Arizona Winter League Contingent

According to Adam Rubin, the Mets contingent to represent the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Winter League will be:

(LHP) Robert Carson
Born: 01/23/1989
Birthplace: Hattiesburg, MS
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220
Bats: L
Throws: L
AA Binghamton

(RHP) Josh Stinson
Born: 03/14/1988
Birthplace: Shreveport, LA
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 210
Bats: R
Throws: R
AAA Buffalo

(C) Kai Groneur
Born: 11/28/1986
Birthplace: Solingen, Germany
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R
Advanced-A St. Lucie

(2B/SS) Jordany Valdespin
Born: 12/23/1987
Birthplace: San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 174
Bats: L
Throws: R
AA Binghamton

PRESS RELEASE: - Mets Promote Mejia and Duda


August 31, 2010

Mets Recall RHP Jenrry Mejia from Bisons

Select Contract of Buffalo OF Lucas Duda

The New York Mets today announced that they recalled RHP JENRRY MEJIA from the Bisons. In addition, the Mets also selected the contract of Bisons’ OF LUCAS DUDA. Both players will be available for New York’s game in Atlanta on Wednesday night.

Mejia, 20, made one start for the Bisons. The Mets’ #1 prospect by Baseball America struck out nine in eight innings of a no-decision on Monday night against Syracuse. Mejia made New York’s team out of spring training and made 30 appearances with the Mets, going 0-2 with a 3.25ERA (27.2, 10ER).

Duda has played 70 games with the Bisons since his promotion from Double-A Binghamton on June 14. With the Herd, the outfielder hit .314 (83-264) with 23 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs and 53RBI. He finished 2nd on the Bisons team in home runs and RBI as well as in extra-base hits (41).

From June 28 – July 2, Duda tied a Bisons all time record by homering in five consecutive games.

2011 DRAFT: - OF - Dwight Smith

Dwight Smith

11-2 from http://www.thehardballtimes.com/ : - Dwight Smith, OF, 2011, Peachtree City, Ga., Canes - Wowee. Fastest bat I saw in the tournament, and if his swing needs any tuning, that’s for someone far smarter than me. Power to spare (despite being 5-foot-11), good plate coverage, quiet hands and load… he’s dialed in. It stands to reason; this is the son of the former big leaguer of the same name. He’s a great athlete and an above-average baserunner. However, it looked like things were a bit of an adventure in the outfield. I think he’ll be a top-round draft pick in 2011.

6-10 from: - http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com/  - The top 2011 player that will be there is Dwight Smith, an outfielder from McIntosh HS near here, and he's the son of the former Major League outfielder. There are dozens of other players I want to see, and I don't know pitching schedules, so I could be missing Adam Griffin (Forsyth Country Day HS, NC) by not getting up for the 9:00 game, but his team (Dirtbags 17's) aren't playing a difficult pool matchup, so I'm crossing my fingers that I'll see him this weekend

6-14-10 from: - http://prospectinsider.com/360mock.php  - 2011 Mock Draft – 27 Atlanta OF Dwight Smith -- McIntosh HS

6-15-10 from: - http://www.deepleagues.com/?p=1830  – 2011 Mock Draft - 14. Colorado Rockies Dwight Smith OF, Peachtree City, Georgia

6-29 from: - Andy Seiler Mock Draft - http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com/2010/6/28/1541924/andys-first-2011-top-50#storyjump  - 20. Dwight Smith, OF, McIntosh HS (GA)

7-1 from: - http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com/2010/6/30/1544396/pats-first-2011-top-50#storyjump  – Pat Hickey Mock Draft – 32. Dwight Smith, OF, McIntosh HS (Ga.)

7-1 from: - http://sullydraft.blogspot.com/  – 2011 Mock Draft – 31. Dwight Smith- OF, Mcintosh HS

7-3 from: - http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/07/03/early-follow-list-for-2011-mlb-draft  - from Fanhouse.com MLB Draft guru Frankie Piliere – Dwight Smith OF McIntosh HS (Ga.) - Toolsy outfielder with strong frame. Complex swing, high leg kick, gets out in front at times. Big sound off bat.

7-3 from: - http://milbprospects.blogspot.com/2010/07/early-version-of-top-50-prospects-for.html  - Top 50 - 13 Dwight Smith , OF , McIntosh HS, Peachtree City, Ga.

7-13-10 from: - http://sullydraft.blogspot.com/  – top 10 high school outfielders: - 2. Dwight Smith- McIntosh HS

7-25: - http://www.fanhouse.com/ : - Fanhouse Top 70 Prospects - 49. Dwight Smith, OF, McIntosh HS (Ga.)

2011 DRAFT: - George Springer, Danny Hultzen, Bryan Brickhouse, Daniel Camerena... and Anthony Meo

George Springer:

8-27 from: - link  - OF George Springer Connecticut 6'3 205 R/R - a rejuvenation to a solid program that used to appear in the CWS in Omaha years back, this young man has plus tools across the board, strength is his power and pure straight away running speed, arm is plus and he has good range, instincts are ok to play either OF corner and even CF if needed. Will steal bases on occ and comps to Jeff Franceour, so he should produce some runs as a 3 or 5 hole hitter in a lineup.

Danny Hultzen:

8-27 from: - link  - LHP Danny Hultzen Virginia 6'2 1/2 195 L/L - also a quality hitter and first base man, Hultzen has a chance to be a 3-4 man in ML rotation, shows enough ML velo on Fb, range is 88-93, most are 89-91 with sink when down, gets hurt middle up in zone, also cb tends to flatten out and backdoor type action vs RHH, needs to lead with elbow and run cb in on RHH. Also straight change that's workable now and should improve in pro ball with more exposure.

Bryan Brickhouse:

8-12-10 from: - link  - RHP - The Woodlands (Texas) HS Brickhouse comes from the same high school that produced first-rounder Jameson Taillon this year. He has a nice pitcher's frame with good arm speed. His fastball gets up to 94 mph with command and he mixes in an above-average curveball. Brickhouse is committed to North Carolina.

Daniel Camerena:

8-18-10 from: - link  - Local two-way player Daniel Camarena (San Diego) doubled (short-hopped the right-field fence to drive in the game's first run) in three at-bats and also took the loss after allowing two runs on a walk and two doubles in the seventh. As a pitcher, Camarena delivered his fastball in the 83-86 mph range and seemed to rely a lot on his breaking ball.

8-19-10 from: - http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=4935  - Camarena appeared in this game as both a positional player and as a pitcher, but it was his swing in the batter’s box that really caught my eye. There are some young players that I have watched over the years that I feel just ‘get it,’ and Camarena is one of those hitters. He’s a lefty with good size and obvious bat speed with plenty of physical projection left for added strength. He looks like a hitter with sloped shoulders and very good extension in his swing. He showed the ability to hit the ball with back-spin, driving a double in the second to deep right field off of Michael Kelly, a ball that seemed to carry a lot farther than what it looked like it would do off the bat. That gives him promising power potential, and he also was throwing in the upper 80s with a big, slow curveball.

Anthony Meo:

8-21-10 from: - link  - Anthony Meo generated some buzz by being one of the hardest throwers in the Cape this summer. The Coastal Carolina right-hander had a strong spring for the Chanticleers but struggled slightly with Bourne in the Cape. Even though his fastball sits 94-95 MPH, regularly touching higher, Meo hasn’t posted elite strikeout rates. After whiffing 23.4% of hitters this spring, Meo sent just 15.8% of Cape batters down on strikes. Meo augments his mid-to-upper 90’s fastball with a 91-92 MPH cutter but lacks a quality off-speed pitch. If his off-speed stuff can develop, Meo could go high in the first round. If not, someone will still want to take a chance on that arm strength pretty early.

PRESS RELEASE: - Brooklyn 6, Connecticut 1

The Brooklyn Cyclones won the rubber game of a three-game series against the Connecticut Tigers by a score of 6-1 on Monday night bringing their overall record to 45-22. The Cyclones will finish off the year with a seven-game homestand against Vermont and Tri-City before advancing to the the NYPL playoffs.

