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    http://metsblog.com/metsblog/mets-in...g-league-camp/
    The Mets announced they have invited RHP’s Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni, C Juan Centeno, INF Josh Satin and OF Matt den Dekker to Major League Spring Training.

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    http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/art...r_nym&c_id=nym
    FLUSHING, N.Y. – The New York Mets today announced the club invited righthanded pitchers Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni, catcher Juan Centeno, infielder Josh Satin and outfielder Matt den Dekker to major league Spring Training.

    Montero, 22, went a combined 11-5 with a 2.36 ERA (32 earned runs/122.0 innings) and 110 strikeouts in 20 starts for Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League and St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League. The 6-2, 168-pound native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic went 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA (20 earned runs/71.1 innings) in 12 starts for the Sand Gnats and 5-2 with a 2.13 ERA (12 earned runs/50.2 innings) for the St. Lucie club. The Mets signed the righthander as a non-drafted free agent in 2011.

    Mazzoni, 23, split last season between St. Lucie and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League, making a combined 26 starts and earning a spot on the midseason Florida State League All-Star team. The 6-1, 190-pound native of Evans City, Pa. went 10-6 and compiled a 3.93 ERA (63 earned runs/144.1 innings) with a 104 strikeouts and 36 walks. The Mets selected the righthander in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

    Centeno, 23, hit .285 (80-281) with 12 doubles and 35 RBI in 79 games for Binghamton last season. The 5-9, 172-pound native of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, made his pro debut in 2007 with the Gulf Coast Mets. The Mets selected Centeno, who bats lefty and throws righty, in the 27th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

    Satin, 28, had one at-bat with the Mets last season, striking out in his only major league action. He spent the remainder of the season with Buffalo (AAA) of the International League, hitting .286 (126-441) with 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 131 games. The 6-2, 200-pound native of Hidden Hills, Calif. made his major league debut in 2011, hitting .200 (5-25) in 15 games with the Mets. The club selected Satin, who throws and bats righty, in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

    Den Dekker, 25, appeared in 135 games between Binghamton and Buffalo last season, hitting .274 (146-533) with a career high-tying 17 home runs and 76 RBI. The 6-1, 205-pound native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. who bats and throws lefty, hit two grand slams with the Bisons: August 6 at Syracuse and August 14 vs. Lehigh Valley. The Mets selected the outfielder in the fifth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

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    AdamRubinESPN Paul DePodesta is in the Dominican Republic, where MLB is hosting a prospect showcase for amateurs from Latin America and Caribbean. #mets


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    Juan Carlos Gamboa – .270/.390/.444/.834 (28 Games) 11 Runs, 5 RBI, 3 2Bs and 1 HR: J.C. Gamboa will be 22 in 2013 and he hasn’t played above the SSA (though he’s played in the AAA Mexican League a few times. He’s a smaller player who has good defense at 2B but he lacks the speed or power to be an impact in the big-leagues. It’s a good bet that he’ll progress through the minors as a backup IF but he’s not a factor as a prospect… sorry.

    Wilmer Flores – .272/.338/.410/.748 (52 Games) 23 Runs, 20 RBI, 10 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs: Flores has had a good offseason and will look to flourish in the PCL and within the positive hitting atmosphere of Las Vegas. The power and contact look to be in place, it’s 100% about his defense. The only glimmer of hope that he stays a Met is that Daniel Murphy might get hurt and open a role for Flores.

    Flores is developing a significant split:

    Vs. Left: .347/.418/.551/.969 (K/AB: 0.163)
    Vs. Right: .247/.311/.363/.674 (K/AB: 0.151)
    Juan Lagares – .315/.377/.352/.729 (24 Games) 8 Runs, 6 RBI, 2 2Bs: The good news? Lagares hits the baseball and gets on base. The bad news? Lagares plays the corner outfield and lacks both the impact speed and the power to legitimize a role on the team. The truth is that he’s rounding into an okay option for a 4th or 5th OF on a team that wants a pinch hitter but doesn’t need that pinch hitter to slug a ton.

    Dustin Lawley – .268/.286/.439/.725 (10 Games) 7 Runs, 9 RBI, 4 2Bs, 1 HR: Lawley is creeping his way into the radar as a legit prospect. He’s going to be 24 and only hitting advanced A but at the same time he plays a few positions (such as the OF and 3B). Averaging an OPS over .700 for his entire minor league career he is progressing to the point where he COULD eventually grow into a useful utility player.

    Francisco Pena – .271/.314/.419/.733 (43 Games) 16 Runs, 21 RBI, 10 2Bs, 3 HRs: Pena fell off the radar a while ago because of a history not succeeding above the rookie league but his numbers in 43 games of winter ball are good and will at least make me open my eyes for the beginning of 2013 where Pena will be struggling in AA. If Pena can continue to show this power then he might work his way back into relevance. Also the power is nice to see.

