Marcos Molina, SP
Biography: Born March 8, 1995 in Santiago, DO Molina joined the Mets organization as an international free agent in 2012 for $100,000. His 2014 campaign sprung him onto the map, as MLB.com has rated him the 6th best prospect in the Mets organization. He could be another quality arm to move up the Mets minor league system, as we have seen plenty of successes promoted from within the organization making an impact on the big league team.
Scouting: His mid 90’s fastball is his best pitch, followed by a slider which could become a plus pitch, and a changeup. The ability to command his pitches enables Molina to keep the ball in the yard, and not issue too many walks.
2015: Molina started the season with high expectations after excelling in his 2014 campaign. However, an elbow strain knocked Molina on the disabled list, and he had to get Tommy John surgery in November. He struggled putting hitters away, as hitters hit .295 against him, which could be attributed to the nagging injuries. His stock has decreased this season, but it should increase once he returns to the mound.
Brian: “It seems the Mets didn’t do the best job handling Molina through his injury last year. Surgery shouldn’t be the first option but at some point you have to admit the obvious. It’s disappointing to have happened but after having gone through surgeries with nearly every other top-shelf pitching prospect, it’s business as usual in a way.”
Rob: “After Matz, Molina is the Mets’ top pitching prospect. He lit the prospect world on fire with his dominance in 2014 in Brooklyn, then hit a wall as a 20-year-old in A+. Turns out, he was hurting. The Mets handled him pretty oddly, though, as he vanished after an abysmal start in May with whispers of Tommy John surgery, reappeared in August for three games, then was again shut down and had the surgery anyway. There’s still the chance he ends up in the bullpen, of course, but he should be given every chance as a starter.”
James: “You thought the Mets pitching prospects were all promoted and on the big league ball club. Well, there is one more waiting in the wings. Marcos Molina is only 20 years old, but his 2014 campaign in Brooklyn put him on the map. That year he went 7-3 with a 1.78 ERA, 91 striketouts in 78 innings. The stuff is there, but the main question is how will Tommy John impact his pitches?”
David: “Molina is ranked this highly because of the extreme lack of pitching currently in the Met system. He’s talented but strikes me as having a ceiling closer to a #3 pitcher.”