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Postby Amazinz » Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:18 pm

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FUTURES: New York Mets Organization Report
Deric McKamey -- November 18
NEW YORK Mets

Organizational Grades: Hitting (C +)…..Pitching (B +)[/escape]…..Top-end talent (B)…..Overall (B -)

1. Lastings Milledge OF…..R/R…..20…..2003 (1) high school (FL)


Strengths: Athleticism/plus speed (4.1). Plus bat speed/power. Arm strength. Range
Weaknesses: Plate discipline. Balance at plate. Pull conscious. Taking proper routes
Comments: Excellent combination of power and speed, he focused more on making contact and being more patient, which lessened power, but improved OBP. Should be able to find happy medium, but was dealing with a sprained wrist for most of season. Arm and range enough for CF, but will concentrate on RF.
MLB Debut: 2007
Potential: Starting RF

2. Mike Pelfrey RHP…..22…..2005 (1) Wichita State
*Did not pitch in the minor leagues in 2005*
Strengths: 88-95 MPH two and four-seam fastballs, 79-82 MPH curveball, and 80-83 MPH circle-change. Command. Arm action. Tall/projectable body. Setting-up hitters
Weaknesses: Spin of curveball. Repeating arm speed
Comments: Top college hurler already throws three pitches for strikes and many not need much time in minors. Likes to challenge hitters, but needs to establish inside portion of plate. Despite not repeating his arm speed, he succeeds with plus movement and pitching on a downward plane.
2006 MLB Role: Fifth starter (mid-season)
Potential: Number two starter

3. Yusmeiro Petit RHP…..21…..2001 FA (Venezuela)


Strengths: Plus 80-81 MPH change-up, 86-91 MPH two-seam fastball, and 81-83 MPH slider. Plus command. Arm strength. Repeating arm speed and ¾ slot. Durability
Weaknesses: Heavy body type
Comments: Continued to dominate, save for three late-season Triple-A starts, and could make Mets' staff this spring. Changes speeds and commands plate as well as any minor league pitcher, with deceptive delivery making fastball appear quicker. Has been able to maintain soft body and has proved quite durable.
2006 MLB Role: Number four starter
Potential: Number two starter

4. Gaby Hernandez RHP…..20…..2004 (3) high school (FL)


Strengths: 88-92 MPH two-seam fastball and curveball. Plus command. Arm action. Strong build. Poise
Weaknesses: Deception of change-up. Repeating ¾ delivery
Comments: Strong-framed pitcher adept at getting strikeout with both sinker and looping curveball. Commands plate extremely well and knows how to pitch, tossing a no-hitter in June. Tired down the stretch and struggled when promoted to high Class-A, hammering home the need to change speeds.
MLB Debut: 2008
Potential: Number three starter

5. Anderson Hernandez SS/2B…..B/R…..23…..2001 FA (DR) by Detroit


Strengths: Athleticism/speed (4.1). Contact ability. Arm strength. Range
Weaknesses: Hitting for power. Strike zone judgment
Comments: Offense took a slight up-tick with a better approach to the plate. Lack of power and trouble with RH pitching will keep him in reserve role. Speed can be disruptive if he can get on base. Defense continues to shine, possessing arm strength, accuracy, and range that is Major League caliber.
2006 MLB Role: Utility infielder
Potential: Starting 2B or SS

6. Mike Jacobs 1B/C…..L/R…..25…..1999 (38) Grossmont JC


Strengths: Bat speed/power/contact ability. Average arm strength
Weaknesses: Strike zone judgment. Speed/agility. Receiving skills
Comments: Though batting eye doesn't show it, he worked counts deeper and began using the whole field, making him a more effective hitter. Power is legitimate, though BA was over his head. Labrum surgery reduced arm strength, which was only defensive tool that was above average. Has role if he can sustain offense.
2006 MLB Role: Pinch-hitter/reserve 1B/C
Potential: Platoon 1B/C

7. Phil Humber RHP…..22…..2004 (1) Rice


Strengths: 88-93 MPH two-seam fastball, 78-80 MPH curveball, and 82-84 MPH sinking change-up. Command. Drop-and-drive delivery, with high ¾ slot. Athletic/projectable frame
Weaknesses: Command of 82-84 MPH split-fingered fastball. Stamina (elbow)
Comments: Promising career slightly derailed due to ligament transplant surgery on his elbow in July. None of his pitches would be considered strikeout pitches, but when throwing all four pitches together, he gets the achieved result. Possesses good command and is deceptive with drop-and-drive delivery.
MLB Debut: 2007
Potential: Number three starter

