MAJORING ON THE MINORS: TOP 30 PROSPECTS – VICENTE LUPO - VOL.6 – Tom Brennan
Five Top Ten Lower Minors Prospects articles, 5 to go. Today is #6.
Not to be redundant, but I approach it a bit differently - 2 lists:
· A top 20 list of guys who are closing in on the big leagues. Guys who could help us in the near future or be trade bait.
· A top 10 list of lower minors guys who likely won’t show up until 2017 or later.
I started with the Top 10 List of Down-The-Road Mets Prospects.
I further sub-divided and ranked the 10 into the top 5 and the next 5.
My Top 5 I refer to as my GUPPY SQUADRON LEADERS. Guppies headed towards possible future stardom. Budding rock stars.
Here’s my Guppy Squadron Leader List So Far:
# 1 - Marcos Molina
#2 – Michael Conforto
#3 – Amed Rosario
#4 – Dominic Smith
#5 – Jhoan Urena
The next 5 are UP-SET at not being chosen as commanders. To them I say – welcome to the list, and take it out on your opponents in 2015.
#6 - VICENTE LUPO
I was very intrigued, as were other bloggers, by Senor Lupo when he tore up the DSL in 2012, with power, average on base percentage all of the WOW variety. Try .353/.500/.608 in 65 games!
2013 in stateside rookie ball? A whole other deal. Vicente's strikeouts surged and his bat withered. Gulf coast League pitching is not like facing deGrom and Kershaw, so I was thinking his 2012 was a false alarm. He totaled .220/.310/.385 in 37 gamed with 50 Ks. Sigh.
He moved up a notch to Kingsport in 2014, and as he and Ivan Wilson did in 2013, continued to strike out a lot and struggle. As of August 3, he was stuck at a powerless .213. I was ready to write him off. Then the Lupo Surge occurred: in his last 19 games, the 2012 Vicente roared back with 21 hits in 58 at bats, including 6 doubles and 6 homers, and 18 walks. Pitcher’s fear of Lupo set in, clearly. The WOW was back.
He impressed enough that he and not Wuilmer Becerra, who was well ahead of Lupo before the surge, was the Sterling Award Mets winner for 2014. Which means he is now squarely on the Mets radar.
Many hurdles remain ahead, but I am hopeful that this power bat has been activated and shows the last 3 weeks of 2014 were not a flash in the pan.
Are you a Lupo Groupo at this point?