Continuing in the week-long 2011 Amazin Avenue Top 50 Mets Prospects series, today we'll get into the top 20. 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. You can view the previous rankings here (#41-50), here (#31-40) and here (#21-30).
Also wanted to mention the start of the Double-A spring training schedule last night; that's right the kids spend a couple weeks driving around Florida scrimmaging too. Consider this your first Daily Farm System Report of 2011. And last night in their opener the B-Mets took care of the Astros Corpus Christi affiliate 5-3. 2010 sixth rounder CF Matt den Dekker started things off with a leadoff triple and later scored; he finished with a couple hits and a stolen base and looks like a good bet to break camp with Bingo. Meanwhile starter RHP Jeurys Familia was in mid-season form during his two innings, hitting the mid-90's with his fastball. '09 35th rounder LHP Wes Wrenn picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief while 22-year old OF Rafael Fernandez drove home the winning runs on a two-run double.
Ok so now without any further ado, on to today's rankings:
11. LHP Juan Urbina
Despite so-so line in pro debut in GCL, he’s here thanks to a ceiling as a potentially special left-handed starter. He’s already touching the low 90’s as a 17-yr old and his advanced pitching IQ has Mets officials excited. However, so far away a lot can still go wrong.
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12. CF Darrell Ceciliani
20-yr old wowed as Brooklyn MVP after a mediocre debut in ‘09. Featured plus speed and defense in CF as well as good offensive ability including surprising extra-base pop. Even showed good leadership skills as the youngest player on the team. Ellsbury comp is legit.
13. RHP Jeurys Familia
Beneath poor totals his ratios remained strong, plus he gained more velocity on his mid-90’s sinker. Possesses one of the best arms in the system (see, 98 mph in Futures Game) but must bring walks down. Expect bounce-back in ’11; long-term role in late-relief is a possibility.
14. OF Cory Vaughn
Taken in the fourth round in June, Vaughn was a beast as the Cyclones cleanup man, hitting 14 bombs and leading the league in SLG & OPS. Critics saw a toolsy yet flawed college player beating up on inferior competition; an assignment to Hi-A in ‘11 should settle this debate.
15. OF Sean Ratliff
The lanky lefty was another pleasant surprise in ’10. He clubbed 21 homers overall, including 16 in Double-A utilizing one of the best power strokes in the system. Unfortunately he possesses little plate discipline but could easily be the powerful lefty side of a corner OF platoon as soon as late 2011.
16. RHP Erik Goeddel
This 24th round over-slot steal by the Mets was considered a top round talent who fell due to signability & injury concerns. His mid-90’s fastball and excellent curve already give him one of the best arms in the system. Could be late-reliever long-term due to durability questions.
17. RHP Dillon Gee
Solid bounce-back season after serious shoulder injury in ’09. Showed impressive poise in ML debut but likely pitched over his head; despite excellent command of a 5-pitch mix, mediocre velocity gives him the ceiling as a back of the rotation starter.
18. SS Ruben Tejada
Like Mejia, rushed to the show and performance suffered as a result; many his age are still in A-ball. Let him spend the year in Triple-A Buffalo and see if he can develop a more effective offensive game to go with a strong glove. Profiles like Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera.
19. RHP Brad Holt
Brutal 2010; lost command, confidence and top prospect standing. Still flashing mid-90’s fb but inconsistently, attributing struggles to mental lapses and looking a lot more hittable. Scouts still like the stuff but long-term role as reliever is becoming more likely, though he showed signs of life in AFL stint & fall instructs.
20. LHP Mark Cohoon
Crafty lefty carved up SAL hitters in the first half but upon aggressive promotion to Double-A posted a 7+ ERA in his first six starts; then settled down to a 1.65 ERA in his last six. His fb barely cracks 90mph but excellent poise, control & secondary stuff point to a possible #5…soon.