Juan Carlos Gamboa – .270/.390/.444/.834 (28 Games) 11 Runs, 5 RBI, 3 2Bs and 1 HR: J.C. Gamboa will be 22 in 2013 and he hasn’t played above the SSA (though he’s played in the AAA Mexican League a few times. He’s a smaller player who has good defense at 2B but he lacks the speed or power to be an impact in the big-leagues. It’s a good bet that he’ll progress through the minors as a backup IF but he’s not a factor as a prospect… sorry.
Wilmer Flores – .272/.338/.410/.748 (52 Games) 23 Runs, 20 RBI, 10 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs: Flores has had a good offseason and will look to flourish in the PCL and within the positive hitting atmosphere of Las Vegas. The power and contact look to be in place, it’s 100% about his defense. The only glimmer of hope that he stays a Met is that Daniel Murphy might get hurt and open a role for Flores.
Flores is developing a significant split:
- Vs. Left: .347/.418/.551/.969 (K/AB: 0.163)
- Vs. Right: .247/.311/.363/.674 (K/AB: 0.151)
Juan Lagares – .315/.377/.352/.729 (24 Games) 8 Runs, 6 RBI, 2 2Bs: The good news? Lagares hits the baseball and gets on base. The bad news? Lagares plays the corner outfield and lacks both the impact speed and the power to legitimize a role on the team. The truth is that he’s rounding into an okay option for a 4th or 5th OF on a team that wants a pinch hitter but doesn’t need that pinch hitter to slug a ton.
Dustin Lawley – .268/.286/.439/.725 (10 Games) 7 Runs, 9 RBI, 4 2Bs, 1 HR: Lawley is creeping his way into the radar as a legit prospect. He’s going to be 24 and only hitting advanced A but at the same time he plays a few positions (such as the OF and 3B). Averaging an OPS over .700 for his entire minor league career he is progressing to the point where he COULD eventually grow into a useful utility player.
Francisco Pena – .271/.314/.419/.733 (43 Games) 16 Runs, 21 RBI, 10 2Bs, 3 HRs: Pena fell off the radar a while ago because of a history not succeeding above the rookie league but his numbers in 43 games of winter ball are good and will at least make me open my eyes for the beginning of 2013 where Pena will be struggling in AA. If Pena can continue to show this power then he might work his way back into relevance. Also the power is nice to see.
Jordany Valdespin – .280/.402/.398/.800 (31 Games) 16 Runs, 7 RBI, 2 2Bs, 3 HRs, 18 BBs & 15 Ks: Valdespin hitting is not anything too impressive but it looks like he might have realized that if he learned to walk the Mets might need him to be the leadoff hitter. Valdespin’s numbers should have you pretty excited. Though I temper that notion with his general lack of maturity and tendency to wear hats of opposing teams. I’ll toss his name into both the outfield and bench races for Spring Training. If he could also manage to learn CF I’d say that Kirk Nieuwenhuis should watch his back.
Cory Vaughn – .259/.388/.407/.795 (17 Games) 6 Runs, 7 RBI, 5 2Bs, 1 HR: I like Vaughn a lot and there is nothing in his 17 games to make me like him less but I want to see him be a little more consistent in 2013 or he’s going to have to do that. I can live with a .260 hitter who hits 30 HRs as long as he doesn’t hit .150 for a month at some point in every season.