As most of you know by now from reading the 50 or so Mets blogs that posted the trade, the Mets completed a minor deal on Saturday when they reacquired outfielder Angel Pagan from the Cubs in exchange for two Minor League players.
In the past, I would never even go through the trouble of deeply analyzing a deal such as this one, but when I consider how our other minor deals ended up last off season, I’m not taking any chances.
So, who exactly are these two minor league players, and was it worth giving up two of them for a player whose scouting report suggests a ceiling no higher than a major league reserve outfielder?
First let’s just see exactly what we got in Angel Pagan. The 26-year old is a versatile outfielder who can play all three outfield positions, has a little major league experience, and can provide some depth to the Mets outfield situation. In two seasons with the Cubs, Pagan started 69 games and appeared in 50 others. He batted .255 with nine homeruns and 39 RBIs in 318 at-bats, and stole eight bases. Basically, he performed like a solid fourth outfielder. Not bad…
The players we sent to the Cubs for Pagan were outfielder Corey Coles and relief pitcher Ryan Meyers.
Last season the 25-year old Corey Coles had a solid season in Triple-A batting .286 in 388 at-bats, with 11 stolen bases for New Orleans. In 2006, he led the Florida State League in batting with a .341 average and swiped 21 bases. He is a top of the order hitter with a solid batting eye, great speed and gap power. He is one of those rare kids who actually walks as much as he strikes out, and his career on-base percentage is .367. The left-handed hitter put together a 13-game hitting streak from Aug. 5-18, and also hit safely in 12 straight games from April 19-30, while recording 47 multi-hit games. Although he zipped through three levels from Port St. Lucie to New Orleans in 12 months, and made two All Star teams in the process, the Mets said he was not ready to contribute any time soon.
The other minor leaguer was 22-year old starter turned reliever Ryan Meyers. Meyers is a tall lanky right hander who turned in a spectacular season after being converted to a reliever. Last season he pitched in 33 games for Class-A Savannah and saved 13 games while posting an ERA of 2.14. He was absolutely dominating after allowing only 28 hits in 42 innings while striking out an impressive 48 batters. He only dished out 14 walks all season and batters hit only .185 against him. Prior to last season, Meyers had been very unimpressive as a starter for three years.
The only problem I have right now with this trade is that for a franchise who has seen their farm system take quite a few hits this off season for their lack of quality prospects, was it wise to trade two above average prospects for a guy who projects to be nothing more than a reserve outfielder?
You should know that the jury is split on just how good Coles and Meyers are. Some scouts love them, especially Meyers who is still young, raw and developing, while others say that both still have some more to prove before being tabbed as potential solid major leaguers. Of course that’s what they said about Heath Bell, Matt Lindstrom and Brian Bannister.
I won’t pass any judgment just yet, but let’s keep a close eye on all three of these players in this so-called minor deal.