RDM Top Prospect List 36-40
Welcome to Wednesday, and spots 36-40 on the RDM prospect list. It’s not a stellar group today, but definitely a few potential role players in the making. Let’s have a look: 40. Logan Verrett, RP – Verrett was a third round pick in 2011, but didn’t see professional action until 2012. He was a polished college pitcher out of Baylor, with good velocity on his fastball and decent secondary stuff. He had no problem getting through 11 starts for Savannah and then finished the season with 6 starts in St. Lucie, going 2-0 with a 2.09 ERA. One area of concern is a steep drop in his strikeout rate after the move to St. Lucie, which is something we’ve seen out of polished college pitchers before, and can be a sign of a guy that will have problems in the upper levels (see Greg Peavey). If he can regain his strikeout rate at the higher levels, he’ll have a chance to make the back end of a big league rotation or at least break in as a middle reliever at some point, but if not, he’ll end up being a space filler for Binghamton and Las Vegas over the next few years. 39. Cam Maron, C – The Mets may have traded Josh Thole, but they’ve got another Thole-esque player coming up through the farm system in Maron. As a 21-year old in Savannah last year he put up a line of .300/.403/.408, which is a nice line, showing good patience and a little bit of power. If he can keep up a line like that he’ll be an asset at catcher offensively; however, Maron’s problem has been behind the plate, where he lacks sufficient arm strength and has struggled throwing out runners. His bat will help move him up the system, but at some point he’ll have to become an adequate backstop. Still, considering Maron was a 34th round pick out of nearby Hicksville High School, he’s already surpassed most draft day expectations. 38. Adam Kolarek, LP – Outside of Josh Edgin, Kolarek is probably the most promising LOOGY the Mets have. He spent most of last season in St. Lucie, and a few rocky outings late in the year inflated his ERA to 2.37, but he also struck out 70 in 57 innings. He saw some time in AA and got knocked around a little, but the same thing happened to him in St. Lucie late in 2011 and he bounced back and dominated the league the following year. In terms of stuff and development, he’s fairly close to a finished product, and so, much like Edgin, he’ll have a chance to move quickly through the AA and AAA, as it’s just a matter of proving he can get guys out at each level. That’s not to say he’ll be in the big leagues as early as Edgin was last year, but he’ll have a chance to get himself to flushing at some point in 2013. 37. Danny Muno, 2B – Muno was a bit of a disappointment in 2012, in part because he missed 50 games after MLB didn’t like what they found in his urine. He put up mind-blowing numbers in Brooklyn the summer after getting drafted, but came back down to earth last year with a line of .280/.387/.412. His tools don’t stand out, but he hustles and shows a propensity for making winning plays. Muno doesn’t have a high ceiling, but he’s a good guy to have in the organization and could become a useful utility player at some point in the not too distant future. 36. Gabriel Ynoa, RP – Ynoa was the youngest of Brooklyn’s young studs last summer, and he may have the most potential. In 13 starts, he had a 5-2 record, a WHIP under 1, and struck out 64 in 76 innings. His fastball is in the low 90’s and his changeup is already considered average, while his slider lags behind. At 6’2’’, Ynoa isn’t huge, but he’s big enough to remain a starter if he fills out, and since he won’t turn 20 until May, he’s right where he should be age-wise, and his stats in Brooklyn can be taken a little more seriously. He’s only at 36 because he is still young and hasn’t faced stellar competition, but Ynoa is a guy to watch this year, and could be a pretty big blip on the radar a year from now.