- L/R - 6'3" 210 lbs - 3rd Rd '08 - b. 8/7/87
There was a reason immediately after the June draft that Mets Director of Scouting pointed to Nieuwenhuis as a player he was particularly happy to add to the Mets system out of Azusa Pacific. Nieuwenhius looks the part of rangy outfielder, but even better, plays the part. Nieuwenhuis is a capable defender who runs well enough for center and throws well enough for right. Scouts appreciated Nieuwenhuis's skills and clean swing. Nieuwenhuis does not have the power to offer a classic right-field profile, but offers something just as valuable: the ability to go get it in center.
Likely '09 start: A+
[table=22]- L/L - 6'3" 185 - 4th Rd '08 - b. 2/24/87
Ratliff left Stanford with a reputation for good power, patience and lots of strikeouts. As a professional he delivered: tying for the team lead in homers and striking out in 30% of his plate appearances in 2008 in the New York Penn League. He has a long swing and an unusual load so fought timing issues as a Cyclone. Ratliff played a month in center to complement his time in right. He fits better in right, but simply must make more contact to continue moving up the system.
Likely '09 start: A