Final 2004 Scouting Report: CF, Joshua Wyrick

The New York Mets selected outfielder Joshua Wyrick with their 11th round draft choice in the 2004 draft out of Porterville College and began his professional career in the Mets' farm system with the Kingsport Mets. Here's a scouting report on Joshua Wyrick.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Joshua Wyrick
Position: Centerfield
DOB: March 11, 1982
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
Bats: Left
Throws: Left

Wyrick was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 27th round of the 2000 draft before deciding on going to school at Porterville College, a decision he felt comfortable with. "I just felt I was not mentally ready at that time. Physically I thought I could handle it but mentally I didn't think I could handle the pro ball experience at that time", says Wyrick. As the apple does not fall far from the tree, Wyrick's father played professional baseball, making it all the way to the AA level before in injury ended his career.

Wyrick had a decent pro debut with the K-Mets this past season, hitting a respectable .287 out of the leadoff spot for Kingsport Manager Mookie Wilson. Wilson, who also played center field for the Mets, served as a mentor of sorts for Wyrick seeing as the two are the same type of player. "He is a great coach. Actually he is like a mentor to me. He also played outfield, and has helped in that part of my game. He has told me a lot of base running in general, how to read pitchers, and base stealing techniques. He also has told me outfield positioning, and how to be the captain of the outfield. He is a great coach and real positive, just an awesome guy", Wyrick told NYfansonly.com.

His immediate goal is the mental approach to professional baseball. Wyrick told us: "I just want to get better as an all around player, and I have lots to learn mentally. I want to improve the mental knowledge of the game, want to know the little things, the little tricks to get better."

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2004

Kingsport

.287

254

73

4

24

41

13

16

53

.338

.402


* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. Johua Wryick is not your prototypical centerfielder and leadoff hitter. Wyrick has a bit more pop in his bat than most leadoff hitters, cut in the same mold as former Orioles' centerfielder Brady Anderson. He's a good contact hitter and has a decent eye the plate but will have to make the adjustments to pro pitching...facing good pitchers just about every night. He'll need to work on his patience and selectivity at the plate if he plans on remaining in the leadoff spot. Wryick has enough power to annually hit about 15-20 home runs.

Base Running and Speed. Gifted with great speed, Wryick has the ability to steal a lot of bases as he progresses through the minors. As is expected with a player in his first pro season, Wyrick has a ways to go to improve his base stealing skills. He does have enough speed to steal 20+ bases each year and he continues to learn the pitchers' moves.

Defense. Defense is definitely Wyrick's strong suit as a centerfield prospect. He has terrific range in the outfield and goes all out on every play. He has a solid arm.

Projection. It's too early to tell, but in the early going, Wyrick has the look of a solid fourth or fifth outfielder down the road. While not as fast as Jeff Duncan, Wyrick possesses many of the same tools and those should aid his goal of making the Major Leagues someday. He models himself after the Dodgers' Steve Finley. Wyrick is hoping, like Finley, he's a late bloomer.

ETA. N/A. At this point in time, Wyrick is a little old for the rookie leagues and he'll need to put up solid numbers at the higher levels if he's going to climb the prospect charts. He has solid tools and the talent is there. It's now up to Wyrick to prove the consistency. Wyrick should be tested in A-ball next season and play in Hagerstown at minimum.

Outfielders

2004 Team

Victor Diaz

AAA - Norfolk Tides

Prentice Redman

AAA - Norfolk Tides

Jeff Duncan

AA - Binghamton Mets

Angel Pagan AA - Binghamton Mets
Wayne Lydon AA - Binghamton Mets
Ron Acuna AA - Binghamton Mets
Bobby Malek AA - Binghamton Mets
Alhaji Turay A - St. Lucie Mets
Jonathan Slack A - St. Lucie Mets
Joseph Jiannetti A - St. Lucie Mets
Lastings Milledge A - Capital City Bombers
Jamar Hill A - Capital City Bombers
Ryan Harvey A - Capital City Bombers
Rashad Parker A - Capital City Bombers
Caleb Stewart A - Capital City Bombers
Ambiorix Concepcion A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Corey Coles A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Dante Brinkley A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Derran Watts A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Seith Pietsch R - Kingsport Mets
Carlos Gomez R - Kingsport Mets
Joshua Wyrick R - Kingsport Mets
Jesus Gamero R - Kingsport Mets
Horace Lawrence R - Kingsport Mets
Cory Wells R - Gulf Coast Mets
Brahiam Maldonado R - Gulf Coast Mets
Parris Austin R - Gulf Coast Mets
Miguel Garcia R - Gulf Coast Mets


Comments

Two years ago, the Mets were really devoid of any real threat in the outfield among their prospects. They currently have a handful of legitimate outfield prospects, players that could become full-time starters at the Major League level. While Victor Diaz and Prentice Redman are the closest to the Major Leagues, Lastings Milledge, Jamar Hill, and Ambiorix Concepcion give the Mets a very athletic look in the future. The Mets could have a very, very good outfield down the road. (Note: In premium articles, we break down each outfield prospect. Be sure to read our comments on each outfielder in future scouting reports on the outfield prospects).

1) Victor Diaz - AAA-Norfolk Tides - Diaz, making the switch from second base to right field in 2004, looked pretty comfortable in the field and at the plate. There's never been a question about his bat (he has won two minor league battle titles), just his attitude and defense. It will be interesting to see if the Mets make the commitment to Diaz in their outfield after a very good AAA debut in 2004, or use him as a trading piece for an established Major League talent.

