In addition to releasing their annual top organizational prospects list, Baseball America also does a synopsis of who has the best tools in each organization.
I always enjoy looking this particular list over because it gives me a better sense of not only who the Mets prospects are, but also what their biggest strengths are. For example, I’ve always heard about what a great hitter Fernando Martinez was, but I never knew that the scouts viewed him as the Mets’ best power hitting prospect. For some strange reason I always thought Mike Carp would have been the best hitter for power…
I am a little surprised that Eddie Kunz, who we’ve heard so much about, is not featured in any category. I guess that all this list represents is just another way to look at our prospects. I could see a great all-around athlete getting left off the list simply because he may not be the best in any of these attributes. That’s why it’s better to look at this along with Baseball America’s Top 20 Prospects list, to get a more complete picture.
Best Hitter for Average: Fernando Martinez
Best Power Hitter: Fernando Martinez
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Ruben Tejeda
Fastest Baserunner: Carlos Gomez
Defensive Catcher: Mike Nickeas
Best Defensive Infielder: Jose Coronado
Best Infield Arm: Wilmer Flores
Best Defensive Outfielder: Carlos Gomez
Best Outfield Arm: Carlos Gomez
Best Fastball: Brant Rustich
Best Curveball: Philip Humber
Best Slider: Kevin Mulvey
Best Changeup: Deolis Guerra
Best Control: Dylan Owen
Best Athlete: Carlos Gomez
I’m starting to wonder why almost all the Mets trade rumors I hear about, seem to include Carlos Gomez. If he is the best athlete we have, is it wise to dangle him in almost every trade rumor?