Posted by Mack Ade at 2:00 PM
My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
# 31 – 3B Eudor Garcia - age: 20, 5-11, 215, Drafted in 4th round of 2014 draft
El Paso Community College –
2014 – K-Port: 202-AB, .262/.327/.347/647, 2-HR, 28-RBI
Garcia is one of those draft picks that you have to rely on the experts that follow these kids all year long. We’re used to the household names. Eudor Garcia-Pacheco isn’t one of them.
The first thing I noticed on draft day was the fact that Baseball America had him ranked at the #160 slot, and then, well respected John Manual tweeted “love the Eudor Garcia to Mets. One of the best hitters in the draft. Where he plays defensively, we’ll see. But the dude rakes.’
His stat line in 2013 was: .410/.469/.633, 207-PA, 9-HR, 49-RBI
2014: .460/.512/.873, 14-HR, 63-RBI, 213-PA
We know that the Mets went into the 2014 draft looking for hitters and, even though Garcia only played Community College, they might have found one. .262 is a very respectable batting average for the first year of ‘the grind’, especially a 20-year old.
Projection – It will interesting to see what decisions the Mets make about third base and Savannah in 2015. It’s really crowded with prospect Jhoan Urena, Alvin Maracaro, Jean Rodriguez, Garcia, and Gregory Valencia.
But… second base only has William Fulmer to play there.
This could be a good time to begin a transition to a middle infielder.