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Four More Mets Prospects Assigned to AFL

Beyond their first group of players, according to ESPNny, the Mets will also be sending LHP Robert Carson, RHP Taylor Whitenton, 3B Jefry Marte and C Juan Centeno out to AZ this October. This will be Carson's second consecutive AFL season. In 24 starts with Double-A Binghamton, the 22-year old lefty has posted a disappointing 4.99 ERA with a .299 opp. average in 2011. Whitenton has always flashed major league stuff but this year the 23-year old former 39th rounder sharpened his command and is suddenly in the prospect discussion. He is currently tops in the SAL in opp. average (.192) and second in ERA (2.51). After getting off to a scorching April with Hi-A St. Lucie, 25th ranked prospect in the AA Preseason Top 50 Jefry Marte's development has continued to stagnate. Since April he hasn't done much on his way to a .249/.314/.346 season line. Finally, catcher Juan Centeno was not considered much of a prospect so the defensive specialist mostly backed up Francisco Pena in 2011. But the 21-year old has begun to open eyes thanks to a real knack for contact, striking out just 22 times in 2011.

Mets Sending Harvey and Marte to Futures Game

Via the Binghamton Mets press release: "Binghamton Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey has been selected to represent the United States in the 2011 All-Star Futures Game on July 10 at Chase Field in Phoenix. He made his pro debut this season with the St. Lucie Mets, leading the High-A affiliate to the South Division First Half title in the Florida State League. In 14 starts with St. Lucie, the 22-year-old went 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA, averaging 10.9 strike outs per nine innings. He is one of two New York Mets farmhands that will take part in the annual game. 20-year old 3B Jefry Marte, a member of the St. Lucie Mets (High-A) and native of the Dominican Republic, will represent the World Team."

Diamond Futures Mets Top Prospects 2011

Mets system ranked at #14. "Given the state of the franchise, our ranking of the Mets system likely comes as a surprise to some, but it remains fairly consistent with our view of the system from last year ( TEAM #16 – New York Mets )—a year that saw four of our top eight ranked prospects (Ike Davis, Reuben Tejada, Jon Niese and Josh Thole) make significant contributions with the Big League club. It is an interesting organization in the sense that there are few superstars but a substantial number of players that are likely to make Major League contributions—something that would typify last year’s rookie crop."

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