Toby Hyde of Mets Minor League Blog
reports that the Mets have finalized the list of prospects who will play in the Arizona Fall League.According to Hyde, "Duda and Havens join 1B Ike Davis, RHP Jenrry Mejia, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Scott Moviel, LHP Eric Niesen and RHP Josh Stinson in the desert."
Many Mets fans were hoping that CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis would get the nod for the Mets final OF spot in the AFL, but sending Duda makes some sense. The AFL is supposed to be a finishing school for top prospects, and Duda is more ready for that than Nieuwenhuis, who’s played all of eight games at AA. Duda deserves a chance against top competition to show that his second half improvement is real. Nieuwenhuis will start 2010 at AA, a level behind Duda and his performance from there will dictate his future assignments.
Here's a quick snapshot of their 2009 season:
- Lucas Duda (23) AA LF/1B/DH .281/.380/.428 in 467 PA
- Reese Havens (22) A_Adv SS .247/.361/.422 in 430 PA
- Ike Davis (22) A_Adv/AA 1B .298/.381/.524 in 488 PA
- Jenrry Mejia (19) A_Adv/AA SP 3.14ERA/1.310 WHIP in 94.2 IP
- Ruben Tejada (19) AA SS .289/.351/.381 in 553 PA
- Scott Moviel (21) A_Adv SP 3.92 ERA/1.321 WHIP in 64.1 IP
- Eric Niesen (24) A_Adv/AA SP 4.09 ERA/1.308 WHIP in 140.2 IP
- Josh Stinson (21) A/A_Adv SP 2.86 ERA/1.220 WHIP in 78.2 IP