Height/Weight: 6’1”/195 lbs
Acquired: 3rd Round 2009 (Florida Southern)
2009 Rank: NR
Why Ranked Here: Shields was the 2009 winner of the 2nd annual “Ike Davis Award” for a disappointing debut by a top Mets draft pick. An earnest interview, Shields has nice hands in the field, and enough arm to play SS. However, scouts were very underwhelmed by his other tools. He was no better than an average runner, and some had him below average. That’s going to leave him without enough range to play short at the MLB level. Worse, where Davis recovered with a big second season, Shields needed Tommy John Surgery in the fall of 2009, so could miss the entire 2010 season. If he misses the entire 2010 season, he will be 23 to start 2011 with just 146 AB in the NYP to his credit.
2009: Bad statistically, and scouts who saw him in the NYP thought he was short on tools.
Dr. Pangloss Says: MLB 2B.
Debbie Downer Says: Organizational player who doesn’t get above MLB replacement level
Projected 2010 Start: Rehab