AA Prospect Review

The Binghamton Mets are finally starting to see an influx of talented young players. This year's roster still had too many fringe/non prospects on it, but the number of real prospects on the roster has been growing each year. Next year's outlook is better. This article will cover each prospect that played in AA this year for 50+ AB or 10+ IP.

Craig Brazell, 1B

Year

Team

AVG.

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

AB

2002

Arizona Fall League

.287

.361

.506

.093

87

2002

AA - BMets

.302

.338

.508

.008

126

2002

A - St. Lucie Mets

.266

.292

.463

.030

402



A left handed power hitter, Brazell desperately needs to learn how to control the strike zone better. While he reportedly has good discipline in holding off on breaking balls off the plate, he seems to place no value on a walk. If he manages to hit .300+, he can still manage to be a valuable player. But if his average drops much at all, his OBP will nullify any value his power provides. Craig started the season hitting for a very high average, but with no power. Later, his power came back, but he turned into an all or nothing hitter, lowering his average 100 points. He needs to learn how to strike a balance between hitting for average and hitting for power. Brazell should start the year in AA, and spend all year there.

Jeremy Griffiths, RH SP

Year

Team

W-L

ERA

IP

H

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

K:BB

2002

AFL

0-0

1.88

28.2

25

1.12

2.20

8.16

3.71

2002

AA - BMets

8-6

3.89

152.2

157

1.40

3.30

7.43

2.25



Griffiths enjoyed his best year in 2002. He doesn't have much experience on the mound, but has made steady progress in learning how to pitch. His strikeout rate, in particular, is an encouraging sign, as it improved a full strikeout per inning from 2001. Griffiths is pitching well in the AFL, an offense dominated league. He should start the season in AAA.

Jake Joseph, RH SP

Year

Team

W-L

ERA

IP

H

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

K:BB

2002

AFL

1-0

11.42

8.2

17

2.08

7.27

6.23

0.86

2002

AA - BMets

6-4

2.91

86.2

80

1.20

2.49

4.36

1.75

2002

A - St. Lucie Mets

3-4

3.59

72.2

75

1.21

1.61

5.82

3.62



While Joseph has been used as a started in the minors, his likely future is in the bullpen. He has excellent control of his pitches, and hardly walks anybody. However, he barely strikes anybody out, either. A pitcher's strikeout rate is one of the most telling indicators of how well he'll do at the next level, so it wouldn't be surprising if Joseph falters in AAA, if started there. He should start the season in AA.

Prentice Redman, OF

Year

Team

AVG.

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

AB

2002

Arizona Fall League

.268

.311

.464

.071

56

2002

AA - BMets

.283

.367

.430

.105

491



This was an encouraging season for Redman, and by far his best. He finally started to hit for some power, and drew a good number of walks. While Redman has the potential to develop more, it's likely that he'll be nothing more than a reserve outfielder in the majors.

Jose Reyes, SS

Year

Team

AVG.

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

AB

2002

AA - BMets

.287

.331

.425

.055

275

2002

A - St. Lucie Mets

.288

.356

.462

.093

288



What is there to say about Jose Reyes that hasn't already been said? He started this season needing to improve his plate discipline, and he did just that. It tailed off quite a bit after his promotion to Binghamton, but considering his age, that's not a huge worry. Reyes has a line drive stroke that slashes balls to the gaps, and with his frame, could develop enough power to become a middle of the order hitter, although it's not likely. There has been a lot of talk about Reyes starting in Shea for 2003, but that would be a mistake. He could probably handle the promotion, and would hit better than Rey Ordonez, but a year in AAA would be the best. He still needs to refine his game and tighten up his defense.

Phil Seibel, LH SP

Year

Team

W-L

ERA

IP

H

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

K:BB

2002

AFL

3-3

3.93

18.1

16

1.26

3.44

10.31

3.00

2002

AA - BMets

10-8

3.97

149.2

147

1.31

2.95

6.86

2.33



Seibel is something of an odd case. There are games in which he dominates, striking out batter after batter, and other games in which he'll barely make bats miss. Despite the inconsistency, he pitches effectively most of the time. His ability to strike batters out is intriguing, since the label given to him was a "crafty lefty". If he can continue to strike batters out well, he'll be a very useful pitcher.

Matt Watson, OF

Year

Team

AVG.

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

AB

2002

AA - BMets

.279

.339

.419

.081

437



Watson had a disappointing year. It looked like Phillips had made an astute pickup when he acquired Watson, as he was an underrated prospect. When right, Watson hits for a good average and has very good plate discipline, with average power. He got off to an awful start, and it continued until the last month of the season. Watson is probably a reserve outfielder at best. In 2003 he should start in Binghamton, with a quick promotion to Norfolk if he hits well.

*Arizona Fall League (AFL) stats as of 11/10/02.



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