Brooklyn pitchers held the Tigers to just one run on nine hits while striking out six. Starting pitcher Jonathan Kountis (1-0) found his rhythm early, striking out the side in the first inning and throwing five strong frames, surrendering one run on six hits while striking out five to earn his first win of the season. Since returning to Brooklyn from Kingsport Kountis is 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA, registering 14 strikeouts in 10.1 innings of work. LHP Nelson Pereira came on in the sixth inning to toss two scorless innings with one strikeout, allowing just two hits. RHP Johan Figuereo closed out the game throwing a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, surrendering one hit.

A day after being shut down, the Cyclones' offense got revenge on Connecticut's pitching, tagging the Tigers for six runs on fourteen hits with six Cyclones registering multi-hit games. SS Wilfredo Tovar went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI. 2B J.B. Brown continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI bringing his average up to .316. Brown (pictured, by George Napolitano) has five runs and five RBI over his last ten games. C Blake Forsythe and DH Joe Bonfe each registered two-hit games, with one run and one RBI apiece. 1B Jeff Flagg and 3B James Schroeder were responsible for scoring two Cyclone runs in the ninth inning and fifth inning, respectively, while RF Cory Vaughn went 2-for-5 to bring his season average to .306,

PRESS RELEASE: - Bisons Notes 8/31/10 - Syracuse at Buffalo (7:05 p.m.)

Bisons Remaining 2010 Home Schedule

Tuesday, August 31 vs. Syracuse (7:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre DOUBLEHEADER (Game 1 – 5:35 p.m.)

Thursday, September 2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (6:05 p.m.)

Buffalo Bisons (72-64, 2nd(-10.5), North) vs. Syracuse Chiefs (71-65, 3rd(-11.5), North)Tuesday, August 31, 2010 (7:05 p.m.) - Coca-Cola Field

RHP Fernando Nieve (2-0, 5.40) vs. RHP Erik Arnesen (8-7, 4.18)TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13 Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in the final game of a two-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd needs a win tonight to split the set with its IL North Division rival after losing last night, 4-1. Buffalo is now 41-27 at home this season. The Bisons will host the Yankees for a three-game in two-game series starting Wednesday.

WILD RACE: The Bisons have fallen back to 3.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers in the IL Wild Card. Along with the Herd’s loss last night, the Clippers were 6-4 winners over Indianapolis on Monday. Buffalo has eight games left while Columbus has seven contests remaining in 2010.

THRUWAY CUP: The Syracuse Chiefs (19-8) clinched the 2010 Thruway Cup with their victory over the Bisons (15-14) last night. The Chiefs snapped the Red Wings (7-19) two-year reign in the Thruway Series. The Herd is now 6-9 against the Chiefs this season and has now lost the season-series to Syracuse for the third straight year.

WELL SERVED: INF MIKE CERVENAK has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 contests with the Bisons. Since August 7, Cervenak has averaged .360 (31-86) with six doubles, four home runs and 13RBI in 25 games. The stretch has raised his average 27 points to .261. Cervenak leads the Bisons team with 103 games played and 105 hits and is second with 24 doubles.

BATTING RACE: OF JESUS FELICIANO went 0-4 last night to see his average drop to .340 in 82 games with the Bisons. Feliciano is now 31 plate appearances shy of qualifying as the top hitter in the International League. His average would be one point higher than Gwinnett’s INF Barbaro Canizares.

BISONS BITS: LHP MIKE O’CONNOR saw his consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped last night. The southpaw had tossed 16.2 innings without a run...INF NICK EVANS has reached base safely in 29 of his 31 games with the Herd since his promotion. Evans sports a .319 batting average and a .391 on-base percentage...RHP DILLON GEE fanned 11 batters on Saturday and now has an IL-best 161 on the season.


Binghamton Mets (64-70) at Portland Sea Dogs (64-70)
AA Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox

RHP Eric Beaulac (0-1, 5.40) vs. RHP Stephen Fife (6-6, 5.03)

Game #135• Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hadlock Field • Portland, ME • 7:00 p.m.


Upcoming Games and Probable Starters

Wednesday, Sept. 1 @Portland 7:00 PM RHP Dylan Owen (4-4, 4.38) vs. RHP Alex Wilson (3-4, 6.14)

Thursday, Sept. 2 @Portland 6:00 PM TBA vs. RHP Blake Maxwell (6-0, 2.32)

Friday, Sept. 3 Harrisburg G1 5:35 PM LHP Mark Cohoon (5-3, 4.36) vs. TBA

Friday, Sept. 3 Harrisburg G2 TBD TBA vs. TBA

LAST GAME: Binghamton dug itself an early 6-0 hole, but

emerged to tie the game after batting in the fifth, however

Portland retook the lead in the bottom of the frame and went

on to win 7-6 at Hadlock Field Monday night. Robert Carson

suffered his sixth loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits

over five innings. The Sea Dogs plated a run in the first on an

RBI single from Nate Spears and chalked up five runs in the

second, which was capped by a two-run double from Luis

Exposito. The B-Mets broke onto the scoreboard in the third

with an RBI single from Jordany Valdespin, trimming the deficit

to five, 6-1. 10 men came to the plate in the fifth and

scored five runs on seven hits to tie the score. However, Carson

gave the lead back in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of a

pair of walks and an Anthony Rizzo sacrifice fly. Ryne Reynoso

worked 3.1 scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief.


make his second Double-A start tonight for the B-Mets. He

allowed three runs on six hits and six walks over five innings

at Reading August 26 to take the loss in his Binghamton debut.

Beaulac opened the season with St. Lucie (High-A) and

racked up a 5-5 mark and a 3.59 ERA over 102.2 innings.

Opposing hitters hit just .237 against him. In 2009, he spent

the year in Savannah’s (Low-A) rotation and went 7-7 with a

2.95 ERA over 116 innings with 133 strikeouts, the secondmost

among Mets’ minor league pitchers. New York (NL)

drafted Beaulac in the ninth round of the June 2008 draft out

of LeMoyne College.

RHP Stephen Fife will make his team-leading 25th start of the

season tonight for the Sea Dogs. He lasted just four innings in

his last start August 26 at New Hampshire where he allowed

two runs (one earned) on four hits in a no-decision. Fife is 6-6

with a 5.03 ERA over 125.1 innings. He is 0-3 with a 10.62

ERA over five August starts (20.1 IP). Fife made 18 starts

between Greenville (Low-A) and Salem (High-A) last season

and went 3-5 with a 3.71 ERA over 87.1 innings combined. He

was Boston’s fourth-round pick in the June 2008 draft out of

the University of Utah.

COHOON CALLING THE SHOTS: B-Mets southpaw Mark Cohoon

has been a man possessed in the month of August. Over

five starts, he is 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA in 33.2 innings of work,

dropping his ERA to 4.36. He has won four straight starts

courtesy of four consecutive quality starts.

LEFTY LABORING: B-Mets LHP Robert Carson has had a tough

go of it at Double-A so far with a 1-6 mark and an 8.74 ERA.

He has allowed four earned runs or more in all but one of his

nine starts and opponents are hitting .351 against him.

2011 ROSTER PROJECTION - THE KEEPERS: - #50 - SP - Chris Schwinden

Chris Schwinden – SP – A/A+ - 24/yrs.

Selected by New York Mets in 22nd Round (674th overall) of 2008 amateur entry draft.

From: http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080513/SPORTS/805130322/1006  - "Chris Schwinden, Fresno Pacific baseball: The Golden West graduate ended the season with a 6-1 record on the mound and a 2.48 ERA. He had 96 strikeouts in 90 2-3 innings."

In 2008, Schwinden went 4-1, 2.01, 14 games, 8 starts, 70Ks, 62.2 IP, only 12 BBs, for Brooklyn.

