Top 41 Prospects Review: #11-20

#11 SS Ruben Tejada

Why Ranked Here: His defense was ready for the big leagues, and his offensive game made major strides in 2009.

What Happened: Hitting almost .300 in AAA at age 20 is pretty nice.  Since, he’s hit .217/.298/.261 in 31 games in for the Mets while playing impressive defense. The glove is ahead of the bat, and his eventual ceiling is still hazy because of questions about his bat.

Stock: Pretty similar, actually.


G AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
10 IL 51 170 50 8 0 1 10 28 1 2 .294 .341 .359
10 MLB 31 92 20 4 0 0 6 17 1 1 .217 .298 .261

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#12 3B Jefry Marte

Why Ranked Here: Despite his struggles in the SAL at age 17 and 18 last year, the Mets still believed in Marte’s bat and in his chance to stick at third base, which was reflected in this ranking.

What Happened: Just 19 for the second half of 2010, Marte’s defense had gotten better, even if the error total is still unsightly.  He makes the routine plays routinely now with improved footwork and now mixes in the extraordinary once in a while especially charging balls.  At the plate, he’s shown more patience and more power than he did a year ago.  As of today, he rides an eight-game hitting streak and is hitting Is his .333/.375/.667 start to July the beginning of a big surge or just a blip?

Stock: Holding

G AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
10 SAL 74 295 75 17 3 6 30 59 4 5 .254 .331 .393

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#13 RHP Kyle Allen

Why Ranked Here: I liked Allen’s athleticism, feel on his secondary offerings and success in the SAL at age 19.

What Happened: His K/BB ratio is hovering near one.  That’s not good.  He’s been one of the big disappointments in the system.

Stock: Down


ERA G/GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB HR/9 GB%
10 FSL 5.23 17/15 86 90 55 50 6 46 49 4.8 5.1 1.1 0.6 52.5

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#14 LHP Steven Matz

Why Ranked Here: The Mets signed their top pick from the 2009 draft for almost $900K.

What Happened: Matz had Tommy John Surgery this spring.

Stock: Down a tick, but only a tick.  TJ happens.  Most pitchers who do the work to rehab, come back fine.

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#15 RF Cesar Puello

Why Ranked Here: Coming off a strong season in the Appalachian League, the athletic Puello was the subject of some glowing scouting reviews on his all-around game.

What Happened: The 19-year old Puello was far rawer than I expected.  He’s a plus runner who’s already a shrewd base-stealer and a strong right fielder.  The SAL has learned not to challenge his strong throwing arm.  However, at the plate struggled through a .192/.259/.232 May while rebuilding his swing to shorten his hand path and get his front foot down earlier.  He improved to .303/.386/.382 in June.  The power is still largely about projection.  He’ll hit bombs during batting practice, but is still looking for his first one in a game this year.

Stock: Holding. If the power comes in the second half, it’ll be up.

G AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
10 SAL 81 295 76 16 0 0 24 64 27 6 .258 .345 .312

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#16 LHP Juan Urbina

Why Ranked Here: The Mets top international signee in the summer of 2009, he’s a projectable left-hander with good feel for a breaking ball and changeup.

What Happened: He made his professional debut on June 22.  He’s had three really good outings, mixed around one eight-run mess in his third start.  He’s been touching 90 at age 17 and the Mets are really excited about Urbina, who already possesses a usable curveball and changeup.

Stock: Up


ERA G/GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB HR/9
10 GCL 4.58 4/4 17.2 15 10 9 0 7 15 3.7 7.8 2.1 0.0

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#17 RHP Ryota Igarashi

Why Ranked Here: I thought he’d bring a plus fastball and plus split-fingered offering and be an immediate weapon in the New York bullpen.

What Happened: He’s been injured and largely ineffective.  Oops.

Stock: Off this list.  Will he be part of the problem or the solution in the Mets bullpen?

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#18 Eric Niesen

Why Ranked Here: I was very intrigued by Niesen’s velocity last summer and his apparently improving control.  Yeah, he walked 4.5 guys per nine innings last year, but he also struck out a batter an inning at AA.

What Happened: The 24-year old missed time after getting struck on the head, but with more walks than strikeouts this year, he’s regressed.

Stock: Down.


ERA G/GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB HR/9 GB%
10 EL 3.63 13/13 52 40 26 21 3 41 38 7.1 6.6 0.9 0.5 38.9

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#19 C Francisco Pena

Why Ranked Here: Still getting ranked in part on his bonus and bloodlines, and in part on his arm and potential power, he’ll get chances.

What Happened: The 20-year old Pena broke his foot in spring training and now is not expected back until the end of this month or early August.

Stock: Down.

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