Links: Under-25 Talent Rankings, DePodesta State of the Farm

Link- Chris McShane at Amazin’ Avenue talked to Mets’ VP of Amateur Scouting and Player Development Paul DePodesta about everything in the Mets farm. They discuss the Mets’ near-MLB ready pitching, Rafael Montero, Gabriel Ynoa, Luis Cessa, Marcos Molina, Domingo Tapia, Amed Rosario, Cesar Puello, Brandon Nimmo and the system moving forward.
His comment on Molina:

 “super-good athlete, also repeats his delivery well. At the time, he had a nice little sinker, showed some feel for the baseball. But it wasn’t big power or anything like that. Since then, he’s continued to grow. Last year in the Gulf Coast League he was up to 96 miles per hour, typically pitching at 92, 94, has a feel for three pitches….We had some scouts who saw him during the course of the summer—amateur scouts—who told us that if he had been a high school player he would have been a first-round pick in 2013.

DePodesta also offered a theory on Tapia’s 2013 struggles: his armslot dropped and he struggled with his release point.

- Baseball Prospectus ranked all Major League franchises by their under-25 talent. Jason Parks and friends ranked the Mets 12th. The rankings suggest that the National League East is going to be very competitive in the coming years: as there are three teams in the top five: Nationals (#2), Braves (#3), Marlins (#5), and then the Phillies (#29) bringing up the rear.

- MLB.com has released an updated Mets Top Prospect list. The top five (and ten and 20) is now very consistent with my Composite Top Prospect List from BP/ESPN/BA.

Non-Mets
– Jonathan Singleton of the Astros discussed his addiction to weed. Remind me why baseball suspends players for this?

- Cubs prospect Javier Baez, one of the top hitting prospects in baseball absolutely crushed this pitch oppo. It is vicious.

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