Posted by Mack Ade at 10:00 AM
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.
#5 – RHSP – Marcos Molina – 19-years old – 6-3, 188 – R/R
Santiago, Dominican Republic – International free agent signee
2012 – DSL Mets – 14-G, 13-starts, 3.58, 1.12, 55.1-IP, 40-K
2013 – GCL Mets – 11-G, 6-starts, 4.39, 1.31, 53.1-IP, 43-K
2014 – Brooklyn – 12-starts, 1.77, 0.84, 76.1-IP, 91-K
Molina features three pitches… a 93-95mph fastball, a developing slider and what many say is a ‘devastating’ curve. He seems to be in total command on all three pitches though he does lose some velocity on his fastball as he hits the 4-5 inning. But let’s remember something… he’s 19 years old.
Molina owned the NY-Penn league last season and some think he will bypass the pitcher’s Sally League. I hope he doesn’t. There’s no place to go once he hits AA--ball.
Scouts I have read have said he has very bad mechanics that could come back and haunt him as his career goes on. The fastball, slider, curve is exactly what I would want from one of my back-end relievers. Even my closer.
For now, let him come to Savannah and settle in for a season