Top 12 prospects for 2012: #9-10

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Welcome to the second installment of the UpAlongFirst.com official prospect list. Here are numbers nine and ten.

9. Cesar Puello-  OF

Cesar Puello 1

(Photo Courtesy of Michael Baron)

HEIGHT: 6’2”

WEIGHT: 195

THROWS: R         BATS: R

BORN: 4/1/1991

COLLEGE: none

ACQUIRED: Signed as IFA in July of 2007

This guy is an amazing athlete, by far the best in the Met system. Puello combines speed, as well as the improving contact that he has been developing. Puello has fantastic range in center, plus a great arm. He isn’t great at judging balls in the outfield, but can often outrun mistakes with his great speed. Speaking of his speed, Puello stole only 19 bases last year, but that may have been due to his low on-base percentage. The year before in 2010, he stole 45 in the South Atlantic League. Here is a better look at his statistics:

Year Tm Lg Lev G PA H 2B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2008 Mets GULF Rk 40 163 46 6 1 17 13 5 5 32 .305 .350 .364
2009 Kingsport APPY Rk 49 221 58 10 5 23 15 5 10 51 .296 .373 .423
2010 Savannah SALL A 109 469 118 22 1 34 45 10 32 82 .292 .375 .359
2011 St. Lucie FLOR A+ 117 488 114 21 10 50 19 9 18 103 .259 .313 .397
4 Seasons 315 1341 336 59 17 124 92 29 65 268 .282 .349 .384
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 89 384 104 16 6 40 28 10 15 83 .300 .363 .398
A (1 season) A 109 469 118 22 1 34 45 10 32 82 .292 .375 .359
A+ (1 season) A+ 117 488 114 21 10 50 19 9 18 103 .259 .313 .397

Projections for Puello are often very different from each other. Many say that he is a speedy leadoff hitter, while others see him developing power and becoming a Carlos Beltran-type player. Personally, I have no idea. Having “power potential” in the minors is so subjective. Nobody knows for sure how a player will hit in the big leagues. Minor league stats only provide so much. A player who hits 20 homers in the minors may not be projected to have the same type of power that an A-ball player has after a five homer season. With Puello, it is really way too early to tell. After all, he’s still only 20 years old. He alreadt has the speed and solid batting average.

10. Darin Gorski-  P

HEIGHT: 6’4”

WEIGHT: 210

THROWS: R         BATS: R

BORN: 10/6/1987

COLLEGE: Kutztown University

ACQUIRED: 224th pick (7th round) of 2009 Draft

Gorski was the best pitcher in the Met organization in 2011, without a doubt. Gorski was a 2009 7th round draft pick, with not-so-high expectations. Coming out of college, he lacked the arm strength, stamina, and proper mechanics to be considered a top prospect. After two average campaigns in Brooklyn and Savannah, Gorski was promoted to PSL in 2011. In PSL, after moving into the rotation from the bullpen just a few weeks into the season,  he had the best season of any minor league pitcher in the organization, going 11-3 with a 2.08 ERA. His K/9 rose from 8.6 to 9.1 and even more impressively, Gorski’s walks per nine dropped from 3.4 to just 1.9. Here is a better look at his stats:

Year Tm Lg Lev W L ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2009 Brooklyn NYPL A- 3 4 4.91 13 11 62.1 1.235 7.4 0.9 3.8 7.2
2010 Savannah SALL A 6 8 4.58 25 18 114.0 1.474 9.9 0.9 3.4 8.6
2011 St. Lucie FLOR A+ 11 3 2.08 27 21 138.2 0.995 7.1 0.7 1.9 9.1
3 Seasons 20 15 3.54 65 50 315.0 1.216 8.1 0.8 2.8 8.5
Darin Gorski 3

(Photo Courtesy of Michael Baron)

Gorski has an average fastball, topping out at 90-91, averaging in the high 80s. He also possesses an above-average changeup, which he uses heavily to get hitters out. His biggest strength, though, is his command. What has gotten Gorski to this level has been his command, and it is what is going to bring him into the future. Much like current Met Dillon Gee, Gorski will use his command and wits to get him to the big league club, likely sometime in 2013, with possibly a start or two in September this year if the big league staff suffers many injuries.

 

 

 

Rankings so far (click to view post):

9. Cesar Puello

10. Darin Gorski

11. Michael Fulmer

12.Cory Vaughn

Come back on Monday as we announce numbers seven and eight!

About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 17 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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