Prospect Round Up!

Jared King, LF, Binghamton Mets – 2013 5th rounder out of Kansas State.  Rough 2015 with the Mets AA affiliate, hitting .214/.262/.286 with 4 HR.

Josh Smoker, p, Binghamton Mets – Drafted in 2007 in the Compensation A portion of the draft.  Bounced between three levels in 2015, and would end the season in AA.  There he would carry a 3.00 ERA and 1.29 WHIP while coming out of the pen.  He is 26, so he is very old to be a prospect…but pen arms are weird things. Could flame out and retire next season, or be in the majors.  Who knows.

Matt Koch, p, Mobile BayBears – 3rd round pick by the Mets in 2012 out of Louisville. Was ranked the Mets #24 prospects after both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.  Pitched in AA for 2015, and put up OK numbers:  4-8, 3.46 ERA with 95 hits, 55 K and 15 walks in 88.1 innings, mostly out of the pen.  Good for a 1.25 WHIP. In August 2015 was traded to Arizona.  He has a nice collection of pitches, and if deployed as a pen arm should find a place on a major league roster at some point next season.

Mikey White, ss, Beloit Snappers – 2nd round pick by the A’s in 2015 out of Alabama.  Hit well in the NYP league (.315 AVG, .400 OBP and .864 OPS), but struggled in Low-A (.200 AVG, .283 OBP and .545 OPS). No reason to think his low-A numbers are a concern, as he projects to be a regular big league infielder–the only question is if he will stick at short or move to second.  He is not fast and lacks power, but his steady bat and defense should get him to the majors at some point.

Nick Collins, c, Vermont River Monsters – 8th round pick by the A’s in 2015 out of Georgetown. In 117 at bats in the NYP league hit .256 with a .333 OBP and .658 OPS.  He is a good hitter, though lacks power and his defense is a concern.  Still, he has a good bat and if he continues to work on his catching ability could become an intriguing prospect.

Ryan Howell, 3b, Vermont River Monsters – 2015 15th round pick out of Nevada.  Has plus power…and that is about it.  NYP numbers were not great: .199 AVG, .278 OBP with a .615 OPS.

Steven Pallares, of, Vermont River Monsters – 2015 10th round pick out of San Diego State.  In the NYP hit .246/.363/.317. Not a lot of power, but is fast and can handle the bat.  You have to love that in 240 at bats he had more walks (40) than strikeouts (39).

Mike Fagan, LHP, Beloit Snappers – 2014 9th round pick out of Princeton.  Spent most of the season in Low-A, and was hit hard:  5.40 ERA, 1.54 WHIP with 40 hits and 43K/19BB in 38.1 IP.

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