Top 25 Prospects: New York Mets

Shervyen Netwon

Newton is much more of a physical marvel on which to dream than he is a polished performer. At a very projectable 6-foot-4, he’s the size of an NFL wide receiver prospect and already has considerable raw power that projects to plus at maturity. It’s rare for infielders this size to stay at shortstop, but Newton looks natural and comfortable there even though he clearly hasn’t totally grown into his body yet and appears uncoordinated at other times. Even if he outgrows short, switch-hitting third basemen with power are extremely valuable. Newton has less bat control and feel to hit than his .280 batting average would otherwise indicate, and there’s a chance he’s always strikeout prone and doesn’t get to some of his power. But it’s unreasonable to expect a switch-hitting teenager this size to have fully sentient bat control, and the ceiling on Newton if everything actualizes is superstardom. This is one of the more high-variance prospects in the minor leagues.

Source: Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel, FanGraphs

5 comments for “Top 25 Prospects: New York Mets

  1. TexasGusCC
    January 13, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    https://www.milb.com/milb/news/2019-prospect-projections-national-league-east-rookies/c-302437860

    Try this site, they’re pretty good too. You’ll notice Mazeika very near the top of the Mets portion of the article. Further, in the second paragraph there is more reading material on him. Enjoy!

  2. TexasGusCC
    January 14, 2019 at 12:53 am

    After seeing their work, it’s easily the most pathetic job of Mets prospects writeup I have seen this winter. No Mazeika; no Guerrero; no Guillorme; but they list Carpio?

    I would give them props for putting Junior Santos into the list, even though #16 seems aggressive to me, but then to say that a 16 year old starter with upper 90’s stuff and very good control, who came stateside and excelled as a 16 year old(!) may profile as a reliever is lame; very lame writing.

    • January 14, 2019 at 7:59 am

      Mazeika hasn’t hit in a year and a half, Guerrero missed an entire year and when he did play he didn’t hit. Carpio played at a level which was hitter friendly and did better as the season progressed.

  3. TexasGusCC
    January 14, 2019 at 1:02 am

    https://prospects1500.com/top-50-lists/new-york-mets-2019-top-50-prospects/

    One of my favorite sites. They are very thorough, give a long list, and give facts allowing you to make a determination.

    • January 14, 2019 at 8:16 am

      This site has Ali Sanchez ranked 21st and Mazeika ranked 39th – which sounds about right. And if this site only listed 37 – like the FanGraphs piece did – they wouldn’t have mentioned Mazeika, either.

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