The major surprises here are the inclusions of Reese Havens in the top 10 and Juan Urbina in the top 20.
Havens, as a 25-year old hit .215/.340/.351 with 113 strikeouts in 94 games in AA. Again, he’s 25 years old and striking out a ton. I think Mayo as a whole was too high on older Mets position player prospects who just did not hit enough, including Havens, den Dekker and Vaughn.
Urbina could not crack the Brooklyn Cyclones’ rotation, so he was sent down to Kingsport where he was bad: walking 16 batters in 12.1 innings. When I saw him in Brooklyn, his fastball was topping out at 87, and was living in the mid-80s, with a well below average breaking ball. He has not business anywhere near a team’s top-20 list.
Jacob deGrom has earned a spot on this list because even though he’s 24, he was dominant in a-ball with a plus fastball. The last spot or two, should have gone to any one of the Mets’ good young arms including a resurgent Steven Matz, or Brooklyn’s Luis Mateo, 19-year old Gabriel Ynoa, Hansel Robles or Rainy Lara (pick your favorite).