The Pena Legacy?

fmartcardIn light of Special Assistant Ramon Pena’s firing, lets take a look at some of the Mets top international prospects performances this season.  All of the players listed numerically are among my top 30 Mets prospects.
1. Fernando Martinez – signed July 2, 2005 (pre-Pena).  Made his MLB debut at age 20, after tearing the cover off the ball in May in AAA.
2. Jenrry Mejia – signed April 4, 2007 by Ramon Pena, Ismael Cruz & Sandi Rosario.  A true find.  Mejia put up a 1.97 ERA in the FSL and then struck out more than a batter an inning as a 19-year old in AA.
3. Wilmer Flores – signed 8/6/07 by Ismael Cruz, Sandy Johnson & Robert Alfonzo.  Hit .264/.305/.332 as a 17/18-year old in the SAL in 2009.
4. Jefry Marte – signed 7/2/07 by Ramon Pena, Ismael Cruz & Marciano Alvarez. Hit .233/.279/.338 as a 17/18 year old in the SAL in 2009.
5. Ruben Tejada - signed 7/11/06 by Ismael Cruz, Wilfredo Blanco and Alex Zapata.  Hit .289/.351/.381 as a 19-year old in AA.
6. Jeurys Familia - signed 7/13/07 by Ramon Pena, Ismael Cruz and Marcelino Vallejo.  Finished 3rd in the SAL in ERA (2.69) at age 19, while making significant strides during the year.
7. Juan Urbina – signed 2009
8. Francisco Pena – signed 7/8/06 by Ramon Pena, Ismael Cruz and Juan Mercado.  Hit .224/.258/.329 in the FSL at age 19 with a career-best 8 HR.  That’s the same number of HR as Josh Thole has hit in his entire professional career since 2005.  Starting Pena at Savannah at age 17 with no professional experience in 2007 made no sense then or now, but hardly seems like something to put on Ramon Pena’s head.
9. Eduardo Aldama – signed 7/15/06 by Ismael Cruz, Robert Alfonzo and Rafael Jimenez.  The 19-year old Venezuelan quietly had a nice season for Rookie Kingsport, fanning 57 in 61.2 innings and posting a 3.79 ERA.
10. Aderlin Rodriguez – the Mets big international signing in ’08.  The 17-year old had a successful debut in the GCL, hitting .290/.389/.387 in 17 games.
11. Cesar Puello – signed 7/2/07 by Ramon Pena, Ismael Cruz and Marciano Alvarez.  Hit .296/.373/.423 in 49 games for Kingsport as an 18-year old.  OBP supported by a whopping 14 HBP.

Notable: CF Javier Rodriguez, 2008′s second-round draft pick, repeated the GCL where he hit .230/.285/.338 as a 19-year old.

Notice that Ramon Pena is listed as a signing scout for Francisco Pena even though R. Pena wasn’t yet with the organization when F. Pena is supposed to have signed.

By definition, this the best of the group of international prospects.  However, it’s not a bad record as there’s certainly something for Mets fans to dream on in this group.