With the Amazin' Avenue Annual speeding toward many of your doorsteps, I figure it's about time to start unveiling the 2011 Amazin' Avenue Mets Prospect Rankings. The book goes 30 players deep -- with a few honorable mentions -- but since the Internet has no page limitations, the digital rankings will run 50 players deep, each with short analysis.
Now some of you may be thinking 'free milk eh?' but to you I will say that the analysis in the book is FAR more detailed, FAR more in-depth with FAR more statistics...plus it has cool player graphs! So trust me, you're gonna want to buy that cow.
But for now I'll run down the rankings ten players at a time for the rest of the week, starting with 41-50:
41. RHP Nick Carr
After TJ surgery in mid-’09, Carr was back in A-ball in under a year. He also starred in the AFL where high 90’s velocity was back on display but command was still off and slider inconsistent. 98-99mph fb could move fast but control has been an ongoing issue here; went undrafted in Rule 5.
42. RHP Kyle Allen
Pitched nearly all of ’10 with back injury that affected velocity & command. Naturally, his BB% skyrocketed and worse, he was much more hittable. He’s still an athletic 21-yr old with good size and an advanced change-up but so-so velocity doesn’t help, with or without injuries.
43. RHP Ryan Fraser
2010 16th rounder from Memphis looks just like Bobby Parnell: Big, strong fireballer with undeveloped secondary stuff and spotty command, bouncing between starting and relief in school. May move fast as late-reliever but like Parnell, Mets reportedly plan to try him as starter first.
44. OF Juan Lagares
Finally broke out in 4th go with Sand Gnats but slowed considerably at St. Lucie before ankle fracture ended his ‘10. He’s been badly rushed and hasn’t developed any plate discipline, which despite his age (still just 21) and excellent raw tools probably limits his success as he climbs.
45. LHP Angel Cuan
Diminutive 21-yr old lefty was great for Brooklyn in ’10, posting a 2.03 ERA & awesome 1.92 BB/9 but also a so-so K/9 (7.23). Cut out of the Jim Fuller mold, Cuan uses excellent command and poise to get by and probably profiles as a potential LOOGY long-term.
46. RHP Yohan Almonte
20-yr old was Brooklyn’s top starter in ‘10, posting a stellar 1.91 ERA as well as equally impressive 1.51 BB/9. But underwhelming 6.02 K/9 points to the issue: Almonte doesn’t have great velocity or stuff, paired with his small frame (6-1, 150) he looks like a reliever long-term.
47. RHP Eric Beaulac
24-yr old was not as effective as '09 in his move up to Hi-A, but after the season he disclosed a serious hip injury that hampered results all season. A good sinker/slider mix led to excellent GB% and slider shows major league plus potential. Inconsistent velocity and lack of change could point to bullpen long-term.
48. RHP Eduardo Aldama
After an excellent ’09, 21-yr old long-limbed righty started late in ’10 due to injury and was never quite right in 13 appearances with Kingsport. But he still showed the good velocity and excellent arm strength that makes him an intriguing young pitcher.
49. OF Javier Rodriguez
After a couple of sub-par seasons this toolsy ’08 2nd rounder finally showed some offensive ability with the K-Mets, batting .319 with an ISO (.194) higher than his first 2 seasons combined. Still, he displayed awful plate discipline (3.5 BB%) and a move from center to RF doesn’t help.
50. RHP Brandon Moore
Had tremendous first half in Savannah, posting a 2.49 ERA, 11.07 K/9 and only 1.24 BB/9. Slowed after promotion to St. Lucie and despite impressive pro totals thus far, I can’t get overly excited about a 24-yr old righty with so-so velocity/stuff dominating youngsters; he’ll have to prove it at Double-A.