From: http://www.dembrooklynbums.com/ : - Drafted by the Mets in the 22nd round of this year’s draft, many baseball insiders didn’t know what to expect from right-handed pitcher Chris Schwinden. Despite having great numbers in his last year at Fresno Pacific, going 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA, the Clones staff was so full of talent before the season started that it was impossible to know what the 21-year-old was capable of doing once he reached the pros. Regardless of that notion however, Schwinden has managed to thrive out of the Brooklyn bullpen so far this season, going 0-1 with a 1.88 ERA in four appearances and a start, after a college career that saw him mostly as a starter.

September 2008: Brooklyn pitching coach Hector Berrios on: Scott Shaw and Chris Schwinden: “These guys are both tacticians on the mound and they rely on spotting the ball. Their game is being able to locate their pitches and change speeds. They did an impressive job of that this season. I think Shaw was one of our most underrated pitchers and if you take two or three bad innings away from him, he was the best pitcher in the league this season.”

In September, Patrick Hickey wrote on: Chris Schwinden- Every season in Brooklyn, there’s a player who relies on command and ends up having a monster year. In 2006, it was Eric Brown. In 2007, it was Dylan Owen and Dillon Gee. Simply put, Schwinden is a sleeper prospect with a great attitude that I see rising through the organization. Is he the next Brian Bannister, Joe Smith or promising prospect to get to the Mets in a year or so? Probably not, but he’s still going to fun to watch develop. Final Grade- A

In 2009, Schwinden became one of the “Savannah 5”, posting a 9-6, 3.28, 1.22 record in 21 games, 17 starts. He also went 1-0, 3.97 for Lucy in the last week of the season.

1-1-10 Forecast: Everybody spent the entire 2009 season bragging on Jeurys Familiar and Robert Carson, while Schwinden stayed under the radar. Hey, this is a guy with a lifetime 1.17 WHIP! So far, in two seasons, he’s 14-7, 2.90, 1.17. I’ll take that at any level. We may have ourselves another pitching prospect here.

5-22-10: - AA- Chris Schwinden: The B-Mets have been stuck in their worst stretch so far this season, losing nine in a row going into Saturday night’s game. And no one has played worse than the rotation, who was 0-7, 8.79 during that stretch. They turned to Chris Schwinden, who was pitching the best at St. Lucie and he gave them six excellent innings: 6.0-IP, 1-ER, 5-K, 0-BB.

6-20-10: - Schwinden decided to show the people in Binghamton why he was promoted from m St. Lucie. Chris threw 6.1 innings, giving up zero runs, seven hits, while striking out five and walking one. His AA ERA was lowered to 5.63. Game wise, Chris got help from three B-Mets relievers and wound up on the plus side of a 1-0 victory. His combined stats for Lucy/Bing are: 5-4, 3.66, in 13 games, eight starts. I’m sure he’s not going anywhere else this season and will finish the year as a 24-year old. Look for him to possibly open next season in the Buffalo rotation.

7-3-10 from: - http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100702&content_id=11844328&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp  - Chris Schwinden fell three outs short of a perfect game Friday, settling for the first shutout of his three-year career as Binghamton pounded the Portland Sea Dogs, 10-0, in the first game of a doubleheader. The 23-year-old right-hander retired the first 18 batters before Che-Hsuan Lin led off the seventh and final inning with a line drive single up the middle. Schwinden ended up striking out five and did not walk a batter for the second straight start. He's been streaky since his promotion to Double-A in mid-May. After holding last-place New Britain to one run over six innings to win his Eastern League debut, he dropped his next four starts. The California native tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings against Trenton on June 18, then lasted only 2 1/3 frames against New Britain five days later.

7-3-10: - Schwinden has had a hard time solidifying himself within the Binghamton rotation, but that might be all in the past after last night’s first game of the doubleheader. Schwinden had a no-hitter after six innings and finished up the 7-inning game with a two hitter. He also struck out five and did not give up a walk.

2011 Forecast: - Chris started off the 2010 season on fire. He went 3-0, 1.83 in St. Lucie and was the first pitching bump up to the B-Mets. He looked like the real deal in June and July at the AA level, but that was before he went around the league once. He finished the AA season with 14 starts (in 17 ganes) and a 5.56 ERA, before landing on the DL (strained left oblique), where he remained until the season ended. Schwinden probably is just going through the bumps that most lower level starters go through as they progess. I expect they’ll start him over in Binghamton for the 2011 season, being piggy-backed with another starter, in a 6-man rotation, through April. After that, he's on his own.

CUTNPASTE: - El Duque, Daniel Murphy, Carl Crawford, John Maine... and R.A. Dickey

El Duque:

link  - Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez shocked the Harrisburg Senators and Washington Nationals Sunday by deciding to prematurely end his baseball season. The 44-year-old pitcher, a three-time World Series champion who earlier this summer signed a minor league deal with the Nationals and spent the last three weeks pitching out of Harrisburg’s bullpen, left the Senators following Sunday’s 6-5, 10-inning victory over Trenton. He’s heading to his home in Miami to contemplate his future in baseball and perhaps await an offer from another organization, said Senators manager Randy Knorr and Nationals’ director of player development Doug Harris.

Daniel Murphy:

link  - Daniel Murphy wanted to contribute as a pinch hitter to the Mets in September, but his rehab from a knee injury suffered in a takeout slide with Triple-A Buffalo wasn't rapid enough to allow for it. However, the organization plans to send Murphy to the Dominican Republic this winter. Murphy primarily will play second base. He also should see action at first base and in left field.

Carl Crawford:

link  - The first player we’ll throw out for discussion is the big fish of the winter, Carl Crawford. The Tampa Bay outfielder, who just turned 29, has established himself as one of the game’s best all around players. Over the first nine years of his professional career, he’s averaged just under +4 WAR per season, and he’s been even better than that the last two years, posting a +5.5 win season last year and already reaching +5.6 wins so far in 2010. He’s in the prime of his career with a skillset that ages very well, and with a variety of abilities that are valued by every team, no matter their team building philosophy. Crawford is going to attract intense interest from multiple teams. There will be an inevitable bidding war for his services, with the Yankees and Angels most often rumored to be the teams ready to break the bank in an effort to lure Crawford to join their organizations. So, the question is, how much does he get, and for how long?

John Maine:

link  ~ 2010 salary $3.3M: After five seasons with the Mets his tenure in New York is almost definitely over. He blew out his shoulder this season for the Mets and his career could possibly be over. Hopefully he makes a recovery and is able to catch on somewhere else though.

R.A. Dickey:

link  - R.A. Dickey checks in at No. 7 on the National League leader board with a 2.57 ERA, at least for a few days. A pitcher needs an inning for every game in which his team has played to qualify. Entering the series opener in Atlanta, the Mets have played 130 games. And Dickey has logged 133 1/3 innings. That means he will drop out before pitching again Friday, because the Mets will have played 134 games before he next takes the mound.

CUTNPASTE: - Michael Hebert, R.A. Dickey, Prospect Ranking, Jeff Francoeur... and Braves on Mets

Michael Hebert:

link  – (8-27) Hebert has been one of the staples in the Kingsport rotation, pleased to have moved out of the Gulf Coast League after an unusual series of events kept the seventh-round pick from 2008 there for parts of two seasons. "From March until now, I'm a different pitcher," he said. "I'm more of a pitcher and not just a thrower. Everything is looking a lot better." The right-hander from Saugus, Calif., presents a positive outlook, despite his professional career having taken stutter steps since he signed as a 17-year-old. Prior to the 2009 short-season, he toiled in extended spring training. When he and some friends went to Game 4 of the NBA Finals between his favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Orlando Magic, he was deemed to have missed curfew. With that, he was suspended 45 days by the Mets organization.

