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Guess we all better start paying attention to Joel Diaz...must be some really strong reports if they're putting him on here coming out of the DSL.
 

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Yeah I had to look up who Joel Diaz even is. The scouting report from when he was signed was projectable frame, velocity had jumped from the 80s to touching 95, advanced for his age in terms of ability to throw strikes and feel for his offspeed stuff.

I’m guessing he started sitting in the mid 90s over the summer for them to rank him there.
 

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Guess we all better start paying attention to Joel Diaz...must be some really strong reports if they're putting him on here coming out of the DSL.
0.54 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 0-2 WL. Looks like a front of the rotation Mets starter already.
 

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I forgot I had an active BA subscription.

Joel Diaz:
BA Grade: 50/Extreme

Track Record: The Mets emphasized volume during the 2020-21 international signing period, preferring to spread their bonus pool money around rather than focusing large sums on few players. They might have unearthed a gem in Diaz, a 6-foot-2 Dominican righthander whose fastball velocity jumped in the period leading up to his signing in January 2021. He made a loud pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, allowing three earned runs in 50.1 innings. Diaz’s 0.54 ERA was the fourth lowest by a qualified pitcher in the DSL since at least 2006 and the lowest by a 17-year-old in that time.

Scouting Report: Diaz is a strike thrower with three pitches, good velocity and the projectable, athletic frame to add even more. His fastball ranges from 92-96 mph after sitting more in the high 80s when other teams were scouting him as an amateur. Diaz was reaching his peak velocity more often later in the season. Life on the pitch was evident from the 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings, .163 opponent average and zero home runs he allowed in 15 starts. Diaz is a strong, fluid pitcher who has uncommon feel for his secondary pitches for such a young pitcher. His changeup with late fade played as above-average to plus in his debut, and he threw it 20% of the time. He tended to introduce his high-70s curveball the second time through the order, but if he struggled to control it or get chases he would ditch it in favor of his change.

The Future: Diaz’s starts were appointment viewing for Mets player development staff, who would make a point to tune in to the internal livestream of DSL games to watch him pitch. They should be able to watch him in person in 2022, when an assignment to Low-A St. Lucie is possible. With so much distance to cover, Diaz is a boom or bust pitching prospect with a wide range of possible outcomes.

Scouting Grades:
Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 50
 

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lee being top 10 says otherwise
Lee had a pretty ridiculous season this year, by any measure. He seems to have made adjustments after his major league appearance when he looked completely lost.

May still just be a 4th outfielder if he can't play CF, but we'll see!
 

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Lee had a pretty ridiculous season this year, by any measure. He seems to have made adjustments after his major league appearance when he looked completely lost.

May still just be a 4th outfielder if he can't play CF, but we'll see!
You cant judge a career based on 18PA?
 

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Lee being around 10 is not really a problem.

The problem probably comes when you get in the 15-30 range.
Having Mets prospect coverage for fantasy, the drop off is around 13. Getting dudes beyond that wasn't as hard as my White Sox and Angels coverage but it was super hard.
 

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kyrie irving isn't a top 75 nba player of all time, sometimes you just can't cut the list.

the #cortesbrand is still strong, i promise you.
 

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BA updated their Mets top 30 today. Not a lot of movement in the top 10 but posting some of the interesting writeups. System actually has a lot of intriguing arms in the lower levels now

  1. 11. Dominic Hamel | RHP
    Born: Mar 2, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 206
    Signed By: Gary Brown.
    Minors: 0-0 | 6.75 ERA | 4 SO | 2 BB | 4 IP
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    Track Record: Hamel spent two years at Yavapai (Ariz.) JC before transferring to Dallas Baptist in 2020—just in time for the pandemic to interfere with his draft year. He made just four starts and went unselected in the five-round 2020 draft. After ranking ninth in Division I with 136 strikeouts in 2021 he went inside the top 100 picks. Hamel looked sharp in brief pro debut.
    Scouting Report: The Mets like Hamel’s pitch attributes and believe he has the potential to advance quickly, especially if he can round out his repertoire. His fastball had some of the best characteristics in the 2021 draft. Hamel ranges from 91-94 mph and bumps 95 with extreme spin and vertical break. The pitch bores to his arm side. Hamel’s slider shows above-average to plus potential and is thrown in the low 80s with high spin. He also throws a fringe curveball in the mid 70s and has a below-average changeup. Both could be improved to keep lefthanded hitters off his fastball. Hamel throws plenty of strikes and stays over the mound well with a repeatable delivery.
    The Future: The next step for Hamel is either adding a few ticks to his fastball or bringing up the quality of his secondary pitches. Even without those improvements, he profiles as a future major league pitcher because his fastball and pitchability are assets.

