Mets Daddy: 10 Players I Believe Are Top 50 Worthy

By Mets Daddy

February 9, 2018 17 Comments

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We recently finished out Top 50 here at MMN but will now give a chance to each writer to express their own opinions on which players they felt should have been included in the list or are in the next group of players just outside the list:

RHP Ricky Knapp

Level: Las Vegas & Binghamton
Stats: 7-13, 5.35 ERA, 1.439 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, 5.1 K/9

Knapp is a four pitch pitcher who locates well and pitches to contact.  If you’re looking for an old Met for comparison’s sake think Dillon Gee.  This is a profile that could work in the Majors, but as we have seen with succesful MLB pitchers in Matthew Bowman and Seth Lugo, it is a recipe for struggles in Las Vegas.  Certainly, Knapp proved that to be true when he went out there and dominated for Binghamton going 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts.

Photo By Ernest Dove

CF Jacob Zanon

Level: Columbia, Brooklyn, St. Lucie
Stats: .241/.327/.336, 14 2B, 3 3B, HR, 18 RBI, 30 SB, 5 CS

The main thing Zanon has going for him is he has elite baseball speed.  He is able to utilize his speed to steal many bases at a highly successful clip.  He’s able to utilize his speed to cover a lot of ground in the outfield.  Ultimately, the question for him is his bat.  He got off to a great start at the plate in April before suffering a concussion, and again when he returned from the disabled list in June.  If he can stay healthy and become more consistent at the plate, which seemingly go hand-in-hand for him, he promises to rise quickly next year.

LHP Ben Griset

Level: Binghamton
Stats: 4-1, 2.39 ERA, 1.122 WHIP, 4.0 BB/9, 6.6 K/9

After the Rays gave up on Griset being a left-handed starting pitcher, the Mets swooped in, and they have made him a left-handed reliever.  Griset has rewarded the Mets faith by holding left-handed batters to a downright stingy .143/.225/.200 batting line last year.  Impressively, since joining the Mets organization in 2015, he has allowed just one home run to a left-handed batter in 202 plate appearances.  More than anyone in the Mets system, with his low 90’s fastball and a terrific curve, Griset is the LOOGY of the future.

Photo By Ernest Dove

INF Colby Woodmansee

Level: St. Lucie, GCL, Columbia
Stats: .151/.214/.207, 7 2B, HR, 6 RBI

In 2016, it looked like the Mets had a real find with their fifth round draft pick Woodmansee.  In fact, despite the team having drafted other collegiate shortstops higher than him, it was Woodmansee who played short for Brooklyn.  Heading into the 2017 season, he was also the one who skipped Columbia and was assigned to St. Lucie.

Things did not work out for him last year as he had an injury riddled season.  When healthy, Woodmansee is a player who promises to be a good fielder at all infield positions, and he has a promising bat.  He makes good contact, and he profiles as a player who could develop power as he rises through the Mets system.  Long story short, Woodmansee is still the talented player he was in 2016 when everyone took notice.  We should rediscover that again this upcoming season.

(Photo credit: Allen Greene Photography)

3B Rigoberto Terrazas

Level: Kingsport
Stats: .348/.413/.486, 16 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 24 RBI, SB

More than anyone else on this list, Terrazas really earned his way onto the list.  Terrazas took advantage of an uncertain third base situation as the Appalachian League season started.  Terrazas earned the everyday spot by posting a remarkable 141 wRC+.  The switch hitter hits well from both sides of the plate, hits to all fields, and is willing to draw a walk.  In some ways, he is reminiscent of Wilmer Flores in that he has a projectible bat, but the team needs to find an infield position for him.  If he continues to hit and eventually develop some power, the Mets will find a position for him quickly.

(Jacob Resnick/Mets Minors)

RHP Max Kuhns

Level: Columbia
Stats: 1-0, 2.10 ERA, 5 SV, 0.896 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, 13.0 K/9

If not for a season ending injury, Kuhns would have likely made the Top 50 list.  The 2016 draft pick came to the Mets a bit raw as a pitcher as he did not focus on being a pitcher until his senior year at Santa Clara.  When healthy, he’s got a mid to high 90s fastball and a surprisingly advanced slider, and he uses that combination to generate high strikeout totals.

