, however, hitting well at the Class A Advanced level and earning a mid-season promotion to Double-A, all at the age of 20. He still has things to learn, particularly in the plate discipline department, but he rarely strikes out and has begin to tap into his power. A shortstop for the first few years of his career, Flores has played all around the infield in 2012, focusing on third base. This has been a big year for Flores, who started turning potential into performance.
    Brandon Nimmo
    Rank: 6
    ETA: 2014
    Position: OF
    Age: 19, DOB: 03/27/1993
    Bats: L, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 3", Weight: 185
    Drafted: 2011, 1st (13) - NYM
    Known in the past as a fairly conservative organization in the Draft, the Mets went off that script when they selected Nimmo in the first round of 2011. The high schooler was one of the best stories of the Draft, the first-ever first-round pick from Wyoming. Story aside, Nimmo can flat-out play. A premium athlete, he has the chance to be an outstanding hitter, with power, from the left side of the plate. He has excellent speed and is a pretty good outfielder. It would be easy to think someone coming from Wyoming would be a bit raw, but don’t be surprised if Nimmo can move faster than people initially anticipated.
    Gavin Cecchini
    Rank: 7
    ETA: 2016
    Position: SS
    Age: 18, DOB: 12/22/1993
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180
    Drafted: 2012, 1st (12) - NYM
    Cecchini joined his brother Garin, a 2010 draftee of the Red Sox, in the pro game when the Mets took him in the first round. While Garin might have more pop, Garin has more speed and should be able to stay up the middle defensively. He has a quick swing and extends well, making consistent hard contact. He has gap power now and he’s a basestealing threat thanks to his speed and his outstanding instincts. That helps him defensively as well, allowing his average arm and range to play up. Some think he’ll be a second baseman when all is said and done, though the Mets sent him out as a shortstop to the Appalachian League for his summer debut and there won’t be any plans to move him any time soon.
    Cesar Puello
    Rank: 8
    ETA: 2013
    Position: OF
    Age: 21, DOB: 04/01/1991
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195
    Signed: July 2, 2007 - NYM
    The Mets are often aggressive in moving their international prospects up the ladder quickly, and Puello seems to be responding. His bat really stands out and the power many projected from him has started to show up. It will come even more as he learns to recognize pitches better. Puello has very good speed, and as he learns the game more, he should provide at least some basestealing ability. He has played both center and right field and it’s the latter that will most likely be his home. He has the arm, and the future bat, to profile well there. Puello missed nearly two months of 2012 with a broken left hamate bone in late May and a hamstring injury in late July, but he returned to action on August 4.
    Reese Havens
    Rank: 9
    ETA: 2013
    Position: 2B
    Age: 25, DOB: 10/20/1986
    Bats: L, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 1", Weight: 195
    Drafted: 2008, 1st (22) - NYM
    When he was drafted out of the University of South Carolina in 2008, the hope was Havens would be a college player who'd move quickly. Injuries have been the biggest obstacle, with Havens playing over 61 games for just the first time in four seasons in 2012. In previous years Havens had shown a good approach at the plate and a solid all-around bat, although he struggled a bit in Double-A in 2012. Still, he's played well at second after being a shortstop in college and if he can stay on the field he could be ready for New York soon.
    Michael Fulmer
    Rank: 10
    ETA: 2015
    Position: RHP
    Age: 19, DOB: 03/15/1993
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 3", Weight: 200
    Drafted: 2011, 1st (44) - NYM
    As the third-best high-school pitcher in Oklahoma in 2011, Fulmer didn’t get much attention, what with fellow Sooners Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley going in the top 10 of the Draft. But Fulmer has good stuff of his own, a power arm who can crank it up into the mid-to-upper 90s, and he has shown that in his first full season. He throws a hard slider along with it and he’ll work to develop a changeup. He has a bulldog mentality on the mound and goes right after hitters. Fulmer needs some polish, but if it all comes together, that power arsenal will look very good in the Mets’ rotation one day.
    Rafael Montero
    Rank: 11
    ETA: 2015
    Position: RHP
    Age: 21, DOB: 10/17/1990
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170
    Signed: Jan. 20, 2011 - NYM
    Montero went from the Dominican Summer League to the Gulf Coast League before making stops in the Appalachian and New York-Penn Leagues to finish off a very successful first season as a professional. He picked up 2012 where he left off, excelling in the South Atlantic League and earning a promotion to Class A Advanced St. Lucie after 12 starts. The Dominican right-hander has the chance to have a good three-pitch mix with his fastball, curve and changeup, though the secondary pitches need work behind his fastball. He is advanced in that he commands all of his pitches and can throw all of them for strikes. After reaching an innings limit set by the Mets organization, Montero was shut down on August 11.
    Domingo Tapia
    Rank: 12
    ETA: 2015
    Position: RHP
    Age: 20, DOB: 12/16/1991
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 4", Weight: 186
    Signed: Dec. 16, 2009 - NYM
    Tapia has plenty of projection and already possesses a plus-plus fastball, one that has touched triple digits at times. He throws it with a lot of sink and commands it fairly well, generating a good amount of ground balls as a result. His secondary stuff isn’t close to his heater, though his curve and changeup have a chance to be decent pitches down the line. He has a long way to go, but it’s hard not to like his upside.
    Juan Lagares
    Rank: 13
    ETA: 2013
    Position: OF
    Age: 23, DOB: 03/17/1989
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 1", Weight: 175
