Gulf Coast League Mets Position Prospect Review

The Gulf Coast Mets finished their 2004 season at 36-24, mostly on the strength of their hitting. NYfansonly.com takes a look at the peripheral stats of these young hitters to find out what their strengths and weaknesses are as they continue to develop in the Mets' farm system. Though very early, we'll even handicap where this hitters will be playing in the 2005 season. Here are the hitters that amassed at least 90 at-bats for the GCL Mets in 2004.

Parris Austin - CF

Drafted in the 16th round of the 2004 draft out of Douglas County High School, Austin struggled to find consistent at-bats in his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Mets. There's nothing to get too excited about as he did not excel in any one category. Austin could be ticketed to be the starting centerfielder for Kingsport in 2005 for some more seasoning in the rookie leagues.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.211

.265

.253

.059

20.0

95



Mike Carp - 1B

Selected in the 9th round of the 2004 draft out of Lakewood High School as a first baseman, Carp saw some time at 3B (playing 11 games) for the GCL Mets in 2004. Carp is an extremely patient hitter with excellent bat control and good gap power. Some scouts say his approach to the game resembles that of David Wright, albeit a left-handed version. Carp's peripherals were very good, finishing the season third on the team in RBI and tied for first in doubles with twelve. His walks per plate appearance reveal just how patient a hitter he is, which should serve him well in his development. The Mets might be tempted to see what he can do in low-A ball next season to begin the year for the new Mets' affiliate in Hagerstown., depending on what the Mets do with their logjam of 1B prospects at the lower levels (Jim Burt, Tyler Davidson, Carp).

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.267

.358

.393

.103

31.4

191



Todd Dulaney - 2B

Dulaney displayed good bat control for the GCL Mets in '04 but has the makings of a contact hitter that may not supply enough power. He did show decent patience at the plate and like Austin, Dulaney could find himself back in rookie-ball in 2005, possibly with the Kingsport Mets for some more seasoning.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.295

.357

.333

.087

9.7

105



Nick Evans - 3B

Evans, used mostly as the GCL Mets' designated hitter in 2004, is an intriguing hitter already in his development. At 6'2" and 180 lbs, Evans has a lot of room to grow and could develop into a very good power prospect. Evans is a very aggressive hitter (he struck out 51 times in 50 games) and lead the team in home runs with seven. Drafted in the 5th round of the 2004 draft out of St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, Arizona, Evans will need to show a little more selectivity at the plate. If he does, watch out! He's got the look of a top prospect in the making. Like Carp, the Mets might be tempted to test him in low-A Hagerstown to begin the 2005 campaign.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.258

.311

.462

.071

42.6

182



Jesus Flores - C

While much was expected of Carp and Evans in the Gulf Coast League this past season, Flores was easily the most pleasant surprise, even getting called up for three games with the Brooklyn Cyclones where he hit his first NY-Penn League home run. Flores showed great promise in his 141 at-bats for the GCL Mets, hitting a team-high .319 and tying for the team lead in doubles (12). Flores has excellent gap power and is a good contact hitter. He'll need to work on his patience at the plate, but his aggressiveness reminds scouts of Jose Reyes. It'll be interesting to see how the Mets plan to test Flores in 2005. It appears likely that Flores will play for the Cyclones next season as Aaron Hathaway will get the majority of at-bats at catcher in Hagerstown next year.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.319

.368

.532

.054

42.2

141



Armand Gaerlan - SS

Selected in the 28th round of the 2004 draft out of the University of San Francisco as a shortstop, Gaerlan spent his debut season in the Mets' organization playing SS, 3B, and 2B. Playing him all around the field like that might have something to do with the 16 errors he committed in the 55 games he played for the GCL Mets in '04. The one peripheral that jumps off the page is his walk rate. Even for a 22-year old kid playing in the Gulf Coast League, Gaerlan's .185 walks per plate appearance is off the charts! Patience is the hardest thing to teach a young player making his professional debut and Gaerlan's patience (42 walks, 35 strikeouts) could be his ticket to a quick progression through the Mets' farm system. The Mets might be tempted to start him out in low-A ball at Hagerstown as a utility player to begin the 2005 season. He's one to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.259

.396

.357

.185

25.0

185



Sean Henry - SS

Drafted in the 20th round of the 2004 draft out of Diablo Valley College, Henry's debut with the GCL Mets in 2004 shows the Mets had (at first glance) a very good draft this past season. Like Flores, Henry's season in the Gulf Coast League was a pleasant surprise indeed. Henry picked up the majority of games played at shortstop, displaying good tools at the plate and on the base paths (he had 10 SBs). While he did strike out 43 times, Henry is still a very patient hitter. His peripherals were solid across the board and Henry could find his way to KeySpan Park next season with the Cyclones.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.282

.364

.436

.098

31.6

202



Brahiam Maldonado - OF

Drafted in the 10th round of the 2004 draft out of St. Francis School in Puerto Rico, Maldonado is gifted with very good speed but looked lost at the plate in his professional debut. He's a patient hitter that needs to work on his contact. Expect Maldonado to get more seasoning in the rookie leagues next season, playing for the Kingsport Mets with a possible call up to Brooklyn if he has some success in the Appalachian League.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.185

.272

.238

.090

17.9

151



Ricky Oliveros - 1B

Oliveros, playing 1B behind Carp, struggled to find consistent at-bats with the GCL Mets in 2004 so it's hard to judge his performance as a result. His numbers were solid considering the small sample. Oliveros will either find his way back to the Gulf Coast League in 2005 or get a taste of the Appy League with the Kingsport Mets.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.272

.337

.348

.061

20.0

92



Cory Wells - OF

Wells was the Mets' 28th round pick of the 2003 draft out of Plant City High School in Florida and paid dividends for the GCL Mets in '04. Wells was above average in most categories, displaying excellent gap power and good speed. His good season in the Gulf Coast League warrants some time at higher levels next year. Wells could be in the starting outfield for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2005 and might even get a small look as a fourth outfielder (although highly doubtful) for the Hagerstown Suns to begin the year...much in the same way Dante Brinkley did for the Bombers this past season.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.291

.352

.446

.069

37.2

148



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