Born: 5/29/89 (Panama City, Panama)
2009 Rank: NR
Why Ranked Here: As more than one scout who saw him this year said, this “slight” lefty “has a chance.” At this point, on the list, that’s all one can ask. Both of Cuan’s secondary offerings, a true curveball and a changeup have a chance to be MLB average. His fastball, which lives at 84-89 mph is the weak link in his game. Lefties can get by with middling heaters, but he’ll need to at least maintain 87-89 to give himself a real big league chance.
2009: The Mets started Cuan off in Brooklyn, where he was hit hard in two starts (15 H, 7 R, 8 IP) before he was sent down to Kingsport, because as we all know around here, losing in Brooklyn is simply unacceptable. Even with the Cyclones, Cuan’s ratios (9 K, 2 BB) were fine. With Kingsport, he was still hittable (76 H, 59.2 IP), but his K/BB was strong: a touch above three.
Dr. Pangloss Says: A lefty at the back end of a big league rotation
Debbie Downer Says: Cannon fodder at AA.
Projected 2010 Start: Savannah with a reasonably strong Spring Training