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Scouting Mets' Prospect #48: Jonathan Slack
Vital Statistics: Name: Jonathan Slack Position: Center Field DOB: December 4, 1981 Height: 5'11" Weight: 180 Bats: Left Throws: Left Slack played ball at the Community College of Southern Nevada before transferring to Texas Tech University prior to the 2002 collegiate season where he helped lead the Red Raiders to their 8th straight NCAA Tournament by hitting .333 with 7 home runs and 29 stolen bases in 62 games while playing a dazzling centerfield. Slack scored Texas Tech's only run in a 3-1 loss to the University of Washington in the NCAA Regionals that year, eliminating Tech from the tournament. Slack overshadowed Red Raider teammate Gera Alvarez in 2002 and became the Mets' 5th round draft selection. After signing with the Mets in June of 2002, Slack began his professional career in Brooklyn where he showed his tremendous speed in a reserve role for the Cyclones. Slack was promoted to Capital City in 2003 where he manned the starting center field position and leadoff spot for the Bombers. Impressing scouts and coaches alike with his excellent work ethic and all out speed in the field, Slack was sent back to Brooklyn to help bolster their lineup despite showing good success in the South Atlantic League. On the strength of his solid debut in low-A ball with the Bombers, Slack was sent directly to St. Lucie in 2004 where he batted mostly leadoff for the Mets this past season. Slack had an up and down year for St. Lucie but did manage to put together a season high 16-game hit streak in June that saw him hit .403 during that stretch. Year Team AVG. AB Hits HR RBI R SB BB K OBP SLG 2004 St. Lucie .258 445 115 6 30 66 30 41 75 .327 .353 2003 Capital City .273 238 65 3 27 47 21 42 60 .387 .366 2003 Brooklyn .256 211 54 0 13 30 17 35 47 .361 .299 2002 Brooklyn .245 147 36 1 11 16 5 20 47 .341 .333 * Stats as of 10/1/04 Batting and Power. Slack has decent gap power for a guy his size and has the ability to hit with line-drive power. He's got an average eye at the plate and makes good contact. He'll never hit more than ten home runs but with his speed, has the chance to hit for a good amount of extra-base hits. Base Running and Speed. Speed is the strength of Slack's offensive games. He ranks only behind Milledge, Lydon, and Cory Wells in overall speed. He's a very intelligent base runner and has improved his stolen base percentage each year. He had an 85.7% success rate in stolen bases for St. Lucie this past season, getting caught just 5 times in 35 attempts. Defense. Slack has tremendous range in center field and has a good enough arm to make the necessary throws. While he is good in center field, he projects to be more suited for left field as his arm is not his strongest suit. However, he has plus range in the outfield and could play any of the outfield positions if called upon. Projection. The Mets have quite a few outfield prospects that project to be starters down the road and have a bit more talent than Slack. That said, Slack's defensive ability and speed will carry him a long way and he could prove to be a valuable reserve outfielder and bench player for the Mets someday. Think Timo Perez for a good MLB comparison. ETA. 2007. Slack is still a young player. He turns 23 in December and will be one of the younger players in AA next season where he should be penciled in as the starting centerfielder for Binghamton. He could earn a cup of coffee with the Mets in 2006 as a September call up, but should be ready to help the Mets in some capacity by 2007 when he'll still only be 25 years old on Opening Day. Outfielders 2004 Team Victor Diaz AAA - Norfolk Tides Prentice Redman AAA - Norfolk Tides Jeff Duncan AA - Binghamton Mets Angel Pagan AA - Binghamton Mets Wayne Lydon AA - Binghamton Mets Ron Acuna AA - Binghamton Mets Bobby Malek AA - Binghamton Mets Alhaji Turay A - St. Lucie Mets Jonathan Slack A - St. Lucie Mets Joseph Jiannetti A - St. Lucie Mets Lastings Milledge A - Capital City Bombers Jamar Hill A - Capital City Bombers Ryan Harvey A - Capital City Bombers Rashad Parker A - Capital City Bombers Caleb Stewart A - Capital City Bombers Ambiorix Concepcion A - Brooklyn Cyclones Corey Coles A - Brooklyn Cyclones Dante Brinkley A - Brooklyn Cyclones Derran Watts A - Brooklyn Cyclones Seith Pietsch R - Kingsport Mets Carlos Gomez R - Kingsport Mets Joshua Wyrick R - Kingsport Mets Jesus Gamero R - Kingsport Mets Horace Lawrence R - Kingsport Mets Cory Wells R - Gulf Coast Mets Brahiam Maldonado R - Gulf Coast Mets Parris Austin R - Gulf Coast Mets Miguel Garcia R - Gulf Coast Mets Comments Two years ago, the Mets were really devoid of any real threat in the outfield among their prospects. They currently have a handful of legitimate outfield prospects, players that could become full-time starters at the Major League level. While Victor Diaz and Prentice Redman are the closest to the Major Leagues, Lastings Milledge, Jamar Hill, and Ambiorix Concepcion give the Mets a very athletic look in the future. The Mets could have a very, very good outfield down the road. 1) Victor Diaz - AAA-Norfolk Tides - Diaz, making the switch from second base to right field in 2004, looked pretty comfortable in the field and at the plate. There's never been a question about his bat (he has won two minor league battle titles), just his attitude and defense. It will be interesting to see if the Mets make the commitment to Diaz in their outfield after a very good AAA debut in 2004, or use him as a trading piece for an established Major League talent. 2) Prentice Redman - AAA-Norfolk Tides - Redman does a little bit of everything well. He can run, hit, hit for power, and possesses speed. The problem is he doesn't any one of them very well. His future at the Major League level is as a reserve outfielder. 