Friday, July 27, 2012

2012 Mets Prospect Report: Week 16 (7/19 - 7/25)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Michael Fulmer, SP (A) - 11.0 IP, 1-0, 0.82 ERA, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 15 K

For a franchise where prospect hype often significantly outpaces prospect performance, it's amazing that Fulmer (2011, 1st round supplemental, 44th overall) hasn't gotten more attention. I suppose the presence of more advanced top pitching prospects Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey, coupled with the surprisingly engaging play of the big league club in the first half, has allowed Fulmer to go about his business free from the NY microscope. Regardless, the 19-year-old (who won't turn 20 until next March) is leading the South Atlantic League with a 2.51 ERA and ranks 2nd with a 1.07 WHIP. And, just like you'd hope with a prospect, he seems to get better every time he takes the hill. The Mets may be content to let Fulmer finish out his stellar debut in Savannah or they may bump him up to St. Lucie for a sample fo the Advanced A fare he'll (hoefully) be feasting on next April. Either way, this kid's a keeper, and easily one of the best stories on the Mets' farm this year.

Honorable Mention:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

2012 Mets Prospect Report: Week 15 (7/12 - 7/18)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Jeurys Familia, SP (AAA) - 14.1 IP, 1-0, 0.63 ERA, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 15 K

Now that's more like it. After making gigantic strides as a prospect last year in Advanced A and AA, Familia (2007, international) has taken a step back in 2012, particularly with his control. In fairness, he's been one of the youngest players in AAA all year, but the 6.2 BB/9 he'd given up through 75 innings as of 2 weeks ago was (and remains) troubling nonetheless. However in his past 3 starts, including the two he made this past week, the big righthander has simply been much, much better in every aspect of his game. The optimistic take is that he spent the first 3 months of the season ironing out the kinks and now he's ready to dominate. The realistic take is that 3 good starts doesn't erase 3 lousy months. Either way, it's great to see Familia string some success together. As a member of the Mets' 40-man roster, Familia could be ticketed for a September call-up, especially if the rest of his July & August go as well as this past week did.

Honorable Mention:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

2012 Mets Prospect Report: Week 14 (7/5 - 7/11)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Logan Verrett, SP (A) - 9.0 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

It was a bit of a rough beginning to his pro career for Verrett (2011, 3rd round). He didn't pitch after signing last summer, and then he missed a month and a half at the beginning of the 2012 season, sidelined with a strained throwing shoulder. But he seemingly harnessed the energy of Tuesday night's Major League All-Star game to deliver a masturful complete game shutout for the Sand Gnats. Thanks to a caught stealing and a pair of double plays, Verrett faced just 4 over the minimum. On the year, Verrett has 52 strikeouts in 9 starts covering 50.2 innings against just 9 walks, suggesting that he's probably ready for the next challenge. Were it not for the injury, it's likely the 22-year-old righty would already be in St. Lucie by now.

Honorable Mention:

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Mets 2012 Draft Results

Players in bold have signed. Players have until Friday, July 13th to sign.

