The New York Mets' Top Five Prospects
The injury bug has officially hit the New York Mets, and it hit hard.
The Mets' disabled list is ever growing and consists of most of the Mets' core players:
Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, Oliver Perez, John Maine, JJ Putz, and many more.
With that, many of the analysts are starting to look at the Mets' minor league systems.
Earlier in the season, highly touted prospect Fernando Martinez got the call to the bigs. Martinez hasn't been phenomenal, but he's showing good signs.
The New York Mets have plenty of prospects like any other team, but some are more special than others.
Here is who I think are the Mets' top five prospects.
5. Right Handed Pitcher: Jenrry Mejia
You may or may not have heard about him, but you definitely will soon.
Mejia was born in the Dominican Republic and is only 19-years-old. Mejia is 6'0" and weighs around 162 lbs.
He's not the biggest kid, but he is said to have a muscular and powerful body.
Mejia has a crisp fastball that can reach 95 late in the game, and he also has a great changeup. Along with his fastball and changeup, he has an above average curveball and an average slider.
Mejia has been climbing up rapidly on top prospect boards, and he shows no signs of stopping. Mejia started off in A ball for the Mets, and he was 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 50.1 innings pitched.
The Mets called him up and he has had some recent struggles, but they are nothing to discourage anybody about his undeniable talent.
He has an 0-3 record in four games in AA and 3.74 ERA. Not too great, but he does have 24 strikeouts in 21.2 innings pitched.
There is no question that Mejia will keep progressing.
Pretty soon he will find himself in AAA and maybe even the bigs as early as September. Whatever the case is, look for this young fire baller to make a huge impact in the Mets' organization and soon the MLB.
4. Left Handed Pitcher: Jon Niese
The MLB got a little taste of Jon Niese last year, and Niese impressed.
After Niese got past his first batter in the bigs, it looked like he was home.
If you didn't know, Niese's first batter was Rickie Weeks, and he launched one into the seats off of Niese.
Niese bounced back his second start and put on quite a show, giving Mets fans something to talk about.
Niese doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he has just enough to get the job done. He has enough "stuff" that he was competing for the New York Mets' fifth spot in the rotation in Spring Training.
Niese was born on the same day that the New York Mets won the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, so he was meant to be a Met.
Niese has a good sized body for a pitcher; he is 6'3" and weighs 190 lbs.
He has a fastball that can reach 91-92 miles per hour, an above average curveball, and a an average changeup.
Niese's pitches will keep developing and he will soon have great stuff.
Niese is a very solid prospect in the Mets' organization, and he established himself as a sure thing for the Mets.
If the Mets experience another problem in their starting pitching rotation, then Niese would definitely be in the conversation to fill the spot.
3. Right Handed Pitcher: Brad Holt
In my opinion, Brad Holt is the most exciting prospect in the Mets' organization.
Holt is 6'4" and weighs 195 lbs. Holt is mostly know for his electric fastball. His fastball reaches the high 90s, but he can be wild sometimes.
Holt is known for striking out people. Holt always has more strikeouts than innings pitched, and you love to see that.
Holt also has a curveball and a changeup. Both pitches aren't as dominant as his fastball, but they can both become powerful pitches.
When Holt gets to the bigs, he has a huge shot at becoming a starter for the Mets, and a good one.
If being a starter doesn't work out for Holt, then he will most likely become a dominant set-up man.
He is one of the safest guys in the Mets' minors, because, no matter what, he will be contributing greatly for them.
2. ShortStop: Wilmer Flores
If you are wondering why Flores looks so young, it is because he's 17-years-old.
You read that, the New York Mets' No. 2 prospect is 17-years-old.
The sky is the limit for Flores, and some people compared him to Miguel Cabrera. He is also from Venezuela like Miggy.
He's not the fastest guy, but he's got great power and great contact. His combined stats for last year with three different teams were pretty solid.
He played 68 games and batted 307., got eight home runs, and 13 doubles in 280 at bats.
The scary thing is that Flores is still getting better.
He's only 17-years-old and he's putting up those numbers. In a few years, look for all of those numbers to increase by a good amount, and he might find himself in the bigs pretty soon.
1. Outfielder: Fernando Martinez
Fernando Martinez has been the Mets' top prospect for the past three or four years, depending on where you go.
The only thing that was holding him back was that he was so injury prone.
Martinez would get injured so much in the minors, and it caused his value to drop. But, he was still considered one of the best.
Before he got the call to the bigs, he was batting 290. in AAA with eight home runs and 28 RBI.
He was doing great.
Martinez got called up due to the Mets' players getting injured so much. He's not showing a lot at the plate, but he's showing plenty in the field.
He has made a good amount of great plays, and he's showing that he does have a good glove.
I know that Martinez can hit, and it's just a matter of time before he breaks out and starts to impress everyone. He is still the Mets' No. 1 prospect and that won't change.