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November
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2003
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Post-2003 Prospect Review: New York(N)
by Tim Polko

Today's Fantasy Rx

Franchise Overview
Prospects with Double-Digit Upside
Potential Reserve Help
Minor League Draft Picks
Organization Rankings
The Mets' Top 15 Fantasy Prospects for 2004


Franchise Overview

Hiring Jim Duquette to be the permanent GM is a clear sign that Mets' ownership will accept a year of true rebuilding. With Oakland refugees Art Howe and Rick Peterson leading the coaching staff, New York appears positioned to require only one more season at the back of the NL East before a relative quick reassertion of power due to the financial advantages of playing in the nation's biggest market. The edge of an impressive set of top prospects reached New York in 2003 with the rookie seasons of Jae Weong Seo, Aaron Heilman, Jason L. Phillips, and prized shortstop Jose Reyes. Now Mets fans can watch that quartet mature as they wait for David Wright, Justin Huber, Matt Peterson, and Scott Kazmir to finish their respective minor league apprenticeships.

Somewhat surprisingly, New York's major league roster isn't too bad. As all three primary position players should be fully recovered from injuries by spring, Reyes is set at shortstop, hitting at the top of the lineup, and Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza should respectively occupy left field and first base while hitting 3rd and 4th. Piazza will begin the year at catcher, with Jason Phillips playing first base, however he should shift to first base once he sets the all-time record for homers by a catcher. Vance Wilson returns as an excellent backup who possesses the skills to start for many teams.

Ty Wigginton, seemingly an afterthought following the success of Seo and Phillips, as well as Reyes' promotion, acquitted himself admirably at third base. While likely not a long-term solution, he can handle either third or second base.

The one truly abhorrent move of the Duquette administration thus far was the decision that resulted in Oakland claiming both Marco Scutaro and Matt Watson off waivers. Neither player probably will develop into a star, but both look more prepared to start in 2004 than current young Mets Danny Garcia and Prentice Redman. At least Redman should receive another year of seasoning, and hopefully New York will sign a short-term option in the middle infield, thereby giving Garcia one more year to develop.

Unfortunately, the outfield situation is far more complicated. Cliff Floyd is an excellent player when healthy, but Roger Cedeno is maddeningly inconsistent, and Timo Perez played worse than Cedeno last year. With prospects like Garcia and Redman nearly ready for major league starting jobs, any excess cash should be spent on a quality outfielder. Mike Cameron looks like a very good fit given the team's need for solid defense behind the young pitchers. If they can move Cedeno in a deal for Bobby Higginson, hopefully a change of scenery will help resurrect the latter player's career.

Similarly, a two-year deal for someone like Fernando Vina wouldn't be a terrible idea. If Garcia doesn't improve in a return to AAA, Vina can remain, or David Wright's emergence could push Wigginton to second base in a couple years. Re-signing Rey Sanchez also would be a fine move, improving the infield defense to aid the young groundball pitchers. Still, as long as New York can field Reyes, Phillips, Floyd, and Piazza, they should remain at least somewhat competitive.

The pitching staff worries me a lot more than the offense in many ways, however the rotation isn't terrible assuming Tom Glavine, Steve Trachsel, and Al Leiter pitch effectively despite their increasingly inconsistency. Jae Seo and Aaron Heilman at least provide hope for the future, so I don't see a desperate need for another starter. Providing big league innings for Seo and Heilman is far more important than winning a couple extra games in 2004, particularly with Kazmir and Peterson on the way, and guys like Jeremy Griffiths capable of spot starts.

New York's bullpen may be the biggest problem here. Dave Weathers, Pedro Feliciano, and Dan Wheeler only look like acceptable middle relievers, not a team corps capable of ending many games. Mike Stanton also doesn't look like a stopper.

I rarely advise teams break the bank for a closer, but with one of the top relievers in the game on the market, I see no reason not to splurge, particularly with several major contracts now off the books. Keith Foulke is an excellent all-around reliever, again proved himself as a closer with the Athletics, and even can pitch multiple innings when necessary. He also should be very comfortable with Rick Peterson, so Foulke should lead the Mets' priority list once free agency begins. Awarding Foulke a four-year deal in the $32M range does not seem like a waste of money in any way. Of course, given the current market, Duquette may be able to sign him to an even cheaper deal.

