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9) Desmond Lindsay, OF, Grade C /B-: Age 21, second round pick in 2015 from high school in Sarasota, Florida; not a good year, hitting .220/.327/.388 in 214 at-bats in Low-A; had hit .297/.418/.450 the year before in short-season ball; jealous of the injured pitchers, he went down in July with “ulnar transposition surgery” to correct numbness in his hand; the injury may have been responsible for his poor performance; shows solid-average power at his best with decent strike zone judgment and above-average speed but has a long injury resume dating back to high school; ETA 2021; QUESTION MARK: health.
10) Tomas Nido, C, Grade C : Age 23, born in Puerto Rico but went to high school in Florida, drafted in eighth round in 2012; hit .232/.287/.354 with eight homers, 30 walks, 63 strikeouts in 367 at-bats in Double-A, then went 3-for-10 in the majors; excellent defender who approaches 50% of runners caught with very low passed ball and error rates; has some pop and controls zone well, had some issues adapting to Double-A pitching but has hit better in the past and the Mets will be patient considering his defense; ETA 2018; QUESTION MARK: will he hit enough to play regularly?
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14) Tyler Bashlor, RHP, Grade C : Age 24, drafted in 11 round in 2013 from South Georgia State University; posted 3.44 ERA in 50 innings between High-A and Double-A, 84/25 K/BB, 40 hits allowed; note exceptionally good strikeout rate; missed all of 20 after blowing elbow; Tommy John survivor has all of his fastball back, 94-98 MPH; breaking ball is OK; needs to lower walks but it wouldn’t take much for him to be a fine short/middle reliever; ETA late 2018; QUESTION MARK: grading relievers is problematic.15) Gerson Bautista, RHP, Grade C : Age 22, signed by Red Sox out of Dominican Republic in 2013, over with Callahan in Addison Reed trade; 4.22 ERA with 73/31 K/BB in 60 innings between Low-A and High-A; best pure arm of this group of relievers, fastball can hit 100; good slider, too; command needs work and he’s not as close to the majors as Callahan and Bashlor; ETA 2020; QUESTION MARK: grading relievers is problematic.16) Ronny Mauricio, SS, Grade C : Age 16, signed out of Dominican Republic for ,100,000 in 2017; hasn’t played yet so this is all July 2 scouting reports; I’m putting him here to change the palate after the batch of relievers; switch-hitter with projectable frame, reportedly has arm and range to stay at shortstop as well as good potential as a pure hitter; ETA: ??? 17) Jhoan Urena, 1B-3B, Grade C : Age 23, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2011; switch-hitter with .277/.358/.440 line in High-A/Triple-A, 14 homers, 18 steals, 64 walks, 130 strikeouts; real pop from both sides of the plate showed well in power-difficult Florida State League; good batting eye, strikes out some but looks recovered from injury seasons in ’15 and ’16; problem here is atrocious defense, .891 career fielding percentage at third is unacceptable, .987 at first base isn’t much better; I think he can hit but where do you play him? 18) Anthony Kay, LHP, Grade C : Age 22, first round pick in 2016 from University of Connecticut; missed all of 2017 with Tommy John surgery; went 9-2, 2.65 ERA in 119 innings in 2016 NCAA play, 111/37 K/BB; can hit 95 although more commonly works at 90-93; mixing in impressive change-up and inconsistent but promising slider; looks like a solid number three starter when all is right, at least pre-surgery. 19) Jordan Humphreys, RHP, Grade C : Age 21, 18 round pick in 2015 from high school in Crystal River, Florida; in the middle of a superb season (1.79 ERA 83/12 K/BB in 81 innings between Low-A and High-A) when he blew his elbow and needed Tommy John; fastball anywhere between 88 and 94 MPH depending on the day; mixing in average curveball, slider, and change-up; stuff isn’t terrific but feel for pitching is truly outstanding and hitters just can’t seem to pick him up; ETA 2022; QUESTION MARK: health.6) Thomas Szapucki, LHP, Grade B-/C : Age 21, fourth round pick from high school in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; posted 2.79 ERA in 29 innings in Low-A, 27/10 K/BB before blowing out elbow and needing Tommy John surgery; likely the best overall pitching prospect in the system before he got hurt, featuring fastball up to 97 MPH and an excellent curveball; at this point we need to see how he responds to surgery; ETA 2021.QUESTION MARK: health 7) Chris Flexen, RHP, Grade B-/C : Age 23, 14 round pick in 2012 from high school in Newark, California; excellent season in the minors, 1.76 ERA in 61 innings between High-A and Double-A with 63/10 K/BB; promoted to majors ahead of schedule and was blasted, 7.88 ERA in 48 innings, 36/35 K/BB, but still retains rookie eligibility for ’18; in the minors he looked like a solid Grade B prospect with above-average to excellent command of low-90s fastball, curve, and change; I think that’s all still in there but he’s going to have to learn from adversity; ETA 2018. 8) Marcos Molina, RHP, Grade B-/C : Age 22, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2011; missed all of 2016 with Tommy John, came back to post 3.21 ERA in 107 innings in High-A and Double-A with 86/26 K/BB; numbers were pretty solid actually, particularly his control, but scouting reports were oddly muted; hit 97 MPH before injury but was more in the low-90s last year; mixes in slider and change-up; reports indicate that these pitches weren’t as good as they were pre-injury, but again, he held his own in Double-A even if the stuff was down a bit; ETA: 2019; QUESTION MARK: disconnect between surface numbers and scouting reports.