(Jacob Resnick/Mets Minors)

1B/OF Jeremy Vasquez

Level: Kingsport & Brooklyn
Stats: .266/.368/.430, 15 2B, 8 HR, 38 RBI

Vasquez played his first two years of collegiate ball at Florida before ultimately deciding to transfer to Nova Southeastern University.  The decision was understandable as he was blocked from his natural first base position by Mets 2017 second round draft pick Peter Alonso.  The adjustment to the outfield was not a natural one for Vasquez, and he struggled in all areas of his game during his sophomore year.

At Nova Southeastern, Vasquez rediscovered his stroke and his confidence.  He began to hit for more power, and he showed good knowledge of the strike zone.  So far, those skills have translated to the minors as he raked in Kingsport.  If he continues this disciplined approach at the plate while continuing to develop power, the Mets will be the same position Florida was.  If that happens, that will be a good thing for both the Mets and Vasquez.

Photo By Ernest Dove

RHP Corey Taylor

Level: Binghamton
Stats: 5-5, 3.61 ERA, 3 SV, 1.332 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, 6.8 K/9

Last year, with his featuring a heavy sinker, Taylor was being touted as a potential future closer of the Mets.  That’s what happens when you have 20 saves with a 1.87 ERA in St. Lucie, and you follow that up with a dominating stint in the Arizona Fall League.  This all earned him an invitation to Spring Training, where by and large, he impressed Mets brass.

Last year, the opinion on Taylor seemingly changed considerably.  By and large, that is the result of his struggling right out of the gate in Double-A and his posting a 3.61 ERA.  This should be surprising when you see his walk and strikeout numbers were not too far off of what he posted in St. Lucie last year.  Digging a little deeper, you will see Taylor yielded a surprisingly high .330 BABIP.  With a BABIP correction more towards the .300 norm, you should once again see a dominating back-end reliever next year.

In fact, we may have already seen the start of that.  From July 9th to the end of the season, Taylor made 14 apperances going 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.200 WHIP.  In his lone appearance in the Eastern League playoffs against the Trenton Thunder, he pitched a scoreless inning.  That’s success he can build off of to put together a strong 2018 season.

RHP Ryder Ryan

Level: Midwest League (A) & Columbia
Stats: 3-4, 4.14 ERA, 6 SV, 1.325 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 10.3 K/9

Ryan has a big arm, but he is a big project.  He’s got the tools to be successful.  His fastball tops out around 97 MPH, and he was considered to have the best fastball in the Indians 2016 draft class.  He uses that fastball along with a slider to generate a high number of strikeouts.  He’s also got the pedigree with his father, Sean Ryan, having made it to Triple-A in the Phillies system, and his uncle Jason Ryan having pitched two years for the Minnesota Twins.  He remains a project with him only recently focusing on becoming a pitcher, but in the end Mets fans should prove happy to have both Jay Bruce and Ryan.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Aside from the reality that a top 50 list is too long – no organization anywhere sends that many to the majors – and the fact that we’ve had about 22 to 25 “list” columns already, we still get to see another SEVEN or so columns like this one? All while actual news and transactions are ignored and unreported?
    Seems like a loss of perspective and a lack of direction.

  • Mets Daddy

    What news and transactions have been ignored?

  • Nessim Toledano

    The roster removals of Kevin McGowan and Chasen Bradford – then Bradford being claimed by the Mariners. Signing Ty Kelly to a minor league deal. Releases of Luis de los Santos and Ronald Guedez. Matt Reynolds DFA.
    (Let’s please not get into the semantics of what a prospect is. The site is called ‘MetsMinors’. Besides, relegating the former major leaguers to AAA affects the playing time of other prospects at that level and could even lead to a potential AAA candidates being held back at AA. – And, Hey!! Thats another column that could have been written).
    The site did report on Josh Smoker’s DFA and trade, but blew past an opportunity to write a piece about the absence of LH relievers on the roster, and which minor leaguers might fill the void. Or why one of the leading lefty candidates, Kyle Regnault, has not been invited to major league camp despite the lack of lefties.
    Speaking of major league camp, a column about who (perhaps surprisingly) missed getting invited might be a bit more relevant this time of year than a column about who missed being named to the Top 50.