With Foulke secured at the end of games, Stanton, Weathers, Feliciano, and Wheeler suddenly look like a solid and balanced setup corps. When healthy, Scott Strickland and Grant Roberts hold an edge on Jason Anderson, Jaime Cerda, Orber Moreno, and Edwin Almonte for the final bullpen spots. I didn't expect New York to possess this much decent depth in pitching, but this simply isn't a bad team. Their minor league system should help replenish the relatively depleted star power at the major league level, making almost any deal of prospects-for-veterans quite foolish.

Jim Duquette and Art Howe are quite capable of leading the Mets back into playoff contention in time for the 2005 season. While their moves this winter may not hold a candle to those made by the Yankees, Foulke and Cameron both are excellent building blocks for a championship team. As long as Duquette adds enough veterans to maintain a solid defense, doesn't rush the development of the youngsters, and keeps future stars like Reyes and Heilman, I envision a return to prominence for New York in the very near future.


Prospects with Double-Digit Upside

Danny Garcia, 23, 2B-R
12/56 for .214/.274/.357 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 0/0 SB%,
and a 2:11 BB:K for New York(N).
102/388 for .263/.313/.369 with 4 HR, 54 RBI, 45 R, 11/12 SB%,
and a 22:60 BB:K for AAA Norfolk(IL).

I hope Garcia' poor September showing doesn't lead the Mets to look outside the organization for a second baseman as he still should enjoy a bright future. Despite a two-level jump from A-ball, Garcia maintained his batting average and speed skills, and if his plate discipline returns as we expect, he could give the Mets a decent player to pair with Jose Reyes at the top of the order. Of course, Garcia's lack of power might keep him from gaining significant support within the organization, making him a risky player to acquire this winter due to his uncertain future.


Jeremy Griffiths, 25, RH Starter
1-4 on a 25:19 K:BB in 41 IP over 6 GS(9G)
with 57 H, 5 HR, a 1.19 G-F, and a 7.02 ERA for New York(N).
7-6 on a 78:26 K:BB in 115 IP over 19 GS(21G)
with 94 H, 6 HR, and a 2.74 ERA for AAA Norfolk(IL).

Consistently solid control makes Griffith the only rookie starter in the system apparently capable of emerging as a quality pitcher for the Mets in 2004. While he doesn't always dominate opponents, the relatively few number of walks and homers he allows could keep his qualitative numbers quite low in a larger sample size, particularly if the team defense improves. Griffiths likely will enter spring training behind at least Aaron Heilman in the battle for the fifth starter's job, but Griffiths will merit a long like in the very near future. I suspect his poor K:BB ratio and ERA this season will cause most of your competitors to pass on him, however keeping him in mind in deeper leagues, especially those with several Ultra rounds, is a wise idea given his immediate upside.


Orber Moreno, 26, RH Reliever
0-0 on a 5:3 K:BB in 8 IP over 7 G
with 10 H, 1 HR, a 1.63 G-F, and a 7.88 ERA for New York(N).
5-1 and 12 Saves on a 58:17 K:BB in 52 IP over 38 G
with 36 H, 1 HR, and a 1.90 ERA for AAA Norfolk(IL).
2-0 and 1 Save on a 7:1 K:BB in 5.1 IP over 4 G
with 4 H, 1 HR, and a 1.69 ERA for AA Binghamton(SL).

Moreno always profiled as a future closer, and if the Mets wisely spend their payroll room on offensive upgrades, he stands a great chance of opening next season as their top reliever. His outright dominance of the International League nicely demonstrates his upside, making Moreno at least a good bet to break camp in the New York bullpen in some capacity. The biggest question for Moreno is remaining healthy for a second straight year after missing all of 2001 and 2002. If he accomplishes that feat while maintaining his rediscovered skills, expect him to approach double-digit value as a middle reliever or $20 as a closer.


