Scouting reports for Mets, Braves, and others

I found this website from Rich Wilson of BlogTalkRadio and SiriusXM that provides detailed scouting reports of top prospects. I thought I would share.

Here's his top 10 for the Mets. Click the link for the detail write-up.

Our review of the Top 10 New York Mets Prospects is now available.

1. Zack Wheeler (RHP)

When the season started, there was a debate as to who the number one prospect in the Mets organization was. However, on July 26, the 11 strikeout performance by Matt Harvey proved that he was ready for the majors, leaving Zack Wheeler to carry the torch.

Wheeler found his way to the Mets via the Carlos Beltran trade at the 2011 trading deadline. He pitched most of the year in the Eastern League, posting a 3.26 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 116.0 innings. By primarily using his plus-plus fastball and plus curve, Wheeler was able to strikeout over a batter an inning. However, his change-up is lagging the other two pitches and still needs development. I know the war cry for promoting Wheeler to the big leagues has already started in New York, but I believe the Mets need to hold their ground and keep Wheeler in Triple-A for an extended period of time. That said, Triple-A is now in Las Vegas, so that may be a dicey proposition.

Zack Wheeler’s pitching mechanics are excellent with outstanding posture, balance, and follow through. The delivery is incredibly easy and it seems almost impossible that he could be throwing in the upper 90’s. However, when you’re athletic and have all of the physical attributes working together, the delivery will be easy and relaxed so that the ball explodes out of your hand. Because he throws so hard, he has a tendency to work up in the zone and therefore his ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio is low. However, he gave up only four home runs the entire year, proving that it’s difficult for minor league hitters to catch-up to his plus-plus velocity.

Fantasy Impact: The long-term projections for Zack Wheeler are very high with a ceiling of a number two starter or more. I believe Wheeler needs more grooming, but with Triple-A now in Las Vegas, Wheeler could find himself in New York by July. If I’m drafting in a Dynasty League, I’m investing in Wheeler as a top 10 minor league pitcher with relatively low risk.

2. Wilmer Flores (3B)

3. Brandon Nimmo (OF)

4. Luis Mateo (RHP)

5. Domingo Tapia (RHP)

6. Jeurys Familia (RHP)

7. Gavin Cecchini (SS)

8. Cesar Puello (OF)

9. Michael Fulmer (RHP)

10. Rafael Montero (RHP)

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