By SCOTT THOMPSON
Player Profile: Hailing from Santiago, Dominican Republic, Marcus Molina is a right-handed pitcher within the New York Mets organization. The 21-year-old was signed to the team as an international free agent in 2012. Baseball America ranks Molina as the #6 prospect in the farm system.
2015 highlights: Last season wasn’t one to remember for Molina. The young arm, who came off of a 7-3 record for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2014, was highly touted to climb the ranks quickly. Instead, a strained right elbow hindered Molina from making that progress. The pain was certainly there, as in six starts, he posted a 1-5 record with a 4.57 era in Port St. Lucie. Molina’s poor performance forced the team to shut him down and explore his options. Tommy John was brought up, however, the team decided Molina should be sent to rehab to naturally repair it. After returning for two starts, one rehab game and one with Port St. Lucie, the elbow still had lingering problems and Tommy John was the only solution. Molina underwent a successful surgery and is currently rehabbing his arm. He joins Mets starter, Zack Wheeler, who is also making a comeback from Tommy John.
Tradable/Untradeable: Although Tommy John surgery at this point has a high success rate in recovery, Molina should be deemed untradeable because he is still coming off the injury. No team wants to go after a player who just had surgery and is in the midst of rehab, even a prospect as highly regarded as Molina. The Mets will focus on their player’s health instead of shopping him.
2016 Outlook: With rehab, getting the feel of throwing again and simulated games, Molina will not see live play in the 2016 season. This setback could not have had any worse timing as the organization was looking to get him up the ladder as quickly as possible. On the other hand, the Mets should not be worried about Molina’s future. Like Harvey who is finding his speed back, Tommy John has proven to give players a fresh new arm. There is no doubt Molina has the skill to be a big league pitcher. The Mets will unfortunately have to wait another year to see if he is in full health, but rest assured Molina, who will be only 22 next year, will be determined to continue his road to the bigs.