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New York Mets: Top Five Prospects

Honorable Mentions

6. Wuilmer Becerra, OF, 21

Becerra’s 2015 campaign was comparable to the best in the Mets’ farm system. While he’s a long way away, the “toolsy” right fielder is growing into his power and has displayed above-average defense. Becerra could be a breakout candidate in 2016.

7. Luis Carpio, SS, 18

What’s crazy is that although Carpio is a couple of years away (at least), he’s the same age as many high school seniors. He had a very impressive season at the plate for Kingston (.304/.372) and employs an open stance with a very sound swing.

8. Desmond Lindsay, OF, 19

Former front office executive Paul DePodesta had this to say about Lindsay:

“We feel like this is a real opportunity for us with Desmond. We think that without the hamstring injury this spring, we don’t think there would be any way that he would have lasted until the 53rd pick in this draft. There’s just too much talent there and the combination of power and speed that’s just very difficult to find. We felt like it was an opportunity for us – in a year where we didn’t have a first round pick – to maybe reach up and try to get a first round talent and that’s what we did.”

9. Ali Sanchez, C, 18

The Venezuelan boasts a great glove (barely any passed balls/errors) and fantastic arm (threw out nearly 50% of runners). His bat will (hopefully) eventually come to form, but for now it’s his defense that sets him apart.

10. Chris Flexen, RHP, 21

A Tommy John recovery guy, Flexen may be the ultimate sleeper pick in the organization. His 1.87 ERA and 33/7 K/BB rate is encouraging, while he appears to have fully recovered from the surgery.

Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.