Harvey, Matt (pictured, above)
There are no real surprises here. There's a lot more talent in Buffalo than this time last year, and it may be the team's first playoff season since 2005. I'd say at least 90% of these guys have a legitimate shot at appearing with the Mets in 2012. It should be very interesting to watch Buffalo pitch, especially once Mejia gets back. A rotation of Harvey, Familia, Mejia, Schwinden, and Hefner could be outstanding. There's also the possible addition of Chris Young and a lineup featuring Valdespin, Satin, Nieuwenhuis, Lutz , and Loewen isn't too shabby, either.
Den Dekker, Matt
Lagares, Juan (pictured, above)
Like Buffalo, the strength of the team will be pitching. With a rotation of Wheeler, Cohoon, Gorski, and McHugh, there may be a few bumps in the road, though. It's a good move to slow Cohoon down and let him dominate Double-A before taking another crack at Buffalo.
Runs might be hard to come by at times. With guys like Lagares, Marte, and den Dekker bolstering the lineup, it could very well be a boom or bust team at the plate, and who the hell knows about Reese Havens? The same can be said for Sean Ratliff, who I'm interested to see back on the field, even though he looked woefully -- and understandably -- out of shape in spring training workouts.
CLASS A ST. LUCIE
Blaquiere, Jean Luc
Flores, Wilmer (pictured, above)
It's interesting but unsurprising to see Puello back in St. Lucie after he was added to the 40-man roster, though ultimately not surprising. He had a strong second half, but his overall line of .259/.313/.397 still indicates a good amount of room for growth. The same goes for Flores in his third season with PSL, but he'll need to rebound from a down year in 2011. If all goes according to plan, both will likely be promoted around the All Star break.
With Ceciliani on the roster, it should be interesting to see who gets reps in center field. Beyond Mazzoni -- and perhaps Goeddel -- the pitching staff doesn't have much top tier talent, but there are plenty of interesting question marks in Cuan, Fraser, and Whitenton. I'm always interested to see what Eric Beaulac can do when healthy.
CLASS A SAVANNAH
Maron, Cam (pictured, above)
See my thoughts on Savannah's assignments here.
EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING
De la Cruz, Yucary
Nimmo, Brandon (pictured, above)
Obviously the news here is Nimmo's conservative handling, as some expected a full season debut in Savannah. Along with Phillip Evans, he will likely show up in Brooklyn in a couple months, but it shouldn't be long before both surface with the Gnats.
With those two plus Matz, Akeel Morris, Juan Urbina, and others, there are too many interesting names to discuss here. I'll just tell you a few more guys I'll be watching extra closely: Luis Cessa, Julian Hilario, Luis Mateo (I'm expecting a lot from him), Jeff Glenn, Juan Carlos Gamboa, Gilbert Gomez, and Joe Tuschak.
Which group of players will you be watching most closely?
Triple-A Buffalo (93 votes)
Double-A Binghamton (33 votes)
Hi-A St. Lucie (7 votes)
Lo-A Savannah (12 votes)
Extended Spring Training (15 votes)
160 total votes