One of the dealers at today’s card show had opened a box of Donruss Elite Extra Edition and had singles, so I picked up the Mets. I was able to finish the base team set, so I’m done with this product — I’m not a huge fan of Donruss’ MLB-unlicensed efforts. Although they scanned dark grey / black, the backgrounds of these cards are silver foil. Too much foil makes the set even less appealing to me.
Eric Beaulac was the Mets 9th round draft pick this year out of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. He began his professional career at Kingsport in the Appalachian League, where he made two starts and four relief appearances. He moved up to Savannah in the South Atlantic League and made six starts there. He also made a pair of relief appearances for the Brooklyn Cyclones in the New York Penn League. His overall totals for 2008: 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA. He struck out 60 in 48 innings pitched while giving up 38 hits and walking 26. He also made 8 wild pitches.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis was the Mets 3rd round pick in the 2008 draft, out of Azusa Pacific University in California. He spent his first pro season in Brooklyn, where he hit .277 with 3 home runs and 29 RBIs in 285 at-bats. He struck out 70 times and walked 29 times. He also stole 11 bases in 18 attempts.
Mark Cohoon was the Mets 12th round draft choice out of North Central Texas College. He split his first professional season between Kingsport and Savannah, though he didn’t fair especially well at either level. His totals for the year: 3-3 with a 4.58 ERA; 43 strikeouts, 28 walks and 46 hits in 51 and 1/3 innings.
Sean Ratliff was the Mets 4th round pick out of Stanford University. He made his pro debut with Brooklyn, where he hit .229 with 7 home runs and 22 RBIs. In 201 at-bats, he walked 18 times while striking out 67 times.
Saving the best (prospect) and worst (photo) for last, Wilmer Flores — at age 16 — is regarded as one of the crown jewels of the Mets farm system. In his first pro season, Flores hit .310 with 8 home runs and 41 RBIs in 245 at bats for Kingsport. Late in the season, Flores was promoted to Brooklyn. He hit .267 (8-for-30) in 8 games there. I imagine that a position change will be coming for Flores, but he’s definitely the most exciting prospect of the bunch.