Earlier today, polite and Canadian and polite Marc Hulet published his 2014 organizational prospect list for the New York Mets.
It goes without saying that, in composing such a list, Hulet has considered the overall future value those prospects might be expected to provide either to the Mets or whatever other organizations to which they might someday belong.
What this brief post concerns isn’t overall future value, at all, but rather such value as the prospects from Hulet’s list might provide were they to play, more or less, a full major-league season in 2014.
Steamer Projections: Mets Batting Prospects
Below are the current 2014 projections for select Mets batting prospects. All projections have been prorated to 550 plate appearances (and 450 for catchers) for sake of uniformity. Defensive figures (denoted by Def) account both for positional adjustment and UZR, and are presented relative to league average. Note that, in many cases, defensive value has been calculated entirely by positional adjustment based on the relevant player’s minor-league defensive starts in 2013. Prospects are listed in order of projected WAR. The symbol # denotes the relevant prospect’s ranking on Hulet’s list. Figures might diverge slightly (although not signficantly) from those which appear on player pages.
Steamer Projections: Mets Pitching Prospects
Below are the 2014 projections for select Mets pitching prospects. Projections for starting pitchers have been prorated to 150 innings; for relievers, to 50 innings. Prospects are listed in order of projected WAR, which has been calculated by using kwERA — that is, an ERA estimator which utilizes only strikeouts and walks — so as to remove the vagaries of park effects, and probably also because the author has no idea what he’s doing. Listed ages are as of June 30, 2014. The symbol # denotes the relevant prospect’s ranking on Hulet’s list. Figures might diverge slightly (although not signficantly) from those which appear on player pages.
• Catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud‘s 2013 season wasn’t a rousing success. A broken foot in mid-April limited his minor-league at-bats. When he finally did receive a promotion to the majors (in August), he proceeded only to record a 60 wRC+. The Steamer projection here appears more influenced by other factors, however. Like the plate discipline d’Arnaud exhibited, for example. And the minor-league home-run total, for other example. And the overall offensive ability relative to the catcher positional adjustment, finally.
• Wilmer Flores recorded nearly 500 pretty strong plate appearances at Triple-A Las Vegas as just a 21-year-old this past season before earning an August promotion to the parent club — and, while not overwhelming, his offensive projection here (92 wRC+) is rather a strong one for such a young player. It’s Flores’ defensive home which continues to be the question. Steamer actually produces a slightly above-average UZR figure for Flores at third base — largely based, that, on the slightly above-average UZR Flores recorded at third base in 2013. Probably better, at this point, to trust the scouting reports than such a limited sample.
• It’s entirely possible that, because he’s frequently sans clue, that the author has calculated the WAR projections for both Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard incorrectly. Even if that is the case, however, the raw strikeout and walk rates produced by Steamer for the right-handed pair are rather encouraging. Here, for example, is the complete list of pitchers from the past three seasons who threw more than 100 innings and also, like this hypothetical version of Noah Syndergaard, recorded strikeout rates in 23%-25% range and walk rates in 8%-10% one:
|Clay Buchholz||Red Sox||2013||16||16||108.1||23.1%||8.7%||86||3.2|
|Erik Bedard||– – –||2011||24||24||129.1||23.1%||8.9%||88||2.1|
|Carlos Villanueva||Blue Jays||2012||38||16||125.1||23.4%||8.8%||99||0.6|