Last years top draft pick for the New York Mets, first baseman Ike Davis, got a special mention in this weeks Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet.
The Mets used the 18th overall pick in last year’s draft to select Arizona State 1B Ike Davis mostly on the strength of his power projection. The key word is “projection,” because the 6-foot-5 lefthanded batter provided precious little power in the short-season New York-Penn League in his debut, batting .256 with zero home runs in 58 games. With high Class A St. Lucie this season, the 22-year-old Davis has just four home runs, but his 16 doubles are tops in the Florida State League. He did launch two homers this week, however, in batting .350/.458/.800 (7-for-20) with a double, a triple, six RBIs and a 4-to-3 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
We really haven’t heard much from Davis due mostly in part to a tough first season where he failed to register even one homerun. So it feels good to actually see some positive news on him.
One name that we write a lot about on Mets Merized, is righthander Brad Holt who as we reported last week, was promoted to Class-AA Binghamton. Holt made his AA debut last night and had a solid outing, he gave up 3 runs (2 earned, due to his own error) on 2 hits and 3 walks in 6.1 innings. He is moving quickly and maybe even faster than Mike Pelfrey did. I am not ruling out the possibility that Holt could find his way into the Mets rotation as soon as this season.
Finally, Josh Thole continues to light it up at Binghamton. The young catcher of the future for the Mets is scorching the ball with a .354 batting average and .903 OPS. His on-base percentage is .423 and he leads the team in hits, doubles and total bases. That’s another player we like and are keeping a close eye on.