Beyond the Top 50 Mets' Prospects

As with any prospect listing, there are always certain caveats. With Inside Pitch's Top 50 rundown, we had certain limitations to work within – first, because we relied heavily on professional scouts within the Mets and other organizations, we made the tough decision to not rank certain players who have not yet appeared professionally.

This includes first-round pick Philip Humber, who signed in mid-January, and Cuban defector Alay Soler, who will pitch in the system for the first time this spring (for what it's worth, Baseball America ranked Soler sixth on their Mets prospect listing).

In alphabetical order, here is the rest of's top Mets' prospects:

EDGAR ALFONZO, JR., LHP: The son of ex-Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo and the nephew of Edgardo Alfonzo, Edgar Jr. enjoyed some success at Brooklyn using smoke and mirrors in 2004. He allowed nearly 1.5 runners per inning and opponents hit .284 against him. He turned 20 in December and has a shot at Hagerstown.

CHRIS BASAK, 3B: Originally drafted as a shortstop, Basak had the unenviable task of replacing David Wright at third base in Binghamton after Wright was promoted to Norfolk. Basak is a solid player that can play third base, shortstop and second base. He could prove to be a very useful utility player for the Mets.

WILSON BATISTA, 2B/SS: Blessed with great speed, Batista has a good batting eye and has shown flashes of being able to be a consistent hitter atop the lineup. He only needs some more seasoning before being able to make that leap into the next category of good prospects.

JABE BERGERON, 1B: An undrafted free-agent, Bergeron is an adequate defensive first baseman with fair range. Bergeron is a really big kid with very good power, and Mets scouts love him – one compared him to Mark McGwire. He demonstrated that power by hitting five home runs in a cup of coffee with the Bombers late in the season.

JIM BURT, 1B: The son of former New York Giants nose tackle Jim Burt, he's a very strong guy. Not very tall (5'11"), Burt is a workout maniac. He split time at first base with Tyler Davidson at Brooklyn this season after being selected in the 19th round in the 2004 draft. He's a good defensive first baseman that can hit for power and has excellent speed for a guy his size.

JAY CALIGIURI, 1B/3B: Originally drafted as a third baseman, Caligiuri has played some first base as well. Caligiuri has a very good chance to be the everyday third baseman for Binghamton. He's got good power potential and a good eye at the plate, and could become good trade bait at some point.

EDDY CAMACHO, LHP: A non-drafted free agent out of Cal State-Northridge, Camacho baffled hitters (0.69 ERA) out of the Cyclones' bullpen last year. We're still not sure if he can repeat that success, but he'll get his chance at Hagerstown.

VINCENT CORDOVA, RHP: A ninth round pick in 2003 out of Loyola Marymount, Cordova might be on the cusp of making a leap into a really good prospect. His control is great, but he might have been too close to the plate with Capital City – he gave up 138 hits in 120 innings and opponents hit .287 off of him. He'll be in St. Lucie this year.

TYLER DAVIDSON, 1B: Davidson is a monster physically, standing 6'4" and a very athletic 240 pounds. He routinely puts on a show at batting practice - the problem has been transferring that same success during actual games. He's a very good hitter with awesome power and an adequate defensive player at first base. At 24, Davidson needs to show he can duplicate his lower-level success at higher levels before he can make that leap into next level of prospects.

JEFF DUNCAN, OF: Duncan was demoted all the way down to Binghamton last year and needs a change of scenery with a new organization. He probably won't start in New York again, not with Carlos Beltran, Mike Cameron and a number of prospects in the mix.

MATT DURKIN, RHP: Durkin was a second round selection of the Mets in the 2004 draft out of San Jose State and signed shortly after. A power arm, Durkin can get his fastball in the 94 MPH range but usually sticks around 90 MPH, and also features a developing curveball and change-up. He suffered through a slight break in his shin during his junior year, which compromised his landing a bit. He can dominate a game, but can also work himself into trouble with his control.

