April 26, 2007

A Look At Some Future Mets?

In a timeframe of two to three years, the Mets, could be looking at a predominantly Farm System team. We, as fans, have seen the Mets go from having nothing in the Mets system (Phillips) to having to maybe trade away some prospects, because they have too many. Below is a little bit on each player that could, one day in the near future, be manning a position at Shea or Citifield.

Jose A. Reyes - Catcher (Wikipedia)

Reyes was formerly on the Chicago Cubs extended roster. In 2007, he was a non-roster invitee to the New York Mets spring training. He made his major league debut on September 13, 2006 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Some may confuse him with the more famous Jose B. Reyes, however, he is a catcher.

He is one of the highest rated young catchers on MLB 07: The Show(baseball video game).
Mike Carp - First Base (Press Connects)

A non-roster invitee to spring training. ... Selected as the Sterling Organizational Player of the Year last year as the top player in the Mets' minor-league system. ... Led the Mets' minor league organization with 88 RBI, finishing second in the Florida State League. ... Had 22 multi-RBI games last season. ... Considered one of the best all-around hitters in the Mets system. ... Ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the Mets organization by Baseball America. ... Three-year pro totals: 283 games, .271, 40 home runs, 177 RBI.

Ruben Gotay - Second Base (Wikipedia)

Gotay made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals on August 4, 2004 versus the Chicago White Sox. He went 1-for-3 and got his first major league hit off of Jose Contreras. Gotay played in 44 games for the Roayls in 2004. He hit .270 with one home run and 16 RBI.

In 2005, Gotay made the Royals' opening day roster and played in 86 major league games. He batted .227 with five home runs and 29 RBI.

Gotay spent the entire 2006 season in the minor leagues. He was traded to the Mets for prospect Jeff Keppinger on July 19, 2006.

Anderson Hernandez (A-Hern) - Second Base/Shortstop (Wikipedia)

He was signed as an undrafted free agent at age 18 by the Detroit Tigers in 2001. In the minor leagues, Hernández showed poor patience and high strikeouts typical of a teenager and didn't rise past single-A until 2004. In his first season, he batted .264/.303/.389 with 34 stolen bases in just 216 at-bats. However, he progressed slowly. In 2002, playing in High-A ball, he showed poor hitting skills, batting just .259/.310/.339. The next season was even worse. Hernandez struggled to hit above the Mendoza line, (.229/.278/.295) and stole just 15 bases. But the next season started off well for him. After batting .295 with 11 RBI in about 100 AB, he was called up to AA Erie where he batted .274 with 5 home runs, 29 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. After that season, he was traded to the Mets for catcher Vance Wilson who had become expendable after the Mets signed Ramón Castro.

Anderson Hernández also plays on his native country, the Dominican Republic, on one of the best teams, Tigres del Licey. He won the Rookie of the Year of the Regular Season and also the MVP on the finals. He and shortstop Erick Aybar are called "los menores" (Spanish for "the kids") and are known as one of the best middle infields in Dominican Republic.

Fernando Martinez - Outfield (Wikipedia)

While he may be a little bit smaller than most players, it doesn't show in his batting power. He is said to have extraordinary strength and regularly lands in the outfield where most batters do not. When Martinez swings, he looks significantly taller. His left-handed bat moves easily through the strike zone and he drives the ball to all parts of the field.

Martinez is regarded as one of the Mets best prospects and is expected to be in the pros very soon. He is one of three highly touted outfielders in the Mets organizations, the others being Carlos Gomez and Lastings Milledge. According to Mets brass, they hope to have him playing left by the time Citifield opens in 2009.

Lastings Milledge - Outfield (Wikipedia)

The delay in signing Milledge prevented him from beginning his professional career until shortly before the end of the minor league season in 2003. He appeared in only seven games, hitting .231 for the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League. In 2004, he was slated to start the year with the class A Capital City Bombers, but he suffered a fractured metacarpal on his right hand in spring training, missing the first six weeks of the season. In 65 games with the Bombers, he hit .337 with 13 home runs, 58 RBI and 23 stolen bases, earning him a promotion to the St. Lucie Mets in August. In 2005, he continued his minor league success hitting .302 with St. Lucie in the first half of the season and .337 with the AA Binghamton Mets in the second half. He began the 2006 season leading off and playing right field for the AAA Norfolk Tides.

After having an impressive spring training both on and off the field, Milledge was named to the Mets' opening day roster. He saw very limited game action, and was subsequently optioned down to AAA New Orleans after the game on 12 April to create room on the roster so that starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey could be called up and make his season debut in the following day's game.

Carlos Gomez - Outfield (Wikipedia)

a highly touted outfield prospect for the New York Mets organization and is currently on the 40-man roster. Along with Lastings Milledge and Fernando Martinez, he is one of the Mets top outfield prospects.

Gomez signed with the Mets as an International Free Agent in 2002. He is currently playing for the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs.

Gomez is considered a five tool prospect. He has elite speed; Mets' General Minaya has stated that Gomez is faster than shortshop Jose Reyes. He also has an excellent throwing arm.

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