March 24, 2007

4 Mets Prospects In Top 100 Via Fox Sports' Perry

(Editor's Note: Click on the title of this column for a link to Perry's story)

In his most recent column,'s Dayn Perry ranks the Top 100 Prospects in Baseball. The Mets' placed 4 people on the list, with Lastings Milledge nowhere in sight (possibly because he is now considered part of the major league roster). Noticably absent from the list are Guerra and Pena - they should be there by next season. Also, almost-Met, Pedro Beatto of the Orioles, came in at number 89.

Here are the Mets who made it:

8. Fernando Martinez, CF, Mets
Age: 18 Acquired: Non-drafted free agent, 2005, Dominican Republic
Martinez was tremendous in his full-season debut, but he scuttled a bit after a promotion to High-A St. Lucie. Still, his performance was thoroughly impressive for a 17-year-old. On the field, he's impressive on a number of levels. He's got speed, a quick and level bat through the zone, good range in center and a polished approach overall. The only question is whether he'll develop the power. Considering his success against much older competition and his natural hitting skills, the power will probably come.

36. Philip Humber, RHP, Mets
Age: 24Acquired: 1st round, 2004, Rice
Last season, Humber pitched across four levels and looked quite strong in doing so, proving he's fully recovered from reconstructive elbow surgery. Boasts command of three plus offerings. Provided he stays healthy, Humber could be a future All-Star. Considering the uncertain Mets' rotation this season, Humber could be in Queens sooner than you might think.

42. Mike Pelfrey, RHP, Mets
Age: 23Acquired: 1st round, 2005, Wichita State
In his first professional season, Pelfrey pitched across four different levels and for the most part pitched well. He boasts one of the best fastballs in the minors (good velocity, lateral movement and sink), but he needs to work on his secondary pitches. He's also not very polished for a collegian, which is why label-mate Philip Humber is ahead of him in the organizational queue. Pelfrey might eventually wind up in the bullpen, but the fastball will remain a pitch to die for.

79. Carlos Gomez, CF, Mets
Age: 21Acquired: Non-drafted free agent, 2002, Dominican Republic Gomez is exceptionally raw, and as a center fielder he's buried behind Carlos Beltran and Fernando Martinez. However, Gomez's baseball tools are outstanding. He's got blazing speed, range, an arm in center and the makings of a potent power stroke. Held his own at Double A-Binghamton last season despite being only 20 years old at the time (substantially younger than his Double-A peer group) and having skipped over High-A entirely. Gomez needs to demonstrate more patience at the plate, but his upside is substantial

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