Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 175 lb
Acquired: 2013 Rule IV Draft, 6th round, Brevard College
2014: (A) .256/.341/.340, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 29 SB (88%), 36 BB, 97 K
2013: (Rk) .240/.388/.353, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 11 SB (85%), 34 BB, 58 K
Defensively, Stuart has made significant improvement on his "1st step" and his reactions off the bat, however, he still takes scenic, inefficient routes to the ball and has trouble tracking batted balls in flight. Continued game repetitions should him overcome this problem though and I continue to believe that his speed and arm gives him the projection to turn into a plus defender. Stuart didn't get many opportunities to face premium talent at the Division II level so that fact that he was able to keep his average above the .250 level does deserve some merit. Unfortunately, speed can only take you so far in this game so the bat will have to improve. If it does, Stuart could easily shoot up the list very quickly.
Ceiling: Just another fast guy stuck on the MLB Taxi squad. (Ezequiel Carrera)
Floor: Struggles to hit above .220 in AA.
Anticipated Assignment: (A+) Port St. Lucie starting CF
#29 OF Vicente Lupo (LR: not ranked)
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 180 lb
Acquired: 2010 International Signing, $400,000 bonus, Caracas, Venezuela
2014: (Rk) .278/.415/.504, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 7 SB (100%), 29 BB, 52 K
2013: (Rk) .220/.310/.385, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 4 SB (57%), 13 BB, 50 K
2012: (DsL2) .343/.500/.608, 10 HR, 45 RBI, 12 SB (63%), 46 BB, 45 K
2011: (DsL1) .197/.325/.379, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 5 SB (100%), 23 BB, 59 K
Despite the inconsistencies in his seasonal performances, the power that Lupo brings to the table is still enticing. With his raw strength and quick hands, scouts believe he has "plus-plus" 70 grade power potential; a rarity in the game today. Despite the huge power potential though, Lupo has significant swing flaws. His 31.5% K rate is one of the worst in the Mets minor league system as he has not yet learned the required patience and pitch recognition skills in order to be a potential MLB player. Due to his age and the level of play he is currently at, Lupo will need to learn this trait quickly or else he'll fall into the Aderlin Rodriguez category of a career minor league power hitter.
Ceiling: Fan drawing power.....at AAA. (Wilkin Ramirez)
Floor: Struggles to adapt to Savannah's Grayson Stadium and disappears.
Anticipated Assignment: (SS-A) Brooklyn starting LF
#28 2B L.J. Mazzilli (LR: not ranked)
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 190 lb
Acquired: 2013 Rule IV Draft, 4th round, University of Connecticut
2014: (A/A+) .301/.361/.440, 11 HR, 79 RBI, 14 SB (77%), 45 BB, 82 K
2013: (SS-A) .278/.329/.381, 4 HR, 34 RBI, 3 SB (100%), 22 BB, 53 K
His strong 2014 season earned him a spot on the AFL's Scottsdale Scorpions future prospect roster where he also performed extremely well. In 15 games, Mazzilli hit .306 with a .903 OPS, 1 HR, and 1 SB. Unfortunately, Mazzilli won't be able to play the 1st 50 games of the 2015 season thanks to the MiLB busting him for "drug of abuse" usage (aka....most likely pot). This could be deadly for Mazzilli as it gives the vastly underrated T.J. Rivera the opportunity to play the position everyday and make Mazzilli a forgotten thought.
Ceiling: Average skills can't crack the MLB. Career AAA 2B. (Daniel Muno)
Floor: Skills diminish during suspension. Struggles at AAA.
Anticipated Assignment: Post Suspension, (AA) Binghamton back-up 2B
#27 RHP Hansel Robles (LR: not ranked)
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 185 lb
Acquired: 2008 International Signing, $50,000? bonus, Monsenor Nouel, Dominican Republic
2014: (AA) 7-6, 4.31 ERA, 110.2 IP, 8.6 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 1.355 WHIP
2013: (A+) 5-4, 3.72 ERA, 84.2 IP, 7.0 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 1.323 WHIP
2012: (SS-A) 6-1, 1.11 ERA, 72.2 IP, 8.2 K/9, 1.2 BB/9, 0.784 WHIP
2011: (Rk) 3-1, 2.68 ERA, 37.0 IP, 10.2 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 1.189 WHIP
2010: (DsL1) 3-3, 3.09 ERA, 67.0 IP, 6.9 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, 1.149 WHIP
The results were instantly much better. Hitters went from a .805 OPS to a ridiculously low .435 OPS including 0 HRs in 20 IP. His positive performances also carried over into the winter for the Tigres del Licey. In 13 appearances (11.2 IP), Robles gave up only 3 hits, 1 run (0.77 ERA) while striking out 14 batters vs. 3 BB's. His, formerly in the low 90's, fastball is now clocking in the 94-95mph range and the move allowed him to scrap his below average curveball. His change-up, his primary secondary pitch, has also gotten better thanks to it's significant speed differential (-13mph) to the fastball. With Robles being re-added to the 40 man roster this off-season, he may be the first of that historic Cyclones group to crack the MLB bullpen in 2015.
Ceiling: 2 pitch MLB Low Leverage reliever (Esmil Rogers)
Floor: One of Many Taxi Squad relievers
Anticipated Assignment: (AAA) Las Vegas bullpen
#26 1B Jayce Boyd (LR: not ranked)
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 185 lb
Acquired: 2012 Rule IV Draft, 6th round, Florida State University
2014: (AA) .293/.382/.414, 8 HR, 59 RBI, 14 SB (77%), 52 BB, 67 K
2013: (A/A+) .330/.410/.461, 9 HR, 83 RBI, 2 SB (33%), 61 BB, 61 K
2012: (SS-A) .239/.320/.368, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 1 SB (25%), 25 BB, 30 K
Pain free in 2014, Boyd was a consistent hitter for the championship winning Binghamton Mets team. With no Home/Away Splits or Righty/Lefty Splits, Boyd could have a chance to develop into an MLB caliber 1B. However, in order to do that...he needs to develop more power. If not, then unfortunately, Boyd may reach the peak of his potential this year as a career minor leaguer. Which the large number of guys on the MLB squad who can play 1B in the event Duda succumbs to injury, Boyd looks to be blocked from a 2015 MLB debut. He'll need to hit at least 15 HRs in order for the front office to recognize him and even then, maybe, he'll get a small shot as a last place team's 1B.
Ceiling: Taxi Squad 1B (Chris Parmalee)
Floor: Career AAA 1B
Anticipated Assignment: (AAA) Las Vegas starting 1B