New York Mets Minor League Position Prospects Update
In my last New York Mets minor league position prospects update, I highlighted three players in their farm system that I really like – OF Brandon Nimmo, C Kevin Plawecki and OF Michael Conforto.
I am featuring three more in my latest appraisal of budding Mets’ position hopefuls as Spring Training is upon us.
Dilson Herrera – Infielder
Mets 20-year-old second baseman Dilson Herrera is considered the fourth-best prospect at his position, according to MLB.com.
The Mets acquired Herrera from the Pirates in 2013 with relief pitcher Vic Black for catcher John Buck and outfielder Marlon Byrd, which could be a major steal for the organization.
Baseball America currently ranks him at the No. 47 spot on the top 100 prospect list. The Colombian native is athletic, possess a balanced swing and has enough power, good speed and discipline of the strike zone to play well at the big league level on consistent basis. In fact, many baseball insiders believe Herrera will be an all-star in due time. Herrera had a taste of the majors last season, hitting .220 with three HR and 11 RBI in 18 games.
Amed Rosario – Shortstop
At the mere age of 19, Baseball America positioned Amed Rosario at the No. 98. slot on its list. It also slated him as the third-best prospect in the New York-Penn League, where he played with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2014. The magazine also named Rosario as the top prospect in Appalachian League in 2013.
He’s described as toolsy, a solid defender, and growing on the offensive side. The 6’ 2”, 170-pound infielder posted a .274 average with two homers and 27 RBI in 321 at-bats between Brooklyn and Savanah.
But it was at Brooklyn, where he showed scouts his potential, batting .289 with a dinger and 23 RBI. Baseball experts project him to reach the majors in 2018.
Dominic Smith – First baseman
The former 2013 first-round draft pick may be a few years away, but Smith’s given the Mets a lot to be excited about. The native Californian possesses exceptional bat speed and power, and is selective at the plate, increasing his on-base proficiency.
He also displays a good glove at first to go along with a strong arm, enough so that he could move to the outfield if the needs arises. Smith hit a solid .301 with 26 RBI in 51 games between the Gulf Coast and Appalachian League in 2013. The 19-year-old left-handed hitter recorded a .271 average with 1 home run and 44 RBI in 2014.