Posted by Thomas Brennan at 8:00 AM
The Mets' website listed its top 30 prospects. Some don't make sense to me order-wise. Maybe I'm crazy. Here goes (Mets site ranking for player is shown in bold):
Anthony Kay at # 9 - he just had Tommy John Surgery, so I'd be more conservative with that slot. I understand he was our 2nd pick in the first round. Still, full recovery from TJS is not a given.
Milton Ramos at # 12, while fellow SS Luis Guillorme is at # 20: Ramos did not hit much at all in Columbia in 2016, while Guillorme won the League's MVP there the year before, and hit much better in 2016 than Ramos did, while playing a league higher. Both lack power, so I am very puzzled there.
Peter Alonzo at # 13 - he was powerfully terrific for the Cyclones as a power hitting 1B until he got hurt...yeah, he's slow, but his shots clear the fences quick...Ramos ahead of him? Nah.
Rob Gsellman at # 14 - so Anthony Kay just had TJS, while Gsellman pitched masterfully for several weeks with the Mets in 2016 - but Gsellman is LOWER than Kay? Head scratcher. He's in my Top 10. Kay is not. Yet.
TJ Rivera at # 30, despite leading AAA in batting and hitting .333 in September with the Mets. TJ is the Rodney Dangerfield of this organization, NO respect, I tell ya. I'd at least flip spots with Urena here.
Jhoan Urena at #17, while Tomas Nido is at # 19. Urena has had back-to-back LOUSY years, while Catcher Nido excelled behind the dish while - oh, yeah - LEADING THE FSL IN HITTING, WITH DECENT POP. Now that's a head-scratcher.
I'm surprised Urena still sits in the Top 30, and so far above, say, fine hitting catcher Pat Mazelka, slotted at # 28. I'd have put fine hitting OF Kevin Kacsmarski somewhere in my Top 30 and bumped Urena down to about # 35. Jeff McNeil would have also been in my Top 30 (if he is expected to be 100% recovered and healthy in 2017. He had a great 2015 before missing virtually all of 2016 with a sports hernia.
David Thompson at # 24? Dudes and Dudettes, this guy is an RBI machine, best in the Mets minors, so it seems awfully negative to rank him this low.
Lastly, I know PJ Conlon (# 26) is not a flame thrower, but he had an A+++ season pitching in 2016. I'd have snuck him in around 20 or slightly higher.
Am I nuts, folks, or am I making sense?
Or am I making sense, but still nuts regardless?
Please weigh in - you can reach me in the psych ward, where I am ranked # 1.