New York Mets’ Minor League Prospects More Than Pitching
A lot has been said and written about the New York Mets’ slew of top young guns in their minor league system. But there’s ample solid position prospects coming down the pipeline in the near future as well.
Let’s take a look.
Kevin Plawecki – Right-handed hitting and throwing catcher.
After a stellar career at Purdue University, the Mets drafted Plawecki in the first round (35) of the 2012 MLB amateur draft. New York shipped him to the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League, where his line drive hitting ability impressed me.
On the defensive side, he continues to improve, though he displays an average arm.
Plawecki, who will turn 24 at the start of Spring Training, batted .309 with 11 homers and 64 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A in 2014.
With Travis d’Arnaud behind the dish, the Mets might have to make a decision who’ll man the catcher position down the line. New York’s general manager Sandy Alderson doesn’t view either Plawecki or d’Arnaud in a backup role, according to the Daily News’ Andy Martino. So we’ll have to wait and see what transpires.
I’m not totally sold on d’Arnaud, so it’s reassuring to have a potential replacement for the Mets’ present catcher if he falters. If d’Arnaud pans out, then New York could use him as trade bait.
Brandon Nimmo – Left-handed hitting Outfielder; Throws right.
The Mets drafted him in the first round, 13 overall, in 2011.
Though his high school didn’t have a baseball team, Nimmo managed to play enough American Legion ball and in showcase games to impress Mets’ brass.
This leads me to believe that he still has room to grow. Case in point: Nimmo has improved steadily over the years, and added 26 pounds to his frame last offseason. It translated to hitting.278 with 10 dingers and 51 RBI, plus a .394 OBP between high A and AA.
The Wyoming native has a great eye at the plate. But it seems he takes too many close pitches, along with a long swing, which explains his high strike out rate.
As for his speed, Nimmo is an average runner, so he’ll likely switch to a corner outfield position.
With that being said, I love his work ethic, and at 21 years of age, it’s likely he’ll improve in his weak areas. He’s slated to start 2015 in AAA Las Vegas, Alderson has said in multiple media reports. It’s likely we’ll see him at Citi Field in 2016. But maybe a late September call up will be in order this coming season, if all goes accordingly for him?
Michael Conforto – Outfielder – Bats – Left, Throws – Right
The best college hitter in the 2014 draft, the Mets plucked Conforto in the first round, 10 overall, out of Oregon State University.
New York sent him to Brooklyn, where he slugged .331 with three round trippers and 19 RBI, with a stellar .403 OBP.
The 21-year-old shouldn’t need a lot of seasoning in the minors because of his advance hitting skills.
For me, I loved the way Conforto handled the stick, seemingly placing the ball where he wanted, and with authority.
Furthermore, he has the personality to help him deal with the pressures of New York City, something not all players can handle.
The knock on him, however, was his defense coming out of the draft. But he played well in left field for the Cyclones. He could get a call up if one of the Mets outfielders get injured or struggle in 2015, just to see what they have in him.