St. Lucie Mets' Position Prospect Review

Baldiris Needs to Move to 2B

NYfansonly.com looks at the peripheral stats of the St. Lucie hitters, some of which had very good seasons in 2004. We will look at the batters who collected at least 200 at-bats with St. Lucie and did not accrue more than 200 at-bats at Binghamton.

Aarom Baldiris - 2B

A free agent signing out of Venezuela in 1999, Baldiris is a product of the Mets' VSL team, the Universidad de Carabobo. Baldiris has already developed the reputation as a very good contact hitter. And he annually gets recognized as one of the Mets' top prospects. The one problem with Baldiris has been his lack of power. If less than 20% of your hits are going for extra-base hits than you have a problem if you are playing a power-hitting position. Baldiris, who has played third base his entire minor league career thus far, has a very bright future ahead of him. It just won't be at third base. The Mets are going to have to move him to second base to take advantage of his hitting but hide his lack of power. Baldiris should move to second base in AA-Binghamton next season.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

AA

Bighamton

.222

.273

.284

.069

22.2

81

A

St. Lucie

.305

.384

.397

.102

19.4

406



Jay Caligiuiri - 1B

Some people might look at that .238 average and just blow off his potential as a prospect. That might not be too smart. Caligiuri, the Mets' 13th round of the 2001 draft, posted fantastic peripheral numbers this past season. In fact they were so good it's somewhat of an enigma that he posted such a low batting average. Over 39% of his hits went for extra-bases and his 18 home runs in just 104 games for St. Lucie were tied for fifth in the Florida State League. He's extremely patient at the plate and that will go a long way towards increasing his contact hitting. Caligiuri will be playing some 1B and 3B for Binghamton in 2005, possibly even becoming the full-time third baseman if Baldiris moves to 2B.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

St. Lucie

.238

.339

.433

.129

39.1

365



Brett Harper - 1B

Harper is a tireless worker defensively and has the work ethic to become a very good 1B prospect for the Mets. A draft-and-follow, Harper was selected late in the 2000 draft but did not sign until 2001. Harper does not put up the huge home run totals from a power hitting position like first base but does hit for a good extra-base hit percentage. He shows very good patience at the plate and is always looking to improve. He has the talent, the work ethic, and the pedigree to climb the charts. He should open up the 2005 season as the starting first baseman for AA-Binghamton.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

AA

Binghamton

.247

.309

.437

.074

44.2

174

A

St. Lucie

.350

.440

.564

.137

36.4

220



Joe Hietpas - C

He only got 191 at-bats for St. Lucie but we wanted to review Hietpas anyway. Hietpas is highly regarded around baseball circles as one of the better defensive catchers in professional baseball. Drafted in the 16th round of the 2001 draft, Hietpas only needs to show he can hit to make it all the way to the Majors. If you combine his numbers Hietpas had 25 doubles and 5 home runs in a little over 300 at-bats in his two stops this past season. Forget the batting averages. Hietpas' peripheral numbers show he's an offensive volcano ready to blow. Almost 40% of hits went for extra-bases and his walk rate was pretty damn good as well. Don't be surprised if Hietpas has a breakout season in AA-Binghamton in 2005.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

AA

Binghamton

.230

.335

.367

.120

40.6

139

A

St. Lucie

.251

.329

.372

.086

37.5

191



Joseph Jiannetti - LF

Drafted in the 40th round of the 2000 draft out of Daytona Beach Community College, Jiannetti has been solid in his career for a late round pick. He started out his pro career as a second baseman but was used primarily as an outfielder in 2004 for St. Lucie. Jiannetti, who turned 24 in September, does not have the look of a full-time player at the Major League level. While he posted decent peripheral numbers, nothing jumps out off the page. With his versatility he could wind up being a utility prospect. Jiannetti should be in AA-Binghamton in 2005.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

St. Lucie

.255

.306

.369

.062

27.5

271



Bobby Malek - RF

Drafted in the 4th round of the 2002 draft out of Michigan State University, Malek finally put up the solid season that made him such a high pick two years ago. Two years removed from elbow surgery, Malek finally showed some of the power he displayed in college. He could work a little bit on his patience at the plate, but there's little to dislike about a 42% rate of extra-base hits. Malek is a scrappy, hard-nosed player with great speed. 2005 will be a pivotal year for Malek if he's going to make a major push in the Mets' prospect rankings. He finished in 2004 season in AA-Binghamton and that's where he should begin the 2005 season.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

AA

Binghamton

.222

.263

.315

.036

25.0

54

A

St. Lucie

.266

.321

.440

.072

42.0

425



Robert McIntyre - INF

McIntyre was drafted in the 13th round of the 1999 draft out of high school as a shortstop and has struggled at the plate for the Mets ever since. The fact that he was tried out as a pitcher in this Fall's Instructional League should go a long way towards revealing the Mets' plans for McIntyre. He shows little power and even lesser patience at the plate. His peripherals show he's not on any path towards reaching the Majors as a hitter. If he's in the Mets' system in 2005 it will be as pitcher.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

St. Lucie

.208

.253

.277

.042

22.8

274



Corey Ragsdale - SS

A second-round supplemental draft pick in the 2001 draft, Ragsdale has been wowing scouts with his defensive ability and souring others with his paltry batting averages. A career .193 hitter in his four seasons in the Mets' system, "Rags" hit a career-high .219 for St. Lucie this past season. Many a scout have said that he only needs to hit .250 consistently at the Major League level in order to have a major impact. His peripherals show he has the talent. He's patient at the plate and has more power in his bat than your typical shortstop. Ragsdale, still only 22 years old, will be in AA-Binghamton next season and hopefully his batting average will finally reflect his peripherals as he looks to make that next leap in prospect status.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

St. Lucie

.219

.303

.337

.091

33.7

421



Jonathan Slack - CF

Slack, who was drafted in the 5th round of the 2002 draft out of Texas Tech University, has the look of a solid fourth outfielder down the road. He has great speed, displays good patience at the plate, and has good gap power for a leadoff-type hitter. Slack does a little bit of everything at the plate and in the field and his game resembles former Met Timo Perez. He could be a starter in a pinch. Slack should be patrolling center field for AA-Binghamton in 2005.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

St. Lucie

.258

.327

.353

.084

23.5

445



Alhaji Turay - LF

Turay was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 draft out of high school and is an outfield prospect dripping with talent. He has power, speed, a good eye at the plate, and is very intelligent. His peripherals were solid despite the .256 average for St. Lucie. Turay has always had the talent. The question with him has always been whether or not he can remain healthy. Turays' the right-handed, minor league version of Cliff Floyd. IF he can remain healthy, watch out! Turay will try to be in the Binghamton lineup every day in 2005.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

St. Lucie

.256

.313

.451

.067

35.4

308


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