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    Baseball America/Baseball Prospectus Mets Top 10 Prospects

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    When Mets general manager Omar Minaya signed Pedro Martinez after the 2004 season, he justified the four-year, $53 million deal in part by suggesting Latin American teenagers would flock to sign with New York as a result.

    An increased profile resulting from the Martinez signing, coupled with the opening of a state-of-the-art academy in the Dominican Republic, have been the cornerstones of the Mets' plans to retool their farm system.

    New York believes it's starting to see dividends from its efforts in Latin America. Dominican outfielder Fernando Martinez and Venezuelan shortstop Wilmer Flores rank as the Nos. 1 and 2 prospects in the organization. Two more Dominicans, third baseman Jefry Marte and righthander Jenrry Mejia, also cracked this Top 10 list, and Dominican righty Maikel Cleto would have joined them if he hadn't been included in a trade for J.J. Putz.

    The Mets also included Venezuelan righty Deolis Guerra in the deal that brought Johan Santana to New York. While they'd make that move again and again, it further depleted a system that was already thin at the upper levels. When injuries created a need for an outfielder in July, they had to promote third catcher Robinson Cancel because their Triple-A New Orleans affiliate was barren.

    For the second straight year, the Mets collapsed in September and handed the National League East title to the Phillies. This time, New York lost 10 of its final 17 games and were once again eliminated with a loss to the also-ran Marlins on the final day of the season.

    One of the bright spots down the stretch was the procession of several young players from the minors to Shea Stadium. Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans, both natural infielders who started 2008 in Double-A, ultimately platooned in left field for the Mets. Lefthander Jonathon Niese made three September starts at age 21. Eddie Kunz, a sandwich pick just a year earlier, and Bobby Parnell contributed out of the bullpen.

    Though the Mets have been as conservative in the draft as they have been aggressive on the international market, they did have a bonanza last June. After forfeiting their 2006 and 2007 first-round picks as compensation for free agents Billy Wagner and Moises Alou, New York had three of the first 33 picks in 2008—the product of free agent Tom Glavine signing with the Braves.

    Interestingly, the third of those three choices made the biggest impression. Righthander Brad Holt has the best fastball in the system and has jumped on the fast track to the majors. The Mets expect fiirst baseman Ike Davis and shortstop Reese Havens to fare better in 2009 after uninspiring pro debuts.

    Because many of the top players in system are still teenagers, there won't be many new faces making their debuts when New York unveils Citi Field this season. The lone player not already exposed to the majors who may have an impact is Martinez.

    Murphy has made a good case for a regular job, which ideally would be at second base but more realistically would be in left, and Parnell has a shot at a bullpen role. Otherwise, the Mets will be a mostly veteran team, and they turned to proven commodities ($37 million free agent Francisco Rodriguez and Putz) to upgrade their relief corps during the offseason.

    TOP TEN
    PROSPECTS
    1. Fernando Martinez, of
    2. Wilmer Flores, ss
    3. Jonathon Niese, lhp
    4. Brad Holt, rhp
    5. Bobby Parnell, rhp
    6. Jefry Marte, 3b
    7. Jenrry Mejia, rhp
    8. Reese Havens, ss
    9. Nick Evans, 1b/of
    10. Eddie Kunz, rhp

    BEST
    TOOLS
    Best Hitter for Average Wilmer Flores
    Best Power Hitter Fernando Martinez
    Best Strike-Zone Discipline Reese Havens
    Fastest Baserunner Javier Rodriguez
    Best Athlete Greg Veloz
    Best Fastball Brad Holt
    Best Curveball Jon Niese
    Best Slider Brent Rustich
    Best Changeup Dillon Gee
    Best Control Dillon Gee
    Best Defensive Catcher Mike Nickeas
    Best Defensive Infielder Ruben Tejada
    Best Infield Arm Shawn Bowman
    Best Defensive Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenheis
    Best Outfield Arm Ambiorix Concepcion

    PROJECTED 2012
    LINEUP
    Catcher Francisco Pena
    First Base Daniel Murphy
    Second Base Reese Havens
    Third Base David Wright
    Shortstop Jose Reyes
    Left Field Fernando Martinez
    Center Field Carlos Beltran
    Right Field Wilmer Flores
    No. 1 Starter Johan Santana
    No. 2 Starter Mike Pelfrey
    No. 3 Starter Jon Niese
    No. 4 Starter Brad Holt
    No. 5 Starter John Maine
    Closer Francisco Rodriguez
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    Four-Star Prospects
    1. Fernando Martinez, CF
    2. Wilmer Flores, SS
    3. Jefry Marte, 3B
    Three-Star Prospects
    4. Brad Holt, RHP
    5. Jon Niese, LHP
    6. Reese Havens, SS
    7. Jenrry Mejia, RHP
    Two-Star Prospects
    8. Ike Davis, 1B
    9. Bobby Parnell, RHP
    10. Eddie Kunz, RHP
    11. Scott Moviel, RHP

    Just Missed: Dillon Gee, RHP; Francisco Pena, C; Cesar Puello, OF

    Ranking Challenges: The question of whether Martinez or Flores should be number one haunted me for a while, but in the end I saw Flores as what Martinez was a few years ago, except that Martinez has since accomplished something at the upper levels. From there it's a mix that is difficult to sort between players nearly ready and players just drafted, and there are realistically eight to ten solid candidates for the bottom three slots.

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    I am really hoping Martinez could contribute to the club this year, the only problem would be a log jam at the corner outfield spots.

    Also would be real nice to see Niese perform well in that #5 spot and Kunz or Parnell to become a reliable go to 7th inning guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Danza View Post
    I am really hoping Martinez could contribute to the club this year, the only problem would be a log jam at the corner outfield spots.
    If he hits, he'll probably get a shot at some point when someone goes down to an injury, keep in mind we have alot of positional flexability with Murphy, Evans, and Tatis also able to play Corner IF.

    But no need to rush F-Mart.

    Also would be real nice to see Niese perform well in that #5 spot and Kunz or Parnell to become a reliable go to 7th inning guy.
    I think these have a real chance of happening, namely Niese and Parnell. I would hope to bring in enough depth for the rotation/bullpen so that we are not counting on either of them to perform though. They sound so much better as injury fill-ins then pieces that are being counted on to perform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven0m View Post
    I think these have a real chance of happening, namely Niese and Parnell. I would hope to bring in enough depth for the rotation/bullpen so that we are not counting on either of them to perform though. They sound so much better as injury fill-ins then pieces that are being counted on to perform.

    I think as it stands, minus another lefty, we already have solid vets who can act as the other pieces to the pen. If Parnell of Kunz are going to get a spot they will most likely have to take it from somone with very strong spring training.

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