MMO Minors: Sleepers

An article by posted on February 7, 2013

To supplement the series of MMO’s Top 25 Prospects, I compiled a list of five names that I think really have the potential to break out or put together a strong season in 2013, and perhaps jump onto some prospect lists. They all showcase something that caught my eye, so I hope you enjoy them. At the bottom, you will see links to some honorable mentions who also displayed some promise.

Gilbert Gomez, OFGilbert Gomez 2

Height: 6’3
Weight: 190 LBS
Age: 20 (21 in March)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Gilbert Gomez signed with the Mets in 2008 as an IFA. He boasted a raw set of skills that had the potential to turn into five-tool talent down the line. Time has passed and things have not progressed as quickly as one might have expected. It is fair, however, to continue to believe in Gomez’s ability to turn things around considering he has flashed impressive maturity at the plate at times and shows overall athleticism no matter how you look at him. It was a down year for Gomez in 2012, while some of his best moments in our system came during an 85 Plate Appearance run in St. Lucie during the second half of 2011. He posted a .307/.388/.547 in his short time in St. Lucie, with 4 HRs and 4 SBs. It remains to be seen exactly what Gomez can do with his strong foundation, mature approach at the plate, and athletic frame, and this puts him in prime position to be named one of my potential breakout players.

Matt Koch, RHP Baseball v Rutgers Game 2

Height: 6’3
Weight: 185 LBS
Age: 22
Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Matt Koch was our 3rd round pick in 2012 and came out of college as a relief pitcher. Koch had some experience starting in college, but the repertoire that he possesses seems to lend itself to a back-end bullpen role eventually. I believe the Mets will eventually convert him to a full time reliever, but they did allow him two starts in Brooklyn last year over the course of his maiden run in the minors. It is always good to keep track of the power arms in our system, and Koch already rocks a fastball that sits at 92-95 MPH but hits 97 consistently in short outings. He has a good slider to back it up along with an inconsistent change-up. Koch’s mechanics also sit alright with me, and his delivery does not project to be any huge issue in my eyes. It would make sense to keep Koch as a full-time reliever and take advantage of a potential three pitch arsenal, while affording him some time to work on his off-speed offerings. If he puts it all together, he could move through our system quickly and he might end up on the back-end of a prospect list or two. He’s got a helluva long way to go for that to happen, but the potential is clearly there.

German Ahmed Rosario, SSGermán Ahmed Rosario

Height: 6’3
Weight: 170 LBS
Age: 16
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

The Mets shelled out $1.75 MM to Ahmed Rosario last year, which was the highest bonus they have ever paid out to an IFA. He was ranked 11th on BA’s list of International Prospects, so the signing was not out of nowhere. Depending on who you ask, you might hear some mixed things about Rosario, although he already has expectations placed on him based on the bonus he received. Rosario is a raw talent, but what else would you expect from a 16-year old? There are debates over many things involving him at this point, including whether he will stick at shortstop or whether his power will translate well. Overall, Rosario has many years before he will even come close to tasting the major leagues and he has years to add to his frame as well. With some scouts talking about his speed, power, and defense with glowing recommendation already though, it would not hurt to keep tabs on Ahmed Rosario throughout the next season – you never know what will happen.

Chris Flexen, RHP

Height: 6’3
Weight: 215 LBS
Age: 18
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

The Mets went overslot to sign Chris Flexen who ended up being their 14th round pick in 2012. Flexen was my favorite under-the-radar pick of the 2012 draft, as he could turn out to be a real steal. He already throws four pitches: a fastball, slider, curveball, and a changeup. I really do not like to go as far to write pitches off so early, even though some are with him. He is extremely young and has some untapped potential within that mix of pitches. On a pitch-to-pitch basis, the fastball runs in there at about 92 consistently and it is unlikely that it will improve much further velocity wise because Flex is already a big dude. His slider needs just a little work and it projects to be a pretty good pitch down the line. I want him to keep the curve and the change-up and work on both, but I know that is a little unrealistic… too early to write off either pitch in my eyes, though. I also have not mentioned that scouts often raved over Flex’s command, which is going to go a long way in determining how quickly he moves through the system. Bottom line, Chris Flexen is young and could work on a few things (needs to repeat his rotation with more consistency and potential injury risk if he does not), but his varied arsenal and good command could work wonders for him in our system.

Wuilmer Becerra, OFbecerra

Height: 6’4
Weight: 190 LBS
Age: 18
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

The oft-forgotten man in the RA Dickey trade, Wuilmer Becerra is a natural athlete and could end up being a real steal. Becerra was considered a non-elite prospect in the deal, and the young man saw his season end prematurely in 2012 after taking a pitch to the face. That being said, Becerra possess blistering speed that is best demonstrated in the outfield, where he tracks down balls pretty well. Considering that he still has some time to bulk and his arm is a little on the weaker side, it is likely he will find his home as a corner outfielder. Becerra has a bit too much of an uppercut on his swing, and this needs to be worked on before he makes significant offensive strides. That being said, he has shown raw power already and the plate discipline does exist. Although he should be afforded some time to recover from the tough HBP injury, Becerra could be in line for a nice year in our system and nobody would complain if we added a position player prospect to our pitching heavy list.

Well, that’s the final stamp on the series for now… if you have any MiLB questions or any MLB mailbag questions either, feel free to email me at SatishRam1193@aol.com. Here are a few promising athletes that may also be in line for solid years: Darrell Ceciliani, Miller Diaz, Juan Carlos Gamboa, Bradley Marquez (who might have made this list if he didn’t hurt himself playing football…) and Steven Matz.

MetsMerized Top 25 Prospects

1. Zack Wheeler
2. Travis d’Arnaud
3. Wilmer Flores
4. Noah Syndergaard
5. Michael Fulmer
6. Brandon Nimmo
7. Jeurys Familia
8. Domingo Tapia
9. Rafael Montero
10. Luis Mateo
11. Gavin Cecchini
12. Matt den Dekker
13. Cory Vaughn
14. Phillip Evans
15. Vicente Lupo
16. Jack Leathersich
17. Jacob deGrom
18. Rainy Lara
19. Kevin Plawecki
20. Hansel Robles
21. Juan Lagares
22. Cesar Puello
23. Cory Mazzoni
24. Aderlin Rodriguez
25. Danny Muno

Honorable Mentions

26. Gabriel Ynoa
27. Logan Verrett
28. Tyler Pill
29. Zach Lutz
30. Juan Centeno

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I am currently in my third semester of college in New York City. You can find me at www.facebook.com/SatishRam or @SilverHeatMMO. Feel free to message me - I love talking about the Mets or baseball overall with anybody.

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