  1. 13. Mike Vasil | RHP
    Born: Mar 19, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: Daniel Coles.
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 6 SO | 1 BB | 4 IP
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    Track Record: Vasil lined up as one of the top perp pitchers in the 2018 draft before an arm injury shut him down early that spring. The Boston prep subsequently withdrew his name from the draft. Vasil never quite launched at Virginia and had a 4.52 ERA over 81.2 innings in his draft year of 2021. Still, the Mets had good reports and drafted him in the eighth round.
    Scouting Report: The Mets were thrilled with what they saw from Vasil in his first pro summer and regard him as their best late-round pick from the 2021 draft. In seven innings in the Florida Complex League, he struck out 10, walked none and allowed three hits in seven innings. Vasil topped out at 97 mph in his pro debut but sits more in the low 90s with some occasional run on his four-seam fastball. His mid-80s slider is thrown with power in the high 80s and flashes plus at times. Vasil shows a well-rounded starter’s arsenal with an upper-70s curveball and mid-80s changeup with average potential. Those pitches help keep opposing hitters off-balance, especially lefthanded ones. He has good tempo and throws enough strikes to stay in the rotation.
    The Future: Vasil has a chance to develop four average or better pitches to go with an average command and control profile. Ultimately, he could fit at the back of a rotation or in a bulk reliever-type role.

  1. 16. Luis Rodriguez | LHP
    Born: Dec 3, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Kelvin Dominguez.
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    Track Record: The Mets have two pitchers named Luis Rodriguez from the Dominican Republic in the low levels of their system. Luis Raul Rodriguez is a 6-foot-3 lefthander who has developed into the system’s top southpaw. He signed with little fanfare at age 16 in 2019 and had his debut season wiped out by the pandemic in 2020. Rodriguez came out of nowhere to pitch his way onto the Florida Complex League roster in 2021 and earned a seven-inning look at Low-A St. Lucie late in the season as an 18-year-old.
    Scouting Report: Rodriguez has exciting stuff, athleticism and physicality from the left side, giving him one of the higher upsides among pitchers in the organization. As he has physically matured, he has found more velocity from his low three-quarters arm slot. In 2021, he topped out at 97 mph and pitched consistently in the mid 90s. Rodriguez’s low-80s slider sweeps hard to his glove side and has wipeout potential, especially when he gets it into the 85-86 mph range. Rodriguez is mostly a two-pitch pitcher who has toyed around with a changeup on the side. The Mets believe he has enough arm speed to make it work, but it is still on his developmental to-do list.
    The Future: The Mets challenged Rodriguez at a young age in 2021, believing that struggling is an important part of players’ development. He should get a chance to find his footing in 2022 at a Class A affiliate. Those highest on Rodriguez’s upside see mid-rotation upside.

  1. 18. Willy Fañas | OF
    Born: Jan 23, 2004
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
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    Track Record: Fanas initially looked like he was headed to the Angels in their 2020-21 class, but that never came to fruition, and the Mets instead stepped in to sign Fanas for $1.5 million when the 2021-22 signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022.
    Scouting Report: Fanas, who is a year older than most of the top international signings in his class, has a strong, physical frame with athleticism and tools that pop across the board. He has a chance to be a power center fielder, with plus-plus speed underway. That might slow down given his body type, so some scouts thought he might be headed for a corner, but scouts highest on him see an athletic center fielder with a strong arm. At the plate, Fanas has a good eye for the strike zone, seldom chasing and driving the ball with impact from both sides of the plate when he does swing with a chance for above-average power.
    The Future: Fanas has a level of physicality, athleticism and tools that sticks out among Mets prospects at the lower levels, though he’s still yet to be tested. He first exposure to pro ball should come this year in the Dominican Summer League.