    Signed: May 5, 2006 - NYM
    Since signing at age 16 out of the Dominican, Lagares had moved slowly up the Mets’ ladder. He played at two levels in 2011 and actually hit for a higher average in Double-A, but he struggled to repeat that success at the same level in 2012. He makes consistent contact and doesn’t strike out much, but he also doesn’t walk and doesn’t profile to have too much power. A converted infielder, Lagares has done well in the outfield, even if his bat doesn’t profile perfectly for a corner spot.
    Matt Den Dekker
    Rank: 14
    ETA: 2013
    Position: OF
    Age: 25, DOB: 08/10/1987
    Bats: L, Throws: L
    Height: 6' 1", Weight: 205
    Drafted: 2010, 5th (152) - NYM
    After struggling with Double-A pitching at the end of 2011, the 2010 senior sign took advantage of his second stint at the level in 2012, batting .340 and slugging .563 in 58 games with Binghamton. Den Dekker earned a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo in mid-June and once against saw his production fall during his first look at a higher level. To be an everyday outfielder, he’ll have to be more consistent with the bat, but he has the potential to do so. If not, he still has a future as a very good fourth outfielder.
    Cory Mazzoni
    Rank: 15
    ETA: 2014
    Position: RHP
    Age: 22, DOB: 10/19/1989
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 1", Weight: 190
    Drafted: 2011, 2nd (71) - NYM
    The Mets moved Mazzoni into a starting role in 2012, after using him in relief during his pro debut. He hasn’t fared as well as a starter, struggling with command and striking out fewer batters. The North Carolina State product has an excellent fastball, a curve and a splitter. He throws strikes, maintains velocity deep into starts and has a pretty clean delivery. The Mets know, though, that if starting doesn’t work out, it looks like he could move very quickly as a power-armed reliever. The Mets have continued to challenge him, promoting him to Double-A Binghamton in mid-June.
    Wilfredo Tovar
    Rank: 16
    ETA: 2014
    Position: SS
    Age: 21, DOB: 08/11/1991
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 5' 10", Weight: 160
    Signed: Oct. 12, 2007 - NYM
    Known initially for his defensive prowess as a shortstop, Tovar has steadily improved his offensive game to make him a more intriguing all-around prospect. He’s played both second and short in the Minors, but he would have no problem playing shortstop every-day defensively, with outstanding rang and a strong arm. His hitting remains a work in progress, but he’s shown an ability to make contact, not strike out and even draw a few walks. He’s never going to hit for much power, but his glove and his contact skills should allow him to keep climbing the ladder. He reached Double-A in 2012 at age 20.
    Kevin Plawecki
    Rank: 17
    ETA: 2015
    Position: C
    Age: 21, DOB: 02/26/1991
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 2", Weight: 205
    Drafted: 2012, 1st (35) - NYM
    In a year a bit weak for catching, especially from the college ranks, Plawecki rose up Draft boards and landed in the supplemental first round. He’s an offensive-minded backstop who makes a lot of contact. At Purdue, he used a short stroke that allowed him to stay in the center of the field. That contact-first approach kept him from showing much power, but he has some strength that could relate to more pop in the future. Defensively, he doesn’t have a great arm, but the rest of his work behind the plate is more than fine. He knows how to call a game, has good hands and is fairly agile. He should be able to stay behind the plate and his bat should allow him to be a regular down the road.
    Matthew Reynolds
    Rank: 18
    ETA: 2015
    Position: 3B
    Age: 21, DOB: 12/03/1990
    Bats: R, Throws: RHeight: 6' 1", Weight: 200
    Drafted: 2012, 2nd (71) - NYM
    Reynolds came to Arkansas as a shortstop, but got hurt as a freshman. His following two years of college, he largely played third and showed good defensive skills there. The Mets, though, moved him back to shortstop to begin his professional career and his bat does profile better there. He’s more of a line-drive, gap type hitter than the prototypical power guy you like to see at the hot corner, but he should hit for average with a good approach at the plate. He runs well and can steal a base here and there. While he doesn’t have outstanding range, his hands, feet and arm could work long-term up the middle.
    Juan Urbina
    Rank: 19
    ETA: 2015
    Position: LHP
    Age: 19, DOB: 05/31/1993
    Bats: L, Throws: L
    Height: 6' 2", Weight: 170
    Signed: July 2, 2009 - NYM
    The son of former big league reliever Ugueth Urbina, the lefty hasn’t put up the prettiest numbers in three summers, but he’s still shown flashes of his very high upside. He has a great arm and the chance to have a very exciting three-pitch mix. In 2012, he didn’t start pitching until late June, when he joined the Brooklyn Cyclones bullpen in the short season New York-Penn League. After just five innings, he left for rookie-level Kingsport, where he continued to pitch in relief.
    Cory Vaughn
    Rank: 20
    ETA: 2014
    Position: OF
    Age: 23, DOB: 05/01/1989
    Bats: R, Throws: R
    Height: 6' 3", Weight: 225
    Drafted: 2010, 4th (122) - NYM
    Another prospect with Major League bloodlines, the son of Greg Vaughn started out well in his full-season debut in 2011, making the South Atlantic League All-Star team and earning a promotion. Things didn’t go as well in the Florida State League as his averages across the board plummeted, but he started to right the ship in 2012 during his second stint in High A ball, adding some power to the mix. He still has the skills -- some power, some speed -- to profile as a toolsy right fielder, but he’ll have to prove a mastery of the level at before moving on.
    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/...x.jsp?c_id=nym


    In Mayo's top 100 MLB Prospects the Mets had 2 guys.

    #6-Zack Wheeler

    #11-Travis d'Arnaud

    #83-Noah Syndegaard

    #97-Jeurys Familia

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/y2012/
    Last edited by Sick Of It All; 02-04-2013 at 04:17 PM.

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