Scouting Mets' Prospect # 1: Lastings Milledge

The New York Mets drafted Lastings Milledge in the first round of the 2003 draft out of Lakewood Ranch High School. Blessed with plus tools across the board, Milledge is a true five-tool talent with superstar potential. It is this reason he ranks #1 among our Top 50 Mets' prospects.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Lastings Milledge
Position: Center Field
DOB: April 5, 1985
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

All you need to know to understand exactly why the Mets – and Inside Pitch – are so high on Lastings Milledge, the team's No. 1 draft selection in 2003, can be summed up in one sentence by teammate Jamar Hill.

"Lastings Milledge has the highest ceiling of anyone I've ever played with or against," says Hill, an outfielder who played with Milledge last year at Single-A Capital City.

"He can do whatever he wants to do on a baseball field. He makes a lot of stuff happen on the basepaths and has unbelievable power. He kind of reminds me of Barry Bonds when he was younger, although right-handed. Lastings has a better arm than Barry and a lot of bat speed."

Speaking with scouts and players who watched Milledge burst onto the Mets scene over the last two years, one thing remains abundantly clear: his will be a talent to watch. Milledge flexed his first professional muscle last season, batting .337 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI at Capital City, swiping 23 bases before finishing up the season in high-A St. Lucie.

Those efforts landed him the organization's Sterling Award for Rookie of the Year. Just 20 years old by Opening Day, Milledge is a safe bet to make it all the way up to Binghamton by the end of 2005, a major accomplishment that goes right in line with one American League scout's thinking that Milledge "is a future All-Star."

"It went well and the stats were great," Milledge said, "but I felt I could have done a lot better in certain areas like cutting down on the strikeouts and having a better batting average. Those things could have been better, but I am working more towards learning how to be a leadoff hitter."

A Florida native, Milledge is the son of a retired Florida highway patrolman, and now that his professional career is hitting its strides, parents Tony and Linda have invested in a Ford camper so they can follow the budding star around the bus leagues.

There's no doubt that his is a baseball family, as Milledge's father and two older brothers all compiled some minor league experience. He remembers picking up a bat for the first time at age 5, and it's been hard to get the kid to put it down since.

But Milledge's professional career hit a snag before it even began, as the Mets pulled briefly out of negotiations with the athletic young outfielder while allegations of sexual misconduct from his high school career were investigated. Satisfied with the conclusion of the investigation, the Mets signed Milledge to a contract shortly thereafter, although that didn't necessarily quiet whispers and media reports.

"I really don't care what people say or write," Milledge told us. "I know all my close friends, and the people who have been around me for a while know me for who I am.

"That stuff really does not bother me, I am a pretty strong person, and I don't let the negative press get to me, because I realize it is part of being a professional. … I am always going to be on top of stuff, and fight my way through all that. It is sort of the old saying of stick and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me."

Words may not have impacted Milledge's career that much, but a fastball during spring training last season wasn't so forgiving. The start of Milledge's first full professional season was delayed for weeks as he roamed Port St. Lucie with a large cast on his right hand, the end result of a missed bunt.

Oddly enough, Milledge doesn't look back with any regret on the shattered fourth metacarpal that sidelined him until May 20.

"Actually, I was glad something like that happened," Milledge said. "It made me work even harder to get into better shape. Because of the injury, I had limited use of my body and I was not able to get any field work in. All I could do was pretty much hit the gym and lift [and] I took the opportunity to get stronger and faster."

Despite tremendous bat speed and good home run power, the Mets approached Milledge and told him that they saw him best helping the organization as a leadoff hitter due to his speed on the bases.

Indeed, for a player who grew up idolizing Rickey Henderson, the comparisons seem to fit, as Milledge is one player who can consistently wreak havoc on the bases.

"Forget about his hitting, the kid can flat out run," said one pro scout. "He's one of the fastest players I've scouted in a long time."

"I'd be taking away some of my weapons if I was to hit third in the lineup," Milledge admits. "You know, I wouldn't get to use my speed as much. I had 12 bunt base hits this past year and you're not really going to do that if you're hitting third. You can get some positives going from bunting and it gets you going if you are slumping."

