Scouting Mets' Prospect #47: Corey Coles

The New York Mets drafted outfielder Corey Coles with their 5th round pick in the 2003 draft out of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Coles is a very talented player that has not been able to make a quick impression in his short time in the system. Despite that Coles ranks #47 on our Top 50 Mets' Prospects list.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Corey Coles
Position: Center Field
DOB: January 30, 1982
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180
Bats: Left
Throws: Left

Corey Coles was one of the Ragin' Cajuns' all-time best hitters while also impressive on the mound. Coles, who hit in the #2 spot in the Louisiana-Lafayette lineup, hit .369 with 15 home runs and 37 stolen bases his finals two years in college and was a 2002 and 2003 First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection as a right fielder before being drafted by the Mets in 2003. Coles also notched four saves and a 3.38 ERA as a relief pitcher in '03, striking out 30 batters in 29 1/3 innings. He was strictly a pitcher his freshman season of college before moving out to center field his sophomore year.

After signing with the Mets, Coles was sent to Brooklyn to play centerfield for the Cyclones but had a hard time getting consistent at-bats with a crowded Brooklyn outfield. After struggling in his limited at-bats, Coles was sent to the Appalachian League to get some at-bats in with the Kingsport Mets. Coles responded well and showed some of his good hitting and speed with the K-Mets. In 2004, Coles could not crack the Capital City outfield as the Bombers had Lastings Milledge, Jamar Hill, Ryan Harvey, and Andrew Wilson slated in the outfield positions. Coles was relegated to extended Spring Training more because of a numbers crunch than a lack of production in 2003. Coles was sent back to Brooklyn in 2004 and was inked in as the Cyclones' starting centerfielder and leadoff man. He was one of the offensive leaders in the NY-Penn League in average and hits before a second half swoon hurt his overall numbers. Coles showed an intense desire to improve his game in his time with Brooklyn and hustles on every play.





















































* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. Corey Coles is a very good hitter, despite his sub-par overall batting average in 2005. Coles is very adept at working the counts into his favor and uses the entire field when he hits. A true student of the game, Coles is always looking to improve his game. In fact, he sometimes puts too much pressure on himself and that could be the reason for his streakiness at the plate. Coles has decent gap power and a good eye the plate. He'd rather put the ball in play than take a walk and has the look of a prototypical #2 hitter down the road. He's a .300+ hitter that could hit 10-15 home runs.

Base Running and Speed. Coles has a ton of speed. He's a good base runner that excels on the base paths. He projects to steal 20 bases each year.

Defense>. Coles is the ultimate gamer in the field. He'll dive for any ball and hustles on every play. He has tremendous range and a good enough arm to play right field. Coles sort of resembles Jim Edmonds in his approach to defense....going all out! The fact he can play all three outfield positions real well aids his value as a prospect.

Projection. Coles turns 23 in January and hasn't played low-A ball yet. He's a very promising player but is stuck behind the likes of Milledge, Hill, Concepcion, and Gomez among the outfield prospects. At his age, he's going to have to hit his way up the prospect ladder. Right now, Coles has the look of a reserve outfielder that has an outside chance of becoming a starter. He projects to be a fourth outfielder and spot starter.

ETA. 2008. Coles is going to have be challenged quickly. He, along with Dante Brinkley, could be the Cyclones' outfielders to skip a level and go right to St. Lucie in 2005. If that does happen, his ETA becomes shorter.


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


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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