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Top 20 New York Mets Prospects In Review

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This list was originally posted November 25, 2007, before the Johan Santana trade. THIS IS NOT A NEW LIST. THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE OLD LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

1) Fernando Martinez, OF, Grade B+
    .292/.332/.420 for Double-A Binghamton. Production improving, plate discipline still an issue, still very young.
2) Deolis Guerra, RHP, Grade B+
     Traded to Twins. 10-5 for Class A Fort Myers, but with a 4.56 ERA, 56/47 K/BB in 105 innings, and a strong fly ball tendency. Velocity is reportedly down. Still very young, but lots of work to do.
3) Carlos Gomez, OF, Grade B/B+
     Traded to Twins. Hitting .250/.284/.349 with 21 steals. Fun to watch due to glove and speed, but horrible plate discipline and lack of consistent power remain huge problems. Big difference between tools and skills here.
4) Kevin Mulvey, RHP, Grade B
     Traded to Twins. 4-8, 3.87 with 84/34 K/BB in 105 innings for Triple-A Rochester. A bit disappointing, but still has a chance as an inning-eating strike-thrower.
5) Jon Niese, LHP, Grade B
      3.04 ERA with 112/44 K/BB in 124 innings for Double-A Binghamton. Having a breakthrough season, also gets grounders, I like him.
6) Eddie Kunz, RHP, Grade B
     3.00 ERA with 38/23 K/BB in 45 innings for Binghamton, 26 saves. Strong ground ball ratio, looks like he should be ready to help in the pen soon.
7) Phil Humber, RHP, Grade B-
     Traded to Twins. 5.38 ERA with 70/42 K/BB in 94 innings, 107 hits and 16 homers allowed for Rochester.. Very disappointing, ratios are slipping across the board.
8) Brant Rustich, RHP, Grade B-
    4.81 ERA with 30/14 K/BB in 34 innings for Class A Savannah, 32 hits allowed. Not much to get excited about here.
9) Joe Smith, RHP, Grade B-
      3.56 ERA with 33/17 K/BB in 43 innings for the Mets. A nice middle reliever.
10) Nick Evans, 1B, Grade C+
      .311/.365/.561 for Binghamton, .225/.273/.300 in 18 games for the Mets. Needs Triple-A experience, but a decent prospect.
11) Stephen Clyne, RHP, Grade C+
       Combined 5.87 ERA with 31/19 K/BB in 46 innings between Class A St. Lucie and short-season Brooklyn. Gets lots of grounders, but hasn't missed enough bats.
12) Scott Moviel, RHP, Grade C+
       4.54 ERA with 71/31 K/BB in 105 innings for Savannah, 113 hits. Quite mediocre performance, although this is another guy that gets grounders.
13) Brahiam Maldonado, OF, Grade C+
       .210/.258/.281 with horrible plate discipline for St. Lucie. Sleeper pick has not panned out.
14) Nate Vineyard, LHP, Grade C
       Made two starts for Savannah and got hurt.
15) Robert Parnell, RHP, Grade C
       4.32 ERA with 85/56 K/BB in 117 innings for Binghamton, 113 hits. Another ground ball guy with mediocre/adequate peripherals but nothing that makes you think he can dominate.
16) Mike Carp, 1B, Grade C
       .298/.384/.447 for Binghamton, 12 homers. Good plate discipline, but repeating the league.
17) Hector Pellot, 2B, Grade C
      Hit .165/.250/.188 in 23 games for St. Lucie before going on DL.
18) Dan Murphy, 3B, Grade C
      .300/.370/.475 with 14 steals and 12 homers for Binghamton. An interesting player, controls strike zone well.
19) Ezequiel Carrera, OF, Grade C
      .277/.347/.401 with 21 steals for St. Lucie. Has some speed, strike zone judgment erratic.
20) Greg Veloz, 2B, Grade C
      .282/.332/.402 for Savannah, 26 steals. Fast, but shaky plate discipline.

The Mets seem to have a lot of guys who get grounders but don't really dominate. I like Niese a lot and he seems to have taken a big step forward. Carp, Evans, and Murphy are all potential contributers as hitters although none seem like future stars to me. F-Mart remains something of an enigma, and I have to wonder how people would view him as a prospect if the Mets had him playing against his age-peers. What would his numbers look like in the Sally League?