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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.