Some Mets are still playing baseball. That’s right, the best and brightest prospects are in the Arizona Fall League and there’s good news to report.
The best of the Mets’ meagre horde of prospects is first baseman Ike Davis and he’s shining so far in the desert. His .414/.438/.724 line looks outlandish until you realize that hitters are hitting about .300 on average. No matter, it’s good to see him doing well even if the pitching is sub-par. He has six doubles, a home run, and seven strikeouts against two walks in 29 at-bats.
With Carlos Delgado on his way out and Daniel Murphy looming as a mildly palatable replacement, the question among Mets fans is not if he will pan out but how soon will he be up. Jason Grey scouted him and felt that his swing has too much load and that he needs to figure out off-speed stuff before he can ascend to the majors. Ike’s also got some poor platoon splits that he needs to smooth out (.698 OPS vs. lefties). I’d guess that he won’t be making the team out of spring training next year, so there may be an interim first baseman in the meantime.
Ruben Tejada has also been playing well, as he sports a .320/.393/.440 line in 25 at-bats. The only cause for concern is the fact that he only has three doubles and isn’t showing a ton of power. Then again, power is not really his game (.355 slugging % career) and he does have two stolen bases. The better he plays the more likely he ends up traded this offseason, and the rumors have already started.
The results on the pitching side have been less exciting. Jenrry Mejia, the copy editor’s worst nightmare, has given up six runs in his three innings. Despite the poor results, Mejia has shown good stuff. Keith Law breaks it down better than I could hope to:
The most impressive arm so far has been Jenrry Mejia of the New York Mets, who was on a short pitch count but showed two above-average pitches and a chance for a third. Mejia’s fastball sat from 93-96 mph and touched 98, he also threw a plus changeup that looked more like a two-seamer at 85-87. It should be noted, though: the latter pitch was a little inconsistent. His curveball was even less consistent, but he threw one very sharp one for a called third strike at 78 mph, with good depth and clear two-plane break. He comes from a slot just below 3/4 and needs to focus on staying on top of the ball. He missed a chunk of the second half with a strained finger, which could impact how he grips the ball even now. He has a strong, thick build. The velocity comes easily, and if his command is better than what he showed on Wednesday and he can snap off that good curveball more frequently, he’s a potential No. 1 or No. 2 starter.
Also playing in Arizona are Scott Moviel and Josh Stinson and lefthanded pitcher Eric Niesen, but they haven’t been very impressive. Moviel has pitched five shutout innings, but has two strikeouts against three walks in five innings. They’ve pitched only about 12 innings combined, so it’s hard to put too much credence in the numbers.
At least with Mejia, Davis and Tejada, the Mets have seemingly found themselves some upper-crust prospects. Let’s see if they ever play a game for the Mets!