**Honorable Mention**

**Cory Wells**: Wells has a lot more speed than he's shown in his first two professional seasons with the Mets. He has just 13 stolen bases in his first 59 professional games, but prorated over a full minor league season, it would equate to 31 stolen bases. It will be interesting to see how many bags he could swipe once he earns a full-time starting position in the lineup.

**Jamar Hill**: Like Wells, Hill has a lot more speed than he's shown. He stole 20 bases in 2004, his first full year in a long-season league. He'll have to improve reading the pitchers' moves however, boasting a less than impressive career success rate of 65.1%. He has the talent and speed to do just that.

**Derran Watts**: One thing is certain, Watts makes a lot of noise on the base paths considering he has served more as a fourth outfielder in his career thus far. Watts stole 22 bases in 2004 after stealing 34 in two stops between Brooklyn and Capital City in 2003. He has an outstanding 78.2% stolen base success rate in his four years in the Mets' system and would rank higher on this list if he could earn a full-time slot in the lineup.

**Bobby Malek**: Malek had just 15 stolen bases in 2004 after stealing an impressive 28 bases in 2003. Malek has very good speed and projects to be an excellent #2 hitter down the road where his speed and aggressiveness on the base paths would be best suited. He has a 74.6% success rate and is a good candidate to improve on that rate.

**Dante Brinkley**: We haven't seen the best of Brinkley yet, that much is certain. He averaged 24.5 stolen bases his last two years at SW Missouri State and has 26 stolen bases to his credit in his first 143 professional games. He could improve on his 70.3% success rate. A relentless worker, there's a good chance he'll do just that.

**Kyle Brown**: Brown managed to get into just five games with the Cyclones last season, stealing just one base, after being drafted in the 18th round of the 2004 draft out of LeMoyne College. Don't let his lack of numbers fool you. The kid can flat out run and will be out to prove it in 2005. Brown stole 42 bases in 57 games in his final year of college and had a terrific success rate of 88.2% success rate in his last two years of college.

**Top Ten Speed Prospects**

**10) Corey Ragsdale**: Easily one of the most athletic players in the Mets' system, "Rags" gets overlooked in the speed department. The bottom line is he has averaged 30 stole bases per year over the last three seasons with an impressive 72.9% success rate on the base paths. His defense is not the only reason he's a mainstay in the lineup.

**9) Jonathan Slack**: Slack is as underrated as they come when discussions arise about the top Mets' prospects. An excellent defensive player, the name of Slack's game is his speed. Slack has 68 stolen bases under his belt in the last two seasons and he was caught just 5 times in 35 attempts in 2004. His 73.7% stolen base success rate is a great example of his game changing speed.

**8) Prentice Redman**: If someone were to ask, which Mets' prospect has the highest career stolen base percentage *(with a minimum of 20 stolen bases)*, you would be hard pressed to come up with the name, Prentice Redman. But his 86.7% success rate ranks tops among all Mets' prospects and Redman has averaged 28.4 stolen bases per year since 2000 despite getting just 18 stolen bases in 2004, his lowest season total since 1999. It is amazing Redman hasn't received the shot with the Mets he so richly deserves.

**7) Ambiorix Concepcion**: Formerly known as Roberto Solano, Concepcion earned top prospect honors in the NY-Penn League last season because of his power, defense, and his speed. Concepcion stole 28 bases in 66 games for the Cyclones last season, although he got caught stealing 11 times for an admirable 71.8% success rate. It will be interesting to see how many swipes he could notch given a chance at a full-season league in 2005. If he can improve his on-base percentage and his success rate, he has the chance to rank near the top of this list quickly.

**6) Wilson Batista**: Batista stole 40 bases in 49 attempts in 2004 for an 81.6% success rate. His patience at the plate and propensity for getting on base aid his ability to steal more bases. After a horrific defensive showing at shortstop last season, Batista is moving over to second base where he may be a little more relaxed not only in the field, but in the batter's box and on the base paths. Batista resembles a healthy Jose Reyes on the base paths.

**5) Carlos Gomez**: Talk about your untapped potential! Gomez has awesome power, a great arm, and unreal speed for a guy his size. He stole 17 bases in his first 57 games in the Mets system last season, getting caught a mere two times. His 89.5% stolen base success rate for such a young player is unheard of and he'll only get better with more experience. Like Concepcion, if Gomez can improve his selectivity at the plate and increase his on-base percentage, the sky is the limit for Gomez on the base paths.

**4) Jeff Duncan**: The forgotten man, Duncan is still a terror on the bases. A lot of people may not realize that he still stole 24 bases in what many considered a down year for the once promising prospect. With 132 career stolen bases, Duncan's 86.3% success rate ranks in the top three among all Mets' prospects. The only question surrounding Duncan's ability to be a catalyst on the bases is whether or not he'll do enough to remain in the lineup consistently. While he may have some question marks in other parts of his game, nobody can question his value on the base paths.

**3) Angel Pagan**: After stealing 62 bases in 2002, Pagan has *slowed* down a bit, averaging 34 stolen bases in his last two seasons. His 79.3% success rate is still fantastic and is one of the few guys in the Mets' system opposing pitchers do not want on the base paths. With his degree of success, it would be nice to see Pagan take more chances and bump up his stolen bases to his previous season totals. He certainly has the talent to do so.

**2) Lastings Milledge**: It was a very impressive debut for Milledge last season. He has 31 stolen bases in his first 94 games as a professional. His speed is his biggest asset to the Mets, which is mind-boggling considering his power potential. The truly scary part about his speed game is, considering how raw he is in reading pitchers, he still boasts a 77.5% success rate. Once he learns to read pitchers better and get on base at a higher rate, Milledge could be one of the better game breakers on the base paths as he matures. As good as he is currently, he has only begun to tap his speed potential.

**1) Wayne Lydon**: It would be a crime to give the top spot in this category to somebody other than Lydon. Averaging 75.7 stolen bases over the last three seasons with an incredible 84.4% success rate, Lydon is the ultimate game changer with his speed. He not only turns would-be singles into doubles, Lydon's speed makes everybody else in the lineup better. Even when he's not stealing bases, he draws enough attention to distract pitchers from the batter in the box. His speed, arguably, is one of the premiere reasons Lydon's teams are annually in the playoff hunt.