A member of the Mets' organization since 2002, the St. Lucie pitcher entered the system in 2002 as a catcher. Five years later, he found himself back in the Florida State League, this time as a pitcher. Hietpas' career may not have unfolded how he anticipated when he was a rookie, but that has not slowed his desire.
September 1, 2007
Who should be the offensive stars for each minor league team? Who should be the top pitchers for each team? Who should be the comeback player for each team? Who is ready for a breakout season? In a quick team-by-team preview, here are the prospects to look out for in 2006.
April 11, 2006
Over the next couple of months we'll be dissecting the top ten prospects in many different tools' categories in a series of articles called "Tool Time". Before we do, here is a look at the top pitching, offensive and defensive tools as we crown players with titles such as "Best Curveball", "Best Throwing Arm", "Best Power", and many more.
January 24, 2006
Not many farm systems have seen the kind of shuffle in one offseason like the Mets have this past winter. After releasing our preliminary Top 50 Mets' Prospects rankings in November, combined with the recent subtractions of several prospects, here's our updated Top 50 Mets' Prospects rankings as listed in our upcoming annual "Prospect Guide", the February issue of Inside Pitch Magazine.
January 20, 2006
Combining the Mets and Yankees prospects into one large talent pool, here are the Top 100 New York prospects. Making a couple adjustments from our original Top 50 Mets' prospects to accomodate the losses and additions from this offseason, here are the prospects ranked 61-80 in the second installment of our five-part series.
January 18, 2006
The New York Mets selected catcher Joseph Hietpas with their 16th round draft choice in the 2001 draft out of Northwestern University and has earned a reputation in the Mets' farm system as one of the best defensive catchers in professional baseball. It's his defensive prowess behind the dish that has ranked Hietpas #43 among the Top 50 Mets' prospects.
November 29, 2005