Overview of Corner Infield Prospects

While 3B has some solid prospects, 1B is the weakest position in the Mets farm system. David Wright (3B) is clearly the class of the corner infielders.

Long Season Leagues


David Wright and Craig Brazell (1B) are the class of the corner infield prospects. Jay Caligiuri (3B/1B) has some promise, but is unlikely to develop into a top prospect. Projects more of a reserve infielder. Aaron Baldiris (3B) is the other solid corner prospect and he can also play 1B. He has a chance to develop into a top prospect. He might spend much of 2002 at Brooklyn. Blake Whealy (2B/3B/OF) bears watching.

Short Season Leagues


Aaron Baldiris, if he ends up at Brooklyn, would be the top prospect at this level. The Mets like Shawn Bowman (3B) who is a fine defensive player and has power potential. Like most Canadians, Bowman hasn't performed against a lot of top talent and this might delay his development. Carlos Morel (1B) is an intriguing prospect from the Mets DSL team. He led the DSL Mets 8-team division in home runs and RBIs. However, despite the increase in HR, batting average declined, his SLG% declined, total extra-base hits per at bat declined dramatically, and strikeouts increased substantially. But, his walks increased from 16 to 35. Actually, Morel really struggled for most of the season with his BA hovering in the 185-to-195 range. A late spurt raised his BA by 50 points. This demonstrates the short-term difficulties associated with substantially altering one's approach to hitting that Morel did. It's better to make this kind of change in approach at this level. Morel also went through a position shift. He was a catcher in 2001.

Nathan Kiser (1B) and Kyle Cullinan (3B) are the best potential draft and follow signees. Kiser is big kid who possesses excellent bat speed and power. He's slow with 7.4 sec in 60-yard dash. He's attending Walter CC. Cullinan is also a large framed kid with power projection. He's attending Fullerton JC.

Norfolk Tides - Josh Pressley (1B) might get some consideration with the Tides. Nye might end up at Binghamton.

Player (Position)

Age

Stats (BA, HR, RBI)

Comments

Andy Tracy* (1B)

29

(.199, 20, 61)

Back up in case Vaughn is injured.

Jorge Toca (1B)

28

(.251, 2, 15)

I guess he hasn't left the US since 9/11. He's no longer a prospect and is recovery from a leg injury.

Russ Johnson (3B/2B)

30

-

Will compete for bench role with the Mets. Had limited AB in minors. Didn't hit well in limited AB with the Devil Rays (.216, 1, 12). Suffered through physical and personal problems in 2002.

Rodney Nye (3B)

25

(.236, 13, 53)

No longer considered a prospect. On his way to career minor league status.

Binghamton Mets

Player (Position)

Age

Stats (BA, HR, RBI)

Comments

Josh Pressley* (1B)

23

(.285, 4, 45)

Marginal prospect. A reserve player. Good plate discipline might develop into a decent lefty pinch hitter.

Virgil Chevalier (3B/C)

29

(.297, 8, 53)&

Career minor leaguer.

Craig Brazell* (1B)

22

(.276, 22, 101)&

The best the Mets have at this position. He possesses tremendous bat speed. His frame has room to add another 15 lbs. He's a good athlete and should develop into at least an adequate defensive 1B. He converted from catcher. Good power potential. Needs to improve his approach to hitting as his plate discipline is very poor.

St. Lucie Mets - the Mets generally carry more than 25 players on this roster earlier because their extended spring training camps are held here, so the extra players can get additional work at the camp.

Player (Position)

Age

Stats (BA, HR, RBI)

Comments

Edgar Rodriguez (3B)

23

(.221, 5, 20)&

Marginal prospect at best. Also, plays LF. Had only 140 AB, displayed poor plate discipline (44 K/9 BB).

Michael Jacobs* (C/1B)

22

(.251, 11, 64)

Potential nice lefty hitting bench player. Likely to begin at 1B/DH. Lack of 1B prospects opens the door Jacobs at St. Lucie, but won't be able to move up until Brazell is promoted to AAA.

David Wright (3B)

20

(.266, 11, 93)

A top prospect. Tremendous work ethic. Fundamentally sound defensively and on the base paths. Can hit behind runners. Great bat speed. He has limited projectibility, but should be 25 HR plus hitter with a lot of extra-base hits.

Capital City Bombers

Player (Position)

Age

Stats (BA, HR, RBI)

Comments

Blake Whealy (2B/3B/OF)

22

(.289, 10, 34)

Worth watching. Had a solid season, but a bit early to tell. Likely to play more at 2B this season.

Andres Rodriguez (1B)

24

(.194, 2, 26)&

Mets like his power potential, but he had the DR aging-itis disease. Prognostication is that he's not likely to recover.

Jay Caligiuri (3B/1B)

23

(.245, 7, 43)&

Marginal prospect. Projects to become a reserve infielder. Good defender at both positions.

Brett Harper* (1B)

21

(.279, 1, 20)

Marginal prospect. Lack of lefty bats in Mets system should keep Harper around. His body still has some growth potential.

Brooklyn Cyclones - also expect June 2003 players drafted out of college to be on the roster.

Player (Position)

Age

Stats (W-L, ERA, IP)

Comments

Tyler Beuerlein# (C/1B/OF)

23

(.199, 9, 20)

Has failed to hit. Struggling making the adjustment from Division III program.

Aaron Baldiris (3B)

20

(.320, 3, 26)&

Solid prospect. Could be exceptional. Power production hampered by separated shoulder. After having exceptional season in 2000 with the VSL, he missed all of 2001 with elbow surgery. Began to drive the ball and displayed improve plate discipline late, but not up to his VSL performance.

Laron Wilson (1B/OF)

21

(.216, 1, 2)

Played at a Division II team. Nice combination of speed and power. Struggled in limited AB in 2002.

Johan Camacho# (1B)

19

(.218, 2, 9)

Too early to determine status. Late 1 for 29 stretch killed stats.

Justin Wendt (1B)

20

(.236, 2, 15)

Marginal prospect at best.

Kingsport Mets - the roster will be made up of draftees, draft and follows and Latin summer league players. The list includes players from the Latin Summer Leagues.

Player (Position)

Age

Stats (W-L, ERA, IP)

Comments

Shawn Bowman (3B)

18

-

Might develop into a good prospect. Signed after playing for Canadian Junior National Team. Didn't play for K-Mets. Considered a fine defensive player with some power. Needs to play better competition.

Carlos Morel (1B)

-

(.244, 12, 59)

Led the SD west div. in HR and RBIs. Made substantial strides in plate discipline though BA and other stats save HR and RBI suffered.

Ricky Oliveres (3B)

19

(.256, 2, 21)

Showed power in his 2 seasons at VSL. But, not much else.


· * left-handed hitter
· # switch hitter
· & summary stats from 2 or more teams.
· age as of 4/3/03.



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