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2004

St. Lucie

.235

81

19

2

8

6

3

9

21

.319

.432

2004

Capital City

.337

261

88

13

58

66

23

17

53

.399

.579

2003

Kingsport

.231

26

6

0

2

4

5

3

4

.323

.308


* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. Milledge has incredible bat speed and is able to get good wood on the ball. He has tremendous power to all fields. Despite not being one of the bigger guys in the Mets' system, Milledge possesses some of the best raw power in all of minor league baseball because of his bat speed. Milledge, at just 19 years old, hit 15 homeruns in his first season and projects to be a 25+ guy down the road. He could hit for more power if he was to hit lower in the order at the #3 spot. He makes very good contact and can hit almost anything thrown his way. With just one professional season under his belt, Milledge is going to have to learn to take a few more pitches and work deeper into the counts, especially as a leadoff man. Once he learns some more patience at the plate, Milledge projects to hit for a very high average.

Base Running and Speed. If hitting for power and average were not enough, Milledge is already one of the fastest players in the Mets' farm system and uses his great base running instincts to cause havoc on the base paths. It's his God-given speed that has he, and the Mets, trying his hand at batting leadoff. Milledge stole 26 bases in 2004 and projects to be a 40+ stolen base threat as he matures and learns the pitchers' moves more.

Defense. Milledge's speed gives him tremendous range in center field as he is able to run down just about anything. He takes good angles on balls hit in his vicinity and has a good arm in the outfield. His arm is good, but not great. Milledge is an above average defender in the outfielder and can change a game defensively.

Projection. The bottom line is Milledge is one of the best Mets' prospects in some time based on just raw baseball ability. He has five-tool talent and can do whatever he wants to do on a baseball field. He could excel as a leadoff hitter where his speed is best utilized or bat third in the lineup to better make use of his raw power. Either way, Milledge is a special player that can do it all. Many of his teammates and scouts compare Milledge to young, right-handed version of Barry Bonds when Bonds broke in with the Pirates. Like the early version of Bonds, Milledge projects to hit 25+ homeruns and steal 40+ bases as a Major Leaguer while playing All-Star caliber defense. If Milledge can improve his patience at the plate like Bonds (Bonds didn't walk more than strike out until after his third season in the Majors), the sky is the limit for this young budding superstar.

ETA. 2007. It is hard not to get excited about the arrival of Lastings Milledge to Shea Stadium, but he is still very young and has some refining of his all around game left to go. He wound up in high-A ball in 2004 and it is more than likely that Milledge will reach AA-Binghamton at some point in 2005. Milledge should reach AAA-Norfolk no later than 2006 (barring injury) at the tender age of 21, but with his unbelievable talent, all bets are off!

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.

Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Lastings Milledge
\r\nPosition: Center Field
\r\nDOB: April 5, 1985
\r\nHeight: 6'0\"
\r\nWeight: 190
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\n
\r\nAll you need to know to understand exactly why the Mets – and Inside Pitch – are so high on Lastings Milledge, the team's No. 1 draft selection in 2003, can be summed up in one sentence by teammate Jamar Hill.
\r\n
\r\n\"Lastings Milledge has the highest ceiling of anyone I've ever played with or against,\" says Hill, an outfielder who played with Milledge last year at Single-A Capital City.
\r\n
\r\n\"He can do whatever he wants to do on a baseball field. He makes a lot of stuff happen on the basepaths and has unbelievable power. He kind of reminds me of Barry Bonds when he was younger, although right-handed. Lastings has a better arm than Barry and a lot of bat speed.\"
\r\n
