TOP 50 METS PROSPECTS: #1 THRU 5 – Tom BrennanA minor league system that in 2015 promoted several, traded many, had several prospects run into the Tommy John buzz saw, and saw a few guys go from prospect to suspect. Leaving a diminished, but still solid, minor league system prospect-wise.
(See website sidebar for list of my #6 - 50 dudes, covered in prior articles.)
Today, here’s my #1 thru #5:
1. DILSON HERRERA: In one of the Mets’ best acquisitions in recent years, the Mets got Marlon Byrd cheap. Byrd gave them a fine season and was traded late in 2013 for Dilson Herrera. Quite a parlay. Herrera turns 22 next year, and has not done well in 2014 and 2015 in brief appearances with the Mets, understandable from one so young. His last 2 minor league seasons, though? WOW. In 862 at bats in 2014 and 2015, he had 58 doubles, 7 triples, 24 homers, 121 RBIs, 167 runs scored, .327, 75 walks, and 36 of 52 in steals. I speculate he will be the Mets starting 2B in 2016, and hopefully a future All Star.
2. DOMINIC SMITH: the 20 year old former first round pick by the Mets in 2013 turned a miserable 9 for 63 start to his season in St Lucie into an MVP season in the FSL. After those first 63 at bats, he had a surge of doubles and a .330 average the rest of the way. Considered a superior defensive 1B, 2016 should show us the true Dominic Smith. My guess? Future All Star, especially if he starts hitting long balls like Michael Conforto.
3. GAVIN CECCHINI: thought of as a poor first round pick in 2012 by many fans, Gavin broke through offensively in 2015 and won AA rookie of the year in the Eastern League. In 109 games, he hit .317/.377/.442 and struck out just 55 times. Only stole 3 of 7, so he is unlikely to light up the base paths. He got better in the late weeks of the season defensively but made a ton of errors prior to that, so improving that will clearly be an area of focus as he moves up to AAA in 2016. The Mets’ infield situation is crowded, so we’ll see if he can push his way into a starting job with the Mets by 2017, or be a strong utility man.
4. DESMOND LINDSAY: probably too high to list the Mets’ 2015 2nd round selection, as the 18 year old only got 130+ plate appearances post-draft…but he did well, and got to play 14 games once he was promoted 2 levels late in the season to Brooklyn, where he held his own. As Desmond’s tools are thought of very highly, I will take a flier on him and list him way up the list at # 4. I’d love to see him challenged and put on the South Atlantic League roster to allow him to get a full season in. We’ll see.
5. BRANDON NIMMO: he makes it hard to list him at # 5, with just a .354 slugging % in 2015. A very weak number, IMO. He gets a lot of hype, but so far the former 2012 first round pick has under-delivered more often than he has excited. For this first rounder in 2011 right out of high school, it is time to show us a breakthrough season in 2016 like Cecchini did in 2015. And a whole lot more power. Or trade him.
That's my top 50, boys and girls. Look forward to your feedback. LGM.
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