Michael Antonini - Once a mid-round draft pick with some questions looming over his head, the St. Lucie southpaw has seen his stock significantly jump so far this season. Drafted in the 18th round in 2007, Antonini is showing signs that he could be a legitimate left-handed option for the Mets with just couple more years of development.
It is yet to be determined what role he could fill with the big league club, but with a strong enough fastball that sits 90-92 MPH, consistent slider, and a rapidly improving changeup, Antonini should remain in any rotation as he moves up the ladder after spending his rookie season in the Brooklyn bullpen.
Dillon Gee - The 21st round pick in 2007 is also a very solid candidate enjoying a rise in his stock. He was one of the many rookie pitchers who put together statistically impressive years in Brooklyn last year, but his success has carried into the Florida State League in large part to tremendous maturity as a pitcher and in his repertoire.
Gee's consistency should carry him as he continues to develop. He possesses unique control of the strike zone which he peppers with a biting 92-94 MPH two-seam fastball [a sharp rise in velocity in year two] and advanced secondary pitches in his slider and changeup which he will throw over the plate without fear. His 24 total walks in 165.1 career innings pitched are a testament to his terrific command.
Greg Veloz - Though the Savannah second baseman's stock was high last year, the growth he has showed at the plate in 2008 boosts him higher despite walk totals that leave more to be desired in a lead-off hitter. Additionally, he is demonstrating more plate discipline which in turn has led to more productivity. Veloz has a good swing, makes very good contact with the ball, and then uses his speed as a weapon on the bases.
Kinks in his defense temper his rising stock just a touch, but the improvements he has shown at the plate this season soundly keeps him on the rise.
Zach Lutz: Injury unfortunately washed out the Brooklyn third baseman's entire rookie season, but after 24 games back with the Cyclones this year, it is easy to see why Lutz's stock is steadily climbing. He possesses a very good eye and plate discipline with enticing pop in his bat. His improving ability to hit to all fields and burgeoning home run power make him an exciting third base candidate who could see a quick rise through the ranks as long as he avoids the injury bug.
Daniel Murphy - Following the 2007 season, Murphy remained a second tier prospect within the organization, but following an extremely productive first half in Binghamton, where he showed vast amounts of maturity at the plate and added power, he is now firmly entrenched as one of the Mets' leading prospects. Murphy is showing better understanding and execution of hitting to the opposite field in 2008 and that combined with his improving power have gone a long way to raising his stock.
Defensively, his move to second base could dictate the end of any possibility at a corner infield or outfield position on the big league stage, but he is taking to second base better than his errors in the boxscores dictate. At this point, it will be his bat that answers the questions about his projections, but a future at second base looks in the cards.
Sean McCraw - McCraw's presence in this category is more a dip than a fall. There are elements about his game that leave positive feelings about his long-term prospects, but his struggles at the plate this season have been a cause for concern. He had a solid first appearance during the 2007 homestretch with St. Lucie, but he could not duplicate it when he broke camp with the club in this season. McCraw, defensively talented with a strong arm, has struggled to find a consistent stroke this season which has led to limited power and production.
With catching prospects in the organization fairly limited to two-horse race between McCraw and Francisco Pena, the 22-year-old catcher will certainly have his time and opportunities to get back on track, but his return to Savannah this season is a setback.
Emmanuel Garcia: The Binghamton infielder, who remained steady in the middle of our prospect rankings the past two winters, seems to have hit a ceiling at the plate. Garcia, once a productive contact hitter earlier in his career at the short-season levels, has seen his production level off over the last season and a half. His slow bat speed and minimal power have caused his batting average and on-base percentage to precipitously drop with his rise to Binghamton.
The 22-year-old has transformed more into a utility/role player this season and though his defense is still a strong suit of his game, his offensive slow down has caused his stock to drop.
Stephen Clyne: The second-year right-hander has not had the sophomore season envisioned for a third round draft pick. After an impressive rookie season in Brooklyn, Clyne went to St. Lucie with visions of holding down the closing role but those plans have not worked out as desired. He overcame an early season forearm injury, but upon return his fastball velocity dipped from the mid-90s last year to 89-92 MPH. Clyne's game centers around that high-powered, sinking fastball.
Once though to be a possible fast-mover through the ranks, his struggles in St. Lucie and recent return to Brooklyn are the unfortunate result of Clyne's falling stock
Nick Carr - When going right, the 21-year-old right-hander has a very impressive repertoire. Led by his mid-90s fastball, his secondary pitches go three-deep with a tight mid-80s curveball, a low-80s changeup that he can throw with good arm speed, and a snapping 85-87 MPH slider as his finishing pitch. However Carr has struggled to put the pieces together after making the jump from Brooklyn to St. Lucie.
Though his stock has slipped some, feelings are if/when he can get back on a consistent, winning track, he will not stay down for long. He spent a brief period in Savannah in June and had success against South Atlantic League competition, so now it is a matter of showing he can handle the opposition at his originally assigned level.
Mid-Season Stock Rising / Stock Falling
Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories
Reyes, Cabrera spark Mets comeback winNew York ended a three-game skid and gave its fans a major reason to cheer on Thursday night.
Amazin ClubhouseThursday at 8:49 PM
3-Stars of the Series: Mets vs. BravesThe Amazin's suffered a gut-wrenching loss on Wednesday night that saw them get swept at home by the lackluster Braves.
Amazin ClubhouseThursday at 8:29 AM
3-Stars of the Series: Mets vs. TwinsAmazin' Clubhouse recaps a series sweep of the struggling Twins.
3-Stars of the Series: Mets at NationalsNew York lost two out of three in the Nation's Capital, but still holds the second Wildcard spot in the National League.
3-Stars of the Series: Mets at BravesNew York completed its last ever trip to Turner Field with a series win over the lowly Braves.