I’m cheating a bit this week to feature two baseball cards of New York Mets prospects. And I’m pretty sure I got my set of 2015 New York-Penn League Top Prospects at a Staten Island Yankees game I went to in September with my friend Greg.
But let’s talk about our two Brooklyn Cyclones players.
David Thompson was a fourth round draft choice of the Mets last year out of the University of Miami. The 21-year-old third baseman did not have a particularly strong pro debut – in 59 games with the Cyclones, he hit .218 with 10 doubles, one triple, three home runs and three stolen bases. In the one Cyclones’ game I managed to get to last year, Thompson was the cleanup hitter and went 0-for-4.
The Mets selected Vinny Siena out of the University of Connecticut in the 14th round of last year’s draft. The 21-year-old second baseman hit .273 with six doubles and one triple in 68 games for the Cyclones, and he stole nine bases in 12 attempts. Siena also appeared in four games for the St. Lucie Mets last year. At the Cyclones game I went to, he batted second and went one-for-four with a single and a run scored.
Neither player made a particularly strong impression on me – I had to check my scorecard to figure out if I’d ever seen either of them – but I freely admit that I don’t have a good enough eye for talent to tell which players at the Short-season Single-A level have a shot in the majors. These prospect sets are more fun to look back at a few years after they came out to see who made it.
Still, here’s hoping we hear more from Thompson and Siena in 2018 or 2019.