MMLN: Top Tools - Hitting for Power

One of the overlooked successes across the organization this season was the emergence of power. The last two seasons have been somewhat short on power and it has cost the affiliates when it came to scoring runs. However, the names on this list provide the Mets with needed thump. Look inside to find out how the best big bats rank.

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11. Jefry Marte – Marte is still developing his swing and contact skills, but his size and hand strength project to formidable power. He showed off a quick stroke during his debut in the Gulf Coast League, but it got a bit long this year and that sent him into prolonged slumps. For now, he is still too pull happy which gets compounded by his longer swing. In his second year, Marte remained a predominate fastball hitter, but when he becomes more complete at the plate, he should provide greater power results.

10. - Carlos Guzman – Though a switch-hitter, Guzman is a threat from only one side of the plate. All 16 of his home runs coming from the left side. Guzman is a free swinger that starts the bat aggressively which comes back to bite him sometimes as it can lead to poor pitch recognition. Guzman has the big raw power from the left side, but unlike others on this list, he is total pull hitter who concentrates on one pitch in one hitting area. It is a significant hole that could be exposed in Double-A next season.

9. Cesar Puello – As mentioned in the last piece about hitting for average, Puello boasts an advanced opposite field approach. He is already hitting for respectable power to the other way, but that will increase as he moves up and will make his power game that much more exciting. The timing of his swing improved this season which should make him more consistent and help him develop into one of the system's stronger run producers.

8. Sean Ratliff – While Ratliff's swing underwent a large reconstruction and remains a focal point of consistency, there is little work to be done in regards to his power because he has a lot of it. He ironed out the "drop-and-drive" element to his swing which has shortened him up and allowed him to turn on pitches with greater ease. He possesses quick hands, but it was a matter of getting his load and bat path to comply. A move to the Florida State League next year will come with challenges to his home run power, but his current path points to positive results.

7. Zach Lutz – Lutz showed off plenty of power in 2009 in his first prolonged playing time. While he may be perceived as more of a contact hitter at this point, Lutz does possess very good raw power to all fields and in due time should see his gap hits turn into home runs. His sound hitting approach gives him a strong base to work from so that his power can just come naturally.

6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – Nieuwenhuis made the in-season adjustments with St. Lucie that turned him into a valuable extra base hitter into a legitimate home run threat. He picked up the needed extension and that led to better ball striking and a cleaner finish. He has the physical strength to eventually hit the ball out to all fields, but for now his power remains mostly to the pull side.

5. Lucas Duda – The home run numbers have not come to fruition for the big first baseman, but that does not mean the power is not there—it is and when Duda connects the ball really jumps and travels. Scouts and coaches know the power is there, but now it's a matter of getting Duda's swing in a place where he is getting more loft on the ball. He strikes the ball very well, but has not developed the consistent finish to get the needed uppercut which will turn his extra base hits into home runs.

4. Jeff Flagg – Flagg's status as a prospect is tenuous to say the least, but he has one big thing going for him and that is his big league power. While coaches have tried to make a more complete hitter out of Flagg, his tremendous power is undeniable and remains an enticing trait. He has played well below his age appropriate level in his first two seasons on the farm, but power is never something to be entirely ignored and that is the case with the first baseman.

3. Ike Davis - What a difference a season makes. At this time last season, many scratched their heads wondering where Davis' power went after displaying so much of it in college. No one is asking any more after a correction in his hand placement, a smoother load, and confidence at the plate carried the first baseman to 20 home runs and the organization home run crown in 2009.

Though he still gets tied up at times by off-speed stuff away, Davis showed a very quick stroke on the inner-half and better drive through the strike zone that turn line drive, extra base power into home run power. That eruption has solidified Davis' standing as the first baseman-in waiting heading towards 2011, and possibly even the second half of 2010.

2. Wilmer Flores – Throw out the current numbers with Flores because they are irrelevant when it comes to determining his long term power projection. And that is really all it is at this point—projection. His swing discipline and ball-striking ability are so advanced for his age that it lays the ground work for special power as he matures. The three home runs in Savannah were disappointing given expectations, and time and patience are needed until his power arrives, but it is difficult to find a scout that does not see it in Flores.

1. Fernando Martinez – Throw out the big league numbers with Fernando. Though his home run totals in the minors have always left more to be desired, it does not change the fact that he has the most promising power of any Mets prospect. He is truly pole-to-pole with his power and can make it look easy at times because of the power he generates with his hips and very strong hands and forearms. His swing is has the ideal balance and consistency needed to be a considerable power threat.


