Continuing in the week-long 2011 Amazin Avenue Top 50 Mets Prospects series, today we'll look at nos. 21 through 30. As I mentioned yesterday, you can find these rankings as well as further analysis, stats and visuals in the minor league section of the 2011 Amazin' Avenue Annual.
21. LHP Stephen Matz
(no professional experience)
A prep lefty that hits the low 90’s with ease is certainly exciting but after TJ in ’10 he likely won’t get fully underway ‘til 2012. With a strong fb and the makings of a decent curve & change up, Matz projects as a good lefty starter but not for quite a few years.
22. LHP Zach Dotson
Another talented high school lefty, Dotson was a 13th-round steal by the Mets who bought him out of a strong commitment to UGA in ‘09. Like Matz, he projects nicely due to size (6-3, 210) and a low 90’s fb with nasty life. He'll get a late start to the year in order to complete his ’10 suspension, which was reportedly for a non-PED substance.
Click past the break for nos. 23-30:
23. C Albert Cordero
20-yr old shined in his US debut showcasing excellent defensive skills behind the plate as well as surprising pop from a catcher, trailing only Aderlin Rodriguez for the K-Mets team lead in home runs. Clear breakout candidate with the potential to jump up this list in ’11.
24. LHP Robert Carson
After a so-so first half with St. Lucie an aggressive promotion to Binghamton proved disastrous (see, 8.32 ERA). 21-year old lefty works in the low 90’s and piles up grounders thanks to true overhand delivery but shaky secondary stuff points to potential late-inning lefty long-term.
25. 3B Jefry Marte
26. SS Wilfredo Tovar
Played as high as Hi-A at 18 and held his own, showing a plus-plus glove at short and solid contact skills at the dish. Small stature (5-10, 160) probably precludes much power down the road but a role as a defensively-oriented backup MI is already well within reach.
27. CF Matt den Dekker
Fifth-rounder in ’10 hit the ground running in Savannah where he posted a .407 wOBA as a CF with exceptional defensive ability. He swings and misses too much and his power right now is more doubles than homers but like Tovar, a floor as a defensive 4th OF is very likely
28. 2B Jordany Valdespin
Very athletic IF impresses scouts with tools but secondary skills are highly suspect; regularly posts BB-rates under 5%. Very raw for a 23-yr old at the plate AND in the field. Batted .355 in AFL in ’10 but also had scouts talking about poor swing mechanics & trouble with breaking stuff.
29. RHP Akeel Morris
Tenth rounder in ’10 from St. Thomas wowed in pro debut in GCL; hit 95mph as a 17-yr old(!) with good feel for a power curve. Possesses special arm speed and as much potential as almost any pitcher in this system; still far away but could easily jump up this list by this time next year.
30. RHP Armando Rodriguez
23-yr old pitched well in ’10 with Savannah, posting a 3.08 ERA with just 5 hrs allowed. Even more impressive was the 9+ K/9 paired with a sub-3 BB/9. And though he features a very strong 91-94mph fb, a spotty slurve and an undeveloped change point to relief long-term.