\r\nSpeaking with scouts and players who watched Milledge burst onto the Mets scene over the last two years, one thing remains abundantly clear: his will be a talent to watch. Milledge flexed his first professional muscle last season, batting .337 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI at Capital City, swiping 23 bases before finishing up the season in high-A St. Lucie.
\r\n
\r\nThose efforts landed him the organization's Sterling Award for Rookie of the Year. Just 20 years old by Opening Day, Milledge is a safe bet to make it all the way up to Binghamton by the end of 2005, a major accomplishment that goes right in line with one American League scout's thinking that Milledge \"is a future All-Star.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It went well and the stats were great,\" Milledge said, \"but I felt I could have done a lot better in certain areas like cutting down on the strikeouts and having a better batting average. Those things could have been better, but I am working more towards learning how to be a leadoff hitter.\"
\r\n
\r\nA Florida native, Milledge is the son of a retired Florida highway patrolman, and now that his professional career is hitting its strides, parents Tony and Linda have invested in a Ford camper so they can follow the budding star around the bus leagues.
\r\n
\r\nThere's no doubt that his is a baseball family, as Milledge's father and two older brothers all compiled some minor league experience. He remembers picking up a bat for the first time at age 5, and it's been hard to get the kid to put it down since.
\r\n
\r\nBut Milledge's professional career hit a snag before it even began, as the Mets pulled briefly out of negotiations with the athletic young outfielder while allegations of sexual misconduct from his high school career were investigated. Satisfied with the conclusion of the investigation, the Mets signed Milledge to a contract shortly thereafter, although that didn't necessarily quiet whispers and media reports.
\r\n
\r\n\"I really don't care what people say or write,\" Milledge told us. \"I know all my close friends, and the people who have been around me for a while know me for who I am.
\r\n
\r\n\"That stuff really does not bother me, I am a pretty strong person, and I don't let the negative press get to me, because I realize it is part of being a professional. … I am always going to be on top of stuff, and fight my way through all that. It is sort of the old saying of stick and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.\"
\r\n
\r\nWords may not have impacted Milledge's career that much, but a fastball during spring training last season wasn't so forgiving. The start of Milledge's first full professional season was delayed for weeks as he roamed Port St. Lucie with a large cast on his right hand, the end result of a missed bunt.
\r\n
\r\nOddly enough, Milledge doesn't look back with any regret on the shattered fourth metacarpal that sidelined him until May 20.
\r\n
\r\n\"Actually, I was glad something like that happened,\" Milledge said. \"It made me work even harder to get into better shape. Because of the injury, I had limited use of my body and I was not able to get any field work in. All I could do was pretty much hit the gym and lift [and] I took the opportunity to get stronger and faster.\"
\r\n
\r\nDespite tremendous bat speed and good home run power, the Mets approached Milledge and told him that they saw him best helping the organization as a leadoff hitter due to his speed on the bases.
\r\n
\r\nIndeed, for a player who grew up idolizing Rickey Henderson, the comparisons seem to fit, as Milledge is one player who can consistently wreak havoc on the bases.
\r\n
\r\n\"Forget about his hitting, the kid can flat out run,\" said one pro scout. \"He's one of the fastest players I've scouted in a long time.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"I'd be taking away some of my weapons if I was to hit third in the lineup,\" Milledge admits. \"You know, I wouldn't get to use my speed as much. I had 12 bunt base hits this past year and you're not really going to do that if you're hitting third. You can get some positives going from bunting and it gets you going if you are slumping.\"
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Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2004

