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Mets Baseball Cards of the Week: 2015 NY Penn League Prospects

David Thompson’s and Vinny Siena’s baseball cards from the 2015 New York-Penn League Top Prospects set

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.

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Morning reading: Carlos Beltran in cheetah makeup, K-Rod vs. a cactus, and more

Carlos Beltran has found one way of making it difficult to recognize him in public, and he sure looks like he’s having fun in this video he posted to Instagram earlier this week. (found via

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Link: John Sickels rates the Mets 20 best prospects

Jeurys Familia is the third-best prospect in the Mets' organization, according to John Sickels (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Yesterday, John Sickels published his preliminary ranking of the New York Mets’ Top 20 Prospects.

While he didn’t find any “elite” players that he could project as future superstars, the top half of the list is filled with players projected to have a chance at successful major league careers.

Sickels writes:

The Mets farm system has improved and I don’t think it gets enough respect. There are some problems that have to be addressed, but they have some strengths as well. The organization is still suffering hangover from the way prospects were managed in the previous administration, but things are looking up.

Check out the full ranking at SB Nation.

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Link: Seedlings To Stars looks at Zack Wheeler and Jeurys Famila

autographed 2010 St. Lucie Mets Jeuyrs Familia card from my collection

Minor League prospect blog Seedlings To Stars is currently counting down the top 100 prospects in the game, and this week they took a look at two pitchers who might figure prominently in the New York Mets’ future: Zack Wheeler and Jeurys Familia.

Nathaniel Stoltz says of Wheeler:

He could be analogous to Trevor Cahill or a righthanded Ricky Romero with his arsenal, and could serve as an excellent #2 starter in the big leagues…. There’s obvious upside here, and if he can erase the two lingering concerns about him in 2012, Wheeler could become one of the top pitching prospects in the game.

Stoltz raises some alarm bells about Familia, though:

I don’t think there’s a single pitcher on this top 100 list whose delivery worries me more than Familia’s. In terms of his command, it works fine–he’s able to keep a decent line to the plate–but all of his velocity is generated purely from his arm, as his lower body is a complete afterthought in his motion. I don’t often predict injuries for pitchers, but it’s tough for me to imagine somebody doing that for 200 innings a year for three or four seasons and not having some sort of major breakdown.

We’ll see what the future brings for Wheeler, Familia and their fellow Mets’ pitching prospects Jenrry Mejia and Matt Harvey. The Mets need at least a couple of them to develop into front-line major league players.

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Zack Wheeler 2009 Bowman Sterling autograph card from my collection unveiled its post-season top 10 Mets prospects, and pitcher Zack Wheeler (who was acquired for Carlos Beltran) tops the list.

Pitchers Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, infielder Wilmer Flores and outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis round out the top five.

We have plenty of reason to look forward to the arrival of some of the players on the list, but I don’t think anybody will be ready to contribute at the start of the 2012 season.