2011 Amazin' Avenue Top 50 Mets Prospects: # 21-30

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.

Take a look at the previous days' rankings here (#41-50) and here (#31-40). So without any further ado, on to today's rankings:

 

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

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
MTS GCL 0 1 3.31 4 4 0 0 0 16.1 12 6 6 0 9 18 2.33 .207

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

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
KNG APP .277 54 206 32 57 11 2 8 32 96 8 24 2 1 .306 .466 .772
SAV SAL .667 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.333
Minors .282 55 209 32 59 11 2 8 33 98 8 24 2 1 .311 .469 .780

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

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
STL FSL 7 5 4.17 17 16 0 0 0 86.1 98 42 40 5 33 69 1.34 .287
BIN EAS 1 6 8.32 10 10 0 0 0 48.2 68 46 45 7 23 30 1.41 .343
Minors 8 11 5.67 27 26 0 0 0 135.0 166 88 85 12 56 99 1.37 .308

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

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
SAV SAL .264 82 329 40 87 19 4 6 44 132 30 65 4 5 .333 .401 .735
19-yr old made nice improvements to his offensive approach cutting K’s, walking more & showing more power before missing final 2 months with hamstring woes. Despite more errors he improved defensively and if he builds on all of this growth could break out in ’11.

26. SS Wilfredo Tovar

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
STL FSL .246 30 118 14 29 5 1 0 6 36 3 22 4 3 .276 .305 .582
SAV SAL .281 44 160 12 45 10 0 0 17 55 8 12 4 5 .327 .344 .671
BRK NYP .265 18 68 11 18 2 1 0 6 22 2 9 4 3 .311 .324 .634
Minors .266 92 346 37 92 17 2 0 29 113 13 43 12 11 .307 .327 .634

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

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
MTS GCL .278 5 18 2 5 2 0 0 5 7 2 5 0 0 .350 .389 .739
SAV SAL .346 27 104 21 36 13 0 0 15 49 9 28 3 0 .404 .471 .875
Minors .336 32 122 23 41 15 0 0 20 56 11 33 3 0 .396 .459 .855

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

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
STL FSL .289 65 270 40 78 16 3 6 33 118 8 45 13 10 .323 .437 .760
BIN EAS .232 28 112 8 26 8 0 0 8 34 2 23 4 2 .243 .304 .547
Minors .272 93 382 48 104 24 3 6 41 152 10 68 17 12 .300 .398 .698

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

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
MTS GCL 1 1 2.19 8 6 0 0 0 24.2 13 11 6 0 17 28 1.18 .148

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

Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
SAV SAL 8 9 3.08 27 27 0 0 0 146.0 116 61 50 5 46 152 0.77 .214
Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
ESC DWL 1 0 6.97 8 1 0 0 0 10.1 13 8 8 0 3 11 0.46 .310

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.

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