New MLB.com Prospect Rankings

Jon Mayo at MLB.com is re-ranking prospects.

Overall in his top 100, he has Zack Wheeler at #7 and Matt Harvey at #22. Harvey will fall off the list with three more innings pitched in the big leagues to surpass 50 and cost himself his rookie eligibility.

His Mets Top 20 goes:

1. RHP Zack Wheeler
2. RHP Matt Harvey
3. RHP Jeurys Familia
4. 1B/3B/2B Wilmer Flores
5. CF Brandon Nimmo
6. SS Gavin Cecchini
7. OF Cesar Puello
8. 2B Reese Havens
9. RHP Michael Fulmer
10. RHP Rafael Montero
11. RHP Domingo Tapia
12. OF Juan Lagares
13. CF Matt den Dekker
14. RHP Cory Mazzoni
15. 3B Jefry Marte
16. SS Wilfredo Tovar
17. C Kevin Plawecki
18. INF Matt Reynolds
19. LHP Juan Urbina
20. OF Cory Vaughn

 

The major surprises here are the inclusions of Reese Havens in the top 10 and Juan Urbina in the top 20.

Havens, as a 25-year old hit .215/.340/.351 with 113 strikeouts in 94 games in AA. Again, he’s 25 years old and striking out a ton. I think Mayo as a whole was too high on older Mets position player prospects who just did not hit enough, including Havens, den Dekker and Vaughn.

Urbina could not crack the Brooklyn Cyclones’ rotation, so he was sent down to Kingsport where he was bad: walking 16 batters in 12.1 innings. When I saw him in Brooklyn, his fastball was topping out at 87, and was living in the mid-80s, with a well below average breaking ball. He has not business anywhere near a team’s top-20 list.

Jacob deGrom has earned a spot on this list because even though he’s 24, he was dominant in a-ball with a plus fastball. The last spot or two, should have gone to any one of the Mets’ good young arms  including a resurgent Steven Matz, or Brooklyn’s Luis Mateo, 19-year old Gabriel Ynoa, Hansel Robles or Rainy Lara (pick your favorite).