Jack from Africa - for now asks:
John, How did Scott Shaw not make the list? He didn't have to be #1 but he was the best pitcher in the league statistically - he dominated. He should have been on the list somewhere.
A: John Manuel: I hate to sound like a broken record, but his fastball was a bit short for me to put him on the top 20. He had an incredible year after signing -- more than 100 IP as a pro after 50 or so at Illinois, and he sounds like he has a chance to be a durable, back-of-the-rotation guy if it all works out. But he works at 87-88 mph with his fastball, and the life on the pitch is just OK according to my info. Great scouting by the Mets (Scott Trcka's the area guy there) on getting him and he could be a real find, but I thought his fastball was short to make the list.
Q: Bainton from NY asks:
Were there ant Met prospects that merited consideration?
A: John Manuel: Shaw almost made it; Ruben Tejada had his supporters but his tools really don't stand out according to anyone I talked to. He was most impressive for grinding out a long season as a teenager, through the Fla. State League and then Hawaii. But there's not a tool that gets scouts or managers raving.