Arizona Fall League begins today ….

Fall League opens for Mets youth

Fall League opens for Mets youth

Much of the prizes in what is known as the Mets’ barren minor league cupboard will start playing in the Arizona Fall League today and runs through Nov. 13.

Those Mets participating include:

RHP Jenrry Mejia: Here’s the Mets’ best pitching prospect, the one teams first ask for when calling the Mets about trades. He can bring it, but the Mets want him to develop his curveball. Like with Mike Pelfrey, developing a secondary pitch is essential.

RHP Scott Moviel: Moviel is going as he missed most of the first half of the season with an injury. At 21, he’s still young enough to fit into the prospect category, but progress needs to be made. He gave up 61 hits and walked 24 in 64 1/3 innings, not a good ratio.

LHP Eric Niesen: Niesen finished his season at Class AA Binghamton by going 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA. Assuming Jon Niese will be either with the Mets or not ready, he should be Class AAA Buffalo’s projected No. 1.

RHP Josh Stinson: This guy can throw, with 35 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings for St. Lucie and 49 punch outs in 42 1/3 innings for Savannah. He’s still years away.

2B Reese Havens: The hope is Havens will be ready to step in at second when Luis Castillo goes in two years.

1B Ike Davis: He’s the Mets’ best hitting prospect, perhaps even better than Fernando Martinez. He definitely is a greater power threat. The assumption is he’ll step in at Class AAA Buffalo and be ready to move in after next season. That’s why there shouldn’t be such a rush to sign a name player to replace Daniel Murphy.

SS Ruben Tejada: He’s the best interior infield prospect in the minor leagues, but not ready for prime time. He’ll land at Class AAA Buffalo. It would be a push to think he’d be ready if Jose Reyes isn’t healthy.

LF Lucas Duda: Duda has power, but a problem against left-handed pitching. He’s also 23, an age where he should be a lot higher on the ladder.

6 thoughts on “Arizona Fall League begins today ….

  1. It is hard to fathom that a Mets prospect can be a full time every day player or 2nd starter based on what we saw come up this year. To me this is the biggest indictment of the Minaya regime and why he had to go. The Dominican pipeline of talent we were promised as a benefit to signing Pedro has been a total failure and not even brought up.

  2. Niesen is that good?

    Aren’t there other pitchers who are supposed to be good? I fogot their names, will have to look it up.

    Isn’t there a winter ball too? I have been reading the blogs and it seems we have a handful of players who have been playing.

  3. Holt is another young guy who has a lot of promise.

    There are a few others at low A that have a possible future as well.

    Please, please, do NOT put Meija in the bullpen. Leave him in the minors to work on his curve and change.

  4. (1) Keep in mind that most of the Dominican players are signed at 16, 17 yrs old. So now, the earliest guys are 20, 21. Tell me, how many 20, 21 yr old IMPACT players do you see in the majors?

    Wilmer Flores is still 18. Pena is the same. Meija is still young.
    Patience is needed.

    The bigger issue is the abysmal US drafting that has taken place. How many picks were wasted on relievers (Eddie Kunz anyone?)
    How many picks were wasted on guys who were not signed? I count 2 from this year, and almost a 3rd (at least they signed Matz).

    The 2010 draft is HUGE. The #7 pick is protected. They need to pick the best player available. And then pay him.