Posted by Christopher Soto at 11:00 AM
A full listing of our Top 25 Prospects is on the right hand side of our website.Without further ado....The Mack's Mets #19 organizational prospect is.....
#19 RHP Rainy Lara
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 180 lb
Acquired: 2009 international signing, Dominican Republic
2012: (SS-A) 8-3, 2.91 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, 10.2 K/9, 0.956 WHIP
2011: (R) 1-2, 2.22 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 6.7 K/9, 1.233 WHIP
Rainy slots in here on two accords, both short season results AND projectability. At 6' 4" and only 180lbs, Lara still has a lot of room to fill out and add a few more ticks to his already low 90's fastball. His stock as a starter is further increased with the possession of a plus plus change-up that induces a lot of swings and misses. As he adds additional velocity to his fastball it will only help his already good change-up even more. If he add a third MLB caliber pitch then we may be looking at another front line potential starter. If not then we could have a closer on our hands since he had 13 games finished for the Gulf Rookie League team in Kingsport.
Anticipated Assignment: (A) Savannah starting rotation