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    Baseball America's top 10 list (updated to have the top 31 post 69)-top 100 post #90

    1. Zack Wheeler, rhp
    2. Gavin Cecchini, ss
    3. Brandon Nimmo, of
    4. Luis Mateo, rhp
    5. Rafael Montero, rhp
    6. Wilmer Flores, 3b/2b
    7. Michael Fulmer, rhp
    8. Jeurys Familia, rhp
    9. Domingo Tapia, rhp
    10. Cory Mazzoni, rhp


    “Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women, and Irish whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.”
    - Tug McGraw, on his plans for his $75,000 salary

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    I'm surprised Cecchini and Nimmo are that high up already.

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    BEST TOOLS

    Best Hitter for Average Wilmer Flores

    Best Power Hitter Aderlin Rodriguez

    Best Strike Zone Discipline Danny Muno

    Fastest Baserunner Alonzo Harris

    Best Athlete Bradley Marquez

    Best Fastball Domingo Tapia

    Best Curveball Zack Wheeler

    Best Slider Luis Mateo

    Best Changeup Darin Gorski

    Best Control Rafael Montero

    Best Defensive Catcher Albert Cordero

    Best Defensive Infielder Wilfredo Tovar

    Best Infield Arm Aderlin Rodriguez

    Best Defensive OF Matt den Dekker

    Best Outfield Arm Cesar Puello


    “Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women, and Irish whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.”
    - Tug McGraw, on his plans for his $75,000 salary

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    PROJECTED 2016 LINEUP
    Catcher Kevin Plawecki
    First Base Ike Davis
    Second Base Gavin Cecchini
    Third Base David Wright
    Shortstop Ruben Tejeda
    Left Field Wilmer Flores
    Center Field Brandon Nimmo
    Right Field Cory Vaughn
    No. 1 Starter Zack Wheeler
    No. 2 Starter Matt Harvey
    No. 3 Starter R.A. Dickey
    No. 4 Starter Jon Niese
    No. 5 Starter Rafael Montero
    Closer Luis Mateo


    “Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women, and Irish whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.”
    - Tug McGraw, on his plans for his $75,000 salary

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    Even as individual Mets players achieve franchise milestones, the club has remained mired in fourth place in the National League East for the past four seasons. Win totals have diminished each year since 2010, dropping from 79 to 77 down to 74.

    New York's salary expenditures and attendance continue to drop as well. Its Opening Day payroll has plummeted from $149 million in 2009 to $93 million in 2012, while Citi Field attendance has fallen from 3.2 million to 2.2 million in the same period.

    The Mets may begin bidding for impact free agents again following the 2013 season, after which Jason Bay and Johan Santana come off the books. Then again, they may not, given the financial difficulties faced by owner Fred Wilpon, who took a $162 million hit because of his involvement with Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff.

    Amid the gloom, Mets players delivered a number of high points in 2012. Santana threw the first no-hitter in the 51-year history of the franchise on June 1, though it required 134 pitches and he was ineffective afterward.

    Signed as a minor league free agent in 2009, R.A. Dickey tossed back-to-back one-hitters in June, led the NL in strikeouts (230) and innings (234), and became the first knuckleballer to win a Cy Young Award.

    David Wright, the last impact player developed by the Mets, established franchise career marks for runs, hits, RBIs and walks. He'll add more records after the club signed him to an eight-year, $138 million extension in December.

    The arrival of Matt Harvey in late July served as perhaps the brightest spot for the Mets' future. The seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, Harvey struck out 11 Diamondbacks over 5 1⁄3 shutout innings in his debut. He ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Triple-A International League—and might have done the same on this list had he still qualified—and ranked fourth among major league starters in fastball velocity (94.7 mph) and first in slider velocity (88.4 mph) among those with at least 50 innings.

    The Mets have several holes to fill after ranking 12th in the NL in scoring and 10th in runs allowed in 2012. They have hope on the mound if Harvey and righthander Zack Wheeler, the system's best prospect, fulfill their potential as frontline starters.

