Baseball America released their top ten Mets mid-season prospect list and it does present some surprises. Though it doesn’t appear to be because they actually scouted the players and simply went with their preseason list minus graduates.
- Amed Rosario
- Dominic Smith
- Brandon Nimmo
- Gavin Cecchini
- Desmond Lindsay
- Robert Gsellman
- Wuilmer Becerra
- Luis Guillorme
- Marcos Molina
- Gabriel Ynoa
The upper four of the list appears to be in concert with most other recent publications. The rest of the list is well, confusing at best.
The upside is there that you can look past the fact that Lindsay has missed more games than he has played as a professional. With the bump in velocity he has shown, Gsellman is among the top ten as well, especially being so close to the majors. Becerra has done a good job prioritizing contact, but there is no mention of his shoulder (and it’s possible correlation to his power outage) in the article.
That Matt Eddy apparently penalized Luis Carpio (his preseason #7) for season ending surgery, yet has Lindsay (#8) pass him and Molina dropped from #6 to #9 doesn’t seem to be very consistent.
While I am a huge fan of both Guillorme and Ynoa, (preseason #12 & 13 respectively) it appears as he took his preseason list and just moved them up, by-passing Jhoan Urena based on the stat line. Truth be told, Guillorme is a slick fielding slap hitter, and Ynoa a starting pitch without an out pitch, both potential major league players, just not top 10 prospects. (Except in the Angels or Marlins system, where they may be top 5.)
Andres Gimenez, Ali Sanchez, Tomas Nido, (leading FSL in batting and third among all catchers in minor league baseball, and second in SLG), and Thomas Szapucki (and his Chapman’esqe k rate) deserve to be a part of the conversation.
I expect more from Baseball America, it’s writers and journalists should be better than everyone else. The insight and analysis should be what other publications strive for.
For comprehensive (maybe slightly biased) Mets minor league coverage check out MetsMinors.Net where we will be unveiling our mid-season top 50 prospects, starting with numbers 50-41 on Friday morning.