I originally had Nido a little higher and Verrett a little lower, but I’m happy with where they ended up.
29 – C Tomas Nido
Height/Weight: 6’0”, 200lbs
Acquired: 8th rd ’12 (Orangewood Christian (FL) HS)
Born: 4/12/94 (Oviedo, FL)
2012 Rank: N/A | Stats
Why Ranked Here: There’s plenty of raw (good and bad) in Nido’s game, but he has the tools to become a big league catcher. His arm is average. However, his receiving qualifies as his bad raw. He just needs to improve every piece of his game behind the plate. I think with enough time and reps, he will become adequate behind the dish.
The good raw? His power. He can hit balls a long way.
2012: The Mets went overslot to pay Nido $250,000 to skip Florida State and become a professional baseball player. On the field, Nido showed a healthy approach for a young player, earning a walk in 8.6% of his plate appearances in the Appalachian League in the season in which he was 18.
Dr. Pangloss Says: A nice starting catcher in the big leagues.
Debbie Downer Says: He might not be a good enough defensive catcher to play for my team, and I don’t see the pure hit tool or body to carry him at first base.
Projected 2013 Start: Extended Spring Training with a June assignment to Brooklyn
MLB Arrival: 2018
30 – RHP Logan Verrett
Why Ranked Here: Verrett moves up five spots from a year ago because, as a polished collegiate arm, he did exactly what he was supposed to do in his first full professional season reaching advanced-A in July. Verrett is a lean righty who worked 90-91 with his fastball which is a little straight. He touched 93 occasionally, but did not work at that velocity. Scouts told me that coming out of the bullpen early in his Baylor career he could touch 96 and work at 94 mph. There’s no way he can recapture that kind of heat as a starter, but I wonder if he can’t find 92-94 working out of the bullpen in short bursts. Some nights his slider was nice and tight, and some nights he had trouble throwing it for strikes. His changeup is ok – with a chance to be average.
Verrett repeats his delivery well and throws plenty of strikes, a fact that gives him a chance to start.
2012: Verrettt was likely closing in on a promotion to advanced-A when a shoulder strain shut him down for almost two months in Savannah.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Back-end starter or middle reliever
Debbie Downer Says: You know Dr., Verrett’s strikeout rate dipped to 6.1 K/9/17% in advanced-A and he had shoulder problems last year. Any further decline in the minors and his dreams of starting will be long gone. Nope, he’s a AAA starter for me.
Projected 2013 Start: AA Binghamton
MLB Arrival: 2015