    Jordany Valdespin – .280/.402/.398/.800 (31 Games) 16 Runs, 7 RBI, 2 2Bs, 3 HRs, 18 BBs & 15 Ks: Valdespin hitting is not anything too impressive but it looks like he might have realized that if he learned to walk the Mets might need him to be the leadoff hitter. Valdespin’s numbers should have you pretty excited. Though I temper that notion with his general lack of maturity and tendency to wear hats of opposing teams. I’ll toss his name into both the outfield and bench races for Spring Training. If he could also manage to learn CF I’d say that Kirk Nieuwenhuis should watch his back.

    Cory Vaughn – .259/.388/.407/.795 (17 Games) 6 Runs, 7 RBI, 5 2Bs, 1 HR: I like Vaughn a lot and there is nothing in his 17 games to make me like him less but I want to see him be a little more consistent in 2013 or he’s going to have to do that. I can live with a .260 hitter who hits 30 HRs as long as he doesn’t hit .150 for a month at some point in every season.

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    I did not realize that Vaughn played winter ball, but more of the same from him, still needs to show more power.

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    Pena is another guy that can be seen in the future as d'Arnaud's back up going forward.

    Him, Centeno, Plawecki and Forsythe and possible Cordero will be options for that.

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    2013 Top 10 Major League Prospects – Baseball News Source

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    8. Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets

    The top catching prospect in baseball, d’Arnaud has now been traded twice for aces. First, he was shipped from Philadelphia to Toronto in the Roy Halladay deal, and this offseason he was packaged to the New York Mets for R.A. Dickey.

    The 23-year-old d’Arnaud boasts the rare combination of a catcher who is exceptional behind the plate (with his arm, agility and athleticism) and a run producer at the plate. In 2012, he hit .279/.380/.595/.975 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI in 279 at-bats at Triple-A Las Vegas. His season was shortened by a knee injury, but he is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    Pena is another guy that can be seen in the future as d'Arnaud's back up going forward.

    Him, Centeno, Plawecki and Forsythe and possible Cordero will be options for that.
    Are you discounting Cam Maron because of his defense? Do you see any role for him down the road. The kid can hit. High OBP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunbummin View Post
    Are you discounting Cam Maron because of his defense? Do you see any role for him down the road. The kid can hit. High OBP.
    The Mets have a good deal of strength at the catching position, but the lack of an above average catcher has meant that the Mets catching prospects weren't getting their due. Basically, catching in the MLB and minors is weak and the Mets would have developed a solid platoon at catcher. Now, with patience the Mets can deal from strength. While none of the farm hands are even close to d"Arnaud, offensively, he's actually the 4th best defensive catcher not because he very good, but Cordero, Pena and Centenno in that order are better. Even Forsythe might eventually be better. Maron's defense is solid and he handles pitchers. He's probably behind only Pena at handling pitchers.

    I think he'll hit enough to be at least a back up catcher. Pena could easily be better than many catchers who actually are starting. Fans are hard of Pena because he is slow to develop offense, but his contact ability and power potential combined with D and handling of pitchers really could make him better than a lot of catchers who have started such as Buck, Paulie, etc. Not mention better than Thole.

    Catching is really very weak at the moment. A lot of people overated Landon Powell because they didn't acknowledge the importance of making contact in hitting. Pena MAKES contact. Add that he can play D and there will be a lot of teams looking to steal Pena.

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    Prospect Watch: Top 10 catchers
    Jonathan Mayo By Jonathan Mayo | Archive 01/23/2013 10:00 AM ET

    1. Travis d'Arnaud, Mets: d'Arnaud was drafted 37th overall by the Phillies in 2007 and signed for $837,500. After being a key piece in the Roy Halladay trade in 2009, d'Arnaud was again traded, this time to the Mets as the main player in the R.A. Dickey deal in December. d'Arnaud is a rare catcher who has plus raw power, will hit for average and play good defense behind the plate. The only knock on him has been injuries, as he has played more than 75 games just twice since being drafted and missed much of last season with a torn ligament in his knee. If he can stay healthy, d'Arnaud has the potential to be one of the best catchers in the National League.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunbummin View Post
    Are you discounting Cam Maron because of his defense? Do you see any role for him down the road. The kid can hit. High OBP.
    Actually am not discounting him at all but am not sure he is more than a Thole type guy as of now. Obviously that could and will change if he continues to hit for a high average and continues to post a high walk rate and hits for more power.

    My opinion is that the Mets now have a legit #1 catching prospect and they have numerous other more defensive oriented guys in the system aside from Maron. The back up guy usually is a guy who is in the majors due to defense unless the team has a defensive guy starting and then they fill the back up role with a guy who could hit. I just think that if he remains to be a "Tholeesque" type guy others will get a shot before him.