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\r\n11. Jefry Marte – Marte is still developing his swing and contact skills, but his size and hand strength project to formidable power. He showed off a quick stroke during his debut in the Gulf Coast League, but it got a bit long this year and that sent him into prolonged slumps. For now, he is still too pull happy which gets compounded by his longer swing. In his second year, Marte remained a predominate fastball hitter, but when he becomes more complete at the plate, he should provide greater power results.
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\r\n10. - Carlos Guzman – Though a switch-hitter, Guzman is a threat from only one side of the plate. All 16 of his home runs coming from the left side. Guzman is a free swinger that starts the bat aggressively which comes back to bite him sometimes as it can lead to poor pitch recognition. Guzman has the big raw power from the left side, but unlike others on this list, he is total pull hitter who concentrates on one pitch in one hitting area. It is a significant hole that could be exposed in Double-A next season.
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\r\n9. Cesar Puello – As mentioned in the last piece about hitting for average, Puello boasts an advanced opposite field approach. He is already hitting for respectable power to the other way, but that will increase as he moves up and will make his power game that much more exciting. The timing of his swing improved this season which should make him more consistent and help him develop into one of the system's stronger run producers.
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\r\n8. Sean Ratliff – While Ratliff's swing underwent a large reconstruction and remains a focal point of consistency, there is little work to be done in regards to his power because he has a lot of it. He ironed out the \"drop-and-drive\" element to his swing which has shortened him up and allowed him to turn on pitches with greater ease. He possesses quick hands, but it was a matter of getting his load and bat path to comply. A move to the Florida State League next year will come with challenges to his home run power, but his current path points to positive results.
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\r\n7. Zach Lutz – Lutz showed off plenty of power in 2009 in his first prolonged playing time. While he may be perceived as more of a contact hitter at this point, Lutz does possess very good raw power to all fields and in due time should see his gap hits turn into home runs. His sound hitting approach gives him a strong base to work from so that his power can just come naturally.
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\r\n6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – Nieuwenhuis made the in-season adjustments with St. Lucie that turned him into a valuable extra base hitter into a legitimate home run threat. He picked up the needed extension and that led to better ball striking and a cleaner finish. He has the physical strength to eventually hit the ball out to all fields, but for now his power remains mostly to the pull side.
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\r\n5. Lucas Duda – The home run numbers have not come to fruition for the big first baseman, but that does not mean the power is not there—it is and when Duda connects the ball really jumps and travels. Scouts and coaches know the power is there, but now it's a matter of getting Duda's swing in a place where he is getting more loft on the ball. He strikes the ball very well, but has not developed the consistent finish to get the needed uppercut which will turn his extra base hits into home runs.
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\r\n4. Jeff Flagg – Flagg's status as a prospect is tenuous to say the least, but he has one big thing going for him and that is his big league power. While coaches have tried to make a more complete hitter out of Flagg, his tremendous power is undeniable and remains an enticing trait. He has played well below his age appropriate level in his first two seasons on the farm, but power is never something to be entirely ignored and that is the case with the first baseman.
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\r\n3. Ike Davis - What a difference a season makes. At this time last season, many scratched their heads wondering where Davis' power went after displaying so much of it in college. No one is asking any more after a correction in his hand placement, a smoother load, and confidence at the plate carried the first baseman to 20 home runs and the organization home run crown in 2009.
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\r\nThough he still gets tied up at times by off-speed stuff away, Davis showed a very quick stroke on the inner-half and better drive through the strike zone that turn line drive, extra base power into home run power. That eruption has solidified Davis' standing as the first baseman-in waiting heading towards 2011, and possibly even the second half of 2010.
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\r\n2. Wilmer Flores – Throw out the current numbers with Flores because they are irrelevant when it comes to determining his long term power projection. And that is really all it is at this point—projection. His swing discipline and ball-striking ability are so advanced for his age that it lays the ground work for special power as he matures. The three home runs in Savannah were disappointing given expectations, and time and patience are needed until his power arrives, but it is difficult to find a scout that does not see it in Flores.
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\r\n1. Fernando Martinez – Throw out the big league numbers with Fernando. Though his home run totals in the minors have always left more to be desired, it does not change the fact that he has the most promising power of any Mets prospect. He is truly pole-to-pole with his power and can make it look easy at times because of the power he generates with his hips and very strong hands and forearms. His swing is has the ideal balance and consistency needed to be a considerable power threat.