YUNIR GARCIA, C: 2004 was Garcia's breakout season offensively, with 10 homers at Capital City. He had always shown great defensive ability in the past and the Mets were waiting for his bat to catch up. He has an excellent chance of becoming a reserve catcher in the majors someday.

ANDERSON HERNANDEZ, SS: Acquired from Detroit in January's Vance Wilson trade, Hernandez sounds like the second coming of Rey Ordonez. He was widely considered the top gloveman in the Tigers system but scouts indicate his batting probably isn't as good as his numbers, a .274 average in 101 at-bats at Double-A in 2004. There have been whispers about his makeup and desire.

JEREMY HILL, RHP: Hill picked up the slack in the Binghamton bullpen last year, picking up ten saves and holding runs at bay with a 2.23 ERA. Hill could find himself in a similar role with the Tides in '04 and only needs to prove he can stay healthy to rapidly return to the Top 50 list.

PHILIP HUMBER, RHP: Humber was the Mets' No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft out of Rice University and received a huge signing bonus from the team in January. He throws a fastball that is consistently around 93 MPH and can use a power curveball or split-finger as his out pitch. His college coach, former Mets infielder Wayne Graham, has compared him to St. Louis' Matt Morris. Humber will probably rank in the Mets' top 10 at this time next year.

CHASE LAMBIN, IF: Lambin is another very good utility prospect in the system but has a really good chance to be a starting second baseman someday. He got some time in at first base and third base at the Instructional Leagues this fall. He's a leader in the clubhouse and is easily one of the hardest workers among all Mets prospects.

CARLOS MUNIZ, RHP: A righthanded reliever who signed out of Long Beach State, Muniz has progressed slowly as a prospect. After saving 13 games for the Cyclones in 2003, Muniz combined to notch 10 saves between Brooklyn and Capital City in 2004. He turns 24 in March and needs to be challenged.

SETH PIETSCH, OF: Pietsch is a strong kid with good power and speed. He hit 11 home runs at Kingsport last year but was a little old (23) there, and needs to show some success at the higher levels.

PRENTICE REDMAN, OF: Redman does a little bit of everything well. He can run, hit, hit for power, and possesses speed. The problem is he doesn't do any one of them exceptionally well. His future at the major league level is as a reserve outfielder.

ALAY SOLER, RHP: A Cuban defector, Soler signed a three-year, $2.8 million deal with the Mets in August 2004 and is reported to be 24 years old. He went 10-4 with a 2.01 ERA in 18 games last year for Cuba's National team, but was shipped home by his winter league team after going 0-2 with a 5.28 ERA in five appearances. Soler might have been a little rusty, but his 23 strikeouts and five walks in 13.1 winter innings make you question the team's decision. He'll probably be one of the Mets' better pitching prospects this season, beginning the year no higher than Binghamton.

MIKE SWINDELL, RHP: Another college arm that was drafted in the 29th round in 2004, Swindell that will have to quickly prove he can become a solid starting pitching prospect for the Mets. He was 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 58 innings for Brooklyn.

DERRAN WATTS, OF: A toolsy player who hasn't shown all he can do, Watts has good power and excellent speed but needs to make better contact for a jump. He should begin the year in Hagerstown and must put up numbers to avoid being lost with the Ambiorix Concepcions and Jamar Hills of the system.

ANDREW WILSON, 1B/UT: Wilson has very good gap power and should increase home run power as he matures. The problem is, where is he going to play? Wilson was the Bombers' first baseman after Ian Bladergroen was lost for the season, but he also played second base, third, outfield, and even one game at catcher. He was tested as a catcher in the Instructional Leagues this past September. He has the look of a really good utility player down the road.

JOSHUA WYRICK, OF: An 11th round pick in the 2004 draft out of Porterville College, Wyrick had a decent professional debut at Kingsport. He's a speedster with great range and probably won't make the jump to Hagerstown this year – our guess is Brooklyn.

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