Overview of the Outfield Prospects

Outfield prospects were severely depleted by the untimely death of Brian Cole, the trade of Alex Escobar and the failure of Robert Stratton, Juan LeBron or Brian Jenkins to develop. In 2002, the OF prospects were among the worst in MLB. But, due to some additions in 2002 in the short season league, the future looks brighter if not great.

Long Season Leagues

The most notable returning long season prospects include Angel Pagan (CF), Jeff Duncan (CF), and Prentice Redman (LF). Pagan and Duncan might evolve into an intriguing CF platoon. The switch-hitting Pagan bats much better from the right side. Duncan, a lefty, had a breakthrough season in 2002. Both are fine defensive players with excellent speed and some power potential. Redman projects to become a 4th or 5th OF unless he develops more power. He has a projectible frame but has yet to physically develop. The outfield will be fortified by the addition of Jamar Hill (LF), Bobby Malek (RF), Alhaji Turay (RF), and Derran Watts (CF). Hill, an toolsy 6'4", 200 lbs., hit over .370 with 7 HR in his last 20 games at Kingsport and his development continued during the Florida Instructional League. He has good power and plate discipline. Malek, a 2-time collegiate All-American (he also was a freshman All-American) was hampered by an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery in July. Malek projects to a high average hitter with 20-25 HR power with a lot of extra-base hits. He makes good contact, but could draw more bases on balls. He's closest to being MLB-ready. Watts, another toolsy player, played at a division III college program and will need time to develop. He's already a fine defensive player with great speed and gap power. Turay remains the top power hitter among this group. He needs to improve his approach to hitting, contact and attitude. He's still the Mets top OF prospect. Keep an eye on Wayne Lydon (CF) and Jon Slack (LF).

Short Season Leagues


Roberto Solano (CF) possesses the best tools of the returning short-season OF prospects. He remains a bit raw and needs a lot of work to realize his potential. Tyler Davidson (RF) has the best upside of the other OF prospects in the short-season leagues. He's 6'6", 240 lbs. and runs well with a strong arm. Despite 3 years of college , he has a lot of work on his swing before he can be considered a top prospect. If he can harness his bat, he has the best power potential of any prospect...short-season or long. The short-season leagues will be supplemented with 4 or 5 prospects from the Mets Latin summer league teams. Randy Winn is the Mets best potential draft and follow outfield prospect.

Norfolk Tides - Mets may likely seek a veteran OF. Fletcher Bates might fill in. He's a career minor leaguer.

Player (Position)

Age

Stats (BA, HR, RBI)

Comments

Kirk Asche (RF)

25

(.242, 12, 56)

Marginal prospect at best.

Prentice Redman (LF)

23

(.283, 11, 63)

Projects to 4th or 5th OF. Potential late bloomer if he develops power, but Floyd blocks LF. He's a terrific fielder and base runner.

Esix Snead# (CF)

26

(.253, 3, 42)

Marginal prospect. (.308, 1, 3) in 13 AB with Mets.

Matthew Watson* (LF)

24

(.279, 12, 67)

Might develop into a good pinch hitter. Makes excellent contact, but is not a good base runner or fielder. Strong finish, EL's player of month for August.

Binghamton Mets - The Mets plan to give both Pagan and Duncan an opportunity to play at Binghamton this season. That's hardly a sure thing. Since the Mets don't have much in the way of alternatives for this level, should both Pagan and Duncan begin at AA, it opens opportunities for others at St. Lucie and Capital City.

Player (Position)

Age

Stats (BA, HR, RBI)

Comments

Ronald Acuna (RF)

23

(.293, 2, 57)

While the Mets like him, his lack of power makes him a marginal prospect. Re-signed as ML FA. Excellent defense and base runner.

Charles "Jeff" Duncan* (CF)

23

(.373, 6, 27)

Late bloomer, good patience, XBA of .107, defense, base runner and base stealer. Only had 252 AB due to injuries and playing behind Lawson at Cap City.

Angel Pagan# (CF)

21

(.288, 2, 43)&

Excellent tools. Has yet to show projected power. Excellent speed and defense. Bats better from right side.

Marvin Seale# (LF)

23

(.247, 8, 57)

Marginal prospect.

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.  Also, there's a good chance that Angel Pagan or Jeff Duncan will begin at St. Lucie.

Player (Position)

Age

Stats (BA, HR, RBI)

Comments

Frank Corr (LF)

24

(.279, 11, 60)&

Marginal prospect.

Noel Devarez (RF)

24

(.247, 5, 30)&

Not a prospect.

Forrest Lawson (RF)

21

(.262, 2, 41)

Toolsy player whom the Mets like. Until breaking his hand, he was starting at Columbia in 2002. Injury opened the door for Duncan. Nonetheless, 2002 was by far Lawson's best season.

Wayne Lydon# (CF)

21

(.294, 0, 46)

Marginal prospect until he develops more power and improves ability to make contact. Only had 14 extra-base hits in 473 AB. Needs to improve contact.

Bobby Malek* (RF)

21

(.207, 0, 10)

Had TJ surgery. Might begin in Extended ST and a short trip to Capital City.

John Toner (RF)

23

(.293, 12, 40)

Marginal prospect at best.

Capital City Bombers

Player (Position)

Age

Stats (BA, HR, RBI)

Comments

Elvin Andujar (RF)

22

(.246, 9, 30)

Excellent tools but a marginal prospect due to age and lack of discipline.

Ender Chavez* (CF)

22

(.278, 0, 12)

Good plate discipline and speed, but not enough power to be more than a marginal prospect.

Jamar Hill (LF)

20

(.295, 8, 31)

Came on late in season. Very good tools. Exhibited good eye with 22 BB in 200 AB. (K/BB) ratio could be improved at (22/48). He had a good XBA of .111. Also, can play 3B.

Jonathan Slack* (LF)

21

(.245, 1, 11)

Speedster. If capable of playing CF, then he's a solid prospect, but questions remain about whether he can play CF.

Alhaji Turay (RF)

20

(.327, 4, 19)

Despite disciplining, and lack of plate discipline, he remains the OF prospect with the highest ceiling.

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 Davidson (RF)

22

-

Suffered wrist fracture and didn't play. Good tools, lots of power, but swing needs lots of work.

William Garcia# (CF)

21

(.250, 2, 24)

Marginal prospect.

Rashard Parker (CF)

22

-

Signed late, was injured and didn't play.

Derran Watts (CF)

22

(.257, 2, 20)

Toolsy player with excellent gap power.  Could be a late bloomer.

Laron Wilson (LF)

22

(.216, 1, 2)

Only played in 13 games and mostly at 1B. He was primarily an OF at Longwood College. A good mix of speed and power.

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

Antonio Cerda* (RF)

19

(.227, 2, 21)

Good tools with strong arm. Appears to have suffered minor injuries.

Eleasiab Cohen# (LF)

19

(.243, 3, 13)

Had a better season in 2001. Did improve plate discipline.

Jesus Gamera (CF)

19

(.273, 7, 31)

Improved a lot over 2001, but plate discipline lagged.

Miguel Garcia* (CF)

-

(.282, 1, 31)

Improved plate discipline and gap power. Good base stealer.

Justin Sassanella* (CF)

19

-

An athletic, but raw talent who spent 2002 on the restricted list.


· left-handed hitter
· # switch hitter
· & combined totals from more than 1 league.
· age as of 4/3/03.
· XBA - extra-base hit batting average (2B+3B+HR)/AB.



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