RndPickPlayerPosSchool (Class, if college)BA Top 500
112Gavin CecchiniSSBarbe HS, Louisiana16
1s35Kevin PlaweckiCPurdue (Junior)67
271Matt Reynolds3BArkansas (Junior)147
275Teddy StankiewiczRHPFt Worth Christian HS, Texas137
3107Matt KochRHPLouisville (Junior)61
4140Branden KaupeSSBaldwin HS, HawaiiNot Ranked
5170Brandon WelchRHPPalm Beach CC, Florida135
6200Jayce Boyd1BFlorida State (Junior)394
7230Corey OswaltRHPMadison HS, California311
8260Tomas NidoCOrangewood Christian HS, Florida303
9290Richie Rodriguez2BEastern Kentucky (Senior)Not Ranked
10320Paul SewaldRHPSan Diego (Senior)Not Ranked
11350Logan TaylorRHPEastern Oklahoma St JC, Oklahoma312
12380Robert WhalenRHPHaines City HS, FloridaNot Ranked
13410Matthew BowmanRHPPrinceton (Junior)Not Ranked
14440Chris FlexenRHPNewark Memorial HS, California306
15470Nicholas GrantRHPMilford HS, DelawareNot Ranked
16500Myles SmithRHPMiami Dade CC, Florida358
17530Stefan SabolCOrange Coast CC, California293
18560Paul PaezLHPRio Hondo CC, CaliforniaNot Ranked
19590Tyler VanderheidenRHPSamford (Senior)Not Ranked
20620Timothy PetersonRHPKentucky (Junior)Not Ranked
21650Gary WardLHPBethel (Senior)Not Ranked
22680Tejay AntoneRHPLegacy HS, TexasNot Ranked
23710Connor BaitsRHPPoint Loma HS, California281
24740Andrew MassieRHPDyer County HS, TennesseeNot Ranked
25770Leon Byrd2BCypress Ranch HS, TexasNot Ranked
26800Chris Shaw1BLexington HS, MassachusettsNot Ranked
27830Zach ArnoldCFranklin County HS, KentuckyNot Ranked
28860Jacob MarksRHPSt. Clair SS, Ontario (Canada)Not Ranked
29890Austin BarrCCamas HS, Washington234
30920Dustin CookRHPHargrave HS, TexasNot Ranked
31950Vance VizcainoSSWakefield HS, North CarolinaNot Ranked
32980Jon Leroux1BNortheastern (Junior)Not Ranked
331010Jared PriceRHPTwin Valley HS, Pennsylvania232
341040Mikey WhiteSSSpain Park HS, Alabama183
351070Brad MarkeyRHPSanta Fe CC, Florida465
361100Donovan WaltonSSBishop Kelley HS, OklahomaNot Ranked
371130Benny DistefanoCLawrence E Elkins HS, TexasNot Ranked
381160Jeff Reynolds3BHarvard (Senior)Not Ranked
391190Patrick Ervin2BPace HS, FloridaNot Ranked
401220David GonzalezRHPGainesville HS, Georgia348

RndPlayerSigning BonusPool AllotmentDifferenceOfficial
1Gavin Cecchini$2,300,000$2,550,000-$250,000Yes
1sKevin Plawecki$1,400,000$1,467,400-$67,400Yes
2Matt Reynolds$525,000$723,600-$198,600Yes
3Matt Koch$425,000$445,400-$20,400Yes
4Branden Kaupe$225,000$323,900-$98,900Yes
5Brandon Welch$200,000$242,600-$42,600Yes
6Jayce Boyd$150,000$181,700-$31,700Yes
7Corey Oswalt$475,000$146,600+$328,400Yes
8Tomas Nido$250,000$136,900+$113,100Yes
9Richie Rodriguez$10,000$127,900-$117,900Yes
10Paul Sewald$1,000$125,000-$124,000Yes
11Logan Taylor$150,000$100,000+$50,000Yes
12Robert Whalen$100,000$100,000+$0Yes
13Matthew Bowman<$100,000N/A+$0Yes
14Chris Flexen$374,400$100,000+$274,400Yes
17Stefan Sabol$100,000$100,000+$0Yes
19Tyler Vanderheiden<$100,000N/A+$0Yes
20Timothy Peterson<$100,000N/A+$0Yes
24Andrew Massie<$100,000N/A+$0Yes
32Jon Leroux<$100,000N/A+$0Yes
38Jeff Reynolds<$100,000N/A+$0Yes

Big hat tip to the Pro Sports Daily forum for tracking signing news. Also to @nymets945, @PSLToFlushing, and @WexlerRules who have been sniffing out Mets signings on twitter & the web. Also to @KendallRogersPG who has tweeted several of these signing bonuses.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

2012 Mets Prospect Report: Week 13 (6/28 - 7/4)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Matt Harvey, SP (AAA) - 13.0 IP, 1-1, 1.38 ERA, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 15 K

Harvey (2010, 1st round, 7th overall) is on quite a roll. He's gone at least 5 innings in each of his past 5 starts, going 6 twice and 7 twice. He's had at least 6 Ks and no more than 2 BB in each start, and has surrendered 8 total runs over that span. Harvey's first start this week (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) was dominant, whereas his second (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) was merely very good. Make no mistake, he has made major strides, particularly with his control, as the season has progressed. For reasons of service time, 40-man roster space, and his development, I'm sure the Mets would love to keep the 23-year-old in Buffalo as long as is feasible. But if one of the starters in the Mets' rotation were to land on the Disabled List, Harvey would have to be considered an option for the call-up.

Honorable Mention: