As we lead up to both the start of the 2008 season and our “Diamond Cutter” top 100 prospects list, I will be taking a look at the top five prospects from every single Major League team. Each team will have its top five prospects along with a brief scouting report on each player that I have pulled from my scouting notes. Today I touch on our next team in the NL East with the New York Mets. As always, let me know how you feel about the rankings in the comments section below or via email.
1.) Fernando Martinez, OF: Martinez has a very good glove in center field and has potential to be something special at the plate too with his power potential and very good bat speed. While he only has above average speed, what makes him so special is his power to all fields and ability to drive the ball. No rush to move him to the majors anytime soon so this should help ease some pressure so he can develop in the next few years in the minors.
2.) Deolis Guerra, RHP: Has a very raw talent that will begin to be solidified as he gets older and gets more work in. Large frame at 6’5” and 200 lbs with a mid-90’s fastball, plus change-up, and improving curve. It is crucial the Mets don’t move too fast with this kid and just let him develop as he has all the potential in the world.
3.) Carlos Gomez, OF: Gomez looks to be an offensive threat due to his aggressive hitting approach and lighting quick speed. Incredibly fast and will wreak havoc along with Jose Reyes at the top of the lineup. He has shown a lot of talent in the outfield especially with this strong arm and excellent ability to cover a lot of ground. The Mets will have a very special outfield in the next few years with Gomez, Martinez, and Carlos Beltran.
4.) Kevin Mulvey, RHP: Mulvey has two solid pitches including a fastball (90-92 mph) and a changeup (82-84 mph which looks the same as his fastball coming out of his hand with very good movement). He also has a curveball and slider but neither are effective enough yet as an out pitch. It’s tough to tell exactly how he will progress, but I see him as a possible middle of the rotation type guy depending on if he can solidify a third pitch.
5.) Jon Niese, LHP: Niese has the ability to throw four different pitches for strikes. While his best pitch is his splitter, he needs to work more on bettering his changeup as well as his command on his low-90’s fastball. Until he can master these, he won’t be effective enough. If he can he will be special.
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