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Top 10 Infield Prospects


10. Matt Reynolds

Univ. of Arkansas (2nd Round of the 2012 Draft)


Bats: Right Throws: Right


Opening Day Age: 22


Projected Opening Day Assignment: High-A St. Lucie


Positives: very versatile infielder, decent speed and solid in the field, a natural line-drive hitter, compact, short stroke, good plate discipline, hits well with runners on base, athletic, has leadership qualities


Negatives: only average power, lacking a position: not enough for corner infield spot, may not be good enough defensively to be a Major League shortstop


ETA: 2015


Projection: Reynolds is described as a high floor, low ceiling kind of player. Therefore, the Tulsa native projects as a utility infielder if he reaches the highest level. He was a captain at Arkansas and is the high-character leader you want in a locker room.

Best-Case Scenario: reliable, utility infielder (Ryan Theriot type)


MLB.com Ranks: #18 in system (#5 infielder)

Baseball America: Best Pure Hitter of the Draft Class

Across the John Rank: #52 overall



9. Wilfredo Tovar


Signed as an International Free Agent in 2007 (Venezuela)


Bats: Right Throws: Right


Opening Day Age: 21


Projected Opening Day Assignment: Double-A Binghamton


Positives: excellent defender, good arm, rarely strikes out (8.6%), had enough power this year (28 doubles), held his own in Double-A


Negatives: will never hit home runs, undersized for a pro athlete (5’10"/160 wet and standing on a phone book)


ETA: 2014


Projection: Tovar does not look like a future Major Leaguer at first glance, but he has produced at every level and is a superb shortstop. He has to hit for a high average or he will never be a starter. The Venezuelan is straight out of the mold of Ruben Tejada, literally identical.

Best Case Scenario: he hits like Tejada is in the Majors


MLB.com Ranks: #16 in system (#4 infielder)

Baseball America: Best Defensive Infielder in the System

John Vittas Rank: #48 overall



8. T.J. Rivera


Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent in 2011 (Troy University)


Bats: Right Throws: Right


Opening Day Age: 24


Projected Opening Day Assignment: Double-A Binghamton


Positives: off-the-charts numbers at every level so far, hits much better with runners on base, decent power (42 extra-base hits)


Negatives: lacks any outstanding tools, not considered a prospect by most


ETA: 2015


Projection: It’s really hard to project Rivera. He doesn’t profile as a Major Leaguer so if he makes it, he’ll be a man who is defined by beating the odds, which he’s been doing since he was passed up in every single draft he was eligible for. There is no best and worst case scenarios for this guy, he blew through his ceiling a long time ago. I wouldn’t bet against him, so that's why he makes my list.

Best Case Scenario: TBD


Not in any Major Rankings

Across the John Ranking: #45 overall

7. Jayce Boyd


Florida State University (6th Round of the 2012 Draft)


Bats: Right Throws: Right


Opening Day Age: 21


Projected Opening Day Assignment: High-A St. Lucie


Positives: plus defender, exceptional arm and good speed for a first baseman, smooth swing, natural power to all fields, Major League body, walks a ton, one of the best hitters of the decade in the ACC


Negatives: not enough power to be prototypical power-hitting first baseman (20 HR in 727 college ABs), didn’t fair too well in his first pro season (.239 average)


ETA: 2015


Projection: Boyd’s a guy who I am particularly high on. He tore up one of the highest levels of college baseball for three straight years. He stole 22 bases, slugged 78 extra-base-hits and drove in 160 runs in 198 collegiate games. And when you consider his .424 career OBP, the kid is a consistent, well-rounded prospect. To me, he’s a sixth round steal and could be an everyday Major League player one day.

Best Case Scenario: right-handed Adam LaRoche with a little less power


Not in any Major Rankings

Across the John Rank: #34 overall


6. Dustin Lawley


West Florida (19th Round of 2011 Draft)


Bats: Right Throws: Right


Opening Day Age: 23


Projected Opening Day Assignment: High-A St. Lucie


Positives: no particular weakness, solid all-around player, run producer, hits a ton of doubles, good power, can play multiple positions, aggressive hitter, plays the game hard


Negatives: age, strikes out too much, could be more selective


ETA: 2015


Projection: Lawley was one of the most productive hitters in the organization in 2012, and earned that title while playing in a pitching-dominated league. He doesn’t get cheated at the plate, and has legitimate power to all fields. Dustin can play outfield, although his main position is third base, so he’ll have to keep developing his defensive skills elsewhere if he wants to be a Met one day. A couple of comparisons Mets fans should be somewhat familiar with who Lawley emulates: Zach Lutz at the plate, Collin Cowgill everywhere else

Best Case Scenario: power-hitting third corner outfielder

Not in any Major Rankings

Across the John Rank: #31 overall



5. Phillip Evans


La Costa Canyon H.S. (Carlsbad, CA) (15th Round of 2011 Draft)

Bats: Right Throws: Right


Opening Day Age: 20


Projected Opening Day Assignment: Low-A Savannah


Positives: has every skill necessary to be a good SS, works counts and walks a lot, good defender, short, compact swing, plays hard, embraces the spotlight, ahead of the age clock


Negatives: power isn’t immense, needs to learn how to get out of slumps, needs to hit the breaking ball better


ETA: 2015


Projection: Evans is one of those guys who just stands out on a baseball field. Even though he’s small and doesn’t hit skyscraping bombs, Phillip plays with an intensity and a swagger that makes people notice him. He’s a line drive machine who definitely has Major League potential even without plus speed or power.

