Jose Reyes and Scott Kazmir remain the top positional and pitching prospects. Matthew Peterson's…
2003 Scouting Report: LHP, Neal Musser
The Mets had planned to fast track Musser and have him at Columbia in 2000, but his physical problems (rib cage injuries, sore elbow, foot stress fracture) delayed his progress. Year Team W-L IP Hits BB K ERA 2003 Binghamton 1-3 35 30 8 29 3.12 2003 St. Lucie 3-0 35 41 9 16 4.67 2002 St. Lucie 2-0 19 20 5 12 1.42 2002 Brooklyn 0-0 13 7 5 12 0.69 2001 St. Lucie 3-4 46 45 19 40 3.55 2001 Cap City 7-4 95 86 18 98 2.84 2000 Kingsport 3-0 34 33 6 21 2.10 1999 Gulfport 2-1 31 26 18 22 2.01 *Stats as of 6/8/03 Repertoire. Fastball (FB), curve ball (CB), slider (SL) and change up (CU). Fastball. Musser's FB sits in the 89-90 mph range and tops off at 92 mph. He should add 1 or 2 mph to his FB. His FB has excellent sinking action. He's allowed very few HR. Other Pitches. Musser's most effective pitch is his CU with effective run and drop. He now has a sharp CB with good bite to mix in. He also has a slow CB and a SL. Pitching. Musser has outstanding control of 3 pitches 2 all of which are now MLB-ready quality out pitches. Musser needs a solid defense behind him but if he doesn't walk many batters and doesn't allow many HR, he can be a successful MLB SP. Projection. Musser projects to a high quality #3 starter. ETA. 2004. If he remains healthy, a September call up in 2003 is possible. Starting Pitchers Team Jeremy Griffiths AAA - Norfolk Tides Patrick Strange AAA - Norfolk Tides Jake Joseph AAA - Norfolk Tides Phil Seibel AAA - Norfolk Tides Jason Roach AAA - Norfolk Tides Aaron Heilman AAA - Norfolk Tides Bob Keppel AA - Binghamton Mets David Mattox AA - Binghamton Mets Joseph Cole AA - Binghamton Mets Neal Musser AA - Binghamton Mets Lenny Dinardo AA - Binghamton Mets Matthew Peterson A- St. Lucie Mets Kevin Deaton A- St. Lucie Mets Ross Peeples A- St. Lucie Mets Wayne Ough A- St. Lucie Mets Kenneth Chenard A- St. Lucie Mets Miguel Pinango A - Capital City Bombers Yunior Cabrera A - Capital City Bombers Matthew Lindstrom A - Capital City Bombers Scott Kazmir A - Capital City Bombers Adam Elliot A - Brooklyn Cyclones Comments Starting pitching remains the deepest part of the Mets farm system. Aside from the great depth, Kazmir, Peterson, Keppel and Elliott have real high ceilings. Both Jake Joseph and Jason Scobie project better as RP's than SPs, so aren't included in the list below. Ross Peoples has struggled mightily at St. Lucie. Joey Cole is beginning to look more like a long RP/spot SP rather than a #5 SP. 1. Scott Kazmir (LHP) - remains the gem of the farm system's deep core of pitching prospects. He's improved his CU and needs to work on his command and build arm strength. 2. Aaron Heilman (RHP) - remains ready to lend an arm to the Mets in 2003. The Mets want him to become a bit more consistent especially with his SL. 3. Matthew Peterson (RHP) - remains the RHP with the highest ceiling and has been outstanding in 2003 despite a delay due to a minor arm ailment. 4. Patrick Strange (RHP) - has had a cup of coffee with the Mets in 2003. He remains a quality prospect, but needs to develop another quality pitch and his spl. FB sits in his back pocket waiting to be reused. Strange's minor surgery to remove a bone spur hasn't slowed him in 2003 at all. 5. Jeremy Griffiths (RHP) - also probably needs another plus pitch to be a quality SP, but his deceptive motion projects him to be a closer as he repeats his arm slot on FB, SL and CU. 6. Bob Keppel (RHP) - has good command and an extensive arsenal of pitches. He still needs to fill out and maintain the velocity on his fastball. 7. David Mattox (RHP) - possesses 5 pitches with good movement and will be as good as his command. 8. Lenny DiNardo (LHP) - finally demonstrating the promise that projected him as a potential first rounder in the 2003 draft. Still needs for his velocity to return to the 90-91 mph range. Great command of CB and CU. 9. Miguel Pinango (RHP) - strike throwing machine is having an outstanding season. 10. Adam Elliot (RHP) - has not pitched yet in 2003 and is likely to begin the season with Brooklyn. He challenges Peterson and Keppel as having the highest ceiling after Kazmir. 11. Neal Musser (LHP} - has been healthy in 2003 and pitched extremely well after being promoted to Binghamton. 12. Phil Seibel (LHP} - has a nice mix of pitches that should make him an effective MLB pitcher. Most likely an end of the rotation SP, but has demonstrated his ability to pitch effectively out of the bullpen. 13. Wayne Ough (RHP) - is now in the mix with the improved command and addition of a quality CU. 14. Luz Portabanco (RHP) - remains a SP prospect, but will decline rapidly if he doesn't begin to be productive. He possesses the repertoire to be a front end SP. 15. Kenneth Chenard (RHP) - along with Ough and Nick Maness possesses the best stuff of any pitchers in the organization. However, he's like Casper the Ghost because he disappears on to the DL much to often. 16. Yunior Cabrera (LHP) - is likely to a RP, but has enough repertoire to start. 17. Brian Walker (LHP) - finally healthy in 2003, should he regain his 90-91 mph FB, then he has enough stuff to be a SP, otherwise his future as a SP is in doubt. 18. Matt Lindstrom (RHP) - has good stuff, but he lacks experience and coaching. His start at Columbia has been surprisingly good. Might be holding off shift to bullpen. 19. I'll add short season talent as their season begins. Since the Venezuelan Summer Leaguie has already begun, 2 good second year prospects remained there who are having outstanding seasons. Yusemeiro Petit, perhaps, the best of 2nd year pitchers should begin this season with Kingsport. Jose Sanchez (3-1, 1.76, 30.7) and Javier Perdomo (3-2, 1,53, 29.3) are having outstanding seasons. Sanchez has allowed 22 hits, issued 7 BB and struck out 36. Perdomo in his 1st season as a SP has allowed 15 hits, issued 2 BB and struck out 40. All three are RHPs. 20. Returning short season lefties to keep an eye on are Ryan Danly, Edgar Alfonzo and Kelvin Garay. Danly has a power arm probably second only to Scott Kazmir. Garay is a big kid with a lot of physical development remaining despite already being 220 lbs. Alfonzo is of course Fonzie's nephew.
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