Welcome to the first installment of the top prospects list. Today, we’ll start with numbers 11 and 12.
11. Michael Fulmer- P
THROWS: R BATS: R
ACQUIRED: 44th pick (1st round) of 2011 Draft
The Mets used their 2011 supplemental round draft pick to select a right-hander out of
I don’t know very much about Fulmer, and I don’t think many others do. All I know is that he possesses a fastball that can touch 97, a below-average changeup, and a great breaking ball. His breaking ball has fantastic sink to it and he uses it as his out pitch. Here’s a little more about Fulmer from a Mets press release from last year:
“Fulmer, 18, went 10-2 with a 0.72 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 68.0 innings for Deer Creek High School, located in Edmond, OK. The righthander also appeared at first base and third base during his career with the Antlers, hitting .436 with six home runs and 43 RBI this season. He was named a 2011 first-team All-State selection.”
Here is a look at Fulmer’s stats:
There will be much more to come on this young righty in the future.
CEILING: Again, it’s too early to project Fulmer’s ceiling or floor
12. Cory Vaughn- OF
THROWS: R Bats: R
COLLEGE: San Diego State University
ACQUIRED: 122nd pick (4th round) of 2010 Draft
Vaughn was drafted out of SDSU after three stellar seasons, hitting .319 with 25 home runs, 135 RBI, and 34 steals in 155 games. He was picked in the fourth round and sent to Brooklyn for his first season. In the New York Penn League, Vaughn broke out, hitting .307 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI. He also stole 12 bases in 76 games. Last year, Vaughn failed to live up to expectations in full-season A-ball. Here is a look at his numbers:
|2011||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A-A+||131||538||116||22||13||59||10||8||59||117||.255||.362||.402|
I don’t really look at Vaughn’s season last year as the one that defines him. He has a rare combination of power and speed that could make him an All-Star someday. Plus, last year, Vaughn played hurt for most of the season. Compare the difference in his average to the one in his on-base percentage. This means that he was still getting on base, which is very promising. In 2012, Vaughn will likely start the year in High-A St. Lucie, moving up to Binghamton soon after if he impresses like I expect. Many trusted writers are moving Vaughn down to the low 20s or even the 30s when it comes to Met prospects, but I believe he still has the potential to reproduce those fantastic results he got in Brooklyn in 2010. Look for him to step up this year and possibly be higher on this list next year.
CEILING: 20 HR, 25 SB, .280 BA
Come back for more on Friday as we reveal numbers 9 and 10!