Final 2002 Scouting Report: OF, Wayne Lydon

The Mets selected Wayne Lydon with their 9th round pick in the 1999 draft. Lydon attended Valley View HS in Jessup, PA. Prior to 2001, Lydon had not hit .220 at any of his 3 stops in 1999 at Gulfport and 2000 at Kingsport and Pittsfield. He did have home runs of the inside the park variety. He appears to have twice stolen home on straight steals at Kingsport in 2000. Lydon began switch-hitting at the Mets' 2000 Florida Instructional League camp.

Wayne Lydon had a breakthrough season in 2002. Lydon had a solid OBP with a walk rate of better than 1 BB per 9 AB. Lydon had only 14 extra-base hits and struck out 104 times or about once every 4.5 AB. Due to a lack of power, MLB pitchers will throw strikes so Lydon won't draw as many walks. For a hitter who lacks power, Lydon must make better contact.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2002

Cap City

.294

473

139

0

46

93

87

54

104

.368

.334

2001

Brooklyn

.246

57

14

0

8

12

10

7

35

.328

.263

2000

Kingsport

.185

98

18

0

1

14

15

11

18

.266

.255


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Batting and Power. Despite his size, Lydon has yet to show HR or extra-base power potential. He needs to improve his contact.

Base Running and Speed. Lydon is a great base runner, base stealer, and is faster than anyone save Esix Snead, and Jose Reyes.

Defense. Lydon is the 2nd best defensive centerfield in the organization. He possesses a solid arm.

Projection. Until he demonstrates a better ability to make contact and extra-base power, Lydon projects to being no better than a 5th OF, if that.

ETA. 2005 or 2006.

Centerfielders Team
Jeff Duncan A - St. Lucie Mets
Angel Pagan A - St. Lucie Mets
Wayne Lydon A - Capital City Bombers
Derran Watts A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Roberto Solano R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


Despite the Mets trading Alex Escobar to the Indians and the tragic loss of Brian Cole, the center field positions seems to be in good hands. Pagan and Solano appear to have star potential. Duncan and Watts are at least solid prospects. Wayne Lydon is having a break through season. With the exception of Solano, the current CFs don't possess Escobar's or Cole's power.

1. Jeff Duncan, who struggled mightily at Columbia in 2001, has arrived in 2002 with good seasons at both Columbia and St. Lucie. His stolen base success rate of 85% (20 of 23) is down a bit from 2001. He shows excellent plate discipline. He has drawn a combined 35 BB and having 37 K in a combined 190 AB. With his 19 extra-base hits including 5 HR, MLB won't just bust him with FB after FB. He's a polished defensive CF who bunts very well.

2. Angel Pagan remains very raw, but he has excellent upside and should eventually begin to hit for power. Joey Cora has taken Pagan under his wing and Pagan has played for a team Cora is a part owner of and is the manager.

3. Wayne Lydon, who converted to a switch-hitter in 2001, has had an excellent season batting over .300 with an OBP of .386. He has successful stolen 64 bases in 70 attempts (91.4%). He needs to demonstrate that he can drive the ball.

4. Roberto Solano can run, hit, hit for power, play defense, and throw. He may one day challenge for the Mets best prospect. But, that's a few seasons away.

5. Derran Watts is a toolsy speedster who plays good defense and has gap power. Watts has the best arm among the CFs.

6. Jesus Gamera , a power hitting CF playing for Universidad de Carabobo (VSL), is another player to watch.



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