#111 – Jeurys Familia, right-handed pitcher, New York Mets
Height/Weight: 6’4”, 230
Born: October 10, 1989 (age 23)
2012 Stats (at Triple-A Buffalo): 9-9, 4.73 ERA, 28 GS, 137.0 IP, 73 BB (4.8 BB/9), 128 K (8.4 K/9), 1.591 WHIP
MLB Career: 0-0, 5.84 ERA, 8 G (1 GS), 12.1 IP, 9 BB (6.6 BB/9), 10 K (7.3 K/9), 1.541 WHIP
Familia briefly made his MLB Debut this past season, but it seems evident that the organization’s plans for him remain up in the air. Used primarily out of the bullpen in September, the team should be heading into Spring Training with Familia in the mix for the final spot in the starting rotation. Should be fail to win that battle he’ll likely head down to Triple-A, however his fate will become even more uncertain. Familia’s name has frequently come up in trade discussions (or at least in speculation) and he is one of those rare prospects that appears more likely to be dealt than shown patience.
Bold Prediction: Wins the team’s last spot in the rotation out of Spring Training but is still traded by July.#103 – Gavin Cecchini, shortstop, New York Mets
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 180
Born: December 22, 1993 (age 19)
2012 Stats (combined between Rookie League Kingsport and Low-A Brooklyn): .240/.307/.321, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 5 SB, 18 BB, 44 SO, 58 G (218 PA)
The first 2012 Draft pick to adorn the list (but certainly not the last), Cecchini is already near the top of the team’s rankings according to BA (coming in as their #2 prospect). At just 19 he’s a long ways away from the Major Leagues and still has a fair amount of development to go through. He reached the pitcher-friendly NY/Penn League this past season and appears likely to at least start there once again in 2013. New York will take their time moving Cecchini through their system, but if he can remain at shortstop he could prove to be a valuable piece of the organization’s future.
Bold Prediction: Defensively sound, Cecchini’s offensive production catches up and he justifies BA’s #2 ranking over the course of the coming season.#97 – Wilmer Flores, third baseman, New York Mets
Height/Weight: 6’3”, 190
Born: August 6, 1991 (age 21)
2012 Stats (combined between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton): .300/.349/.479, 18 HR, 75 RBI, 3 SB, 38 BB, 60 SO, 130 G (547 PA)
Where Flores ends up playing may ultimately be a significant factor in what kind of value he brings to the table long term for the Mets. There’s been speculation that he could be moved to the outfield, though there are concerns about his ability to handle such a big amount of space. The team will head into the season using him at both third and second base, since David Wright isn’t going anywhere in the near future the team needs to explore alternatives to third base, but as Rising Apple Senior Editor Matt Musico reminded us earlier this month, there are strong opinions stemming from the fan base with regards to what Flores’ fate will ultimately hold.
Bold Prediction: He sticks at second base, looking strong defensively at Double-A but at the expense of some regression at the plate..#38 – Noah Syndergaard, right-handed pitcher, New York Mets
Height/Weight: 6’5″, 200
Born: August 29, 1992 (age 20)
2012 Stats (with Class-A Lansing): 8-5, 2.60 ERA, 27 G (19 GS), 103.2 IP, 31 BB (2.7 BB/9), 122 K (10.6 K/9), 1.080 WHIP
Despite falling in the top half of our prospect rankings, Syndergaard won’t be the best piece that the Mets received in this winter’s trade sending R.A. Dickey to Toronto. Eventually adding him to a mix including Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler will make a pretty formidable rotation in New York, however.
Bold Prediction: Syndergaard will have a strong year at Double-A, but won’t see New York for another year.