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\r\n11. Jefry Marte – Marte is still developing his swing and contact skills, but his size and hand strength project to formidable power. He showed off a quick stroke during his debut in the Gulf Coast League, but it got a bit long this year and that sent him into prolonged slumps. For now, he is still too pull happy which gets compounded by his longer swing. In his second year, Marte remained a predominate fastball hitter, but when he becomes more complete at the plate, he should provide greater power results.
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\r\n10. - Carlos Guzman – Though a switch-hitter, Guzman is a threat from only one side of the plate. All 16 of his home runs coming from the left side. Guzman is a free swinger that starts the bat aggressively which comes back to bite him sometimes as it can lead to poor pitch recognition. Guzman has the big raw power from the left side, but unlike others on this list, he is total pull hitter who concentrates on one pitch in one hitting area. It is a significant hole that could be exposed in Double-A next season.
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\r\n9. Cesar Puello – As mentioned in the last piece about hitting for average, Puello boasts an advanced opposite field approach. He is already hitting for respectable power to the other way, but that will increase as he moves up and will make his power game that much more exciting. The timing of his swing improved this season which should make him more consistent and help him develop into one of the system's stronger run producers.
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\r\n8. Sean Ratliff – While Ratliff's swing underwent a large reconstruction and remains a focal point of consistency, there is little work to be done in regards to his power because he has a lot of it. He ironed out the \"drop-and-drive\" element to his swing which has shortened him up and allowed him to turn on pitches with greater ease. He possesses quick hands, but it was a matter of getting his load and bat path to comply. A move to the Florida State League next year will come with challenges to his home run power, but his current path points to positive results.
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\r\n7. Zach Lutz – Lutz showed off plenty of power in 2009 in his first prolonged playing time. While he may be perceived as more of a contact hitter at this point, Lutz does possess very good raw power to all fields and in due time should see his gap hits turn into home runs. His sound hitting approach gives him a strong base to work from so that his power can just come naturally.
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\r\n6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – Nieuwenhuis made the in-season adjustments with St. Lucie that turned him into a valuable extra base hitter into a legitimate home run threat. He picked up the needed extension and that led to better ball striking and a cleaner finish. He has the physical strength to eventually hit the ball out to all fields, but for now his power remains mostly to the pull side.
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\r\n5. Lucas Duda – The home run numbers have not come to fruition for the big first baseman, but that does not mean the power is not there—it is and when Duda connects the ball really jumps and travels. Scouts and coaches know the power is there, but now it's a matter of getting Duda's swing in a place where he is getting more loft on the ball. He strikes the ball very well, but has not developed the consistent finish to get the needed uppercut which will turn his extra base hits into home runs.
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\r\n4. Jeff Flagg – Flagg's status as a prospect is tenuous to say the least, but he has one big thing going for him and that is his big league power. While coaches have tried to make a more complete hitter out of Flagg, his tremendous power is undeniable and remains an enticing trait. He has played well below his age appropriate level in his first two seasons on the farm, but power is never something to be entirely ignored and that is the case with the first baseman.
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\r\n3. Ike Davis - What a difference a season makes. At this time last season, many scratched their heads wondering where Davis' power went after displaying so much of it in college. No one is asking any more after a correction in his hand placement, a smoother load, and confidence at the plate carried the first baseman to 20 home runs and the organization home run crown in 2009.
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\r\nThough he still gets tied up at times by off-speed stuff away, Davis showed a very quick stroke on the inner-half and better drive through the strike zone that turn line drive, extra base power into home run power. That eruption has solidified Davis' standing as the first baseman-in waiting heading towards 2011, and possibly even the second half of 2010.
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\r\n2. Wilmer Flores – Throw out the current numbers with Flores because they are irrelevant when it comes to determining his long term power projection. And that is really all it is at this point—projection. His swing discipline and ball-striking ability are so advanced for his age that it lays the ground work for special power as he matures. The three home runs in Savannah were disappointing given expectations, and time and patience are needed until his power arrives, but it is difficult to find a scout that does not see it in Flores.
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\r\n1. Fernando Martinez – Throw out the big league numbers with Fernando. Though his home run totals in the minors have always left more to be desired, it does not change the fact that he has the most promising power of any Mets prospect. He is truly pole-to-pole with his power and can make it look easy at times because of the power he generates with his hips and very strong hands and forearms. His swing is has the ideal balance and consistency needed to be a considerable power threat.
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