Top 41: 26 – RHP Chris Flexen, 27 – Casey Meisner, 28 Andrew Church

Lets look at a cohesive group of young arms in my Top 41, young pitchers with better than average fastballs who have not played full-season ball yet. I tend to be pretty conservative with young pitchers especially those below full-season ball since there are just so many misses.

This trio begins the fun part of the rankings.

 

#26 – RHP Chris Flexen

Flexen K-Mets HeadBats/Throws: Right/Right
Height/Weight:  6’3”, 215 lbs
Acquired:  14th rd (Memorial HS)
Born:  7/1/94
2013 Rank: 32 Stats 
Why Ranked Here: Big league pitcher’s body, big league fastball. There’s a mid-rotation MLB starter in here if everything works out (or even #2), and the downside as a bullpen flamethrower if they don’t. Flexen is a loose-limbed 6’3”. He’s lean and moves easily. His fastball was sitting 93-94 at the end of 2013 and touching 96. The Mets had him scrap a lousy cutter to trim his arsenal to focus on his fastball, curve and changeup. The Mets went overslot to sign Flexen to a $374,400 contract in the 14th round in 2012 when his raw talent dictated a much higher selection.

Flexen moves ahead of the 2013 draftees behind him because he’s a year ahead developmentally and has, for the moment, the best fastball of the group.
2013:  Flexen repeated the Appalachian League in 2013 through no fault of his own; the Mets did not field a Gulf Coast League team in 2012 so the Appy was the lowest level for high school draftees like Flexen. In his second time around the League, Flexen improved dramatically: cutting his walk rate from 9.3% to 4.4, while bumping up his strikeout rate from 17% to 23%.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Good MLB starter
Debbie Downer Says: Young pitchers and…
Projected 2014 Start: Savannah
MLB Arrival: 2017

 Recent Stats

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;ERA;G/GS;IP;H;R;ER;HR;BB;SO;HBP;WP;

2012 APP;5.63;7/6;32;38;23;20;2;14;26;0;2;

2013 APP;2.09;11/11;69;53;18;16;6;12;62;6;3;

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;BB/9;SO/9;SO/BB;HR/9;H/9;R/9;BB%;SO%;HR%;TBF;

2012 APP;3.9;7.3;1.9;0.6;10.7;6.5;9.3;17.2;1.3;151;

2013 APP;1.6;8.1;5.2;0.8;6.9;2.3;4.4;22.9;2.2;271;

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#27 – RHP Casey Meisner

Bats/Throws:  Right/Right
Height/Weight:  6’7”/190 lbs
Acquired: 3rd rd ’13 (Cypress Woods HS; Cypress, TX)
Born:  5/22/95 (Cypress, TX)
2013 Rank: NA | Stats
Why Ranked Here: He’s 6’7”! He was throwing 93-94 mph in the Gulf Coast League in 2013 in a borderline dominant August. The Mets seemed pleased with the progress his curve and changeup made. According to Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus, he repeats his delivery reasonably well for a huge guy.
2013:  In four starts in August, Meisner went five or six innings in each on his way to a 2.86 ERA and a K/BB of 3.4 (17K/5 BB) in 22 innings.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Frontline starter
Debbie Downer Says: Or nothing. Injuries, etc.
Projected 2014 Start:  Brooklyn Cyclones
MLB Arrival: September 2017

Recent Stats

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;ERA;G/GS;IP;H;R;ER;HR;BB;SO;HBP;WP;

13 GCL;3.06;10/4;35.33;31;17;12;0;10;28;1;1;

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;BB/9;SO/9;SO/BB;HR/9;H/9;R/9;BB%;SO%;HR%;TBF;

13 GCL;2.5;7.1;2.8;0.0;7.9;4.3;6.9;19.4;0.0;144;

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#28 – RHP Andrew Church

Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Height/Weight:  6’2”/190 lbs
Acquired: 2nd Rd ’13 (Basic HS; Henderson NV)
Born:  10/7/94 (Henderson, NV)
2013 Rank: NA | Stats
Why Ranked Here:  The Mets’ 2013 second-rounder has a chance to be a mid-rotation starter. At the time he was drafted, Mets VP of Amateur Scouting and Player Development said of Church: “We feel like he has a chance to be a solid middle of the rotation starter. It’s three pitches, all for strikes. We think he has a chance for a plus breaking ball. Could also log a lot of innings. Athletic. Works fast. Fits into our overall organizational pitching philosophy.”

Baseball America had him throwing 90-93, touching 95 at the time of the draft with a curveball that “flashed” plus.

Church had a messy high school career that spanned three high schools and prevented him from pitching a full high school season until 2013, but the Mets saw him multiple times in the summer of 2012 and early in 2013.

2013:  Church made three relief appearances from July 3rd through the 13th before making his first of six starts on July 20. Statistically, there’s little significant in his work in the GCL.
Dr. Pangloss Says: As the Mets’ brass said, maybe there’s a #3 starter in here.
Debbie Downer Says:  He’s a long way away.
Projected 2014 Start: Brooklyn Cyclones
MLB Arrival: 2018

 

Recent Stats

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;ERA;G/GS;IP;H;R;ER;HR;BB;SO;HBP;WP;

13 GCL;5.91;9/6;35;49;26;23;2;8;19;2;3;

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;BB/9;SO/9;SO/BB;HR/9;H/9;R/9;BB%;SO%;HR%;TBF;

13 GCL;2.1;4.9;2.4;0.5;12.6;6.7;5.0;11.9;1.3;159;

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