    ...but am not discounting him by any means because if he improves on his throwing and power he could become a very intriguing catching prospect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    Actually am not discounting him at all but am not sure he is more than a Thole type guy as of now. Obviously that could and will change if he continues to hit for a high average and continues to post a high walk rate and hits for more power.

    My opinion is that the Mets now have a legit #1 catching prospect and they have numerous other more defensive oriented guys in the system aside from Maron. The back up guy usually is a guy who is in the majors due to defense unless the team has a defensive guy starting and then they fill the back up role with a guy who could hit. I just think that if he remains to be a "Tholeesque" type guy others will get a shot before him.

    ...but am not discounting him by any means because if he improves on his throwing and power he could become a very intriguing catching prospect.
    Maron is still young, and as his frame fills out he should develop some more power, but he'll never be a slugger. His ability to hit for average and to take a walk could make him a better than average offensive catcher. His glove seems to have improved as he has gained experience behind the plate, but his inability to throw out baserunners troubles me. He probably has a couple of years to get it right, though. Meanwhile, it looks like Pena and Centeno may be competing for the chance to back up d'Arnaud in 2014. I think Centeno has the edge, but Pena could surprise.
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    http://seedlingstostars.com/2013/01/...eurys-familia/
    Several pitching prospects made their Major League debuts in 2012 by walking through a bullpen door. Some have been relievers since the inception of their professional careers, others transitioned to the bullpen in the minors while many made that adjustment when they got their first call to the show. Paths of development aside, all bullpen prospects are likely to serve as relief pitchers for their parent clubs in 2013 and beyond. Here is a look at how Jeurys Familia did during his brief 2012 stint with the Mets and what his initial performances might tell us about his future.

    During an extended rain delay in Flushing, Queens on September 8, 2012, I was eating a slice of pizza in the runway between the Mets bullpen and their clubhouse. While taking refuge from the rain, I watched the Mets bullpen empty out as pitcher after pitcher walked through the tunnel towards their clubhouse. When Jeurys Familia walked by, I immediately noticed his impressive height and build. At 6’4” and 230 pounds, Familia’s physical makeup should allow Familia to sustain velocity as he matures.
    Jeurys Familia was developed in the Mets farm system as a starting pitcher up until his promotion to Queens in September of 2012. Familia’s relatively limited pitching repertoire, command issues, and minor league struggles as a starter all were indications that he might be best suited for a relief role. His debut with the Mets came in St. Louis. The first batter he faced was Lance Berkman whom he blew away with a 97 miles-per-hour four-seam fastball up in the zone. During his debut appearance, Ron Darling referred to Familia’s delivery as “strong” and “compact.” While Familia would sometimes struggle to find the strike zone, in five of his eight appearances Familia did not walk a single batter. During the twelve and a third innings of work in his first stint with New York, Familia allowed only one extra-base hit that would have been a single were it not for an ill-advised dive by Fred Lewis in left field.
    Although Familia’s fastball was consistently clocked between 94 and 97 miles-per-hour, the most impressive facet of Familia’s pitching was the movement on his two-seam fastball. This pitch sinks and sometimes incorporates an armside tilt as well. Familia executed this pitch perfectly to induce a third strike swing and miss by Juan Francisco with no one out and the bases loaded. His sinking fastball got double play grounders off the bats of left handed hitters Matt Carpenter and Alex Presley. Familia’s second best pitch is his slider. As with the fastball, Familia struggled to control his breaking pitches, which sat between 83 and 86. His breaking pitches broke either gloveside, downward, or even slightly armside. Facing Giancarlo Stanton in a four-inning start in October, Familia struck out Stanton twice relying heavily on a slider that broke away from the slugger. Familia also struck out Aramis Ramirez with a breaking pitch that broke straight down. Facing the left-handed batting Travis Snyder, Familia employed an armside slider effectively for a called strike setting up his fastball on his next offering. His advanced stuff allowed Familia to come back in counts and innings to get outs and keep runs off the board.
    Unless Familia vastly improves his change up, a pitch that flashed as mediocre, he seems destined to relieve. However, given the elite velocity and movement on his fastball and his solid slider, one might be mistaken to completely write off the idea of starting him at some point. The most recent reports have indicated that the Mets plan on utilizing Familia out of the pen going into 2013. Pitching in relief, Familia’s ability to keep hitters from barreling up his pitches could catapult him to an important role in the bullpen. Given the lack of well defined roles in the Mets relief corps, there might be an opportunity for Familia to pitch in high leverage situations with a chance to even close by the end of 2013 or in 2014.

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    I'm real excited to see Familia in the pen for a full season.

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    Wow! That "Seedlings to Stars" write-up makes Familia's 12.1 inning debut last year, where he had a 5.84 ERA and 1.541 WHIP with 6.6 BB/9 and only 7.3 K/9, sound positively Kimbrelesque.
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