Prospect Pulse: Stock Falling

Jamar Hill's stock is the lowest in three years

In each monthly issue of Inside Pitch Magazine, we highlight players whose stock is rising and whose is falling. With just a month left in the minor league season, here are the candidates who have seen their stock in the Mets' system declining.

RHP John Holdzkom: The 6-foot-7 Holdzkom was selected in the fourth round in June's draft out of Salt Lake Community College. Reportedly sitting in the mid-90's with his fastball in college, Holdzkom's velocity hasn't been the same in the professional ranks, topping out in the high-80's with the Gulf Coast League Mets. While pitching at the rookie league level, Holdzkom started off his career going 1-4 with a 10.91 ERA with 13 walks and 11 wild pitches in just 15 2/3 innings. The Mets are hardly giving up on him, but the early signs are not as encouraging as they had hoped.

RHP Matt Durkin: Drafted in the second round of the 2004 MLB Draft, Durkin missed the majority of the season until debuting with the Gulf Coast League Mets in early July. Like Holdzkom, Durkin has never been able to display the same mid-90's fastball he reportedly had in college and just like his time in Hagerstown in 2005, walks continue to be his downfall. Durkin posted a 8.59 ERA in his first six appearances this season and walked (12) nearly as many as he struck out (13). He'll need to turn things around in a hurry, but in the meantime, his stock with the Mets is at an all-time low.

RHP Jorge Reyes: Blessed with tremendous stuff, including a blazing 95 MPH fastball, scouts overlooked his ho-hum season with the Brooklyn Cyclones a year ago (4-5, 5.20 ERA). Now 22-years old, and after a 50-game suspension for steroids earlier in the year, those same supporters are finding it hard to ignore Reyes' slow start in the NY-Penn League once again in 2006. He went just 1-4 with a 5.63 ERA in his first seven starts with the Cyclones and many are wondering if his nasty stuff will eventually translate into actual production. His stuff is too good to give up on just yet, but his stock is slowly starting to slip in the Mets' organization.

OF Jamar Hill: Hill's days as one of the top prospects in the organization is quickly dissipating into oblivion after now struggling in his second tour of duty with the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League. The soon-to-be 24-year old outfielder hit just .244 with six home runs in his first 66 games this year, and while his strikeouts are down, many are skeptical that the raw athlete will ever be able to put it all together. His upside is tremendous, but he hasn't been able to replicate the same speed-power combination he displayed with the Capital City Bombers two years ago.

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