I asked Kyle DeBussey from Mets Prospects a few questions last week about some of the Mets prospects. Here is what he had to say…
Q – When all is said and done, which pitcher will have had the better career, Mike Pelfrey or Philip Humber? Why?
A – Mike Pelfrey will have a better career simply because Phillip Humber is so injury prone. In Humber’s short career he has already needed Tommy John Surgery. I expect Pelfrey in the years to come to be a number 2 starter and believe he will continue to improve.
Q – What can we expect from Mike Carp and when the time comes, will Carlos Delgado be re-signed by the Mets, or will Mike Carp take over for him at first base in 2009?
A – It is hard to say at this time if the Mets will resign Carlos Delgado. You can expect some good hitting from Mike Carp. He has power to all fields which is rarely seen at someone of his age. At this point, Carp is lacking defensively. His throws and glove are not always there. If Mike Carp continues to increase offensively and progresses defensively he might be looking at the future Mets First Base starting position.
Q – We hear so much about Carlos Gomez and Fernando Martinez lately and how they will both be in the outfield of the future for the New York Mets. Considering that Carlos Beltran still has 5 years left on his contract, and that Lastings Milledge is also supposed to be the future of the team, what do you think the outfield look like in 2010 and why?
A – The Mets 2010 outfield is really up in the air. Carlos Beltran is almost a definite to still be the Mets starting Center Fielder due to the years left on his contract. Lastings Milledge will probably be the starting right fielder if he continues to improve and he will also have more experience than Gomez or Martinez. I hate to say it but it really looks like the Mets will end up trading either Carlos Gomez or Fernando Martinez for a solid young pitcher. My guess is it will be Gomez. Gomez is more likely to be traded because he is closer to the majors and is looked at as a Jose Reyes type player with a better build and perhaps more power. If Fernando Martinez lives up to his potential, he will be the Mets Starting Left fielder.
Q – It seems like the Mets somehow got the curse of the Bambino at second base (Baerga, Alomar, Matsui). I don’t believe that Anderson Hernandez is the answer at second base, do the Mets have any second base prospects on the horizon in their minor league system?
A – Anderson Hernandez is really it. If he improves his bat I would be fine with him at second base. Remember that amazing catch he had last year. The only other option was Jeff Kepinger who they traded away last year.
Q – I loved Lastings Milledge from the time he first came up and hit that homerun and high-fived the fans. I also think he got a raw deal from the media. Do you think Lastings Milledge will make an impact this season on the Mets?
A – I think Lastings Milledge will have a major impact this season and will gain the starting right field role. Green has not shown up to hit, and if this continues look at Milledge to step up. He recently shaved hit head and said, “I’ve got to get my grown man on.” Now that shows maturity.
Q – How would you rank the top five prospects in the Mets Minor Leagues?
Thanks again for your time Kyle. You can check out more from Kyle at Mets Prospects.
The Mets lost again today by a score of 2-0 to the Detroit Tigers. The Mets offense took the day off, but John Maine and Mike Pelfrey both had solid performances. Sooner or later the Mets are going to have to talk about the big purple dinosaur in the Mets dugout. (Sorry Barney). Is Mike Pelfrey going to be named to the starting rotation or what? In 10 innings pitched this spring, he has only given up one run, and it was a wind aided homer by Marcus Thames in today’s game. Stay tuned…