Posted by Mack Ade at 1:00 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.
# 26 – RHSP Rainy Lara – 23-years old - 6-4, 180 – R/R – International Free Agent sign –
2011 – 16-G, 0-ST, 2.25, 1.25, 24.1-IP, 18-K
2012 – 12-starts – 2.91. 0.96, 68-IP, 77-K
2013 – High-A – 8-starts – 1.41, 0.88, 50.2-IP, 51-K
– A+ - 14-G, 13-ST, 3.76, 1.24, 79-IP, 54-K
2014 – AA – 20-starts, 4.29, 1.37, 108.2-IP, 71-K
Rainy has a three pitch repertoire… slider, changeup, and an 89-91++ fastball.
He basically breezed through the low levels waiting for the inevitable bump in the road in Binghamton. Shit did happen but it could have been worse.
The bottom line… through almost 300 professional innings Lara has produced a 2.61 ERA and has struck out more than four batters for every walk allowed. Ain’t bad for a kid just finding his way around town.
Outlook – I would hope the Mets would leave him in Binghamton come opening day and let him work on a good secondary pitch to back up his surgical fastball. Then, put him on the bus, Gus to join the Mets pen.