Baseball America has ranked the Mets’ minor league system 20th in the majors, ahead of only Washington in the NL East. The Phillies are fourth, Braves seventh and Marlins ninth. The Nationals are at 26.
The Phillies are deep, meaning they have the chips to spend on a major league arm, such as Roy Halladay, if they chose. If Toronto goes outside the division, I’m still saying the Phillies will get him.
Baseball America did rank the prospects Ike Davis and Jenrry Mejia among the top ten prospects in the Arizona Fall League.
Despite horrid numbers, the scouts love Mejia’s arm strength. Still, he’s at least two years away. The Mets see Davis in 2011 and that’s conceivable. Scouts are saying he has 30 homer potential, but they don’t like his propensity for striking out, saying it will drag down the rest of his game.
The Mets do have a good prospect and his name is Ike Davis, who was named to the Arizona Fall League’s 2009 Rising Stars Game.
Davis is batting .340 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 12 games with the Surprise Rafters in the AFL. This, after hitting .298 with 20 home runs and 71 RBI between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2009.
Baseball America rated him the best first-base prospect in the Double-A Eastern League and 13th-best prospect overall.
Of course, there are no sure things, but the Mets have reason to be optimistic. We could see him sometime this summer, but the target is 2011.
Given that, it makes more sense to throw money at an outfielder instead of a first baseman. The Mets don’t want to spend their minor league chips on that position, especially when they have one developing. The Mets don’t want to do anything that would impede Davis’ path to the major leagues, such as signing a first baseman to a long deal.
Daniel Murphy showed enough where he could plug the hole for another season. If they aren’t happy with Murphy, and there are no indications that is the case, then signing a middle-tier FA like Aubrey Huff would be the way to go.
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