Happy Friday, everybody! Today, we wrap up the first half of our top-50 prospect list with 26-30. Today we’ll see plenty of familiar names, as we’re getting to the part of the list with older guys that are tough to rank. Here it goes:
30. Tyler Pill, RP – Pill is probably my favorite of all the college pitchers the Mets took in 2011. He was a pitcher and a hitter in college, so he didn’t focus solely on pitching until he became a professional, so there’s more room to grow than with most college arms. He had great control and great numbers between Savannah and St. Lucie last year. The stuff won’t blow anybody away, but his changeup and his curve have a chance to be average MLB pitches. If he can become a guy with three average pitches and pinpoint control, he’ll have a chance to pitch in the big leagues.
29. Elvin Ramirez, RP – It’s tough to know where to place Ramirez on this list. He’s not a finished product, so while he probably won’t have a spot on the opening day roster, it’s hard to believe we won’t see him at all in Flushing in 2013. He’s only thrown a little over 80 innings above A-ball, including his time in the big leagues, so he could definitely use more seasoning. He can throw the kind of heat that will eventually put him in a big league bullpen, but his control will ultimately determine if he’s a 5th and 6th inning guy or a 7th and 8th inning guy.
28. Zach Lutz, 3B – Lutz is another guy who is hard to place. There’s no doubt that Lutz can hit, but he’s never been able to showcase his skills in the majors, and he may never be able to break the stigma of being injury prone. He has no outfield experience, so while his bat could be useful on an MLB bench, he doesn’t have much of a shot at making the Mets out of spring training. He’s getting close to being the next man cut on the 40-man roster if/when the Mets need to clear a space, so he may not even be with the organization much longer. Still, the guy can hit and if given a chance he could be a decent major league third baseman.
27. Reese Havens, 2B – Havens is running out of both time and opportunities. The once “second baseman of the future” is now 26 and has exactly 0 at bats in AAA or the big leagues. He missed the first part of last year, but eventually managed to play in 94 games; however, his strikeout rate skyrocketed to an unacceptable level, which helped drop his average to .215. If the Mets need to free up space on the 40-man roster at some point, Havens could be near the chopping block, as his future is hard to predict. Most likely, something will finally give for Havens and the Mets in 2013, either he’ll finally figure it out or it’ll be the end of the line for him in the Mets organization.
26. Erik Goeddel, RP – I doubt anybody has Goeddel as high as I do, but I’m just not willing to give up on a guy that flashes such brilliant stuff. Goeddel has been a starter in his minor league career, but he has been too inconsistent from start to start, either getting through it without much trouble or struggling considerably. At some point the Mets will have to move him to the bullpen, and once he’s there if he can hone his stuff and pitch with consistency, he has the talent to be an impact bullpen piece in the majors.