  2. 19. Jordany Ventura | RHP
    Born: Jul 6, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 162
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Andres Nunez.
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    Track Record: The Mets signed Ventura as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2018, and he began to catch scouts’ attention in 2019 as he climbed from the Dominican Summer League to Rookie-advanced Kingsport, striking out 34 in 33 innings. Ventura looked good at the Mets’ alternate training site in 2020 and carried the momentum into spring training in 2021, but he had Tommy John surgery just before the season started.
    Scouting Report: Ventura was a breath of fresh air in a Mets system that was short on upside arms prior to focusing on pitchers in the 2021 draft and experiencing breakthrough seasons from young Dominican pitchers such as righthander Joel Diaz and lefty Luis Rodriguez. Ventura is an athletic righthander with a three-pitch profile, a quick arm and the room to improve his entire repertoire. In 2020 he pitched at 91-92 mph and bumped 94, but the Mets think he can sit a few ticks higher based on his ease of operation and projected physical gains. Ventura was fastball-focused in his last game action but has flashed a curveball with late snap and a changeup that he sells convincingly.
    The Future: Ventura lost game reps in 2020 and 2021 but should be ready to get into Class A games by the second half of 2022. His rehab from Tommy John was going extremely well, and the Mets are excited about his breakout potential.

  1. 21. Robert Dominguez | RHP
    Born: Nov 30, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Ismael Perez/Andres Nu?ez.
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    Track Record: Teams passed over Dominguez when he was first eligible to sign at age 16 in 2018. He moved from Venezuela to the Dominican Republic to train in 2019, and after a series of mechanical adjustments his velocity spiked to 97 mph. The Mets signed him that November right before his 18th birthday. Dominguez made his pro debut in the Florida Complex League in 2021, and while he struck out 10 batters in 12 innings, poor control and command resulted in a 2.00 WHIP.
    Scouting Report: Scouts who see Dominguez at his best are attracted to his fastball velocity, promise of a slider and athletic 6-foot-5 frame. From the Mets’ perspective, getting him on the mound and in the strike zone have been challenges. Dominguez dealt with shoulder trouble in 2020 and other off-field maladies in 2021 that put him behind schedule. As a result he made just 12 appearances—none facing more than eight batters—in Rookie ball rather than getting development time in the rotation. Dominguez topped out near 99 mph and averaged 95 with decent ride through the zone. He has some feel for spin and the potential for an average slider, but it’s a low-80s pitch now that he tends to telegraph by cutting off his delivery and not getting the same extension as his fastball delivery. He has not shown much aptitude for a changeup. As a result, lefthanded batters are comfortable in the box because they can sit fastball. Dominguez has put on weight since signing and needs to make conditioning more of a priority.
    The Future: The Mets would like to develop Dominguez as a starter so that he benefits from a consistent routine and has the ability to sharpen his secondary pitches in side sessions. Ultimately his best big league role is probably power reliever—if his slider progresses and he develops just fringe command.

  1. 23. Javier Atencio | LHP
    Born: Nov 26, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Andres Nunez.
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    Track Record: The Mets signed Atencio as a 16-year-old in 2018, and while he hasn’t yet advanced beyond the Dominican Summer League, he showed promise in 2021. The 19-year-old lefty ranked second in the DSL with 76 strikeouts and seventh with a 1.58 ERA. Had it not been so difficult to transfer players in the time of Covid, the Mets probably would have brought Atencio to the U.S.
    Scouting Report: Atencio tops out at 96 mph and throws a power curveball, while his north-south approach proved to be too much for DSL hitters to handle. They hit just .171. Atencio pitches at 92 mph with plus ride characteristics up in the zone. He complements that with a breaking pitch that pairs slider velocity—nearly 80 mph—with more of a curveball shape. He commands the pitch well and generated one of the higher whiff rates in the minor leagues by burying it effectively. He doesn’t really throw a changeup at this stage, preferring to change speeds with his curve that ranges from the mid 70s to low 80s.
    The Future: The emergence of Atencio and Luis Rodriguez in 2021 gave the Mets some much-needed lefthanded presence. Atencio will probably get a shot in full-season ball in 2022 and has rotation upside.
 
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