  • Mets Daddy

    You have some valid points there. Even with McGowan and Bradford being MLB players at the time of their being DFA’d, we could have done something about it.

    As for the overall 40 man roster composition and invites, I can promise you pieces will be written about all related topics.

    Part of the reason why they haven’t been published yet is because this is a unique FA situation. It’s pushed many things back.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Terrazas has taken five years to get past rookie ball and is now just two years away from free agency. He would need to explode over the next two years in order to become a promising prospect. Lack of power and shaky fielding makes this a hard scenario to see coming true. Wilmer Flores was hitting for more power in Kingsport at the age of 17 than Terrazas did at 21.

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  • MetsNextYear

    Wow- he was one of the lower level guys I was excited about. No idea he was so old and so close to FA. Bummer.

  • Nessim Toledano

    21 isn’t “so old”. Its just that this is the norm for most Latin American players, even good ones. They sign at 16 or 17, so they become free agents by 22 or 23. Some of them don’t even play the first year they are signed. Most of them spend two years in DSL. Another year – or two – in rookie ball, and you see where this is going. Y’all just get excited too quickly and easily. The realities of minor league baseball are that being good isn’t good enough, especially at the lower levels. Only 6% of the players who reach rookie ball will ever reach the majors.

  • Nessim Toledano

    I appreciate the response. I’m not trying to pile on or be difficult. But just for perspective, I’ve got to ask: why is the FA situation holding anything up?: All of these lists you keep feeding us are merely opinion and speculation, anyway, much of it based on near-meaningless data like DSL stats – or even no stats at all, in some cases. And we’ve seen over twenty of them already. Why so much willingness to speculate on something so flimsy, yet cautious to speculate about spring training that is just around the corner and has most of the pieces filled in already?

  • Late bloomers are rare but they can happen. See: Nelson Cruz.

  • Mets Daddy

    Pending free agents does hold things up because invitations to Spring Training do largely hinge on what a team has and/or looks to add.

    For example, the Mets inviting just two LHP to camp would seem to indicate, they’re looking to add another.

    Before positing opinions on a topic, it would behoove us to make sure the Mets plan matches their actions.

    However, now that pitchers and catchers have reported, and the Mets options in free agency is dwindling, you can expect more analysis

  • Mets Daddy

    One other note on the lists, I appreciate the feedback, but I do want to address it.

    Part of what we do at the site is seek to inform about prospects. Personally, I believe lists are more entertaining to read and discuss than other formats.

    Another thing I’ll say is this recent series does create more transparency. With it, you do see what our writers like and value. I believe that’s important for a minor league site.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Once again, I’m not objecting to lists. I’m objecting to all lists all the time. And thats pretty close to what its been around here for nearly two months now. Its gone beyond excessive at this point. Thats the point I’m trying to make. There’s been absolutely no balance.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Yes, they can. I’m not denying the possibility. I’m simply saying that taking this long to develop (and still have a way to go) doesn’t ( or shouldn’t) win him any accolades.
    Let’s also consider that sometimes a good year is not necessarily a break-out year. Sometimes, its just a career year, or the result of an unusually high BABIP.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Again, I don’t agree. Almost everything else that gets written here is speculative, subject to change, and subject to info that you do not have. . Thats just the nature of baseball. Even after the invites are set, they’ve never really set. It doesn’t man players won’t get cut before spring games even get here. And it doesn’t mean more players can’t or won’t be added. Heck, even the 40-man roster on opening Day is not set in stone for good. Players will be added and subtracted a number of times over the course of the season.

  • Mets Daddy

    Over the course of a season, I agree, keeping up this ratio would be unbalanced and irresponsible.

    Overall, this is a difficult time of the year and striking the right balance is never easy.

  • Rae

    Luis Guillorme, Kevin Kaczmarski, Marcus Molina, David Peterson, Gerson Bautista, Paul Sewald, Joe Domino, Thomas Szapuki, PJ Conlon and Desmond Lindsay are my top 10 NY Mets prospects.