Friday, February 27, 2009

Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects......17-year-old Mets Phenom

On Tuesday morning Baseball America unveiled their annual list of the Top 100 Major League Baseball Prospects.

MLB Playoff standout David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, who threw 12 strikeouts for the Rays during the teams 2008 playoff run, scattered 9 hits and allowed 3 runs over 14 innings of work. This hardly qualifies Price as a "prospect" candidate, none the less Baseball America ranked the left handed hurler from Vanderbilt number #2 overall.

This isn’t really a knock on Baseball America or a slight on the young Mr. Price but honestly?

Did the Rays young Phenom not surpass "prospect" status when he won Game 2 of the 2008 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox.

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus, Braves Pitcher Tommy Hanson and outfielder Jason Heyward round out the list top five prospects.

Gold in them there hills

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey #14, Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton #16, Red Sox first-basemen Lars Anderson #17 and White Sox short-stop Gordon Beckham #20 are all notable prospects with bright futures but look a little further down the list and you might find a true gem like 17 year-old Mets prospect Wilmer Flores #47

Flores the youngest of Baseball America's top 100 prospects is likely at least two or three seasons away from his big league debut which certainly qualifies the native of Valencia, Venezuela as a prospect.

With talent like Joes Reyes and David Wright patrolling the Mets infield it seems increasingly likely that the Mets organization will be afford the luxury of taking their time when it comes to developing their star prospect.

Flores however has other ideas

Flores quickly outgrew the Appalachian League after just 245 at bats and was promoted to the New York-Penn Leagues (A) Brooklyn Cyclones for the remainder of th season.

It is expected that Flores will return to the Cyclones lineup when the New York-Penn League resumes play in June but it is still unclear weather Flores will remain at short-stop of be moved to the hot-corner where the Cyclones can take full advantage of the young mans cannon for an arm.


Check out Baseball America's full list of the top 100 prospects.....


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