R.A. Dickey:

link  - R.A. Dickey has never managed to go an entire season without at least some time spent in the Minor Leagues. Perhaps 2011 will break that streak because the Mets certainly have to be a little regretful of the 60.2 innings they had Dickey spend in Buffalo to begin 2010. Dickey wasn’t much different in Triple-A this season then he has been in the past aside from a reduced BABIP and a higher ground ball rate. Then again, Dickey has always been better than the Triple-A level and this season was no different with Dickey accumulating in the range of about 1.5 WAR if we extended the formula to the Minor Leagues. Called up to the big leagues and inserted into the Mets rotation as of May 19. It wasn’t an auspicious beginning with four walks and two strikeouts in six innings, but things only got better from there. In the 120.1 innings since that first start, Dickey has recorded 83 strikeouts and just 27 walks and one hit batter.

Prospect Ranking:

link  - It is difficult to rank the Mets farm system. I think Reese Havens and Zach Lutz are far superior to Ratliff and Nieuwenhuis when they’re on the field, but neither of them has proven they can stay healthy. Duda is the best pure hitter of the bunch and has stayed healthy, but he is also probably a below average corner outfielder. You could make a real radical statement and say Darrell Ceciliani or Aderlin Rodriguez is the best of the bunch, but they carry with them a lot of downside. Then you have to factor in pitchers like Jeurys Familia and Matt Harvey, and suddenly you have nine guys with no obvious advantage over each other. And that is the problem with rankings. They add the illusion of distinction when, sometimes, as in this case, none is warranted. At the same time, that is what makes it fun, challenging, and let’s face, gives it real world pertinence. Out of the nine, one might blossom into a superstar, one or two of them might pull a Brad Holt next year, and you wonder why they were ever considered prospects in the first place, and the rest will end up in between. As a general manager, most of them are your trade chips, and you have to remember prospects get you fired, lest you end up looking like Steve Phillips.

Jeff Francoeur:

link  ~ 2010 salary $5M: He seems to be a fan favorite, but that doesn't make you a major league ball player. Francoeur has shown signs of improvement at the plate and has a great arm in right field, but I just don't see him having a place on this team in 2011.

Braves On Mets:

link  - To say the least, the Mets have been an interesting team to follow in the news lately with all the drama surrounding K-Rod and whether or not Minaya/Manuel will be back next year. The Braves have a lot more to play for right now, but the rivalry loses something (at least from a Braves fan's perspective) when Chipper isn't playing. Looking at the match-ups in the series, I think the Braves will end up winning it 3-1. In the first three games we will see each team put out their three youngest pitchers, who should be playing in this rivalry for a long time to come. The final game should be a great pitchers duel between Tim Hudson and Johan Santana which I think the Braves will win late in the game.

STOCK: Robert Carson, GCL Mets, Jenrry Mejia,

9-1-10 – Stock Down – Look, no matter how we break this down, Robert Carson has not progessed enough this past season to be currently considered a top pitching prospect. He was absolutely lit up last night, going 5.0-IP, 9-H, 7-ER, 5-K, 2-BB, 1-WP. His Binghamton ERA is now 8.74, and, if you add that to his 4.17 in Lucy, the year looks like: 8-11, 5.74., with only 97-K in 131.2-IP, plus 55-BB. This has not been a great year for three of the Mets top so-called pitching prospects (Carson, Jeurys Familia, Brad Holt) and the season seesm to be coming to an end at the right time for Robert.

Old stuff this year on Carson:

1-1-10 Forecast: - Carson would have been ranked higher if he finished the season strong, but he didn’t. The Mets should have bumped him to St. Lucie at least two months prior to the end of the season, but they didn’t, and that could have been hanging over Carson. There’s a hell of a lot of talent here along with his confidence and bravado. I look for a tremendous season at St. Lucie in 2010.

5-22-10: Carson has put together three decent starts coming into Friday night, after starting the season all over the place. He did give up 12 hits Friday night, but his overall stats were impressive: 7.1-IP, 2-ER, 3-K. His ERA is now down to 4.95 from a year high of 81.00 on April 15.

5-22-10: - SP Robert Carson: Carson also got off to a bad start, especially his second outing of the year (0.2-IP, 6-ER, 81.00). The good news is, in his last three outings, Carson has stats of: 16.1-IP, 5-ER, 12-Ks. His last outing on May 17 was especially hot, striking out nine in 5.0-IP. Carson is 21-years old and, like Familia, projects out as a possible 2013 starter for the Mets

6-17-10: - A+ SP Robert Carson had another great outing, throwing 6..0 scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and striking out seven. His ERA is now below five, and he's given up only 2-ER in his last three starts (19.0-IP). This is real good news folks and there actually is a chance you may see him move on to Binghamton at some point this season.

6-30-10: - Carson did everything he could to throw a shutout Monday night… his first seven innings were close to perfect, but he eventually tired in the 8th inning, giving up four runs (7.2-IP, 4-ER, 9-H, 4-K, 1-BB). He did get the victory (6-4), and his ERA ended up at 4.54. There’s been a bunch of negativity in the scouting world involving Carson… many question whether he has that “something special”needed to make it someday in the Bigs. No one has every questioned his confidence (his Facebook name is Robert “Imdestinedforgreatness” Carson.) Let’s hope this is another sign that his game is returning.

7-4-10: - Carson continued Sunday night putting his season back together... 7.0-IP, 2-ER, 7-K, 1-BB... ERA down to 4.37. That translates to a 3.41 ERA over the last 10 starts, which, if that was his seasonal stats, he would already be on is way to Binghamton.

7-14 from: - http://www.amazinavenue.com/2010/7/14/1567569/mets-farm-system-mid-term-review  - No, on the surface those numbers are not very impressive. However, following a 7.07 April ERA, Carson has been very solid in each of the following months, including a 2.08 ERA in July. And really it isn't just the numbers that give me confidence with Carson, it's the reports on his increased stamina, mound presence and fastball command. After a 2009 where he regularly tired by the 6th, the big-bodied Carson is now holding his low to mid 90's velocity deep into games and is consistently commanding the fastball to both sides of the plate. He has also learned to work extremely quickly, improving his game pace and rhythm. While it may take a while, Carson is doing exactly what it takes for him to round into that back of the rotation innings-eater I'm hoping for instead of just a LOOGY.

9-1-10 - Stock down: - So, the GCL Mets make the playoffs as a wildcard and they had to play a one game, winner take all, game against the GCL Phillies, for the honor of moving on in the playoffs. As we wrote yesterday, both the manager and the pitching coach were sent packing after they got into each other on the field a couple of games ago. So, somebody else had to choose the starting pitcher for this critical game, and whoever it was, picked Domingo Tabia instead of Marcos Camerena… wrong move… Tabia’s stats: 1.1-IP, 7-R-, 6-H, 2-BB, and 1-HBP. Rumor is the Phillies sent cheese steaks to his locker after the game.

But, this isn’t the real issue, is it? These are VERY young men, busting their ass every day in the hot sun, being paid peanuts, and you would thing the last thing that would happen is their mentors start acting like their bunk mate in school.

BTW, both Tabia (#108) and Camerena (#95)
 are on The Keepers list.

Here’s the old stuff on both of Camerena:

Marcos Camerena seems to be the one standout player that will come out of the DSL/VSL system this year. Camarena debuted with the DSL Mets in 2008, going 0-1, 3.68 in 7 relief appearances. This year, he was moved to a starter and produced stats of: 7-2. 1.74, in 14 games, 12 starts. He also had 57K, and only 10-BB in 67.1-IP.

1-1-10:: As usual, not much info on this guy, but he’s 6-3, 202 and was virtually unhittable this season. Then again, how many others have I said this same thing about over the years (Nelson Portillo and Alay Soler comes to mind). I think we’ll see him in extended came come March and I’m sure he’ll pitch for one of the winter teams as well.

5-30-10 from: - http://myworldofbaseball.com/wordpress/?cat=42  - Marcos Camarena RHP - Marcos was 7-2, 1.74 in the DSL, allowing righthanders to hit only .198 against him. He had a 1 to 7 walk to K ratio, which should get him a promotion to a short season league stateside.

