Mets 2010 Prospect Rankings

Mets vs. Brewers

I was reading a post by Tejesh at Mets Prospect Hub on his final ranking of 2009 for the Mets top prospects. Sometimes I think that minor league prospect lists require some explanation about the logic used to determine value in a list. For example, the players that spent significant time on the Mets Major League team in 2009 were Fernando Martinez (#1), Jon Niese (#9), Josh Thole (#10), and Nick Evans (not on top list).

Readiness for big league play isn’t prioritized as a qualifying factor. Total future upside appears to be the priority. I love to read blogs about the Mets minor leaguers, and there are several good ones, because I just don’t have the opportunity to see the minor league players in action especially the low-level leagues. My focus is always on which players are Major League ready or will be in the near future.

I’m still hoping to see Niese get a shot at the rotation in 2010 after missing the rest of the season last August when he tore his hamstring in an ugly scene on the mound. The 23 year-old made five starts last season, having two good ones and two that were kind of ugly, and the final start on August 5 when he got hurt. He ended with a 4.21 ERA over 25.2 IP. Not bad.

I really liked what I saw from Thole behind the plate and offensively. The big question about him is his defense and he did throw out 33% of steal attempts against him in a small sample (127.1 innings). It was obvious from the start that he had little to no power offensively, but I’ll take a catcher that can hit .321 anytime (in 53 AB’s). Frankly, As I’ve written in the past. I’d rather see the Mets start the season with a Thole/Omir Santos platoon at catcher than signing Bengie Molina. That would give them the financial resources to bring in a right-handed power hitter at first base. I doubt that they’ll do that, but it’s the direction that I would go.

Lastly, is the case of F-Mart. He was completely overmatched in his 91 AB’s in the big leagues last season only hitting .176 with 6 doubles and 1 HR. He did play very well defensively during his 202 innings of work in the outfield. I understand that he looks like he’s got all of the tools to be a player. But I’m concerned that he may become one of these guys that never pans out in the big’s. He just turned 21 years-old in October, so there’s plenty of time for him to mature. But I expected, and wanted, to see more from him in 2009 than I did.

Author: Dave Doyle

Although I don’t have a degree in journalism, I love writing about the New York Mets. I’m the typical writer without access. My only accessibility to the Mets is sitting in the stands (often the upper tank) and watching on TV like most fans. I’m not a member of the media, just a fan expressing opinions.