Scouting Mets' Prospect # 8: Carlos Gomez

An international free agent signing out of the Dominican Republic, Carlos Gomez possesses some of the best tools in the entire Mets' farm system at the tender age of 19-years old. It is this reason Gomez ranks #8 among our Top 50 Mets' prospects. Here's a scouting report on Carlos Gomez.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Carlos Gomez
Position: Right Field
DOB: December 4, 1985
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

It would be easy to dismiss Carlos Gomez as a non-contender for the top of the Mets' farm system, especially as his first-year numbers for the Gulf Coast Mets and rookie-league Kingsport don't especially jump off the page at you.

That would be a mistake of colossal proportions, as Gomez has already drawn comparisons to Angels star Vladimir Guerrero at the tender age of 19. While it's difficult to project prospects this young, it is clear that Gomez possesses the tools that could someday make him a major league outfielder – a big physique capable of pumping ball after ball out of stadiums across the land, and a frighteningly accurate throwing arm that allows him to make the kind of Guerrero-esque throws from right field.

"He has a cannon for an arm," said Mets prospect Mike Carp. "I saw him throw a guy out at home plate from the warning track in right field on a rope. He got the guy out by about fifteen feet! Like Vlad, he swings at everything, gets a hold of everything, and hits the ball hard. He just crushes the ball."

Nick Evans, who played with Gomez down in the Gulf Coast League, also raves about the young backstop's character. "That kid is great. He is smiling all the time and you can tell he's having fun out there," Evans said. "… What I like most about him is that he really goes after it. He never lets up. He's going to be a really good player. What's even better about him is he is so good and yet he's a real nice guy. He's not cocky or anything despite being really talented."

In fact, insiders believe that Gomez could have some of the greatest potential in the entire Mets farm system. He's still a good ways away from Flushing, of course, but perhaps just a strong spring away from New York – Gomez is likely to begin the year in Single-A Hagerstown and could earn a promotion to Brooklyn by year's end.

"There aren't as many top ceiling guys as Carlos Gomez in the Mets' system," one scout said. "He's so young and raw. You can see the bat just jumping off his bat and that he's going to develop into a big time power hitter. He goes all out, all the time and is excellent in the field. Gomez just does everything above average."

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2004

Kingsport

.287

150

43

1

20

24

8

5

29

.333

.427

2004

GCL Mets

.268

71

19

0

11

10

9

2

9

.303

.366


* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. Gomez is a big, strong kid with unbelievable power potential. Don't let the one home run in 2004 fool you. His a prodigious power hitter in the making and is already drawing early comparisons to Vladmir Guerrero. Like Vlad, Gomez is a tremendous "bad ball" hitter. He will swing at everything and hits everything with authority. Still really young in his development, Gomez is going to have to work in his patience at the plate. But make no mistakes, he's a great contact hitter that has power to all fields.

Base Running and Speed. Not only does Gomez have plus speed, he hustles on every ball hit in play. He's already a very good base stealer, stealing 17 bases in 19 attempts in two rookie stops last year. As he matures and learns to read pitchers even better there's no reason to believe he won't be a major force on the base paths.

Defense. Just to complete the package, Gomez is just as good defensively as he is offensively. He uses his tremendous speed and great angles to fly down just about any ball hit in his general direction. As mentioned earlier, Gomez hustles on every play and knows only one speed, all out! And just like Vladmir Guerrero, Gomez has a cannon for an arm. But he's more accurate on his throws and can throw lasers from the right field fence to home plate on a rope.

Projection. Gomez just turned 19 years old in December and has a ways to go towards proving himself in the Mets' system. But this five-tool talent isn't just good at everything, he excels at everything. The one area he'll need to improve on in his patience at the plate. If he ever masters that, watch out! He projects to be a starting right fielder in the Majors and a heart-of-the-order hitter, batting third or cleanup. Gomez has the tools to be a perennial All-Star at the Major League level, the rest is up to him. He currently ranks #8 on our list, but could easily join Lastings Milledge atop the list next year.

ETA. 2008. Usually we don't like giving ETA's on players so young, but Gomez is a special player. His talent is rare enough that the Mets are going to be forced to challenge him right away and start him off in low-A ball in 2005 with the Hagerstown Suns, but they'll be tempted to give the Mets fans a preview in Brooklyn. If Gomez progresses like he should, he'll most likely need just three complete minor league seasons to prep himself for the Majors.

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


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.

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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