Amidst talk of the Mets’ cruddy minor league system (okay, there’s some talent, but it’s not overflowing with talent like with some other squads), we have to remember that due to their terrible ’09 campaign, the team has the number 7 picking in this year’s amateur draft. Lucky number seven! Don’t believe me? Check out the 2002-2007 number 7 draft picks…
2007 â€“ Matt LaPorta (OF)
LaPorta quickly made his way through the Brewersâ€™ and Indiansâ€™ minor league systems by flat-out slugging the ball wherever he went. He was given the opportunity to play in 52 games for the big league club last season, hitting a modest 7 HR with an OPS of .750. While not projected to be a complete stud in the bigs, most analysts expect Matt to develop into an above average player at the plate with decent defense in the outfield.
2006 â€“ Clayton Kershaw (SP)
Kershaw kicked butt through the minors and firsted appeared in 22 games for the Dodgers in 2008. He started for a full season in 2009, posting a fantastic ERA of 2.79 with a WHIP of 1.23 over 30 starts. The Dodgers expect big things out of Clayton for years to come.
2005 â€“ Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
Tulowitzki was injected into the Rockiesâ€™ roster only one season after being drafted, and aside from a weak 2008 season, heâ€™s produced very well. In 2009, Troy slugged 32 homers and 101 RBI with an OPS of .930, while playing near to above average defense at shortstop. I donâ€™t have to explain the major value of a shortstop who can not only hold his own on the field, but also at the plate.
2004 â€“ David â€œHomerâ€ Bailey (SP)
Bailey hasnâ€™t shown much success in the majors, but is still very young (23) and has plenty of time to pull himself together. Last season in 20 starts with the Reds, Bailey picked up 8 wins with an ERA of 4.53 and a WHIP of 1.47. Back of the rotation stats, but remember, heâ€™s only 23.
2003 â€“ Nick Markakis (OF)
Drafted by the Orioles, Markakis has been a very solid player for the major league club for four straight seasons. Through his four years, Nickâ€™s aggregated an OPS of .838 and an UZR of 11.6, mostly in right field.
2002 â€“ Prince Fielder (1B)
Home runs for the Brewers since 2006: 28, 50, 34, 46. Weâ€™d kill to have this guy at 1B. â€˜Nuff said.
Believe me now? There’s already some serious talent among these six players, and they’re all still young and developing. It’s not all doom and gloom in Mets country!