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- At MiLB.com, Jake Steiner writes about the top defensive right fielders and first basemen in the minors, or the position where glove is least valued and the players have to hit to be really valuable.

"Elite" is how a rival front office person described Smith's defense this offseason, adding he had the "potential [to win] multiple Gold Gloves."
Mets Infield Coordinator Kevin Morgan:

"He's really just one of those guys who naturally gets it with the glove. He has great hands, soft hands, and actually has a strong, accurate throwing arm. He has a lot to work with."
Here's the thing about first base defense: it's not as important as hitting. Being a good defender at first will help his value, but it cannot carry him.

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As a followup to his Top 100 prospects in baseball, Keith Law hosted a chat yesterday at ESPN.com. There was plenty of Mets talk.

Syndergaard vs.....Miles (Park City): Who's got the better curveball, Syndergaard or Stephenson?

Klaw (1:21 PM): Stephenson.

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Keith Law of ESPN.com is out with his Top 100 prospects in baseball. Unlike similar lists from Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com, which had three Mets each, Law has five Mets farmhands in his top 100.

24 - RHP Noah Syndergaard

36 - C Travis d'Arnaud

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At ESPN.com, Keith Law ranked the best Farm Systems in baseball, and placed the Mets sixth. Law uses all players who still have rookie eligibility.

The Mets trail the Astros, Twins, Pirates, Cubs and Red Sox.

Last year, the Mets were 14th and the year before that 22nd.

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At ESPN.com last Friday, Keith Law took chat questions, including a trio on Mets' trade candidates and potential returns.

 

Trade TalkRyan (Zona): On the theory that the D-backs are very average across the board, and that they can't afford to buy players that are both above-average and reliable -- might Jenrry Mejia be a good target in a trade of one of the AZ shortstops?

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In his chat yesterday, ESPN's Keith Law answered a bunch of Mets' questions.

 

Chris (NYC) Josh Satin, Lucas Duda, Allan Dykstra....how nauseous does it make you when people recommend them as starters at 1B for Mets?

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At ESPN yesterday, Keith Law took a bunch of Mets questions, and it turns out he's not a Cesar Puello fan.

Mitch (NJ): Between Puello, Dykstra, Boyd, Plawecki, D'arnaud and Flores, which Mets prospect do you want to see most at MLB level?

Klaw:?D'Arnaud, Plawecki, Flores, in that order. Not a big Puello fan, and last night didn't help.

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At ESPN, Keith Law has reordered his Top 25 prospects in baseball and moved Zack Wheeler exactly ZERO spots since his pre-season list when he also had Wheeler #15.

His comment in part:

He has top-of-the-rotation stuff, and after a few wild outings early in the year, including one in which he walked six guys, he has walked just five in his past four outings.
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You might recall that the Mets did not sign one of their second round picks in 2012: high school RHP Teddy Stankiewicz. The negotiations broke down over a small (in baseball terms) amount of money. The Mets offered about $600,000 and Stankiewicz insisted that he would not sign for anything less than his slot which was $680,000.

ESPN's Keith Law saw Stankiewicz this week and wrote the following:

he's probably set himself up to be selected higher this year.

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At ESPN.com, Keith Law has ranked all 30 Major League farm systems, slotting the Mets in at #14 - almost exactly middle of the pack. Law had the Cardinals #1 and the Angels #30.

His comment on the Mets:

The R.A. Dickey trade really boosted their system, and several Latin American arms had strong years in 2012 to bolster the system's total value. First-rounder Gavin Cecchini could move quickly for a prep kid, as he's pretty advanced for a teenager and doesn't have much blocking him at shortstop.
The Mets are the highest ranked NL East team. Law's rankings for the Mets other divisional brethren:

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- At ESPN, Keith Law updates his Top 50 prospects in baseball. He ranked both Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey higher than he did preseason. Wheeler moves up to #14 from #27 preseason and Harvey from 38 to 30.

On Wheeler:

He was touching 97-98 mph facing two batters at the Futures Game, although he won't pitch at that velocity as a starter. He still projects as a solid No. 2, top 30 or so in the league, with an outside chance of more.
On Harvey:

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From Law's Thursday chat at ESPN.com.

Drew (New York): What do you think of Wilmer Flores making the Futures game? I've never been sold on him as a top prospect

Klaw (1:19 PM): I would have preferred Marte.

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From Keith Law's Thursday chat at ESPN.com:

Steve (NY)
Any opinion on Josh Edgin? His stuff looks pretty impressive from the left-side. May even make Mets' OD roster despite never facing AA hitters yet.

