Top 12 prospects for 2012: #5-6

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Welcome to the fourth installment of the UpAlongFirst.com official prospect list. Here are numbers five and six.

5. Jenrry Mejia-  P

Jenrry Mejia 8

(Photo Courtesy of Michael Baron)

HEIGHT: 6’0

WEIGHT: 205

THROWS: R         BATS: R

BORN: 10/11/1989

COLLEGE: none

ACQUIRED: Signed as IFA in April of 2007

Despite enough big league experience to no longer be called a rookie, I still have to put Mejia on this list, and close to the top, too. Mejia, if you remember, pitched 29 innings out of the ‘pen in 2010, which drastically threw off the course of his career. The Mets got desperate for bullpen help, so they plucked Mejia, a natural starter, from his role in the minors to help the Mets in the big leagues. He had his streaks, such as his 1.64 ERA in April of that year, but for the most part, struggled. After April, he struggled, and was sent down after compiling a 0-4 record with a 4.62 ERA. Now Mejia gets a fresh start again as a starter. He had Tommy John surgery last year, and came back for five starts for Buffalo at the end of last year. Here is a look at Mejia’s statistics:

Year Tm Lg Lev W L ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2007 Mets DOSL FRk 2 3 2.47 14 7 43.2 1.168 4.9 0.0 5.6 9.7
2008 2 Teams 2 Lgs A–Rk 5 2 2.89 14 14 71.2 1.074 6.4 0.5 3.3 8.4
2008 Mets GULF Rk 2 0 0.60 3 3 15.0 0.800 5.4 0.0 1.8 9.0
2008 Brooklyn NYPL A- 3 2 3.49 11 11 56.2 1.147 6.7 0.6 3.7 8.3
2009 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA 4 6 3.14 19 19 94.2 1.310 8.1 0.2 3.7 8.7
2009 St. Lucie FLOR A+ 4 1 1.97 9 9 50.1 1.132 7.3 0.0 2.9 7.9
2009 Binghamton EL AA 0 5 4.47 10 10 44.1 1.511 8.9 0.4 4.7 9.5
2010 4 Teams 4 Lgs AA-AAA-A+-Rk 2 0 1.28 9 9 42.1 1.063 6.2 0.2 3.4 9.6
2010 Mets GULF Rk 0 0 3.00 1 1 3.0 1.667 12.0 0.0 3.0 9.0
2010 St. Lucie FLOR A+ 0 0 0.00 1 1 4.0 0.250 2.2 0.0 0.0 15.8
2010 Binghamton EL AA 2 0 1.32 6 6 27.1 1.207 6.3 0.0 4.6 8.6
2010 Buffalo IL AAA 0 0 1.12 1 1 8.0 0.750 5.6 1.1 1.1 10.1
2011 Buffalo IL AAA 1 2 2.86 5 5 28.1 1.059 5.1 0.3 4.4 6.7
5 Seasons 14 13 2.66 61 54 280.2 1.165 6.6 0.3 3.9 8.7
AA (2 seasons) AA 2 5 3.27 16 16 71.2 1.395 7.9 0.3 4.6 9.2
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 2 0 1.00 4 4 18.0 0.944 6.5 0.0 2.0 9.0
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 1 2 2.48 6 6 36.1 0.991 5.2 0.5 3.7 7.4
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 4 1 1.82 10 10 54.1 1.067 7.0 0.0 2.7 8.4
FRk (1 season) FRk 2 3 2.47 14 7 43.2 1.168 4.9 0.0 5.6 9.7
A- (1 season) A- 3 2 3.49 11 11 56.2 1.147 6.7 0.6 3.7 8.3

Mejia has an electric fastball that has carried him through the levels of the minor leagues. Since his signing as an IFA in 2007 as a 17 year-old, he has been eased into the role of starter, building up arm strength. After his surgery, the Mets need to start over again. Mejia is only 22, so he does have time to develop strength, but the Mets need to be patient and wait this out. He has the potential to be great. Unlike the last regime, I trust this one with young players. Sandy Alderson seems like a guy who won’t rush anyone too quickly, which is perfect for the development of Mejia.