6-27-10: - Camerena piggybacked with another GCL Mets pitcher on Saturday and was just about perfect: 4.0-IP, 0-H, 0-R, 3-K, 1-BB. The team is still trying to figure out which five pitchers will settle in to their rotation, and Marcos made a good case for being one of them.

8-15-10: - SP Marcus Camerena continues to impress for Kingsport. He ”went the distance” in a 7-inning game Sunday, with stats of: 8-H, 3-ER, 3-K, 1-BB, and a seasonal ERA of 3.19 (in 9-G, 4-starts). He impressed us all last year for the DSL team (7-2, 1.74), as well as his short stint near the end of the 2009 season for the same team he plays for now (2-2, 3.03). The 6-3 righty turns 20 in September and I expect to see him Savannah next spring.

Stock Up: - I don’t mean to blow more smoke up you, but you have really feel much better about 2011 after the Jenry Mejia performance last night for Buffalo. I mean, the Mets went into last night’s game with Atlanta with the… 2nd LOWEST ERA IN THE LEAGUE… after the all-star break. You add Mejia to the mix next spring, plus a possible reborn Chad Cordero (yeah, I know… if signed) and the Mets really don’t have to worry about pitching next season. A rotation of Santana, Mejia, Niese, Pelfrey, and Dickey… well, it sure sounds good to me. Stats for the night: - 8.0-IP, 103-pitches, 5-H, 1-R, 9-K, 1-BB. On to Chicago….

Here’s my old 2010 notes on Mejia:

1-10-10 Forecast: - Everybody loves Jenrry Mejia. He was the talk of the winter leagues, both for his speed and the speed the ball went off opponent’s bats. He still has a long way to go and will start again at AA, but anyone who has spent any time observing him says he’s a can’t miss. Me? He’s a closet closer.

4-6-10 – Jack Flynn on Mack’s Mets: - At a time when Jenrry Mejia should be donning a Binghamton Mets jersey and preparing for his Opening Day assignment against Akron on Thursday, he is instead in the back of Jerry Manuel's bullpen having his development stunted. Relievers are made, not born. It's an old-school way of thinking, but I truly believe that every pitcher should be given an opportunity to fail as a starter before being converted into a reliever. By pre-emptively putting Mejia in the bullpen based on 15 Spring Training innings, the Mets are crippling his potential to develop secondary pitches and to blossom into a top-flight starter.

4-28-10: - http://benmaller.com/mlb  - As the Mets’ bullpen has exceeded expectations in the early part of the season, the need for Jenrry Mejia might be diminishing. But Jerry Manuel remains adamant that the 20-year-old will be a bigger part of the pen rather than be pushed out and sent to tune up for an eventual starting role. Asked if the emergence of Fernando Nieve in the pen could free up Mejia to become a starter, Manuel declined, instead noting that he’d like to work him more into a late-inning role

5-6-10: - http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/someone-help-the-mets  - Ignore the extra innings mismanagement of Francisco Rodriguez. That’s merely another bullet point on Manuel’s pink slip. Consider the horrendous handling of Jenrry Mejia to date. Manuel has instructed him to focus on his fastball – presumably the pitch that needs the least work for Mejia to become a good starter. If telling the organization’s best pitching prospect to disregard developing his secondary stuff isn’t enough, then how about then using that pitcher in lower leverage situations than just about everyone else in the bullpen? Manuel is actually using Mejia in the perfect developmental situations, yet he’s capping that development by disallowing him to throw his curve and change-up as often as he wants. Meanwhile, Mejia’s service clock continues to tick

5-22-10: - SP Jenrry Mejia: It’s impossible to project Mejia’s future right now because he’s supposed to return to the minors and be stretched out back to a starter. The problem is he’s still sitting in the Queens pen. So far this season: 20 outings, 19.0-IP, 3.79 ERA, 14-K, 11-BB… okay, but not what a 19-year old is supposed to be doing. The good news… he’s an extremely talented young man that should be a Met for a very long time.

5-26-10 from: - http://baseballanalysts.com/  - In combining both horizontal and vertical movement, it's evident that Peter Moylan generates enough movement on his fastball to throw it at elite levels, while Cabrera, again, has a mediocre-to-awful fastball in spite of his velo. Remember, I'm only including 95 MPH pitches, so imagine how bad his fastball must have been in 2009 at 91 MPH. Cabrera is the poster boy for pitchers who can throw gas but have no command or movement, rendering their fastball ineffective. Kevin Jepsen, Jonathan Broxton, and Brian Wilson are examples of pitchers whose 90-MPH pitches are better than most pitchers' 95s, since those guys are throwing off speed at 90. Also of note: Jenrry Mejia's fastball has excellent movement

6-17-10: - http://baseballanalysts.com/  - I have no idea if Citi Field's PITCHf/x system is calibrated correctly, but Jenrry Mejia has been throwing a fair share of fastballs that cut toward his glove side. Most fastballs tail at least somewhat to the glove side. Mejia still needs to command his pitches, but I believe a couple decades ago there was another Latin American 20-year-old learning to harness a fastball with incredible cutting movement who went on to close games in New York. At least the Yankees let Mo fail as a starter before he moved to the pen

6-20-10: - http://www.rotoworld.com/  - Jenrry Mejia was sent to Double-A Brooklyn after Sunday's game and will start in the minors. His value is highest as a starter, obviously, and it appears that Mets manager Jerry Manuel finally saw the light. He acknowledged that Mejia might be being wasted with use in the seventh inning. Now, the Mets will attempt to get him stretched out for my extensive use later on in this season. Keep in mind that there is still plenty of dispute as to whether Mejia should be a starter or a reliever, so if he struggles, the team could always put him back in the bullpen

6-21-10: - Maybe it took two loses to the Yanks, or maybe somebody finally just hit Jerry in the head, but Jenrry Mejia has been returned to the AA-Binghamton market are put back into the starting rotation. I also understand he will start on Wednesday. All this makes my prediction of Mark Cohoon being promoted from Savannah here a distant long shot, but we’ll see. I still think there’s a good chance that Mike Antonini will move on to Buffalo this month. Right now, the B-Mets rotation (Mejia, Antonini, Eric Niesen, Josh Stinson, and Chris Schwinden) is a pretty good one. And, no AAAA waste here. All pitchers that actually have a chance of getting to the Bigs. Is the Mejia move something that will enhance his value in a trade. I think so, but we’ll see.

6-27-10: - Suffering from a stiff right shoulder, Jenrry Mejia was forced to leave his start for Double-A Binghamton today after just an inning-plus. Mejia faced two batters in the second inning and seven for the game against Akron before departing. He allowed no runs, surrendering two hits and two walks while striking out two. He threw 43 pitches, 23 strikes. The Mets said Mejia was removed for "precautionary" reasons, though certainly this is an alarming development.

6-28-10: - Jenrry Mejia was examined in New York on Monday and diagnosed with a posterior cuff strain in his right shoulder. The Mets say he will return to throwing "as tolerated," but we're not exactly sure what that might mean. Mejia was lifted from a start at Double-A Binghamton on Sunday after complaining of discomfort in his throwing shoulder. He's been working on building up his stamina down in the minors with the hope of returning to the big leagues as a starter around late July

7-28 from: - http://www.amazinavenue.com/2010/7/28/1592006/mets-farm-q-a-with-baseball  - It shouldn't affect him long term unless the Mets start jerking around him, shuttling him back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation and from the minors to Triple-A. He could wind up being a reliever in the long run, but it would be silly not to try to turn him into a quality starter.

8-2-10: Mejia’s rehabbing stint made its way to St. Lucie last night and it was quite impressive: 4.0-IP, 1-H, 0-R, 7-K. Mejia’s conversion back to a starter seems to be right on target and I expect him back in the Binghamton rotation by mid-August and on to Queens in September.