Potential Reserve Help

Edwin Almonte, 26, RH Reliever
0-0 on a 7:5 K:BB in 11.1 IP over 12 G
with 21 H, 3 HR, a 4.67 G-F, and an 11.12 ERA for New York(N).
3-7 and 20 Saves on a 38:20 K: in 51.2 IP over 46 G
with 61 H, 6 HR, and a 5.40 ERA between AAA Charlotte(IL) and AAA Norfolk(IL).

Essentially included as a throw-in with Royce Ring in the Roberto Alomar deal, Almonte managed a decent 2.55 ERA on a 14:6 K:BB in 17.2 IP at Norfolk before bombing in his first cup-of-coffee. Of course, I expected he sulked through much of the year since he deserved a roster spot from the beginning of the season after compiling a 2.24 ERA and 26 Saves on a 56:12 K:BB in 60.1 innings at Charlotte a year ago. As Chicago unfairly sent him back to the minors after that outstanding performance, hopefully Almonte rebounds from this largely lost season. If the Mets improve their infield defense as expected, hopefully more of his groundballs will turn into outs, thereby allowing him to hold a roster spot throughout much of the year. While I don't expect him to compete to close in New York, he could emerge fairly quickly as a useful fantasy player.


Joe DePastino, 30, C-R
0/2 for .000/.000/.000 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0/0 SB%,
and a 0:1 BB:K for New York(N).
74/277 for .267/.320/.347 with 2 HR, 22 RBI, 26 R, 2/3 SB%,
and a 20:51 BB:K for AAA Norfolk(IL).

While DePastino is a perfectly decent guy to keep in the upper minors, his lack of power and plate discipline severely limits the likelihood of him seeing much more time in the majors. Even if he earns another cup-of-coffee at some point, he certainly isn't someone to target for fantasy teams.


Victor Diaz, 21, 2B-R
62/175 for .354/.382/.520 with 6 HR, 23 RBI, 29 R, 7/12 SB%,
and an 8:32 BB:K for AA Binghamton(EL).
92/316 for .291/.353/.462 with 10 HR, 54 RBI, 42 R, 8/18 SB%,
and a 27:60 BB:K for AA Jacksonville(SL).

The primary return from the Jeromy Burnitz trade, Diaz scalded the ball over the last few weeks of the season after his acquisition from Los Angeles. He appears capable of handling any infield position defensively, and while his plate discipline doesn't impress me, his power potential should allow him to win the Mets' second base job by 2005. Of course, skipping high-A leaves him on a questionable development track, and I don't know that Diaz fits wonderfully in New York, making him no more than a respectable minor league pick in the spring.


Mike Glavine, 30, 1B-L
1/7 for .143/.143/.143 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0/0 SB%,
and a 0:2 BB:K for New York(N).
45/169 for .266/.357/.420 with 5 HR, 17 RBI, 15 R, 0/0 SB%,
and a 25:36 BB:K for AAA Norfolk(IL).

Tom's little brother finally reached the majors despite spending the last two seasons in the independent leagues and never demonstrated much offensive skill beyond AA. While the nepotism involved in him reaching the majors is mildly troubling, a one-time September call-up at least is fairly benign. Congratulations to Mike on debuting in the big leagues, and now I never expect to see him at this level again.


Jeremy Hill, 26, RH Reliever
0-0 on a 0:0 K:BB in 1 IP over 1 G
with 1 H, 0 HR, a 0-3 G-F, and a 0.00 ERA for Kansas City.
1-3 and 1 Save on a 41:42 K:BB in 40.1 IP over 1 GS(26G)
with 42 H, 5 HR, and a 7.81 ERA for AAA Omaha(PCL).
0-2 on a 10:15 K:BB in 13 IP over 11 G
with 14 H, 3 HR, and a 10.38 ERA for AA Binghamton(EL).
0-0 on a 3:3 K:BB in 2 IP over 2 G
with 0 H, 0 HR, and a 0.00 ERA for AA Wichita(TL).

