Recalling the angst when Mets passed on Beato

The Mets made two moves in the Rule 5 Draft yesterday, picking up infielder Brad Emaus from the Blue Jays and pitcher Pedro Beato from the Orioles. Emaus is well known to the Mets, as new special assistant J.P. Ricciardi was previously general manager in Toronto. And Beato has a history with the Mets, as [...]

Pitcher of the Year Mark Cohoon

Mark Cohoon’s name wasn’t on many prospect lists at the beginning of the season, but despite not having an overpowering fastball, he just may make a few lists heading into 2011. Cohoon earlier this week was named the Mets’ Organizational Pitcher of the Year. The just-turned 23-year-old started the season at low Class A Savannah, [...]

The Mets' 2005 Draft and FA signings

The 2005 draft has been very kind to the New York Mets. Five players selected that year have reached the major leagues; the seventh most of all National League clubs, but few of those clubs can match the impact of the Mets draftees: Mike Pelfrey (1st round), Jon Niese (2nd round), Bobby Parnell (9th round) [...]

Lutz tears up AA

The Binghamton Mets might have the answer to the New York Mets hitting woes. Third baseman Zach Lutz has slugged seven home runs in seven games since missing 10 weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot. That’s as many homers as Jason Bay, Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo, Alex Cora and Ruben Tejada have [...]

Untouchable prospect Wilmer Flores

When the Mets had discussions with the Seattle Mariners about lefthander Cliff Lee, talks stopped when the Mariners inquired about Wilmer Flores. Why, at first glance, Flores’ numbers don’t blow anybody away. The shortstop had an ugly .637 OPS in the low Class-A South Atlantic League in 2009 and was batting .306 with eight homers [...]

Time to promote Chris Carter

The bench for the Mets is comprised of Henry Blanco, Frank Catalanotto, Alex Cora, Gary Matthews and Fernando Tatis. Blanco and Cora are fixtures, there as much for their ability to play key defensive positions as anything they do with their bats. The other three players need to produce more offense to justify their spots [...]

Promoting Davis now a mistake

It is only a matter of time before the Mets promote Ike Davis. I like Davis, I had him as the club’s fourth-best prospect coming into 2010, and think he should be the starting first baseman for the Mets in 2011. But this is another panic move, ranking right up there with moving Jenrry Mejia [...]

2010 Top Prospects

General manager Omar Minaya has come under a lot of fire for not having more prospects in the farm system ready to step in and contribute when the Mets were hit by all of the injuries last year. There is some validity to that criticism. However, given the condition of the Mets farm system when [...]