Friday, April 06, 2007

BA on the Mets Farm System, Confirms Guerra is throwing mid-90's

From Baseball America:

13 NEW YORK mets

Highest Ranking: No. 1 (1984, 1985).

Lowest Ranking: No. 28 (2006).

State Of The System: Though GM Omar Minaya isn’t hesitant to trade prospects to help his big league club, his farm system is on the upswing. The Mets have been very aggressive in Latin America on his watch, signing OF Fernando Martinez, RHP Deolis Guerra and C Francisco Pena for a combined $2.85 million. They’ve also shown a willingness to spend in the draft, getting 2005’s best pitching prospect (RHP Mike Pelfrey) with the ninth overall pick for a $5.25 million big league contract.

Best-Stocked Position: Righthanded starters. Pelfrey should make the big league rotation out of spring training and Philip Humber isn’t far behind. Guerra, in the mid-80s much of last season with his velocity, has flashed some mid-90s fastballs this spring—and he’s not even 18 yet. Kevin Mulvey, New York’s top pick (second round) in 2006, will open his first full season in Double-A.

Prepare For Takeoff: Pena. He has defensive skills similar to those of his father, former all-star and Gold Glover Tony Pena, as well as an advanced offensive approach for his age. As a result, the Mets will put him on the same fast track as Martinez and Guerra, letting him play in low Class A as a 17-year-old.

At A Crossroads: 3B Shawn Bowman. The Mets have waited for his bat to emerge, but it has been slow going because he gets too impatient and pull-conscious. Back problems ended his 2006 season in May, and they’ve bothered him again this spring.

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