Klaw
Middle reliever - not a surprise that a good LH A-ball arm could jump to the majors and throw 50 innings in a pseudo-specialist role. Teams are often too slow to push those guys anyway.
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Keith Law is back from surgery and he has opinions on the Mets and their prospects. These are from a recent chat at ESPN.com.

Matt (NY): "...Anyway, do you buy in to the Lucas Duda hype around here? People are saying he has the power/batting eye combo to be a middle of the order stud. Do you see differently?"Klaw: I do see differently. He's not that good.

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At ESPN.com, Keith Law has his list of the top 100 prospects in baseball up. ?Two Mets made the cut, Zack Wheeler at #27 and Matt Harvery at #38. ?Jeurys Familia was in the next 10 to miss the list.

On Wheeler, Law wrote:

Wheeler was stolen from the Giants for two months of Carlos Beltran's services in a deadline deal that should benefit the Mets for much of this decade.

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At ESPN.com, Keith Law has ranked baseball's farm systems, placing the Mets #22 out of 30. ?He puts the Padres first, with Tampa Bay and Toronto following in the top three. On the Mets he said:

It's actually getting better here, but rebuilding a system takes years, and the Mets have really just begun to inject higher-upside talent into the system.
One thing that's interesting here, and this has been a developing theme recently is that although, at present, the NL East appears to be a collection of very strong teams, analysts think poorly of the state of the division's farm systems. ?All five teams are in the bottom half of Law's rankings with the ?Braves leading the way at #16, the Nationals at 21st, the Mets at #22. The Phillies at #25 and Marlins at #28 trail.

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With the minor league season over half-way finished, ESPN's Keith Law has updated his Top 50 Prospect list.

The lone Mets prospect on the list is Matt Harvey, checking in at #26.

The list is for Insiders only, so here is the?excerpt?on Harvey.

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Keith Law has his rankings of the top 100 prospects in baseball up and two Mets make the cut: Wilmer Flores at #48 and Matt Harvey at #83.

His top 10 for the Mets is:

1. Wilmer Flores

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Keith Law has published his rankings of farm systems at ESPN.com and placed the Mets 26th out of baseball's 30 teams.

Rather than discuss Mets' players, here's his comment on the Mets:

Earth to Fred Wilpon: This is what a strict adherence to slot recommendations will buy you. Parsimony has its price.
Ouch.
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Keith Law, of ESPN.com, has published his Top 100 prospect list. I believe the content is for paid insiders only, so I will give you the scouting reports on each of the Mets on the list.

Jenrry Mejia #23-Mejia entered 2009 with no experience above short-season leagues, but finished it in Double-A despite missing time in the middle of the year with a strained finger on his pitching hand. He has top-of-the-rotation stuff, but is just 20 with the command you'd expect to see in a live-armed teenager with barely 200 innings in pro ball. His fastball sits at 93-96 and will tick higher, and the ball sometimes shows natural cutting action toward left-handed hitters. His changeup is his best off-speed pitch and, at 85-87 mph with good tail, looks like a soft two-seamer. His curveball is very inconsistent, but at its best, it's plus with good two-plane break and depth in the upper 70s. He's thick but not tall, and his slot is just below 3/4 -- so he has to work on staying on top of the ball, and the finger injury reduced his already below-average command. That said, he's 20 and has shown he can get advanced hitters in Double-A out. If the Mets slow him down a little and let him spend all of 2010 (and maybe some of 2011) in the minors to improve his command and the consistency of his changeup and curve, they have a chance for a No. 1 or No. 2 starter.

Wilmer Flores #41-Flores, as predicted, broke with a full-season club in 2009 and held his own despite playing most of the year at 17. He has very quick wrists and is short to the ball with good finish. The ball flies off his bat, especially in BP, in which he shows the promise of future plus power, and in games he has already shown that he can square balls up against pitchers two or three years his senior. In fact, of players with at least 400 at-bats in the Sally League in 2009, only one hitter had fewer strikeouts than Flores did. His main deficiency as a player is very slow feet, even though he's not thickly built, and he has no shot to stay at shortstop and little shot of handling third base, which means he'll end up at first base or in an outfield corner, although there's an excellent chance his bat plays in any of those positions.

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Keith Law, of ESPN.com, ranks the Mets #15 in his list of MLB's top farm systems.

According to Law, "It's fashionable in New York to bash their system, but productive international scouting continues to bail out their draft efforts, which are repeatedly hamstrung by ownership's refusal to exceed slot in the first few rounds."