8-5-10: - http://www.minorleagueball.com/2010/8/5/1606179/2010-top-20-new-york-mets  - Jenrry Mejia, RHP, Grade B+: Back in the minors on rehab for a strained shoulder, after spending most of the spring in New York, 3.25 ERA with the Mets, 17/15 K/BB in 28 innings, 29 hits. He held his own before getting hurt, but I still think it was stupid for him to be on the major league roster this year.

8-8-10: - It would be impossible not to write about Mejia’s performance last night. First, the stats: 4.1-IP, 3-H, 0-R, 4-K, 2-BB, 10-GB. He sat most of the night at 96 and hit 99 once. His seasonal minor league ERA, where he’s been a starter all the time, is now 1.17 (his WHIP is 1.69 due to 6-BB in 7.2-IP). I’m sure we’ll see him in Queens again this year, this time as a starter.

8-14: - Look… if last night’s outing by Jenrry Mejia is the worst he ever pitches, we’ll have ourselves a future HOFer. Mejia went: 5.2-IP, 8-H, 3-ER, 3-BB, 5-K, and his AA-ERA “soared” to 2.70. Reports from the stadium were that he didn’t have the pinpoint accuracy he had his last outing, but the velocity was still there. Mejia is sitting at 96 now, and hit 98 again last night. Remember… the Mets really only need one more SP (Santana, Niese. Pelfrey, Dickey). This sure looks like a strong candidate for 2011 (btw… Mejia threw this game against Michael Cisco, son of ex-Met Galen Cisco).

8-20-10: - We’re running out of superlatives involving Jenrry Mejia’s current return to an SP role in Binghamton. He easily had his best minor league outing on Wednesday night, going 7.0-IP, 1-H, 0-R, 8-K, 2-BB, with a 1.77 ERA. Even more important, Dylan Owen, who seemed lost this year as a starter, seems to be reinventing himself as a successful reliever, going 2.0 hitless innings and lowering his seasonal ERA to 3.57.Okay, Owen’ reliever ERA (4.55) is still higher that the six outings he started (2.70 ERA)… so why the relief role? I’m getting confused. Back to the main issue… Mejia is game ready which is very good news for the Mets.

PRESS RELEASE: - Syracuse 4, Buffalo 1 - Mejia Rocks

The Chiefs outlasted Jenrry Mejia and it earned them a win.

With the Mets' top prospect out after eight brilliant innings, Syracuse scored three in the 10th inning for the 4-1 victory over the Bisons on Monday night from Coca-Cola Field.

Centerfielder Michael Martinez doubled home two runs in the 10th off Mike O'Connor before scoring himself on a perfect suicide squeeze bunt from Carlos Maldonado. Josh Wilkie retired the Bisons in order in the bottom of the 10th to preserve the win.

With the loss, and a 6-4 Columbus win over Indianapolis, the Bisons fell 3.5 games behind the Clippers for the league's lone wild card spot.

The story early in the game was the work of the 20-year old Mejia. The Mets #1 prospect proved why he is so highly rated with strike after strike. The flamethrower struck out nine batters, including seven of the first eight he faced.

Mejia had a dominating fastball that reached as high as 97 mph. Through the first four innings, the Chiefs didn't get a ball out of the infield off the righty. Martinez broke up the Mejia's no-hit bid with a one-out home run in the top of the sixth.

Mejia then got some help from his newest teammates to keep the game tied. Kirk Nieuwenhuis threw out the speedy Boomer Whiting at the plate to end the sixth inning. In the seventh, a drawn-in Justin Turner threw Brian Bixler out at the plate trying to score on a one-out grounder.

The Bisons scored their only run of the game on Mike Cervenak's eighth home run of the season with two outs in the second inning.

PRESS RELEASE: - Portland 7, Binghamton 6

For Immediate Release

B-Mets Rally Back from Early Deficit, But Fall 7-6

Binghamton dug itself an early 6-0 hole Monday night, but roared back to tie the score before succumbing 7-6 to Portland at Hadlock Field. Robert Carson was hit hard for seven runs on nine hits over five innings to drop his sixth game with the B-Mets.

The Sea Dogs struck first with a run in the first off Carson. Jose Iglesias doubled into the alley in left-center to reach scoring position with one out. Nate Spears followed and lined the first pitch he saw from the left-hander into center for an RBI single, making it 1-0.

Portland (64-70) claimed its big inning in the second. Ryan Khoury led off with a clean single to right. Jorge Padron advanced him to second with a groundout to the right side. Will Vazquez brought Khoury around to score with a double off the base of the wall in right, upping the lead to 2-0. Chih-Hsien Chiang followed up the two-bagger with one of his own off the glove of streaking leftfielder Eric Campbell, scoring Vazquez. Che-Hsuan Lin joined Chiang on base with an infield single, putting runners at the corners. Iglesias then became the fourth straight hitter to reach as he poked an RBI single to center, plating Chiang. After Spears struck out looking, Luis Exposito throttled a double to right to clear the bases, improving the Sea Dogs lead to 6-0.

Binghamton (64-70) boarded the comeback trail in the third with its first run off starter Jeremy Kehrt. Jose Coronado doubled off the Maine Monster in left with one out. Coronado advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Jordany Valdespin infield single, trimming the lead to 6-1.

The B-Mets scored a five-run frame of their own in the fifth inning to tie the score. Josh Satin started the rally with a double off the wall in right-center. Sean Ratliff joined him on base with a single to right. Zach Lutz plated Satin with an RBI single to left. Marshall Hubbard was the fourth straight to reach with an RBI single to center off the glove of Spears at second, allowing the Ratliff to score and Lutz to reach third. Campbell then chased Lutz home with a sac fly to center, cutting the deficit to two, 6-4.

Brahiam Maldonado and Salomon Manriquez completed the comeback with back-to-back RBI doubles off Kehrt, who exited the game after giving up a single to Coronado. Ryne Renoso replaced Kehrt and retired Valdespin on a fielder’s choice to second. Valdespin recorded two of the three outs in the frame.

Carson, who was removed from the hook thanks to the feverish comeback, gave the lead back to the Sea Dogs in the bottom of the fifth. After getting Luis Exposito to ground out to short, he walked Anthony Rizzo and Khoury. The two runners executed a double steal to reach second and third and Jorge Padron plated Rizzo with the winning run on a sacrifice fly to center, making it 7-6.

Portland’s bullpen took it from there. Reynoso worked 3 1/3 innings in scoreless fashion to segue to Daniel Turpen, who closed it out with a scoreless ninth for his third save of the season.

The B-Mets put runners in scoring position with one-out doubles in the seventh and the eighth innings, but failed to score the runners each time.

Binghamton outhit the Sea Dogs 15-11 in the loss and six B-Mets enjoyed two-hit nights. Chiang led Portland with a 3-for-3 night with a double and an RBI.

2011 DRAFT: - Austin Hedges, Tyler Beede, Jacob Anderson, Robert Stephenson... and Deven Marreno

Austin Hedges

8-19-10 from: - http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=4935 - Similar to Bryce Harper from a year ago, Hedges’ arm strength alone was impressive enough to be mentioned in this column. He fired a seed to second to throw out Javier Baez stealing in the first inning, and overall showed like he belonged behind the dish. I also was impressed with his approach at the plate, as he used a quick, compact stroke to put a charge in a 94 mph Dillon Maples fastball in the third inning that was hit into the gap in left-center for a double. He also showed pretty good wheels for a catcher.

Tyler Beede:

8-27 from: - http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com - RHP Tyler Beede Lawrence Academy HS, Auburn Mass 6'3 1/2 200 - quality righty with good arm speed and easy delivery doesn't fight himself too much, not real deceptive or overpowering just yet. Will run fb up to 93-94, most are 89-90, has life in on RHH and down in zone, cb is true will be plus pitch in time with repeat in delivery. Lots of upside. New England will be busy next spring!!

Jacob Anderson:

8-12-10 from: - http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/high-school/events/under-armour-preseason-all-america-tournament/2010/2610524.html - 1B/OF - Chino (Calif.) HS Anderson is a tall, lean athlete who can play first base and either corner outfield spot. He generates bat speed that leads to pull-side power and is a sub-7.0 runner with above-average arm strength. His wiry build and quick bat make him one of the top righthanded bats in the 2011 class.