The Mets acquired the converted position player for Graeme Lloyd this summer, however Hill apparently lost all command upon his promotion from Wichita to Kansas City a year ago. Even slotting him at AA next year might be a mistake, and he certainly doesn't belong anywhere near fantasy rosters until his skills improve.


Justin Huber, 21, C-R
51/193 for .264/.350/.425 with 6 HR, 36 RBI, 16 R, 0/2 SB%,
and a 19:54 BB:K for AA Binghamton(EL).
52/183 for .284/.370/.514 with 9 HR, 36 RBI, 26 R, 1/2 SB%,
and a 17:30 BB:K for A+ St. Lucie(FSL).

The emergence of Jason Phillips as an offensive threat this year means that New York can let Huber develop at a slower pace. While he owns good patience and power potential, he continues to develop as a receiver and likely will benefit from a slowed path to the majors. If the Mets give Huber a full year at Binghamton followed by a season of AAA, expect him to rank among the game's elite prospects entering the 2006 season. However, barring major upheaval on the Mets, Huber isn't a player you need to own in 2004.


Mike Jacobs, 23, C-R
134/407 for .329/.376/.548 with 17 HR, 81 RBI, 56 R, 0/3 SB%,
and a 28:87 BB:K for AA Binghamton(EL).

The 1999 38th round pick emerged as an intriguing process this year as his offensive development gives the Mets a fourth catcher who should start in the majors at some point in his career. Of course, his weak plate discipline means that he lacks Justin Huber's upside, and only an injury or trade at the big league level will create an opening for Jacobs next year, suggesting we should wait to see if he can echo these stats before considering him in any league.


David Mattox, 23, RH Starter
8-7 on an 86:40 K:BB in 113.1 IP over 20 GS(21G)
with 103 H, 7 HR, and a 3.49 ERA for AA Binghamton(EL).

Mattox's biggest problem probably will be finding a big league opportunity on the Mets' increasingly crowded pitching staff. While he isn't particularly development and could move to the bullpen at some point, he currently looks like a solid starting prospect, and he could develop an even higher ceiling if he establishes consistent mechanics. Only New York's starting depth keeps me from recommending him at this time, although he easily could emerge as a prospect ready for the majors by the end of next season.


Matt Peterson, 21, RH Starter
1-2 on a 23:20 K:BB in 31.1 IP over 6 GS
with 29 H, 2 HR, and a 3.45 ERA for AA Binghamton(EL).
9-2 on a 73:24 K:BB in 84 IP over 15 GS
with 65 H, 2 HR, and a 1.71 ERA for A+ St. Lucie(FSL).

Peterson looked like an intriguing sleeper a year ago, but now he ranks with the Mets' best prospects after an impressive year of development. Of course, his terrible command at Binghamton certainly concerns me, and expecting him to reach the majors sooner than next fall is a mistake. Peterson is a good long-term prospect who could contribute in New York in the relatively near future, but I simply see no need to target him in the spring given his relatively low profile.


Prentice Redman, 24, OF-R
3/24 for .125/.192/.292 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2/2 SB%,
and a 1:9 BB:K for New York(N).
110/433 for .254/.326/.406 with 11 HR, 48 RBI, 60 R, 24/32 SB%,
and a 40:96 BB:K for AAA Norfolk(IL).

The younger brother of Pirates' outfielder Tike, Prentice possesses impressive sped, decent plate discipline, and intriguing power potential. Given another year at Norfolk, he could emerge as a potential five-category contributor if he continues cutting his strikeout totals. If not for the likelihood that the Mets will overpay for a couple of veteran outfielders this winter, leaving Redman in a bench role, his upside otherwise would merit a high pick in many minor league drafts.


Royce Ring, 22, LH Reliever
3-0 and 7 Saves on an 18:11 K:BB in 21.1 IP over 18 G
with 13 H, 2 HR, and a 1.66 ERA for AA Binghamton(EL).
1-4 on a 44:14 K:BB in 35.2 IP over 36 G
with 33 H, 1 HR, and a 2.52 ERA for AA Birmingham(SL).