2) Prentice Redman - AAA-Norfolk Tides - Redman does a little bit of everything well. He can run, hit, hit for power, and possesses speed. The problem is he doesn't any one of them very well. His future at the Major League level is as a reserve outfielder.

3) Jeff Duncan - AA-Binghamton Mets - Once patrolling centerfield for the Mets, Duncan was demoted all the way down to AA this past season. With Cameron tied up for the next two seasons, and with Milledge right behind him (or ahead of him in many ways), Duncan needs a change of scenery with a new organization.

4) Angel Pagan - AA-Binghamton Mets - Pagan is developing into a very good reserve-type outfielder that can play all three outfield positions and can hit at the top or bottom of the lineup. He make very good contact at the plate, has excellent speed, a good arm, and brings good enthusiasm into the clubhouse.

5) Wayne Lydon - AA -Binghamton Mets - Lydon is all about the speed. With 227 stolen bases the last three seasons, Lydon's a light-hitting defensive player that has a knack for the stolen bases. His ticket to the Majors is as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner.

6) Bobby Malek - AA-Binghamton Mets - There's a reason the Mets made Malek their 4th round selection in the 2002 draft. Malek is a very good defensive player that possesses a rare combination of power and speed. After struggling last season after elbow surgery, Malek regained his college form in 2004, hitting 14 home runs and stealing 15 bases. Malek still has the potential to be a starting outfielder at the Major League level. 2005 could be a breakout year for Malek.

7) Ronald Acuna - AA - Binghamton Mets - A very good contact hitter and excellent defensive player, Acuna's lack of power is his downfall as a prospect. He has just 5 HRs in his last 1,441 minor league at-bats. He's a 4th or 5th outfielder at the Major League level.

8) Joseph Jiannetti - A-St. Lucie Mets - Originally drafted as a 3B, the Mets moved him to 2B back in 2002 and then moved him to the outfield in 2004. Jiannetti is a nice hitter with decent pop. He's got the potential to be a reserve outfielder or as a possible utility player.

9) Jonathan Slack - A-St. Lucie Mets - Slack is a good defensive centerfielder much in the same mold as Lydon. Good defensively, decent hitter, great speed, and not much power. He's got the look of a possible reserve outfielder.

10) Alhaji Turay - A - St. Lucie Mets - The talent is there. A good defensive player, Turay has big time power potential and excellent speed. He has 30-30 potential and is easily one of the Mets' best run producing prospects....WHEN HEALTHY! Turay has to put together a full, healthy season before he becomes an elite prospect, but he does have that kind of talent.

11) Jamar Hill - A - Capital City Bombers - Hill, with 26 HRs & 20 SBs in 2004, had a breakout season this past year and showing the promise he displayed in Kingsport back in 2002. If he can duplicate the same success at St. Lucie in 2005, Hill could make that leap into one of the better outfield prospects in all of baseball.

12) Lastings Milledge - A- Capital City Bombers - Already considered the Mets' top prospect after the Mets trade Scott Kazmir, Milledge had a very good first year of long-season baseball. Milledge does it all: power, speed, defense, hitting, etc. He strikes out a bit too much, but could learn more selectivity as he matures. Easily the top outfield prospect for the Mets!

13) Ryan Harvey - A - Capital City Bombers - Harvey certainly gets overlooked by many despite being a very solid outfielder. Harvey, the Bombers' lone All-Star in '04, does a little bit of everything. Currently, he has the look of a reserve outfielder at the Major League level but he could be a late bloomer much in the same manner Jason Bay was. He's one to keep an eye on.

14) Rashad Parker - A - Capital City Bombers - Parker's a defensive and speed replacement at the minor league level. There's no reason to expect anything else.

15) Caleb Stewart - A - Capital City Bombers - Stewart is a big kid that moves very well. He has a very good batting eye and decent power. He could develop into a Major League starting outfielder down the road.

16) Ambiorix Concepcion - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - The player formerly known as Roberto Solano, Concepcion is a five-tool talent that has the raw ability to be an elite outfield prospect for the Mets. Voted by Baseball America as the top prospect in the NY-Penn League this year, Concepcion reminds scouts of Vladmir Guerrero at the same point in development.

17) Corey Coles - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - Coles had a tremendous start to the 2004 season for Brooklyn and then had a disasterous finish. At 23, he's going to have to have some success at higher levels before we get too excited about him.

18) Dante Brinkley - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - Brinkley is a nice player that can do a little bit of everything. He has the look of a future reserve outfielder.

19) Derran Watts - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - Has more speed than Brinkley, a better arm, and is better defensively. But has a long way to go to become legit outfield prospect.

20) Carlos Gomez - R - Kingsport Mets - Gomez was a wide-eyed 18-year old kid playing rookie ball this past season, but has the raw talent to be a special prospect. He's got a cannon for an arm, good batting eye, and developing power. He could be atop this list next year along with Lastings Milledge and Jamar Hill as the Mets' best outfield prospects.

21) Seth Pietsch - R - Kingsport Mets - A little old for the Appy League, Pietsch is a strong kid with good power and speed. He needs to show some success at the higher levels.

22) Joshua Wyrick - R - Kingsport Mets - Wyrick, an 11th round pick in the 2004 draft, had a decent professional debut. He's a speedster with great range.

23) Jesus Gamero - R - Kingsport Mets - Has an excellent batting eye and developing power.

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