3) Jeff Duncan - AA-Binghamton Mets - Once patrolling centerfield for the Mets, Duncan was demoted all the way down to AA this past season. With Cameron tied up for the next two seasons, and with Milledge right behind him (or ahead of him in many ways), Duncan needs a change of scenery with a new organization. 4) Angel Pagan - AA-Binghamton Mets - Pagan is developing into a very good reserve-type outfielder that can play all three outfield positions and can hit at the top or bottom of the lineup. He make very good contact at the plate, has excellent speed, a good arm, and brings good enthusiasm into the clubhouse. 5) Wayne Lydon - AA -Binghamton Mets - Lydon is all about the speed. With 227 stolen bases the last three seasons, Lydon's a light-hitting defensive player that has a knack for the stolen bases. His ticket to the Majors is as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner. 6) Bobby Malek - AA-Binghamton Mets - There's a reason the Mets made Malek their 4th round selection in the 2002 draft. Malek is a very good defensive player that possesses a rare combination of power and speed. After struggling last season after elbow surgery, Malek regained his college form in 2004, hitting 14 home runs and stealing 15 bases. Malek still has the potential to be a starting outfielder at the Major League level. 2005 could be a breakout year for Malek. 7) Ronald Acuna - AA - Binghamton Mets - A very good contact hitter and excellent defensive player, Acuna's lack of power is his downfall as a prospect. He has just 5 HRs in his last 1,441 minor league at-bats. He's a 4th or 5th outfielder at the Major League level. 8) Joseph Jiannetti - A-St. Lucie Mets - Originally drafted as a 3B, the Mets moved him to 2B back in 2002 and then moved him to the outfield in 2004. Jiannetti is a nice hitter with decent pop. He's got the potential to be a reserve outfielder or as a possible utility player. 9) Jonathan Slack - A-St. Lucie Mets - Slack is a good defensive centerfielder much in the same mold as Lydon. Good defensively, decent hitter, great speed, and not much power. He's got the look of a possible reserve outfielder. 10) Alhaji Turay - A - St. Lucie Mets - The talent is there. A good defensive player, Turay has big time power potential and excellent speed. He has 30-30 potential and is easily one of the Mets' best run producing prospects....WHEN HEALTHY! Turay has to put together a full, healthy season before he becomes an elite prospect, but he does have that kind of talent. 11) Jamar Hill - A - Capital City Bombers - Hill, with 26 HRs & 20 SBs in 2004, had a breakout season this past year and showing the promise he displayed in Kingsport back in 2002. If he can duplicate the same success at St. Lucie in 2005, Hill could make that leap into one of the better outfield prospects in all of baseball. 12) Lastings Milledge - A- Capital City Bombers - Already considered the Mets' top prospect after the Mets trade Scott Kazmir, Milledge had a very good first year of long-season baseball. Milledge does it all: power, speed, defense, hitting, etc. He strikes out a bit too much, but could learn more selectivity as he matures. Easily the top outfield prospect for the Mets! 13) Ryan Harvey - A - Capital City Bombers - Harvey certainly gets overlooked by many despite being a very solid outfielder. Harvey, the Bombers' lone All-Star in '04, does a little bit of everything. Currently, he has the look of a reserve outfielder at the Major League level but he could be a late bloomer much in the same manner Jason Bay was. He's one to keep an eye on. 14) Rashad Parker - A - Capital City Bombers - Parker's a defensive and speed replacement at the minor league level. There's no reason to expect anything else. 15) Caleb Stewart - A - Capital City Bombers - Stewart is a big kid that moves very well. He has a very good batting eye and decent power. He could develop into a Major League starting outfielder down the road. 16) Ambiorix Concepcion - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - The player formerly known as Roberto Solano, Concepcion is a five-tool talent that has the raw ability to be an elite outfield prospect for the Mets. Voted by Baseball America as the top prospect in the NY-Penn League this year, Concepcion reminds scouts of Vladmir Guerrero at the same point in development. 17) Corey Coles - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - Coles had a tremendous start to the 2004 season for Brooklyn and then had a disasterous finish. At 23, he's going to have to have some success at higher levels before we get too excited about him. 18) Dante Brinkley - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - Brinkley is a nice player that can do a little bit of everything. He has the look of a future reserve outfielder. 19) Derran Watts - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - Has more speed than Brinkley, a better arm, and is better defensively. But has a long way to go to become legit outfield prospect. 20) Carlos Gomez - R - Kingsport Mets - Gomez was a wide-eyed 18-year old kid playing rookie ball this past season, but has the raw talent to be a special prospect. He's got a cannon for an arm, good batting eye, and developing power. He could be atop this list next year along with Lastings Milledge and Jamar Hill as the Mets' best outfield prospects. 21) Seth Pietsch - R - Kingsport Mets - A little old for the Appy League, Pietsch is a strong kid with good power and speed. He needs to show some success at the higher levels. 22) Joshua Wyrick - R - Kingsport Mets - Wyrick, an 11th round pick in the 2004 draft, had a decent professional debut. He's a speedster with great range. 23) Jesus Gamero - R - Kingsport Mets - Has an excellent batting eye and developing power.
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