Gavin Dlouhy: The 19-year-old Australian southpaw had a fine first season with the GCL Mets. He totaled only 25.1 innings pitched while among the crowded staff, but he excelled by showing very good control [six walks] and mixing hitters up with his fastball that sits near 90 MPH, a quality splitter and a developing changeup. Dlouhy has proven consistent from the stretch, effective with runners on base with a low opponent's batting average in pressure situations. Left-handers hit nearly 120 points higher off him than right-handers this season, but he is showing the tools befitting of a promising left-hander.
Joe Holden: The Savannah outfielder has been hanging around the edge of the Top 50 for a few years now. He is a nails player who puts all he's got into his game. His power slipped a bit this season, but he has shown in the past he can hit with pop. Holden must learn greater plate discipline so he can keep his strikeouts at a minimum in order to regain the stroke he had in the past. He has very good speed and utilizes it both on the bases and in the corner outfield positions. Although he really needs his power to elevate, his speed and tenacity suit him well enough to be a reserve outfielder.
Josh Petersen: In his second year with St. Lucie, Petersen saw his offense come around. Despite splitting time on the corners with Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans, Petersen appeared in 89 games [he played in 91 in 2006]; he demonstrated a better contact swing and an improved ability to hit the gaps. He cut his strikeouts down, but if Petersen can strengthen his patience and earn more walks, he should continue to get better with the bat and gain consistency. He was hurt by his .245 second half batting average after hitting .330 before the break. For now, he projects as a reserve first baseman.
Tim McNab: McNab is one of the longest tenured arms in the system and been an innings eater at every level whether as a spot starter or a long reliever. He was unfazed by workload of 91.1 innings this season, nearly double that of 2006, and posted some of the best numbers of his career. His sinking two-seam fastball is his primary weapon, but it was his comfort in his changeup that allowed McNab to stay out of trouble more consistently. He still struggles against left-handers, but he has brought his game to a level where he should be effective at any level.
Jamar Hill: He started the season in St. Lucie again, but it was during his first trip to Binghamton where his bat came together. Hill showed he can hit for average with enough time in the lineup, but his lack of walks, patience and generally low power numbers do not project him as an everyday outfielder. He could potentially fill in as a reserve outfielder, but needs his stroke to quickly improve to hold off younger competition.
John Holdzkom: Holdzkom missed significant time in this his second season due to trouble off the field. He returned to Kingsport late in the season where the rust showed. At just 20-years-old, the Mets appear unwilling to give up on him yet as he does throw hard [95-96 MPH on his fastball] and has a sharp two-seam fastball which he can bore in on hitters. The development of his slider and changeup will be imperative if he really intends to stay serious about his game and get back on the right path. At his size, 6-foot-5, and with his arm strength, he can be a valued chip in the future but he must be focused, take care of himself and not let outside influences distract him.
Mike Nickeas: Heading into next season, Nickeas should see his playing time significantly increase as a starter. His technical skills are sound and he has always been a sturdy presence behind the plate, but he would like to improve upon his adequate ability to throw out baserunners. However, the more pressing issue for Nickeas is his lack of offensive production. He has not hit much higher than .200 during his brief tenure in the Mets' system, but if he could offer more statistically, it would go a long to way to improve his standing. In a shallow pool of catchers on the farm, Nickeas remains near the top due to his defensive prowess.
Adam Bostick: It was the 24-year-old right-hander's first year in the system and was thrown right into Triple-A. He continues to work on a reliable out-pitch, but in the meantime he works with four consistent pitches. Control was the largest issue for Bostick who allowed 151 combined hits and walks in 97 innings pitched including 20 home runs allowed this season, after he allowed 219 combined hits and walks in 142 innings in 2006. He is currently in Arizona where he boasts a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings with a .152 opponent's batting average. Unless something changes, Bostick should reappear on the New Orleans roster next season.
Blake Eager: The right-hander was in and out of the St. Lucie staff this season and did not pitch until late June, compiling just 39.1 innings pitched this year after throwing 101.1 innings in 2006. But, Eager, who has been a quiet performer throughout most of his career, throws a very solid combination of curveball and changeup, both of which are have been highly ranked in the organization in years past. Eager still projects as a middle reliever, but he will need a full year of health and consistency to keep moving up.
Nick Abel: During his first year in St. Lucie, Abel doubled on games pitched and innings has he worked his way to one of the most reliable relievers in the Mets bullpen. The right-hander is not flashy, but with a solid trio of pitches—fastball, slider, changeup—he is able to work down in the zone, inducing groundballs and using his defense. Over the past two seasons, the opposition has hit .225 off him and his command has prevented him from working his way into too much trouble.
Beyond Top 50 Part II
Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories
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