- Zack Wheeler, RHP
- Gavin Cecchini, SS
- Brandon Nimmo, OF
- Luis Mateo, RHP
- Rafael Montero, RHP
- Wilmer Flores, 3B/2B
- Michael Fulmer, RHP
- Jeurys Familia, RHP
- Domingo Tapia, RHP
- Cory Mazzoni, RHP
While nobody on the top 10 is surprising by their presence alone, the order that Baseball America chose to rank them is interesting. Let’s look at some key rankings that confused me:
Gavin Cecchini #2?: Well… clearly this is about defense. Cecchini is supposed to have the makeup to stick at shortstop and display a good glove. Except of course that Baseball America also goes as far to say that Cecchini is not the best infielder (defensively) nor does he have the best arm (of infielders) those honors go to Wilfredo Tovar and Aderlin Rodriguez (respectively). They don’t even project him as the future shortstop for the Mets and slide him over to second base (which moves Wilmer Flores to left field!) I’m sorry, but unless I missed something, I think this placement seems wrong.
Luis Mateo #4?: Now… we all loved Mateo’s numbers in Brooklyn during the 2012 season. That being said, he was old for the league and it was only Short-Season A League. Perhaps having the system’s best slider is more meaningful than I usually thought but it boggles my mind how Mateo can be ranked above Rafael Montero, Michael Fulmer or Domingo Tapia who have all shown nearly equivalent success at higher levels.
There were also a few rankings that fans might not like… but that made sense:
Wilmer Flores #6?: Yeah… he has a natural position (FINALLY) but the Mets just signed Wright to a long-term deal and he’s unlikely to ever play 3rd for the Mets in Flushing. His bat continues to impress more and more for scouts and he’ll force his way onto the team but apparently Baseball America doesn’t think general mobility is required to play in the outfield.
Jeurys Familia #8?: How quickly Familia and Mejia’s names have fallen. I’m still on their sides but I think a few things are clear. Jenrry Mejia needs a full (healthy) year in the minors and Familia needs to transition to reliever (hopefully no sooner than 2013’s expanded rosters). As a reliever, Familia still has plenty of value but he’s no longer a top 5 guy.
Some other things that made me think:
Best Athlete: Bradley Marquez? Oh man… our best athlete can’t walk. Marquez injured his knee playing football for Texas Tech. This just before it was expected that he’d quit football to focus on baseball full time. SIGH…
Aderlin Rodriguez’s Arm: Seems a shame to shift the system’s best infield arm to 1st if he’s got that arm but what I had been hearing was he was still not fielding the ball well at 3rd (although he had shown improvement). This will put a nail in the coffin of my thoughts to move Rodriguez to 1st base in 2013… though he may still start to share time (partially because there isn’t a great 1B option at the A+ level).
Now some quotes:
‘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.’
Yeah… The Mets do sorta lack much of anything towards the top of their majors in terms of position players. Perhaps this is why minor league guys like me were eager to trade R.A. Dickey for a crop of AA or higher positional prospects. In BA’s top 10 Mets they list only 3 position players and of those players only Flores has played above Low A.
‘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.’
Two things: 1) Alderson and Co. are spending on the draft which is a pretty stark reversal from the ways of some of there predecessors. 2) Amed Rosario is a name that we should watch… although he’s likely to be in the DSL for 2013. Here is what Baseball America said about him when the Mets signed him:
‘Rosario, the No. 11 international prospect for July 2, is a 16-year-old righthanded hitter with plenty of room to fill out his lanky, 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame. Some teams project Rosario as a shortstop with offensive upside, though others think he may outgrow the position. Rosario grew up as a teammate with Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara in La Javilla youth league. He trained at the academy of the president of the league, John Carmona.’
Welcome to the Mets: Wilmer Flores 2.0!