When he comes up, Mejia will showcase a wonderful repertoire of pitches. Before going down with TJS, Mejia was throwing a hard, sinking fastball I the 94-97 MPH range, an 86-88 MPH changeup, and a curveball that ranges from 79-81 MPH. Overall, hopefully this injury won’t hold back. I don’t think it will if the Mets manage him right. He has the potential to be a top-of-the-rotation starter.

6. Wilmer Flores- INF
HEIGHT: 6’3”
WEIGHT: 175
THROWS: R BATS: R
BORN: 8/6/1991
COLLEGE: none
ACQUIRED: Signed as IFA in August of 2007
Wilmer Flores burst onto the scene at the tender age of 16 in 2008 and immediately became one of the crown jewels of the organization. After signing with the Mets in August of 2007, Flores played his first pro season, for the most part, in Kingsport. He tore up Appalachian League pitching, hitting .307 with eight home runs and 42 RBI. He is a skinny kid who is still growing a little bit. He has quick hands and strong wrists. He is expected to develop major power as well as hit for a high average. Hitting is his bread and butter, and is what makes him a top prospect. Last season, Flores hit .269 with 9 home runs and 81 RBI in the Florida State League at the age of 19. None of those numbers particularly jump out at you, but at 19, they are rather impressive. Here is a look at the rest of Flores’s numbers:

Year Tm Lg Lev G PA H 2B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2008 3 Teams 3 Lgs Rk-A–A 68 302 86 13 8 42 2 1 13 37 .307 .347 .468
2008 Kingsport APPY Rk 59 265 76 12 8 41 2 1 12 28 .310 .352 .490
2008 Brooklyn NYPL A- 8 32 8 1 0 1 0 0 1 7 .267 .290 .300
2008 Savannah SALL A 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .400 .400 .400
2009 Savannah SALL A 125 528 129 20 3 36 3 3 22 72 .264 .305 .332
2010 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ 133 597 160 36 11 84 4 5 32 77 .289 .333 .424
2010 Savannah SALL A 66 307 77 18 7 44 2 1 23 37 .278 .342 .433
2010 St. Lucie FLOR A+ 67 290 83 18 4 40 2 4 9 40 .300 .324 .415
2011 St. Lucie FLOR A+ 133 559 139 26 9 81 2 2 27 68 .269 .309 .380
4 Seasons 459 1986 514 95 31 243 11 11 94 254 .280 .321 .394
A (3 seasons) A 192 840 208 38 10 80 5 4 45 111 .270 .319 .369
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 200 849 222 44 13 121 4 6 36 108 .280 .314 .392
Rk (1 season) Rk 59 265 76 12 8 41 2 1 12 28 .310 .352 .490
A- (1 season) A- 8 32 8 1 0 1 0 0 1 7 .267 .290 .300

What keeps Flores from being a no-doubt number one prospect is his lack of ability with his glove. He isn’t quick and not very athletic. Originally a shortstop, Flores is transitioning to third base, where he still might have trouble. Eventually, if his defense doesn’t develop at third, he could move to first base, where his lack of quickness won’t hurt him so much. He has a decent arm, so this trial at third is justifiable.
Look for Flores to become a big-time hitter in the future, however, no matter which position he is playing. .

The list so far (click to view posts):

5. Jenrry Mejia

6. Wilmer Flores

7. Reese Havens

8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis

9. Cesar Puello

10.Darin Gorski

11.Michael Fulmer

12.Cory Vaughn

Come back Friday as we reveal number four!

About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 16 year-old blogger, high school student, and lifelong Mets fan. I've been blogging about the Mets in some form or another for about four years. I embrace the new age, sabermetric way of thinking, but also recognize the importance of scouting and player devlopment.

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