18. Dustin Lawley, UTIL
DOB: 04/11/1989 (Age: 24)
Hit: 45/50 Power: 55/55 Arm: 55/55 Field: 50/50 Speed: 45/45
If you didn’t know who Dustin Lawley was a year ago, you probably do now. After leading our organization with 26 home runs and 96 RBI across two levels, Lawley thrust himself into the conversation of position players with potential for the New York Mets. Lawley plays both third base and the corner outfield positions, and I personally think he plays at least passable defense at either of three positions. He demonstrated tremendous power this year with 35 doubles, five triples, and 26 home runs in 535 plate appearances. He also threw in six stolen bases for good measure.
Even Paul DePodesta seemed pleased with him. “”It was a big, big year…He hits the ball extraordinarily hard, he’s super strong, he also plays third base. He’s a good athlete, he really does move well defensively. He’s a legitimate right-handed power bat, which can be hard to find.” Lawley struck out 113 times last year, leading to a .262 average, but it was basically par for the course with his power numbers. His lefty-righty splits were a little troublesome — .308 vs .242 — but his power splits were somewhat even with 11 home runs coming off lefties and 15 off righties.
Outlook: So here’s the unfortunate skinny: Lawley will be 25 as next season rolls around, and that is not a prime age to consider somebody a prospect. However… it’s hard to just discount the fact that he mashes lefties and is a reliable power source. If I had to guess, I’d say the Mets could find a platoon partner for him at the MLB level if they really wanted — Ike Davis? — and he would be a successful part of said platoon.
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MMN Top 40 Prospects
18. Dustin Lawley