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New York Mets top prospect Travis d'Arnaud.
One of the top catching prospects in baseball, Travis d'Arnaud is the Mets' catcher-in-waiting and it will only be a matter of time before his major league debut will occur. Until then, John Buck will be the Mets' starting catcher for now.
d'Arnaud has a career .286 minor league average, and if his major league transition goes well, he could possibly turn into a .300 hitter. d'Arnaud's best minor league season was in 2011, when he hit 21 home runs and drove in 78 RBI in just 114 games. Over the course of a full major league season, d'Arnaud could reach 25 home runs and 90 RBI as long as he stays healthy.
d'Arnaud has been above average defensively as well. He has a minor league career .990 fielding percentage behind the plate, plus a 25% caught stealing percentage across six seasons. d'Arnaud's defense though has improved in the last three years, with around a 29% caught stealing percentage since 2010.
All in all, the Mets and their fans should be very excited for d'Arnaud's much anticipated major league debut, which should occur sometime this season.
Wilmer Flores has been one of the Mets' top infield prospects for years, but now that David Wright will remain a Met for the next eight years, Flores will be blocked from being able to play third base at the major league level. As a result, he has been learning second base.
Defensively, Flores—a natural shortstop—might not find a permanent position in the field just yet. But his hitting has made up for that. Between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton last year, Flores enjoyed his best minor league season so far. He hit a combined .300 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI. He also hit 30 doubles and had an .827 OPS.
Flores' bat will keep him as one of the Mets' top infield prospects. However, with Wright entrenched at third base, plus other young infielders in Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada playing every day at first base, second base and shortstop, Flores may not have an easy journey to the major leagues and could possibly become a trade chip at the right price.
Second baseman Reese Havens was once regarded as a top prospect, but injuries have had a significant impact on his career. At this point, Havens is trying to regain the credibility he once had, all while trying to stay healthy.
Havens has yet to play a full season (100 games) in the minor leagues. When healthy, though, he has produced. After batting .247 in 97 games in 2009, Havens batted .312 in 32 games in 2010 and .288 in 61 games in 2011. However, in a more healthy 2012 season, Havens' average slipped to just .215, which will not help him advance through the Mets' minor league system.
Havens' defense has not been much better. He made 21 errors in 2009, 10 errors each in 2010 and 2011 and nine errors in 2012. If he is going to advance through the Mets' system any further, Havens will have to not only stay healthy, but also improve both his hitting and defense significantly.