By Scott Barzilla

Bernie Madoff took the Mets mojo and it might be years before they get it back. Sandy Alderson is certainly a good executive, but it will be tough for even him to get this thing turned around. He certainly kept them in the hunt this season for a few months, but the lack of talent kept them from remaining in the hunt. He has hinted that changes were coming next season, but it would be better if they could get some help from within.

The Mets have some interesting prospects on the mound. Matt Harvey is already up and the scouts frequently argue between Harvey and Zack Wheeler for the top spot in the system. Since Harvey won’t be rookie eligible next season, that question is moot for our purposes. If both of them make it then the Mets will be in business.

   

Age

LV

How

BP

BA

MLB

POS

C Juan Centano

22

AA

D

NR

NR

NR

NR

1B Josh Satin

27

AAA

D

NR

NR

NR

NR

2B Reese Havens

25

AA

D

NR

9

7

10

3B Wilmer Flores

21

AA

I

16

10

6

9

SS Danny Muno

23

A+

D

NR

NR

15

NR

OF Brandon Nimmo

19

A-

D

4

3

4

NR

OF Cesar Puello

21

A+

I

9

5

5

NR

OF Juan Lagares

23

AA

I

5

NR

11

NR

P Zack Wheeler

22

AAA

T

2

1

1

10

Juan Centano– Catcher

The scouts all agree. Centano is not a big time prospect. It’s no big deal because Josh Thole actually is one of the bright spots from the Mets season so far. Still, no team should go into any season with only one legitimate catcher in the system. Centano is still certainly young enough to develop.

Josh Satin– First Base

Ike Davis has been a mixed bag over the last three seasons, but he has shown enough to move forward as the Mets first baseman of the present and future. Satin is more of a journeyman type that could stick as a utility player. He’s a nice guy to have in a system, but no one is going to confuse him for a real prospect at this point.

Reese Havens– Second Base

Havens is an enigma. He still ranks as a good second base prospect despite being 25 and still in AA. Daniel Murphy has been very good as a second baseman this season, so it is still questionable as to whether Havens is the second baseman of the future or just a backup plan for Murphy. He has good skills, but he has never been able to sustain it for an extended period of time.

Wilmer Flores– Third Base

What is David Wright’s future in New York? He has one more year on a his contract and appeared to be on a path for the MVP award this season, but over the past month he has come back to the path. So, is he a 100 million dollar contract kind of guy or is he more of a middle of the road kind of player? Flores is a top ten third base prospect, so he gives the Mets some options.

Danny Muno– Shortstop

Ruben Tejada has been another positive for the Mets this season when he has been healthy. Muno is not seen as much of a prospect by the likes of Kevin Goldstein and the folks at Baseball America. Still, he has some ability and may provide them with some options. Yet, this might be a place where the Mets can use some further development.

Brandon Nimmo– Outfield

The Mets’ season and future unraveled in the outfield. Jason Bay was a huge mistake and Andres Torres has been injury prone. Right field has been a revolving door as well. Nimmo is highly thought of across the board, but he is still very young and raw, so the Mets must be patient while the pretenders flounder around in the outfield.

Cesar Puello– Outfield

Puello is a slightly bigger name among prospect circles, but with bigger names comes bigger disagreements and more focus. He hasn’t done much this season because of injuries, but he has shown enough to demonstrate why some people think very highly of him. Like with Nimmo, Mets fans must be patient with him.

Juan Lagares– Outfield

Lagares had a very strong campaign last season, but he returned to AA and came back to the pack a little. He has some decent skills, but nothing flies off the table. Scouts are very divided on his future. Kevin Goldstein is pretty high on him, but he didn’t even register in the Baseball America prospect rankings for the Mets. So, we shall see who ends up being right.

Zack Wheeler– Pitcher

Matt Harvey has made his splash, so now it is Wheeler’s turn. Wheeler was the prize of the Carlos Beltran deal and should be a number two or number three pitcher at the big league level. Since Matt Harvey looks like the same the Mets can now only hope that Johan Santana returns to his former glory and then the Mets will have one of the better rotations in the National League.

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Barzilla

Scott Barzilla is the editor in chief at hardballchat.com. He is also the author of four books, including The Hall of Fame Index. The Hall of Fame Index was nominated for the Sporting News Award for statistical innovation in 2011.

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