Currently, no one in the system is qualified to start in the majors. SS Ruben Tejada, OF Lucas Duda, and OF Francesco Martinez could all wind up in Queens come April 2011, but only as a backup. Past them, the only possible starter in 2012 could be SS Wilmer Flores, while OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis could earn himself the 4th outfielder.
Here are five more names to keep on your radar:
SS Wilfredo Tovar – Tovar is the next prospect shortstop to keep your eyes on. He’ll play 2011 at 20-years old, and Wally Backman is quoted as saying: “Tovar makes plays at shortstop that a human being shouldn’t be able to make.He’s the best shortstop in this league, no question.” Hit .266/.307/.327/.634 in 2010 combined at St. Lucie/Savannah/Brooklyn. Mets need to slow him down and not create another Tejada. Will probably play Savannah in 2011.
C Blake Forsythe – Forsythe was off the charts in his sophomore year (.347/.486/.663 for Tennessee) and was projected as an easy first round pick. Then came a miserable junior year, a 3rd round pick by the Mets, and an equally bad freshman year at Brooklyn. Still, he hit 30 home runs in his last two years in college and 2011 could be the year he returns to his old self.
2B Reese Havens – Havens is one oblique muscle away from Queens. He was having a banner season in 2010 when he was taken out on a bush slide. The healing was slow, but the Mets smartly didn’t rush him and sat him out for the rest of the season. He should be back strong in 2011 at Buffalo, or he might even start slower in April at Binghamton. Either way, he will be ready to take second base away from the platoon of Murphy/Emaus in 2012.
CF Cesar Puello – Puello has very quietly moved up to the top outfield prospect in the organization. He is easily the faster, and the best center fielder. I don’t expect much more pop out of him, but he could easily develop into the Mets future leadoff hitter, playing centerfield, and leading the league in stolen bases. His tools are that sharpened.
1B Josh Satin – Satin is trying to find himself a future in the Mets organization by playing first base. So far, he has done little wrong bat wise, hitting at all levels. Hopefully, his off-season program will give him a little more pop and I expect him to come out of the box leading Buffalo in OPS no matter what position he plays. Right now, the Mets’ backup first basemen are Duda and Nick Evans, neither of which project as an every day players. Satin is just trying to add his name to the mix.