MMO Exclusive: 10 Mets Prospects Who Will Debut In 2013
Excited about the which prospects we’ll be making their major league debuts this season for the Mets? Here are ten players we believe will answer the call to duty at Citi Field in 2013.
1. Zack Wheeler: The 6’4 Georgia native may be the most anticipated Mets pitcher to debut since Doc Gooden. He will slot into the back-end of the rotation after his promotion, but has the ability and potential to be the best pitcher on the staff by seasons end. His aggressive pitching style, and plus fastball and curve-ball will translate to a lot of missed bats. It’s scary to think that his debut could be better than Matt Harvey’s.
2. Travis d’Arnaud: This exciting young catcher is the complete package and could become the Mets’ future number five hitter according to Sandy Alderson. The former first round pick of the Phillies has the ability to hit for a great average with pop, and on top of that he is a natural behind the plate. His defense sets him apart, as he is agile, athletic and has a good arm. Some people worry about his injuries, and without them he likely would have debuted for the Blue Jays last season and also never have been available.
3. Matt den Dekker: The 25-year-old centerfielder should finally make his debut in this season barring an injury. Den Dekker has the skills defensively to play a major role this season already, but his bat still trails his glove. If he is not on the opening day roster, he could be the first outfielder to get the call when the Mets come knocking.
4. Juan Lagares: This DR import opened the eyes of many in the Mets organization with his performance in 2011, batting .349/.383/.500 in 505 plate appearances. His right-handed bat would come in useful and if he’s deemed ready, he could earn a promotion to Flushing. His bat will do the talking once he gets the call.
5. Jack Leathersich: How many lefty relievers do you know that mow down 112 batters over 72 innings of work? The 22-year-old’s strikeout ability screams future closer potential, or at the very least a setup man. Josh Edgin may have impressed many in 2012, but Leathersich has the potential to blow our socks off.
6, Cory Mazzoni: The 6’1 right-hander is on the fast track to Flushing. He pitched lights out for St. Lucie, but struggled a bit when he got promoted to Double-A last season. Mazzoni has three pitches, a fastball, slider, and splitter, none of which grade out better than average. As a result he could be shifted to the bullpen and earn a call up sometime this summer, or at the very least as a September call up.
7. Darin Gorski: Converting to a reliever could be one way that Gorski makes it to the Mets. He is a soft tossing lefty, and by the time his is ready there won’t be any spots left in the rotation. His excellent change-up will offset his fastball very nicely, and should translate to a solid lefty reliever. Recently, Gorski was rated as having the best change-up and control in the Mets minor league system by Baseball America.
8. Wilmer Flores: The 6-foot-3 Venezuelan native impressed at the plate last season, cranking 18 home runs with 30 doubles while batting .300/.349/.479 across two levels. Since Flores is a bit awkward on the defensive side of things, his ticket to the show will be his bat. Yesterday, Paul DePodesta said he is very impressed with the way Flores has handled second base, but there’s an off chance he gets some reps in left field to add to his versatility.
9. Jake deGrom: The lanky righthander has displayed a plus fastball and above average slider that could pave the way for a speedy promotion to the bigs, He ranked third in the Mets system in ERA last season finishing the year at Double-A. He’s 24 already and lost time due to Tommy John Surgery, but his two potential plus pitches will keep the door open for him to be a future starter although his debut may come in the the bullpen.
10. Armando Rodriguez: In 458 innings, spanning six seasons in the minors, Rodriguez has given up just 376 hits while striking out 475 batters and posting a 3.14 ERA. Rodriguez is 25-years-old and finally made it to Triple-A late last season. He could be one of the first call-ups to the Mets bullpen this season if they need help.
What do you think? Did we leave anybody out? Speak your piece in the threads…
About the Author: Dan Valis
I am a staff writer for Mets Merized Online. I am a Mets team analyst with a focus on the minor league system, as well as the major league club. I am a lifelong New Yorker who was born and raised to be a Mets fan. The ups and downs of being a Mets fan is what makes following this team so much fun, but at times so frustrating. You can follow me on Twitter @BgAppleMetsTalk.
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