11/21/11

Cutnpaste: - Cory Vaughn, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Ike Davis, Cory Mazzoni

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Cory Vaughn: My personal favorite in the Mets system, had me very excited early on.  He was hitting well over .300 for Savannah, and was beginning to drive the ball early in the year.  He then began to slide and was eventually promoted to Single-A St Lucie. Once he arrived there he began a downward spiral, that officially put a damper on his sophomore season in the pros.  He was coming off a season where he his a Brooklyn Cyclones record 14 home runs and drove in 56 RBI, while hitting .317, so there was reason to be excited.  He hit just .219 for St. Lucie in in 59 games.  He did hit 8 home runs, but really did not do much else to get you excited. Vaughn is considered the total package as he a good blend of speed and power to go along with his above average defense. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/11/mets-top-position-player-prospects-were-disappointing-in-2011.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MetsMerizedOnline-GetMetsmerized-NewYorkMets+%28Mets+Merized+Online%29

JOE’S TAKE: I’m a big Daniel Murphy fan. He has a great approach at the plate and is one of the Mets’ most disciplined hitters. Just 26, Murphy has become a doubles hitting machine – collecting 75 of them over 1,030 career at-bats. It’s such a shame that a hitter this good doesn’t have a true defensive position he could call home. He’s a natural third baseman, but with Wright entrenched there, the Mets have tried to squeeze Murphy into a variety of other positions just to get his bat in the lineup. Rumors abound that he could end up being the Mets everyday second baseman in 2012, but I have a huge problem with that. It may very well be that Murphy’s greatest value to the team will ultimately be as component in a trade to a team where he could play third base or DH. Until that happens, enjoy Murphy’s at-bats and hold your breath when he takes the field. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/11/2011-player-review-daniel-murphy-if.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MetsMerizedOnline-GetMetsmerized-NewYorkMets+%28Mets+Merized+Online%29

11-20-11: - http://baseballinstinct.com/2011/11/20/prospect-instinct-wilmer-flores-ss-new-york-mets  - I’m thinking that Flores will see a bounce back season in 2012 which will save his prospect status. Moving away from the FSL will give him a boost on its own and when you take into consideration his unlucky 2011, there is reason to believe that success is in store. The biggest question is going to be how much weight is he going to pack on to that frame and how much power is it going to supply. He will need to be a 30+ HR type to make it as a 1B and that ultimately is where he will probably need to play. He has the bat speed to hit for that kind of power if his frame provides it. Unfortunately, in my opinion, I think that Flores is a below average defender at 3B which is where his bat would be most useful. I don’t see him developing the elite HR power that was projected and at 20 years old there isn’t much time from him to add solid weight.  I think he will eventually fit in as a platoon 1B with 20 HR power. But I’m going to reserve this one final offseason to see how he comes into camp in St. Lucie and watch his Double-A season closely. He has the talent and bat speed to turn on the power in the blink of an eye. Time is just running very, very short.

Ike Davis, NYM-Davis missed most of 2011, but when he was healthy, he was on his way to an excellent season at the plate. At the time of his injury, Davis was triple slashing .302-.383-.543 with 7 HRs, 25 RBI, 8 doubles, and 20 runs scored in just 129 at bats. And that was BEFORE the Mets decided to move in the fences. If he proves he is healthy come spring training, I would move him up a few spots in these rankings. I think he can approach 30 HRs in 2012 as the Mets offense should benefit from the change in the dimensions of their ballpark. http://www.faketeams.com/2011/11/1/2520065/fantasy-baseball-2012-early-first-base-rankings-profiles

11-20-11: - http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/11/mmo-top-20-mets-prospects -11-cory-mazzoni-rhp.html - In 2011 Mazzoni pitched 114.2 IP as a starter for NC State, over 16 starts. His record was 6-6 with a 3.30 ERA, 91 hits, but what was most noticeable was the 137 strikeouts and 29 walks. After signing his contract with the Mets, he was sent to Brooklyn to begin his professional career, but the Mets were hesitant to have him start, so as not to run up his inning totals, he worked out of the pen. He threw 6 IP for the Cyclones before finishing his year with 7 IP in the FSL. That’s just under 130 IP for the year which the Mets felt was plenty, and it puts him on track for 150 IP next season.The 22-year-old righty is listed at 6’1″, and 194 lbs., but he still generates a lot of power for someone with that kind of frame. He throws his fastball low to mid-nineties with excellent location, and was topping out in the Cape Cod League last summer at 97. What’s even better is that he can maintain his velocity deep into games. The knock on his fastball is that it is on the straight side, and can be hit. But as he advances through the system hopefully he can learn ways to find some more movement on the pitch, even if it means dialing it back a bit.

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