Best Case Scenario: Elvis Andrus without the speed or a flashier Ruben Tejada


MLB.com Ranks: #19 in system (#6 infielder)

Across the John Rank: #24 overall



4. Danny Muno


Fresno State (8th Round of 2011 Draft)


Bats: Switch Throws: Right


Opening Day Age: 24


Projected Opening Day Assignment: Double-A Binghamton


Positives: never strikes out, walks at an incredible rate (14.7%) can play multiple positions, very good athlete, has some pop

Negatives: suspended 50 games for failed PED test, struggled in the Arizona Fall League


ETA: 2014


Projection: Muno is being groomed as a utility man, although I do think he will be able to man an everyday position one day. He has hit on a consistent basis after being drafted out of Fresno State. His athleticism should help his defensive stock as he hits the upper levels.

Best Case Scenario: Marco Scutaro


Baseball America: Best Plate Discipline in System

Not in any Major Rankings

Across the John Rank: #21 overall



3. Aderlin Rodriguez

Signed as an International free agent at 16 years old


Bats: Right Throws: Right


Opening Day Age: 21


Projected Opening Day Assignment: High-A St. Lucie


Positives: most power of any Minor Leaguer, can be a 30-40 HR guy in the Bigs, good arm, hit 51 XBH this year and drove in 83 runs, had his best season in 2012


Negatives: very little range, has never hit for a high average, takes a while to adjust to each level, doesn’t have a set position, blocked by Davis and Wright


ETA: 2015


Projection: With a tremendous bounce back season in 2012, Aderlin Rodriguez is back on the map as a legitimate Major League prospect. His 24 home runs and 83 RBIs lead all Minor Leaguers. He got his average up to a respectable .263 as well, and sported a slugging percentage of .476. It took Aderlin nearly two years to figure out the SAL, but he’s only 21 so there’s still plenty of time for him to keep improving. For a team that desperately needs power, this man is the most pure source they have outside of New York.

Best Case Scenario: Aramis Ramirez with less of an average


Not in any Major Rankings

Baseball America: Best Power Hitter in Organization

Baseball America: Best Infield Arm in the System

Across the John Rank: #16 overall


2. Gavin Cecchini


Barbe H.S. (Lake Charles, LA) (1st Round, 12th overall in 2012 Draft)


Bats: Right Throws: Right


Opening Day Age: 19


Projected Opening Day Assignment: Short Season-A Brooklyn


Positives: great all-around shortstop beyond his years, incredible athlete, great baseball mind/instincts, advanced hitting skills, good arm and baserunning ability


Negatives: not one tool is super special, needs to develop more power if he’s going to be a star


ETA: 2016

Projection: Cecchini is a teenager and still has a lot to prove, but he has all the makings of a Major League shortstop. From playing on ESPN at 12 years old in the Little League World Series to having a brother who is a Red Sox prospect, Gavin has the spotlight and pedigree questions answered already. His humble attitude and raw ability adds up to a kid who has absolutely nothing stopping him from being a starting infielder in the Big Leagues. It’s all within his control.

Best Case Scenario: Erick Aybar with leadership capabilities


MLB.com Ranks: #6 prospect in system (#1 infielder)

Baseball Prospectus Ranks: #6 prospect in system (#2 infielder)

Baseball America: #2 prospect in system (#1 infielder)

Baseball America: Best Pure Hitter of the 2012 draft class

Across the John Rank: #8 overall



1. Wilmer Flores


Signed as an International free agent in 2007

Bats: Right Throws: Right


Opening Day Age: 21


Projected Opening Day Assignment: Triple-A Las Vegas


Positives: naturally powerful person, makes consistent contact, good plate discipline, has developed legit power, .300 average with 50 XBH last year, always stays healthy


Negatives: slow-footed, doesn’t have a position, average defensively


ETA: late 2013 / early 2014


Projection: Flores is a natural hitter who has rekindled his stock in many prospect rankings after a strong 2012. With the Mets infield seemingly set, it’s hard to picture Flores playing for the Mets this year. He’s probably almost ready to contribute and can be an impact bat very soon, but he needs to find a position first. My guess is they try him at second base and trade Daniel Murphy next year if Flores performs in Las Vegas. Wilmer hits a lot of fly balls, so it’s very possible that the thin PCL air sends his home run totals to the moon. If an infielder gets hurt for the long-term, it’s very possible we see the Venezuelan this season.

Best Case Scenario: poor man’s Miguel Cabrera


MLB.com Ranks: #7 in system (#2 infielder)

Baseball America: #6 in system (#2 infielder)

Baseball America: Best Hitter for Average in the System

Baseball Prospectus Ranks: #5 in system (#1 infielder)

Across the John Rankings: #5 overall

Honorable Mention: Eric Campbell (#57), Allan Dykstra (#64), Jeff Diehl (#73), Robbie Shields (#77)


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