Robert Stephenson:

8-18-10 from: - http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/the-2010-aflac-all-american-baseball-classic - Right-hander Robert Stephenson (Martinez, Calif.) started for the West and worked two scoreless innings, needing only 20 pitches to retire the six batters he faced. The scoreboard had Stephenson's fastball at 89-94 mph. He walked one (erased by the aforementioned throw by Hedges), struck out two, and allowed just one ball to leave the infield.

8-19-10 from: - http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=4935  - Stephenson was right behind Bradley among the players that caught my eye the most, and like Bradley he got to show his stuff over two innings of work, the only two pitchers that did so. It looked as though he threw both a four-seam (clocked in the 93-95 range) and an upper-80s two-seamer with impressive diving action. His breaking ball was also a plus pitch, a hard curveball with a little slurve-type bite to it when thrown a little harder. He has good size with lean, tapered proportions, and overall looks to be a good athlete with a clean, repeatable delivery. He looked about as sharp as they come in his two innings of work.

Deven Marreno:

8-21-10 from: - http://projectprospect.com/article/2010/08/21/2010-cape-cod-wrapup - The defensive burden placed on shortstops puts them in high demand. Shortstops who can handle themselves with the glove and stick are always at a premium. Enter Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero. Marrero actually lead the Sun Devils in hitting last spring, posting a .397/.442/.628 line as a freshman. Playing for Cotuit in the Cape, Marrero hit .306/.385/.378. An above-average runner with solid range, smooth hands and a plus arm, Marrero has more than enough defensive ability to hold down shortstop long-term. His quick, simple swing should lead to consistently high batting averages with just enough patience to post quality on-base percentages. While there isn’t much in the way of power projection with Marrero, it’s hard to imagine a quality shortstop with his track record lasting too long on draft day.


2011 ROSTER PROJECTION - THE KEEPERS: - #3 - 2B - Reese Havens

3. Reese Havens – 2B

Havens was drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 draft by the Mets. He signed days later which included a $1.4mil signing bonus.

MLB.com’s comments on draft day: Hitting Ability: Havens has improved over time as a hitter and makes good contact with a very patient approach. Power: Excellent bat speed does generate some pop and he could hit 10-15 homers, maybe 15-20 at best. Running Speed: He's a well below-average runner. Base running: Very alert on the bases and armed with good instincts, he won't hurt you. Arm Strength: He's got a plus arm at short. Fielding: He catches the ball well when he gets to it. Range: His range is restricted because of his lack of foot speed. Some feel he'll have to move to third. Physical Description: Havens is really put together with a strong, athletic body. Medical Update: He had a sprained thumb in the fall, but he's 100 percent now. Strengths: A good approach at the plate with the ability to make solid contact; good knowledge of how to play the game.

College Stats on Havens: 359 BA/.486 OBP/.645 SLG%/ 248 AB, 76 R, 89 H, 13 doubles, 2 triples, 18 HR, 58 BB-44 K, 13 E in 66 games, .953 FPCT

Scouting Report: Summation: Swing mechanics and theories towards what makes up “the best swing” are very diverse. But, there are many standards that I like to think are pretty constant when it comes to making a good stroke. That is why I chose to examine Reese Havens first. What you see in the video, and in the photos is a very refined hitter with a polished swing. He has some small flaws here and there and other things go into make a good hitter besides mechanics of his swing, but it is a good place to start. Havens’ stroke is built to spray line drives to the gaps and to all parts of the field. I’d be quite surprised if that polish doesn’t easily carry him to a big league career.

From Keith Law on Draft Day: This is a great pick for the Mets. He makes all the plays at shortstop because he reads the ball off the bat so well. At the plate he has excellent pitch recognition and hand-eye coordnation. If he has to move to second base because of the presence of Jose Reyes at shortstop, he has more than enough bat. Havens has a great approach and instincts, and he should move quickly through the Mets' system.

From Kevin Goldstein (BP) on Draft Day: I actually kinda like this pick. He's got some pop, he's got some holes in his swing, but he's a monster makeup kid who could move quickly, and is probably now the Mets 2B of the future

From Adam Rubin the day after the draft: Havens, born during the 1986 World Series, hit .259 as a freshman and .274 as a sophomore in the Southeastern Conference, but took off after shortening his swing under the tutelage of Mike Roberts (the Orioles’ Brian Roberts’ father) while hitting .315 in the prestigious wood-bat Cape Cod League. Havens hit .359 with 18 homers and 57 RBI in 63 games this season for the Gamecocks. The Mets’ recent philosophy has been to keep shortstops and center fielders at their natural positions until they’re close to the big leagues, including Fernando Martinez remaining in center field, but there already was draft-day speculation Havens could be converted to catcher, which he’s never played, or second base.

Havens was considered a potential first-round pick out of high school, and the Red Sox were prepared to draft him 26th overall in 2005, but he was seeking a reported $1.7 million signing bonus - and Boston’s offer would have been $1.35 million. With teams shying away, he dropped to a 29th-round pick by the Rockies and instead headed to South Carolina.

SNY the day after the draft: I love the Reese Havens pick. This is not a guy I expected Omar Minaya to pick, as he’s been leaning more toward tools and Havens plays much greater than the sum of his parts. He is not an athlete, per se, but definitely a baseball player. Through hard work and smarts, he proved capable at short and may even project there, but not on the Mets. Some teams, including the Red Sox, were rumored to want to move him to catcher. Havens, according to the reports Thursday, was not enthused about that switch. Perhaps it’s still in the cards for the Mets. He’ll sport a plus-lefty bat no matter where he ends up, but expect it to be second base for New York. This year at South Carolina, Reese had a .485 OBP/.628 SLG/1.113 OPS, walking 19 percent of the time.

ScoutingBook.com  ranked Havens as the 262nd top prospect: A successful shortstop in college whose range is a bit of a question in pro ball, South Carolina graduate David Havens could make a heck of a second baseman for a future Mets infield that already includes two All Stars and the player picked just before him in the 2008 Draft, first baseman Ike Davis. A solid line drive hitter with plus plate discipline, Havens could be a long-term keystone for New York

In June 2008, BA did a post-draft adjustment of their top 10 Mets prospects and Havens was ranked #3, with the comments: “more likely a third baseman or possibly a catcher, stands out with approach and pop. “

In late July 2008, ProjectProspect.com updated their top 10 Mets prospect list and Havens was ranked 3rd.

In 2008, due to injuries, Havens was used exclusively as a DH, at Brooklyn, going .247/.340/.471, with 3 HRs and only 11 RBIs in 23 games.

In February 2009 from MYOB: Reese signed for a little over $1.4 million. He doesn’t quite have the pop of Ike Davis, but he sent three more over the wall than Ike. His slugging percentage was .471 even though his batting average was a few points less than Davis. Reese will be more of a gap hitter. The Mets didn’t see a lot from him defensively, as groin and elbow problems limited him to DH. There are some that think his foot speed and first step quickness will not be adequate to stick at short and a move to second will be in his future. But since he wasn’t given much of a chance to show his stuff this year, the Mets will give him an opportunity to field the position next year. At least he has no less range than Mets super prospect Wilmer Flores. He does have great makeup and has the intangibles to succeed whereever he is placed.

In March 2009, Rotoworld ranked the Mets Top 10 Prospect: 5. Reese Havens - An elite performer in college, Havens hit .359/.486/.645 as Justin Smoak's teammate at South Carolina last season. No one saw him as a long-term shortstop, so it was thought he might fall out of the first round of the draft. The Mets, though, took him at No. 22 with the intention of grooming him as a second baseman. Havens hit plenty of homers in college, but he figures to be more of a doubles guy in the pros. He'll both hit for average and draw walks, so if he can deliver 35-40 doubles per year, he has a chance to be a very valuable offensive player. He should begin to move quickly this season.

