First, I need to explain what I’m doing here. I’m listing prospects by one position only, and at that, the position where I think that the player fits best on a Major League roster.
Second, second is often a second-choice position. Most of the guys who play second were shortstops at some point in their lives. They move to second because, with a much shorter throw to first, it’s an easier position. All the same, second is not ojectively “easy.” A good second baseman has, at a minimum, almost as much range as a good shortstop, sure hands, and good footwork around the bag for doubleplays and stolen base attempts.
Whereas I could have credibly listed Wilmer Flores as a first baseman, I did not. I am not listing him as a second baseman either. It is not his best position. I suspect that were he to play it everyday, it would result in a Lucas Duda in leftfield type of math, where he would give back much of the offensive gains he provided with his limited range.
1. Dilson Herrera
2. Danny Muno
3. LJ Mazzilli
4. Philip Evans
1. Herrera was the minor leauger the Mets acquired from the Pirates with Vic Black for John Buck and Marlon Byrd. He played the entire 2013 as a young 19-year-old in the SAL and more than held his own, bopping 11 homers. He’s a good enough athlete for second, but does not have the arm for short. As a player with a reasonable shot to be an everyday guy in the big leagues, he’s comfortably in the top 15 Mets prospects. He should start 2014 in the Florida State League.
2. Muno looks like he has a utility guy ceiling to me after a .249/.384/.379 season in 127 games in Binghamton after his age 23 season. Remember, he beat up on lower the lower levels, bopping .355/.466/.514 as a 22-year-old with Brooklyn in 2011. He’s a very high walk player (16%) in AA, so even if his pure hit tool is a little short, he found his way on base.
3. Mazzilli, the Mets’ 4th round pick this year out of UConn has Mets in his family blood and hit .278/.329/.381 as a 23-year-old in the New York-Penn League. I suspect he will start 2014 as an older position player in Savannah.
4. In his age 20 season, Evans hit .203/.268/.262 for Savannah in 106 games in a year that ended early with a strained back. Evans worked his way into better shape as the 2013 season went on, but I just don’t see him as a shortstop if he makes the big leagues. Although his performance hardly screamed “promotion,” with Gavin Cecchini likely headed to Savannah to play shortstop everyday, Evans either has to move up to St. Lucie or move off of short.