\r\n

\r\n St. Lucie

\r\n

\r\n .235

\r\n

\r\n 81

\r\n

\r\n 19

\r\n

\r\n 2

\r\n

\r\n 8

\r\n

\r\n 6

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\r\n 3

\r\n

\r\n 9

\r\n

\r\n 21

\r\n

\r\n .319

\r\n

\r\n .432

\r\n

\r\n 2004

\r\n

\r\n Capital City

\r\n

\r\n .337

\r\n

\r\n 261

\r\n

\r\n 88

\r\n

\r\n 13

\r\n

\r\n 58

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\r\n 66

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\r\n 23

\r\n

\r\n 17

\r\n

\r\n 53

\r\n

\r\n .399

\r\n

\r\n .579

\r\n

\r\n 2003

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\r\n Kingsport

\r\n

\r\n .231

\r\n

\r\n 26

\r\n

\r\n 6

\r\n

\r\n 0

\r\n

\r\n 2

\r\n

\r\n 4

\r\n

\r\n 5

\r\n

\r\n 3

\r\n

\r\n 4

\r\n

\r\n .323

\r\n

\r\n .308


\r\n* Stats as of 10/1/04
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Batting and Power. Milledge has incredible bat speed and is able to get good wood on the ball. He has tremendous power to all fields. Despite not being one of the bigger guys in the Mets' system, Milledge possesses some of the best raw power in all of minor league baseball because of his bat speed. Milledge, at just 19 years old, hit 15 homeruns in his first season and projects to be a 25+ guy down the road. He could hit for more power if he was to hit lower in the order at the #3 spot. He makes very good contact and can hit almost anything thrown his way. With just one professional season under his belt, Milledge is going to have to learn to take a few more pitches and work deeper into the counts, especially as a leadoff man. Once he learns some more patience at the plate, Milledge projects to hit for a very high average.
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\r\nBase Running and Speed. If hitting for power and average were not enough, Milledge is already one of the fastest players in the Mets' farm system and uses his great base running instincts to cause havoc on the base paths. It's his God-given speed that has he, and the Mets, trying his hand at batting leadoff. Milledge stole 26 bases in 2004 and projects to be a 40+ stolen base threat as he matures and learns the pitchers' moves more.
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\r\nDefense. Milledge's speed gives him tremendous range in center field as he is able to run down just about anything. He takes good angles on balls hit in his vicinity and has a good arm in the outfield. His arm is good, but not great. Milledge is an above average defender in the outfielder and can change a game defensively.
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\r\nProjection. The bottom line is Milledge is one of the best Mets' prospects in some time based on just raw baseball ability. He has five-tool talent and can do whatever he wants to do on a baseball field. He could excel as a leadoff hitter where his speed is best utilized or bat third in the lineup to better make use of his raw power. Either way, Milledge is a special player that can do it all. Many of his teammates and scouts compare Milledge to young, right-handed version of Barry Bonds when Bonds broke in with the Pirates. Like the early version of Bonds, Milledge projects to hit 25+ homeruns and steal 40+ bases as a Major Leaguer while playing All-Star caliber defense. If Milledge can improve his patience at the plate like Bonds (Bonds didn't walk more than strike out until after his third season in the Majors), the sky is the limit for this young budding superstar.
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\r\nETA. 2007. It is hard not to get excited about the arrival of Lastings Milledge to Shea Stadium, but he is still very young and has some refining of his all around game left to go. He wound up in high-A ball in 2004 and it is more than likely that Milledge will reach AA-Binghamton at some point in 2005. Milledge should reach AAA-Norfolk no later than 2006 (barring injury) at the tender age of 21, but with his unbelievable talent, all bets are off!
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\r\n Outfielders

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2004\r\n Team

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\r\n Victor \r\n Diaz

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\r\n AAA - \r\n Norfolk Tides

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\r\n \r\n Prentice Redman

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\r\n AAA - \r\n Norfolk Tides

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\r\n Jeff \r\n Duncan

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\r\n AA - \r\n Binghamton Mets

\r\n \r\n Angel \r\n Pagan\r\n \r\n AA - \r\n Binghamton Mets
\r\n \r\n Wayne \r\n Lydon\r\n \r\n AA - \r\n Binghamton Mets
\r\n \r\n Ron \r\n Acuna\r\n \r\n AA - \r\n Binghamton Mets
\r\n \r\n Bobby \r\n Malek\r\n \r\n AA - \r\n Binghamton Mets
\r\n \r\n Alhaji \r\n Turay\r\n \r\n A - \r\n St. Lucie Mets
\r\n \r\n \r\n Jonathan Slack\r\n \r\n A - \r\n St. Lucie Mets
\r\n \r\n Joseph \r\n Jiannetti\r\n \r\n A - \r\n St. Lucie Mets
\r\n \r\n \r\n Lastings Milledge\r\n \r\n A - \r\n Capital City Bombers
\r\n \r\n Jamar \r\n Hill\r\n \r\n A - \r\n Capital City Bombers
\r\n \r\n Ryan \r\n Harvey\r\n \r\n A - \r\n Capital City Bombers
\r\n \r\n Rashad \r\n Parker\r\n \r\n A - \r\n Capital City Bombers
\r\n \r\n Caleb \r\n Stewart\r\n \r\n A - \r\n Capital City Bombers
\r\n \r\n \r\n Ambiorix Concepcion\r\n \r\n A - \r\n Brooklyn Cyclones
\r\n \r\n Corey \r\n Coles\r\n \r\n A - \r\n Brooklyn Cyclones
\r\n \r\n Dante \r\n Brinkley\r\n \r\n A - \r\n Brooklyn Cyclones
\r\n \r\n Derran \r\n Watts\r\n \r\n A - \r\n Brooklyn Cyclones
\r\n \r\n Seith \r\n Pietsch\r\n \r\n R - \r\n Kingsport Mets
\r\n \r\n Carlos \r\n Gomez\r\n \r\n R - \r\n Kingsport Mets
\r\n \r\n Joshua \r\n Wyrick\r\n \r\n R - \r\n Kingsport Mets
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\r\nTwo 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.
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\r\n1) 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.
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\r\n2) 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.
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\r\n3) 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.
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\r\n4) 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.
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\r\n5) 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.
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\r\n6) 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.
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\r\n7) 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.
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\r\n8) 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.
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\r\n9) 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.
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\r\n10) 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.
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\r\n11) 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.
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\r\n12) 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!
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\r\n13) 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.
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\r\n14) 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.
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\r\n15) 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.
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\r\n16) 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.
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\r\n17) 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.
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\r\n18) 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.
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\r\n19) 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.
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\r\n20) 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.
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\r\n21) 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.
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\r\n22) 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.
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\r\n23) Jesus Gamero - R - Kingsport Mets - Has an excellent batting eye and developing power.
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