Disclaimer (because someone will ask why a player I didn't see isn't on this list): This is a ranking of the best Mets prospects I saw in person this year. This is not a comprehensive Mets prospect list. I did not see Las Vegas, St. Lucie or the GCL team this year. If a player is not on the list, it is most likely because I did not see him. Otherwise, all rankings are consistent with how I would order the players within the Mets system. Oh yeah, and I am not a scout.
12. Pedro Perez, 3B-1B
6'1", 190 lbs
Age: (as of Opening Day 2014) 19.6
Acquired: International Free Agent, 2010
2013: 175 PA, .258/.309/.358, 52 K, 24 BB for Kingsport (R)
Date(s) seen: 8/10/13 and 8/11/13 @ Greeneville Astros
8/13/13 vs. Princeton Rays
The short of it: Perez is a long way away and very raw, but there's some tools to dream on here.
The long of it: Perez has completely rebuilt his swing, but it's still a work in progress for me. For starters he has a very noisy setup, when he gets set, the bat is held high, but tilted forward. It kind of reminds me of Cory Vaughn early in his pro career, and that's not a plus. He has to straighten it when he loads his hands, adding to the length of the swing. Very aggressive on off-speed pitches, and tends to get caught out on his front foot. Would show you some just awful swings against bad breaking balls, gripping it and ripping it. Strong, strong kid with some bat speed though, hit a ball at his eyes about 400 feet to dead center. Body is a little soft, and he's not super-smooth at third base. Arm is borderline there as well. Needs to stay at third base given the offensive profile.
The projection: Average major league third baseman whose value is carried by his stick.
Risk Factor: Extreme. Possible move down on the defensive spectrum, very far away and very raw. Both pitch recognition and approach need major improvement.
What’s next: Perez will head back to extended Spring Training and then to Brooklyn in 2014.
What I'll be looking for in 2014: Let's start with some baby steps, I'd like to see him come into 2014 in a little better shape and make some strides in his approach against offspeed stuff.