Scouting Mets' Prospect #19: Jesus Gamero

The New York Mets signed outfielder Jesus Gamero as an international free agent out of Venezuela and began his professional career in the Mets' farm system with the Kingsport Mets in 2003. Ranking #19 among the Top 50 Mets' prospects, here's a scouting report on Jesus Gamero.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Jesus Gamero
Position: Left Field
DOB: January 24, 1984
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Jesus Gamero played for the Mets' Venezuelan Summer League team, Universidad de Carabobo, before making his professional debut in the United States in the Appalachian League with the Kingsport Mets. Gamero led the VSL team in home runs in 2002 with seven, hitting .273 with a team leading 31 RBI as well. Gamero's seven home runs was good for second in the VSL and he hit .311 with runners in scoring position. In 2003, Gamero played just a few games for Troncero II in the VSL before making his way to Kingsport to finish out the year, getting in just 13 games for the K-Mets.

Gamero broke out in 2004, hitting .323 for the K-Mets which ranked second on the team behind Horace Lawrence. He was one of the most consistent hitters in the Kingsport lineup and even tallied a team leading 13-game hit streak last year, earning him the Sterling Award as the team MVP for Kingsport in 2004.








































* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. Gamero has a short, compact swing that can generate a lot of power. He currently has excellent gap power and has a lot of room to fill out to develop more power. He's a patient hitter that works deep counts, but remains very aggressive at the plate. Gamero uses all fields but has more pull power right now. He has very good bat speed and projects to hit with more power to all fields.

Base Running and Speed. Gamero has very good speed but is still very raw in learning to pick his spots to steal bases. He's as good as they come in going from first to third and second to home on balls hit to the outfield. Once he learns the pitchers' moves as he matures, Gamero has the speed to be an excellent base stealer.

Defense. Growing up a centerfielder, Gamero moved over to left field to give Joshua Wyrick a chance in center field. He has excellent range in the outfield and gets a good jump on balls. He has a good arm, but not exceptional. His range is his strongest asset defensively.

Projection. Only time will tell. Gamero has plus ability in several areas and has the talent to have a breakout season sometime soon. The question on his projection will be just how much he'll fill out as he gets older and if he's capable of surpassing other good outfield prospects in order to gain consistent playing time. He has the body frame to add useful muscle and gain a lot more power. He's an intriguing prospect that has 20-20 potential down the road, perhaps as soon as he gets his first taste of the long-season leagues. Like Ambiorix Concepcion, Gamero is going to have to put it all together soon to garner more attention as a legit outfield prospect. He's going to have to hit his way into the long-season lineup in 2005. Right now, Gamero has the talent to project as an everyday outfielder. Gamero has Jamar Hill type talent, but could develop into another Ron Acuna if he never realizes his potential.

ETA. N/A. Gamero's 2005 campaign will go a long way towards giving a more succinct timetable on his progression. The Mets are backlogged in outfield prospects at the lower levels and Gamero is going to have to force the Mets to make some tough decisions, despite his obvious talent. The smart money says Gamero will most likely begin the 2005 season in Extended Spring Training and break camp with the Brooklyn Cyclones next summer, much in the same manner as Concepcion. He has an outside shot to begin the year at Hagerstown.


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.

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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