2. Scott Kazmir (LHP) - struggled with a minor elbow injury and command in 2003 at Columbia (0-1, 2.60, 34.7) still remains the dominant pitching prospect with 50 K.
3. Aaron Heilman (RHP) - started extremely well and slumped over 2 starts but his numbers remain solid (6-4, 3.38, 77.3). He's 4th in strikeouts with 61.
4. Justin Huber (C) - season was delayed by at St. Lucie (.276, 6, 28) shoulder problems. He has 10 doubles.
5. David Wright (3B) - has cooled off after an outstanding start at St. Lucie (.268, 6, 39). He has 34 BB and 42 K. He has hit 19 doubles.
6. Matthew Peterson (RHP) - pitching extremely well at St. Lucie (3-1, 2.45 29.3). He's dominating FSL hitters with 26 K and 4 BB.
7. Craig Brazell (1B) - plagued by a knee injury and a very slow start has come on to have a very solid season at Binghamton (.311, 9, 38).
8. Patrick Strange (RHP) - had his cup of coffee with the Mets. He had minor elbow surgery in February. He's pitched well at Norfolk (3-1, 3.34, 29.3) despite being yo-yoed. May still need another quality pitch to be effective as a MLB SP.
9. Bob Keppel (RHP) - pitched solidly for Binghamton (3-1. 1.67, 27). His peripheral numbers of 2 BB per 9 IP and 5.7 K per 9 IP are solid.
10. Jeremy Griffiths (RHP) - promoted to the Mets after pitching well for the Tides (4-3, 3.19, 59.3). He had very solid ratios 6.1 K per 9 IP and 2.3 BB per 9 IP. He pitched 2 scoreless innings in his MLB debut.
11. Danny Garcia (2B) - jumped in the rankings by performing very well at both Binghamton (.333, 3, 22) and Norfolk (.358, 0, 19). He combined for an impressive 17 doubles. Garcia's a prototypical #2 hitter who is very solid defensively.
12. David Mattox (RHP) - plagued by minor injuries that has limited his innings for Binghamton (1-0, 2.66, 20.3). His peripherals are solid with 8 BB and 16 K.
13. Lenny DiNardo (LHP) - plagued by lack of run support at St. Lucie (0-5, 2.08, 47.7). Still needs to regain his 90-91 mph FB.
14. Neal Musser (LHP) - performed very well at Binghamton (1-3, 2.48, 29.0) after struggling a bit at St. Lucie (3-0, 4.67, 34.3). His peripherals at AA are 7.9 K per 9 IP and 2.2 BB per 9 IP.
15. Miguel Pinango (RHP) - the strike-throwing machine, having a great season at Columbia (7-0, 2.43, 59.3). Mature young pitcher would speed thru most farm systems, but he's blocked by a plethora of solid MLB arms and an organization afraid of talented young pitchers. Pinango's issuing only 1.4 BB per 9 IP. His 7.7 K per 9 IP is a touch above league average.
16. Aaron Baldiris (3B) - breaks into the top 20 with a fine performance at Columbia (.304, 5, 44). Demonstrating outstanding plate discipline with 28 BB and 26 K. He needs to up his XBA though. He's displaying fine base running skills with 11 SB in 13 SBA.
17. Adam Elliot (RHP) - made the Columbia roster out of ST, but minor shoulder ailment delayed his start and is likely to begin his season at Brooklyn.
18. Phil Seibel (LHP) - performed well for Binghamton (4-5, 2.72. 49.7) after a slow start. With a repertoire that features a sinking 4-seamer, Seibel allowed only 2 HR while issuing 17 BB with 47 K.
19. Prentice Redman (LF) - struggled a bit at Norfolk (.248, 6, 27). He has a solid 18 XBH in 202 AB. Solid defensively, but he still looks like a 4th OF, though a marginal starting LF is possible.
20. Alhaji Turay (LF) - slowed by a nagging bruised leg bone started well for Columbia (.259, 2, 24). Demonstrated tremendously improved plate discipline with 14 BB and 23 K. He also was hit by pitches 6 times.
21. Kevin Deaton (RHP) - performing well for Columbia (5-1, 1.55, 58). He yielded only 46 hits with 53 K, and 20 BB.
22. Jeff Duncan (CF) - has struggled early this season at Binghamton (.262, 3, 18).
23. Michael Jacobs (C) - beginning to display hitting skills at Binghamton (.324, 5, 18), and re-emerged as a top 25 prospect. His defense is improving but still needs to work on plate discipline.
24. Tyler Yates (RHP) - recovering nicely from TJ surgery. (1-2, 4.46, 38.3). He's struck out an excellent 43 batters, but needs to cut back walks. He's issued 18 for a 4.3 BB per 9 IP.
25. Angel Pagan (CF) - delayed by early season injuries at St. Lucie (.269, 0, 10).
26. Bob Malek (RF) - likely is still recovering from TJ surgery at Columbia (.262, 1, 28). He's struggled since being promoted to St. Lucie (.196, 0, 1).
27. Wayne Ough (RHP) - improving command allows him to display dominating stuff at St. Lucie.(5-3, 3.24, 63.7) by combining with Cox on a no-hitter. He still issues too many bases on balls with 27. He has 53 Ks and allowed only 53 hits.
28. Mike Cox (LHP) - possesses dominating FB/CB combination. Low 90s FB with excellent movement has been displayed at St. Lucie (4-0, 3.08, 26.3). At Binghamton (1-0, 4.50, 14.0), he's struggled a little.
29. Blake McGinley (LHP) - possesses extensive repertoire that would play well as an end of the rotation SP. He's displayed his repertoire very well at St. Lucie (4-0, 1.32, 41.0).
30. John Wilson (C) - continuing hitting surge at Binghamton (.356, 1, 9) that began late in 2002. He continues to display good plate discipline with 10 BB and 16 K in 87 AB.
31. Jake Joseph (RHP) - continued to struggle at Binghamton (2-4, 5.57, 53.3).
32. Jason Scobie (RHP) - struggled at Binghamton (2-4, 4.60. 43.0) after being promoted from St. Lucie (2-1, 1.31, 20.7).
33. Roberto Solano (RF) - should be performing for Brooklyn.
34. Jamar Hill (LF) - should also be performing for Brooklyn.
35. Matthew Lindstrom (RHP) - performing surprisingly well at Columbia (2-3, 2.98, 51.3), however, the 31 bases on balls he's issued are a serious concern.
36. Kenneth Chenard (RHP) - remains among the pitchers with the best stuff. Start at St. Lucie (1-0, 3.46, 13.0) delayed once again by injury.
37. Yusemeiro Petit (RHP) - should debut at Kingsport as perhaps the top prospect from the Mets' Latin teams.
38. Yunior Cabrera (LHP) - possesses a big breaking CB, but has yet to increase velocity on FB. He has pitched well for Columbia (2-4, 2.91, 55.7), but time is running out on him. Peripheral numbers are solid (51 K/20 BB).
39. Blake Whealy (2B) - has hit for power at Columbia (.230, 7, 22), but he has struggled in the field.
40. Wayne Lydon (CF) - still lacks power and strikes out too often to merit a higher ranking. He has solid numbers at St. Lucie (.257, 2, 21, 34 SBs)
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