8. Fernando Martinez OF…..L/R…..16…..2005 FA (DR)
*Did not play in minor leagues in 2005*
Strengths: Athleticism/strength. Bat speed/power/BA. Arm strength. Range
Weaknesses: Strike zone judgment. Average speed (4.2)
Comments: Signed for $1.4 million, as the Mets try to make a statement on the international market, getting the top amateur from the Dominican. Comparisons to Raul Mondesi seem to be accurate, in that he can be a run producer with power and the occasional high BA, and be a standout defender in RF.
MLB Debut: 2011
Potential: Starting RF

9. Brian Bannister LHP…..25…..2003 (7) USC


Strengths: 88-91 MPH two-seam fastball, 87-88 MPH cut-fastball, and curveball. Command. Setting-up hitters. Durability
Weaknesses: Spin of slider. Deception of change-up
Comments: Impressive first-half, fueled by exceptional command and his ability to throw multiple pitches at any point in count. Changed speeds better and improved strikeout numbers, though he lacks a "put-away" pitch for the Major League level. Has to bring his A-game to the mound to survive.
2006 MLB Role: Fifth starter/middle reliever
Potential: Number four starter

10. Jeff Keppinger 2B…..R/R…..24…..2001 (4) Georgia by Pittsburgh


Strengths: Athleticism/speed. Bat speed/BA ability. Plate discipline. Average arm strength. Soft hands
Weaknesses: Hitting for power. Range
Comments: Broken left leg, suffered in June, likely cost him a shot at starting 2B role for NYM. Plus ability to make contact and judge strike zone, making him a .300 threat every season. Power is limited, but has value with speed. Defensively, he's limited to 2B due to lack of range and arm strength.
2005 MLB Role: Utility infielder
Potential: Utility infielder

11. Carlos Gomez OF…..R/R.....24.....2002 FA (DR)


Strengths: Athleticism/wiry strength/plus speed. Bat speed/moderate power. Plus arm strength. Range
Weaknesses: Contact/BA ability. Strike zone judgment
Comments: Good combination of size, strength, and speed, and is just tapping into his potential. Raw power is there, but doesn't make consistent contact or show pitch recognition. With his range and arm strength, he will be able to play anywhere in the outfield.
MLB Debut: 2007
Potential: Platoon outfielder

12. Ambiorix Concepcion OF…..R/R.....21.....2000 FA (DR)


Strengths: Athleticism/speed. Bat speed/power. Plus arm strength
Weaknesses: Long swing. Pitch recognition/plate discipline. Taking proper routes
Comments: Athlete with impressive power potential, generating good bat speed, but plate discipline and contact rate will limit ability to hit for BA. Improved ability to read pitchers, allowing him to be threat on bases. One of better throwing arms in the minors, but needs to take better routes to flyballs and hit cut-off man.
MLB Debut: 2007
Potential: Starting corner outfielder

13. Alay Soler RHP…..25…..2004 FA (Cuba)
*Did not pitch in minor leagues in 2005*
Strengths: 88-92 MPH fastball, 80-82 MPH slider, curveball, and change-up. Command. Power-pitcher build. Pitchability. Durability
Weaknesses: Repeating ¾ slot
Comments: Has yet to set foot in States as visa problems in the Dominican Republic continue. Polished pitcher who may be able to pay immediate dividends, utilizing a vast repertoire with the ability to mix pitches. Will need to get into pitching shape, which could take some time.
MLB Debut: 2007
Potential: Number three starter

14. Aarom Baldiris 2B…..R/R…..23…..1999 FA (Venezuela)


Strengths: Bat speed/contact ability. Plate discipline. Agility
Weaknesses: Driving baseball. Arm strength. Hands
Comments: Promoted to level that is appropriate for ability, he posted numbers that will become norm for him. Enough bat speed to produce moderate power and will hit for respectable BA, but still needs more trajectory on long flyballs. Moved from 3B to 2B to better suit his bat, but will need work in becoming average defender.
2006 MLB Role: Utility infielder
Potential: Reserve infielder (3B/2B/1B)

15. Brett Harper 1B…..L/R…..24…..2000 (45) high school (AZ)

Strengths: Bat speed/moderate power. Uses whole field
Weaknesses: Contact/BA ability. Strike zone judgment. Arm strength. Speed/agility
Comments: Ability to drive baseball to all fields is only true skill, but has enough bat to land a pinch-hitting role. Contact rate coincides with poor plate discipline. Defense is below average, but has the skills to improve and be passable.
2006 MLB Role: Pinch-hitter
Potential: Platoon 1B

2006 CONTRIBUTORS

Angel Pagan(OF), Chase Lambin (2B/3B), Craig Brazell (1B), Joe Hietpas (C), Tim Hamulack (LHP), Bob Keppel (RHP), Evan MacLane (LHP), Blake McGinley (LHP), Royce Ring (LHP), Orlando Roman (RHP), Jason Scobie (RHP)
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Postby pokerplaya » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:33 pm

Interesting read. Rather critical, but informative.
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