9-9-9 From http://www.hardballtimes.com/ : - A big sleeper, Havens has been nagged by injuries since being taken by the Mets in the first round of last year's draft. The lefty shortstop has some serious power, as he had ISO's of .224 last year and .175 this year. A .275 BABIP has given him just a .247 batting average, but he's maintained a walk rate of 13.3%, showing that when he combines power and a good eye with some luck on balls in play, he can be a big threat. He still needs to cut down on his strikeouts and work on his defense, as many see a move to second base in his future.

9-15-09 from: - http://myworldofbaseball.com/wordpress/?cat=42  - 8. Reese Havens SS - He has more potential for shortstop than Flores, but his future is at second base because his foot speed will limit his range. Like the major league Mets, a quadricep injury limited his bats. He finished with an identical .247 average that he hit for the Cyclones in 2008 with an improved OBA and a slugging percentage that was slightly lower. He did hit 14 homeruns in only 97 games and his 55 to 73 walk to K ratio indicates that his average should improve.

2009 was an interesting year. On the down side, he only hit .247, but produced 14 home runs, which tied him for 6th in the league. His .422 slugging percentage ranked him11 th in the league and his .784 OPS put him in 10th place.

1-1-10: - Forecast: Nothing but blue sky, now that he has changed to second base. Havens goes from the 3rd, maybe 4th SS prospect, to the #1 slot for 2B, and gives the Mets potential pop at that position. Look for some additional errors this coming season in Binghamton, but, as long as the bat produced, this will be your Mets second baseman in 2012.

2-1-10: - Reece Havens – most prospect pundits still have Havens as the top second base prospect in the organization, but I need to see one more season out of him before I place him higher on my list. So far, he hasn’t hit for average, though he is showing potential pop. Also, a little more defense won’t hurt either. His future as a Mets may be similar to guys like Dustin Martin.

5-17-10: - Stock up: Havens was promoted to Binghamton after Friday night’s game for St. Lucie. The former first round draft pick is no longer kicking the ball around at short and has become a full time second baseman, in hopes of getting to Queens after Luis Castillo’s contract runs out after the 2011 season. No one is going to ever award Havens a Gold Glove, but did play A+ this season with zero errors in the field.In addition, his bat is coming around… at Lucy this year: .281/.369/.509/.878, 3-HRs in 57-AB. Look, Havens should be at AA and the rest of this season will be a good test for him. He also will fit in well with a lineup of Nieuwenhuis, Evans, and Lutz. No pitching around here.

5-24-10: - Stock up: Havens was promoted to Binghamton after Friday night’s game for St. Lucie. The former first round draft pick is no longer kicking the ball around at short and has become a full time second baseman, in hopes of getting to Queens after Luis Castillo’s contract runs out after the 2011 season. No one is going to ever award Havens a Gold Glove, but did play A+ this season with zero errors in the field.In addition, his bat is coming around… at Lucy this year: .281/.369/.509/.878, 3-HRs in 57-AB. Look, Havens should be at AA and the rest of this season will be a good test for him. He also will fit in well with a lineup of Nieuwenhuis, Evans, and Lutz. No pitching around here.

5-30-10 from: - http://myworldofbaseball.com/wordpress/?cat=42  - Reese Havens SS - Reese was the Mets number one pick, but selected after Ike Davis. He signed for $1.4 million, about $100,000 less than Ike. His first two years Reese has been stuck on .247. Defensively, he may lack the range to play shortstop so second or third base could be in his future. Reese started his season late after an oblique injury. After 14 games of rehab in the Florida State League, where he played all of last year, Reese was promoted to AA Binghamton, where he is hitting .348 in five games. Last year Reese was decent cutting down on his strikeouts and increasing his walks, but this year he has 22 whiffs in 19 games. He will need to have better success making contact if he wishes to hit at the top of the Mets order.

6-5-10 from: - http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-hot-sheet/2010/2610129.html  - Team: Double-A Binghamton (Eastern) - Age: 23 - Why He's Here: .360/.560/.840 (9-for-25), 3 HR, 1 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBIs, 6 R, 5 BB, 6 SO - The Scoop: As discouraging as it was to see Havens miss yet more time with injury this season—in this case a strained oblique—he's proven to be worth the wait. He homered twice off Orioles righthander Chorye Spoone and once off Indians reliever Bryan Price this week, while continuing to show a discerning batting eye. That's not an anomaly. Power and patience have been Havens' strong suits—he has walked in 12 percent of his minor league plate appearances while boasting a .199 isolated power. For a middle infielder in the New York-Penn, Florida State and Eastern leagues, that's pretty darn good. Taken four picks after Ike Davis in the 2008 draft, Havens just might join Ike on the right side of the Mets infield later this season

6-7-10: - Reese Havens hit another home run Sunday, his sixth in in Binghamton and ninth for the season. The 2011 battle for second base is starting to get very interesting, especially if Ruben Tejada plays the position well in Queens during the period he is there. I still think Tejada has a good shot at replacing Jose Reyes at short, simply because 2011 is Reyes last year, the Mets have an option to get out at 500K, and, most important, he’s one of the only players on the team that could warrant a one-for-one trade for an Oswalt-type starter. I’m not calling for a Reyes trade, but a team can’t win in this sport without a dominant starting rotation. Santana and Pelfrey aren’t enough.

6-12-10: - Reese Havens was removed from the Binghamton game last night in the second inning for "soreness"... manager Tim Tuefel told a reporter that he's had this problem before, which makes one wonder if this is related to him oblique strain that kept him out earlier this season. Right now, he is listed day-to-day.

6-21-10: - Havens was placed on the 7-day disabled list Sunday for soreness in his left obique. This is the same oblique that put him on the DL earlier this season, so it’s obvious that things aren’t healed yet. I have been told that this new hiccup is just that, a small set-back; however, I would hope that the Mets sit the boy down until he is fully healed this time. This, of cource, may not be the Mets fault and the player could have sent the wrong signs to the trainer. It looks like Havens has a bright future with the Mets and he’s not part of any trade package, so let him heal, even if it takes the rest of the season.

7-13 from: - http://www.amazinavenue.com/2010/7/13/1565273/mid-term-farm-system-review-part  - Havens is a tough evaluation as you can argue he's actually holding here. On one hand, he's been awesome when healthy. On the other hand, for the second-straight year, Havens has just been unable to stay in the lineup on a consistent basis, currently out with an oblique problem that does not sound like it's getting any better. As I said, performance wise, he's been great (though sample-size warnings apply). The walk rate is great, he's hitting for even more power than I expected, the average is good. The strikeout rate is a little high, but I'm not too worried yet. As with Zach Lutz below, Havens now has the injury-prone label, and until he stays healthy for a full season, it's going to stick, and for that reason, I'm giving Havens a falling stock grade.

8-5-10: - http://www.minorleagueball.com/2010/8/5/1606179/2010-top-20-new-york-mets  - Reese Havens, SS, Grade B-: Hit great for St. Lucie and Binghamton (.312/.386/.592) but limited to 32 games by an oblique injury. I like him a lot, if he can stay healthy.

8-31-10 - 2011 Forecast: - Look, whether this kid is playing or on the DL, he's the number one prospect second baseman in the organization. Injuries are injuries. Some are natural, and others happen when someone takes you out on a double play ball. Just because Strasburg is being operated on, doesn't make him the best prospect pitcher in baseball. That being said, it would be nice if Havens stopped trying to be like F-Mart.  Havens only had 125 at bats in 2010 (between St. Lucie and Binghamton), but they were impressive: .312/.386/.592/.978, 9-HR, 19-RBI. Project those numbers over a full season and you have an all-star. His latest injury is a nagging one, but shouldn't impede his growth. I do expect him to play winter ball, probably Hawaii, and there's a good chance he will compete for the Mets second base job, against Ruben Tejada, in spring training. Otherwise, expect him in Buffalo in 2011.