    A lack of blue-chip position prospects clouds New York's future lineup possibilities, however. Its best upper-level hitter is infielder Wilmer Flores, but he may not have enough power or defensive chops to profile as a long-term starter at any position.

    Mets domestic farm clubs finished with a cumulative winning record for the third straight season, with the pitching staffs at high Class A St. Lucie, low Class A Savannah and short-season Brooklyn serving as particular highlights. All three units led their leagues in ERA, WHIP and K-BB ratio while featuring the bulk of the system's most promising arms, including Luis Mateo, Rafael Montero and Michael Fulmer.

    Though the Mets sought to cut costs by going without an entry in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2012, they'll reverse course in 2013 and continue to invest in player development. For the second straight year, New York set a new franchise record for draft bonuses, upping the mark to $7 million. It also signed Dominican shortstop Amed Rosario for $1.75 million, the highest bonus it ever has paid for an international amateur.
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today...3/2614461.html


    “Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women, and Irish whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.”
    - Tug McGraw, on his plans for his $75,000 salary

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayamtion View Post
    PROJECTED 2016 LINEUP
    Catcher Kevin Plawecki
    First Base Ike Davis
    Second Base Gavin Cecchini
    Third Base David Wright
    Shortstop Ruben Tejeda
    Left Field Wilmer Flores
    Center Field Brandon Nimmo
    Right Field Cory Vaughn
    No. 1 Starter Zack Wheeler
    No. 2 Starter Matt Harvey
    No. 3 Starter R.A. Dickey
    No. 4 Starter Jon Niese
    No. 5 Starter Rafael Montero
    Closer Luis Mateo
    I can't wait...
    Last edited by Harry777; 12-14-2012 at 10:53 AM. Reason: Wouldn't you like to know

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    Only 3 position players.


    “Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women, and Irish whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.”
    - Tug McGraw, on his plans for his $75,000 salary

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayamtion View Post
    Only 3 position players.
    Better start moving them around now... :0

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayamtion View Post
    1. Zack Wheeler, rhp
    2. Gavin Cecchini, ss
    3. Brandon Nimmo, of
    4. Luis Mateo, rhp
    5. Rafael Montero, rhp
    6. Wilmer Flores, 3b/2b
    7. Michael Fulmer, rhp
    8. Jeurys Familia, rhp
    9. Domingo Tapia, rhp
    10. Cory Mazzoni, rhp
    You can see why the Mets are looking to trade pitching for young position players. Cecchini and Nimmo haven't even played in Low A ball yet, and Flores is a decent bat, but no position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayamtion View Post
    PROJECTED 2016 LINEUP
    Catcher Kevin Plawecki
    First Base Ike Davis
    Second Base Gavin Cecchini
    Third Base David Wright
    Shortstop Ruben Tejeda
    Left Field Wilmer Flores
    Center Field Brandon Nimmo
    Right Field Cory Vaughn
    No. 1 Starter Zack Wheeler
    No. 2 Starter Matt Harvey
    No. 3 Starter R.A. Dickey
    No. 4 Starter Jon Niese
    No. 5 Starter Rafael Montero
    Closer Luis Mateo
    If there's one thing I've learned about BA's projected lineups, it's that only 1/3 of those guys will actually still be here in 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nymfan87 View Post
    If there's one thing I've learned about BA's projected lineups, it's that only 1/3 of those guys will actually still be here in 2016.
    That's the unfortunate part...Hopefully that 2/3 at least gets traded instead of becoming busts.

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    Baseball America's top 10 list

    Cecchini is way to high IMO, but again he is the new toy and many times those guys get more love than they deserve and specially because of the position they play. Flores who always gets less love than he deserves should be number 2.

    Mazzoni is a guy I forgot, but maybe he is a guy that should fall out of the top 10.

    I can't argue with the rest of the list.

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    Anybody else shocked by Mateo being ahead of Montero, Fulmer and Tapia?


    “Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women, and Irish whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.”
    - Tug McGraw, on his plans for his $75,000 salary

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    Baseball America's top 10 list

    New toy factor again.

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    BA always uses draft hype so this is not surprising. Sickels's list in a few days will be much better.

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