New York Mets: Minor Leaguers Starting to Shine

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New York Mets: Minor Leaguers Starting to Shine
Adam Rubin at the Daily News profiles Nick Evans, Mike Carp, and my favorite of the three Dan Murphy.

On Evans: “He’s a very good athlete, very good potential as a player,” Mets VP Tony Bernazard said about Evans, a fifth-round pick by the Mets in 2004 out of high school in Phoenix. “The ball jumps off his bat. He has a lot of power potential. He can hit the ball in the gaps. He’s very smart, a leader-type player. A quiet leader.”

On Carp: Mike Carp – the league’s reigning Player of the Week, who had an off-year in 2007 that resulted in being snubbed for an invite to big-league spring training – ranked fifth in all of minor-league baseball with a .448 average through Friday.

On all three: During the opening month in the Eastern League, teams use the DH, which has allowed the Mets to mostly use Carp in that role, while Evans largely plays first and Murphy mostly third. Bernazard said the plan is to expose each of those players to multiple positions – with Murphy and Evans alternating between first and third and Carp mostly playing first and the outfield.

It is great to see that Carp finally has his power back after an extremely long drought. Carp is the youngest of the three and before injuring his foot last year, he was the top first base prospect. Evans has the most power 286 with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 378 at-bats in the pitching-rich Florida State League last season. Dan Murphy is my favorite prospects out of the three. I don't know why but I really like him. He is the oldest and probably has the least upside of all three (but all three can play). I like him because he was able to come out of college and successfully play in high A ball his first season. The only problem is his defense. He has already made 5 errors at third base and will most likely need to switch positions.

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