Friday, January 3, 2014

Mets Prospect Countdown: No. 16-20

by John Vittas (@JohnVittas3)

40. OF Darrell Ceciliani
39. RHP Luis Cessa
38. RHP Cameron Griffin
37. SS Jeff McNeil
36. OF Joe Tuschak
35. 1B Matt Oberste
34. RHP Hansel Robles
33. RHP Akeel Morris
32. OF Champ Stuart
31. OF Ivan Wilson
30. RHP Rainy Lara
29. RHP Luis Mateo
28. OF Dustin Lawley
27. 3B Aderlin Rodriguez
26. OF Jared King
25. RHP Miller Diaz
24. RHP John Gant
23. 2B LJ Mazzilli
22. RHP Cory Mazzoni
21. RHP Tyler Bashlor

To read the breakdown of prospects 31-40, click here
For the breakdown of prospects 21-30, click here


Princeton University - 13th Round of the 2012 Draft

Opening Day Age: 22

Projected Opening Day Assignment: High-A St. Lucie

General Numbers: .233 opponent average
Relevant Numbers: gets both lefties and righties out (both with identical opp. avg.)

Positives: Bowman’s the kind of guy who would put fannies in the seats if he can ever be an effective Major League pitcher. He’s likeable, exciting and he’s a Tim Lincecum clone (for real, watch this video) who’s touched 95 despite his 165-pound frame. His 2013 numbers were surprisingly good for a guy in his first full Minor League season (3.05 ERA in 21 A-ball starts), putting him on many prospect radars. Also, he's smart (he went to Princeton).

Negatives: If you walked past him on the street, you wouldn’t think twice. Some question whether his body can sustain the wear and tear of a full professional season as a starter.

Style: Tim Lincecum

Across the John Preseason Rank: 37
ATJ Midseason Rank: 17

Jonathan Mayo Top 20: Not Ranked

Photo: Bleacher Report


Westchester HS (CA) - 13th Round of 2011 Draft

Opening Day Age: 21

Projected Opening Day Assignment: High-A St. Lucie

General Numbers: 2.58 ERA over 19 starts with all three A-ball affiliates
Relevant Numbers: only 5 hits allowed in 2 FSL starts (highest level he’s reached)

Positives: Gsellman is a freak athletically, with his 6-4, 200-pound frame projecting nicely. He played basketball in high school, and many scouts thought he could be a pro outfielder as well (he batted .649 with a 1.230 SLG his JR year of HS, and only struck out 4 times). His athleticism allows him to field his position well and display smooth mechanics. Since being drafted in 2011, the youngster has upped his fastball from 87-89 to 90-92. His curveball can be Big-League good and he has an adequate changeup as well. Gsellman is developing very quickly and could shoot up the prospect ranks in 2014.

Negatives: It’s hard to find any. He doesn’t throw 95, yet.

Comparison: none yet

Across the John Preseason Rank: 75
ATJ Midseason Rank: 48
Jonathan Mayo Top 20: Not Ranked

Photo: Matt Furman


San Diego State University - 4th Round of the 2010 Draft

Opening Day Age: 24

Projected Opening Day Assignment: Triple-A Las Vegas

General Numbers: 31 XBH and 24 SB in 114 games in 2013
Relevant Numbers: .252 season average for a 24-year-old who has yet to reach Triple-A

Positives: Vaughn is still a legitimate prospect tools-wise and continues to hit for decent power. He ranked 5th and 8th respectively in HR rate and RBI rate for all Mets prospects. He was also 24-for-26 on stolen base attempts in 2013, which is awfully impressive for a 225-pounder.

Negatives: Cory just can’t get his average up, and is a career .260 Minor League hitter, which is the main reason he doesn’t project as a Major League starter. The Mets left him vulnerable to the Rule 5 Draft, and all 30 teams passed up on the former top-20 prospect, which shows how far his stock has fallen. Barring a monster PCL season, which is certainly possible, Vaughn still has to prove he's a Major League option.
Style: Giancarlo Stanton

Across the John Preseason Rank: 20
ATJ Midseason Rank: 11
Jonathan Mayo Top 20: Not Ranked


UMass-Lowell - 5th Round of the 2011 Draft

Opening Day Age: 23

Projected Opening Day Assignment: Triple-A Las Vegas

Basic Numbers: 102 Ks in 58 IPs (yeah, I know)
Relevant Numbers: 29 walks in 29 innings at Triple-A

Positives: Leathersich certainly knows how to miss bats. He has a career 15.2 K/9 mark in three Minor League seasons. His profile screams LOOGY, featuring a deceptive, violent left-handed motion, complete with a wicked slider (he’s from New England). However, his splits say otherwise, as lefties have hit him much better. Either way, with a fastball that’s touched 95, the southpaw will be on his way to Flushing as soon as he learns to throw strikes on a regular basis.

Negatives: Control, control, control. He’s effectively wild at times, but also wildy ineffective at others. I’d imagine improving his changeup would yield better results as well. I’ve also heard the Leather Rocket is as cocky as they come, not sure if that’s a good thing.

Style: Mike Dunn / Sean Doolittle

Across the John Preseason Rank: 35
ATJ Midseason Rank: 13
Jonathan Mayo Top 20: 17


Haines City HS (FL) - 12th Round of 2012 Draft

Opening Day Age: 20

Projected Opening Day Assignment: Low-A Savannah

General Numbers: 1.87 ERA in 12 starts in R-Kingsport (Sterling Award Winner)
Relevant Numbers: a WHIP of 0.93 and 50 hits allowed in 72 IPs

Positives: For starters, the kid’s got a wipeout 12-6 hook that Baseball America called the best in the system, better than Syndergaard and everyone else.  He’s hit 95 on the gun, has four pitches and a winning mentality. And to top it all off, he grew up a die-hard Mets fan idolizing Mike Piazza with parents from Queens. He might just get a chance to live his dream.

This interview with Teddy Klein is a must-read and will make you love the kid,

Negatives: He had a dead-arm period in high school, which you’ll read about in the Klein interview. That’s never good, but you’d hope the Mets coaches and doctors can get him on a reliable plan. It clearly wasn’t an issue in 2013, as he turned in the best numbers of any pitcher in the system. They say he isn’t projectable because of his mature build at 200 pounds. Whether that’s true or not, his stuff is pretty good as it is.

Style: Roger Clemens

Across the John Preseason Rank: 88
ATJ Midseason Rank: Not in the Top 50
Jonathan Mayo Top 20: Not Ranked

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