Today on the official RDM prospect list we’ll tackle prospects 31-35, including a pair of outfielders and a pair of middle infielders. Here we go:
35. Gilbert Gomez, OF – Gomez has the size, athleticism, and tools of a guy who has a chance to be a real promising prospect. With a line of .256/.365/.347 in Savannah last year, Gomez hasn’t grown into the power his 6’3’’ frame suggests his capable of, but it does indicate that he knows how to work the strike zone and take a walk, something that the current front office values a lot. For now, he’s a centerfielder, but he may need to move to a corner down the line. In 2013, Gomez will head to St. Lucie, where out of necessity he played 22 games in 2011 and hit an amazing .307/.388/.547; if he can replicate that over a full season this year in St. Lucie he’ll really take off as a prospect.
34. Darrell Ceciliani, OF – When healthy, Ceciliani did nothing but hit in 2012, putting up a line of .329/.402/.459 in just 23 games in St. Lucie. He has the skill set to be a fine centerfielder both offensively and defensively one day, but even with 18 extra games in the Arizona Fall League, Ceciliani lost nearly a full year of seasoning and development thanks to a hamstring injury that popped up multiple times in 2012. He’ll probably need at least another half season in St. Lucie until he graduate to AA. More than anything, he needs to stay healthy in 2013, which could be a make or break year for him.
33. Matt Reynolds, SS – I wasn’t crazy about the Mets drafting Reynolds in the second round last year, as his ceiling isn’t all that high. As long as he is able to play shortstop, he’ll have some value, but in the long run he’ll likely end up being a back up middle infielder. However, considering that he’s a well-polished college player and was such a high draft pick, he should be able to get to the big leagues relatively quickly.
32. Phillip Evans, SS – Evans lands one spot ahead of Reynolds because they both could end up being backup infielders, but Evans is younger and has a higher ceiling. For now, Evans is a shortstop, but it’s unlikely that he has the range and arm to make all the plays there in the long run. He has some good pop in his bat, but is a little pull heavy and hit an unspectacular .252/.328/.337 last year. Evans will make the move to full-season ball this year, where we’ll learn more about one of the Mets most talented 2011 draft picks.
31. Rainey Lara, RP – Lara is the second highest on this list of all the great pitchers in Brooklyn last year. He’ll be 22 on opening day, so he shouldn’t have had much of a problem against New York-Penn League hitters, but he did strike out over a batter an inning and he had a WHIP under 1, so he’s a strike thrower. The Alderson administration likes guys that throw strikes, and in addition to good control, the other thing to like about Lara is his 6’4’’ frame, which means he has a chance to add some velocity as he bulks up. His secondary pitches will have to develop more, but with a big frame, a solid fastball, and good control he’s got plenty going for him.