Scouting Mets' Prospect #24: Bobby Malek

The New York Mets drafted outfielder Bobby Malek with their 4th round pick in the 2002 draft out of Michigan State University. Malek has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery and is one of the more complete outfield prospects in the Mets system. It's this reason that Malek ranks #24 on our Top 50 Mets' Prospects list.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Bobby Malek
Position: Right Field
DOB: July 2, 1981
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 205
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Before an illustrious career with the Michigan State Spartans, Bobby Malek grew up as one of the best high school baseball players in the Detroit area. Malek, who was named the top high school player in Michigan in 1999 by both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, led Detroit Catholic Central High School as the captain of the team in their state championship title with a .587 batting average at the plate and a 7-0 record on the mound. Malek was a three-time recipient of All-District and All-Area honors , and was named All-Catholic, All-Region, All-State and All-Dream Team both his junior and senior seasons at Detroit Catholic Central.

As impressive as his high school career was, Malek still had to fight his way into the Michigan State outfield mix as freshman. The Spartans were very veteran heavy in the outfield his freshman year but Malek fought his way into the lineup as the starting centerfielder and hit .345 with 9 homeruns and 58 RBI, earning Freshman All-America honors according to both Collegiate Baseball and Louisville Slugger. His 58 RBI led the entire team that year and he was also named as a Second Team All-Big Ten selection. Malek followed up his fine freshman season with an even better sophomore campaign, setting the single-season hit record for MSU with 88 hits and career high .427 batting average. He was honored that year with a First-Team All-Big Ten selection and was named Third team All-American.

Malek's college career culminated with a breakout season his junior year. He once again hit over .400 (.402 to be exact) with a team-leading 16 homeruns and chipped in with 21 doubles, 66 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. For his efforts that year, Malek was the first MSU player since Kirk Gibson to earn First-Team All-American honors and was named Co-Player of the Year in the Big Ten. He ranks as Michigan State's career leader in hits (245) and RBI (162) and was selected by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2002 draft despite knowing of an ailing elbow that would most likely require Tommy John Surgery.

Bobby Malek made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2002 after signing with the Mets in June. Malek's injured elbow was obviously a problem for him as he never looked comfortable at the plate in Brooklyn and had the Tommy John surgery towards the end of the NY-Penn League season. He made it back to playing shape quickly, getting back to the starting lineup by May 1st of the 2003 season with the Capital City Bombers. Despite not having the same power he had in college due to the injury, Malek showed a good eye at the plate and hit .262 for Capital City before finishing the 2003 season with the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League Championship run. Seemingly destined for AA-Binghamton prior to the start of the 2004 season, Malek was inexplicably held back for another year in the Florida State League. Instead of sulking, Malek responded very well, hitting a career-high 13 homeruns for St. Lucie before earning a promotion to Binghamton later in the year to help the B-Mets in their playoff run.




























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* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. It has been a roller coaster ride for Malek since his playing days at Michigan State. Once considered one of the nation's best power-speed combos in the collegiate ranks, Malek has had the tough task of hitting with wooden bats while recovering from Tommy John surgery in his short professional career. He's an extremely hard worker and it cut in the same mold as David Wright in that regard. Malek regained his power stroke in 2004 and is showing some of the same power potential he displayed in college. Malek uses the entire field and is a very good contact hitter. He has a short, compact swing and very good bat speed. Malek has the look of a perennial .290-.300 hitter with excellent 20-20 potential.

Base Running and Speed. Malek has above average speed. He is an athletic player and a smart base runner. He projects to steal between 15-20 bases as a pro. Malek boasts a career 75% stolen base success rate thus far.

Defense. Malek played center field at Michigan State and does have good range in the outfield. As a professional, the Mets moved Malek over to right field to utilize his tremendous arm. Malek is an excellent defensive player that has the ability to play all three outfield positions and has some of the better range among all the Mets outfield prospects.

Projection. It is unfortunate that Malek somehow gets lost in the conversations about Mets' outfield prospects with good upside. Sure the likes of Lastings Milledge, Carlos Gomez, Jamar Hill, and Ambiorix Concepcion bring better raw skills to the table. Malek however possesses many of the same tools and still has a very nice upside to him. He, along with Victor Diaz, is the Mets' outfield prospect at the higher levels that projects to be a good starting outfielder at the Major League level. At the absolute minimum, Malek should make the Majors as a valuable fourth outfielder. Don't discount the JD Drew comparisons Malek has received from scouts and coaches alike.

ETA. 2006. Malek finished the 2004 season in AA-Binghamton and that's where he'll begin the 2005 campaign. With a strong first half of the season, Malek could earn a quick promotion to Norfolk which would put his arrival time at Shea by some point in the 2006 season where he'll mostly break in as fourth or fifth outfielder before looking to make his mark as a starting outfielder down the road.


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


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.

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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