Other notable rankings:

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At ESPN Insider, Keith Law has written up his first batch of prospects from the AFL including SEA's Dustin Ackley, the Phillies Domonic Brown, but saved some of his highest praise for Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia:

The most impressive arm so far has been Jenrry Mejia of the New York Mets, who was on a short pitch count but showed two above-average pitches and a chance for a third. Mejia's fastball sat from 93-96 mph and touched 98, he also threw a plus changeup that looked more like a two-seamer at 85-87. It should be noted, though: the latter pitch was a little inconsistent. His curveball was even less consistent, but he threw one very sharp one for a called third strike at 78 mph, with good depth and clear two-plane break. He comes from a slot just below 3/4 and needs to focus on staying on top of the ball. He missed a chunk of the second half with a strained finger, which could impact how he grips the ball even now. He has a strong, thick build. The velocity comes easily, and if his command is better than what he showed on Wednesday and he can snap off that good curveball more frequently, he's a potential No. 1 or No. 2 starter.
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According to Keith Law at ESPN.com, the Mets have signed their first pick, second-rounder Stephen Matz.

Per Law:

The Mets gave Matz $895,000. He had been committed to Coastal Carolina. The Mets needed to sign Matz, who was their one major upside play of this draft. Matz has some violence in his delivery but he's athletic and has shown feel for both a changeup and a curveball while touching 94.
As John Manuel pointed out at Baseball America:
[Matz] received almost $400,000 more than the commissioner?s office recommended slot.
BA also notes that the Mets signed 9th round catcher Jeff Glenn for $150,000.

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A couple of Mets nuggets yesterday from the always entertaining Keith Law:

Bhav (NYC) :? What's the deal with Fernando Nieve? Is he for real, or do Woland and Korovyev have something to do with his luck?
Keith Law: He's got a decent arm, could be a fifth starter for the Mets, but mostly he's been lucky.
Jack (Chicago): Is Jenrry Mujia (sic) another overhyped NY prospect? 19 years old, solid numbers in AA.
Keith Law : I haven't seen him, so I'm not saying he is or isn't as good as the hype, but I remember when they kept telling us Deolis Guerra was the next big thing.
Update 5:20: I wanted to add a little depth to Keith Law's remark that Nieve has been lucky and the coversation that's developed in the comment section. Fernando Nieve has given up a BABIP of .172. That's ridiculously low. Most pitchers work in the .300 range.
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One year after assigning Fernando the #10 ranking, this year Keith Law ranked him #16 in among prospects in all of baseball.?? His comments are indented, mine italicized.

....Martinez has a special bat and the injuries plus some aggressive promotions have obscured it. Martinez offers huge power potential, putting on a display in BP, but it has only briefly started to emerge in games. He has very quick and strong wrists, letting the ball travel on him before exploding quickly and making solid, hard contact.
Law has always shown love for Martinez's swing.
In the field, he's looking more likely to end up in right field; the Mets have one of the game's best center fielders in the big leagues and don't need to groom Martinez for that position.

His pitch recognition, while good for his age, hasn't progressed over the last two years, and the more he's pushed up the system the less likely it is that the skill will develop.

As much as Law likes Martinez, he goes out of his way to ding the Mets for their aggressive promotion strategy.
Martinez has now played the equivalent of a full season in Double-A before his 20th birthday, and the Mets are faced with the difficult decision of whether to promote him to Triple-A because he has "graduated" from the lower level or return him to the Eastern League for the third consecutive year so he can work on his plate discipline and, maybe, catch his breath.
The Mets have indicated that Martinez is going to Buffalo so apparently this wasn't that hard a decision for the team at all.
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Keith Law of ESPN.com and Scouts Inc. ranked SS Wilmer Flores as his 55th best prospect in baseball, second best Mets prospect, and the seventh best middle infield prospect.? You can read Law's full write up at the first link in this paragraph, but I wanted to excerpt a few choice nuggets.

Overall

Flores' calling card is his bat -- he has quick wrists and is very short to the ball, squaring very well except on balls toward the bottom of the zone.
On Flores's Defense:
Flores plays short now but is below-average already, and he'll move to another position as he fills out, probably third base given his arm strength and the fact that his bat will play there.
On Flores's Power
His power potential is an open question. He has some power now because he makes such hard contact and has loft in his finish; if he fills out physically, he should end up with plus power, topping 30 in his best years.
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Thursday, Keith Law will be releasing his list of the 100 best prospects in baseball.? Wednesday, in an article at ESPN Insider, he ranked the top farm systems, placing the Mets at #17, between the Colorado Rockies and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Regarding the Mets, Law writes:

It took a few major trades, but their system finally has thinned. Their international scouting department has saved the system, with three of their top six prospects (Fernando Martinez, Wilmer Flores and Jefry Marte) all coming via that route. Keep an eye on Brad Holt, a potentially fast mover from the 2008 draft whose curveball is improving.
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