Acquired as the centerpiece of the Roberto Alomar deal, Ring should reach the majors sometime next summer, giving the Mets another solid lefty reliever. I don't expect him to close in New York any time soon, however as long as he maintains strong skills during his months at AAA, Ring likely will merit consideration as a free agent as soon as the Mets promote him.


Jason Roach, 27, RH Swingman
0-2 on a 2:4 K:BB in 9 IP over 2 GS
with 14 H, 3 HR, a 16-13 G-F, and a 12.00 ERA for New York(N).
5-11 on a 98:36 K:BB in 120.2 IP over 20 GS(31G)
with 140 H, 12 HR, and a 5.07 ERA for AAA Norfolk(IL).

The minor league free agent re-signed with the Mets last month, and he should receive another chance to succeed in the majors next year with a little luck. Roach owns solid all-around skills, especially consistent command, making him a valuable AAAA pitcher to keep in the organization. Unfortunately, until he finds regular innings in the big leagues somewhere, he won't warrant any roto consideration.


Pat Strange, 23, RH Swingman
0-0 on a 5:11 K:BB in 9 IP over 6 G
with 13 H, 4 HR, a 1.36 G-F, and an 11.00 ERA for New York(N).
5-4 on a 54:44 K:BB in 89.1 IP over 10 GS(31G)
with 111 H, 8 HR, and a 5.74 ERA for AAA Norfolk(IL).

Strange's somewhat bizarre slump after reaching the upper minors now extend through four seasons, so the Mets wisely decided to shift him to relief work this year. While he obviously didn't impress anyone, he demonstrated sufficient control as a starter to keep us from doubting his ability to convert to the bullpen. You certainly shouldn't consider him for your fantasy team at this time, but Strange still should enjoy a moderately productive career over the latter half of the decade.


Matt Watson, 25, OF-L
4/23 for .174/.208/.261 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 R, 0/0 SB%,
and a 1:5 BB:K for Nw York(N).
75/254 for .295/.366/.504 with 11 HR, 55 RBI, 40 R, 2/4 SB%,
and a 23:23 BB:K for AAA Norfolk(IL).
11/28 for .393/.452/.607 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 6 R, 1/2 SB%,
and a 1:5 BB:K for AA Binghamton(L).
2/7 for .286/.333/.571 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1/1 SB%,
and a 1:2 BB:K for A+ St. Lucie(FSL).
2/14 for .143/.294/.214 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 2/3 SB%,
and a 2:3 BB:K for A- Brooklyn(NYP).

Although Watson ranks as a decent prospect who at least could contribute as a backup on most teams, the Mets appear to prefer to overpay for veteran bench players. Unfortunately, as Oakland claimed Watson off waivers last month, he likely isn't seeing much playing time in the majors any time soon. He could surprise if given the necessary opportunity, but he isn't a good short-term option in any fantasy league.


Tyler Yates, 26, RH Swingman
1-2 on a 15:9 K:BB in 20 IP over 4 GS
with 22 H, 1 HR, and a 4.05 ERA for AAA Norfolk(IL).
1-2 on a 36:17 K:BB in 39.1 IP over 8 GS
with 33 H, 4 HR, and a 4.35 ERA for AA Binghamton(EL).
1-2 on a 49:24 K:BB in 48 IP over 11 GS(14G)
with 41 H, 5 HR, and a 4.31 ERA for A+ St. Lucie(FSL).

Tommy John surgery in 2002 halted Yates' march to the majors, forcing him to spend this season rebuilding his arm strength. However, the Mets' more significant need for relief help and their starting depth should send him back to the pen next year, and if regains his command, Yates may emerge as a closer by the end of the year. Of course, he likely will spend the year in middle relief, making him no more than an endgame option if he breaks camp in the majors, however you should monitor his progress since he impressively dominated much of the minors before his injury.


Pete Zamora, 28, LH Reliever
5-3 and 1 Save on a 53:32 K:BB in 90.1 IP over 55 G
with 94 H, 4 HR, and a 3.49 ERA for AAA Norfolk(IL).

While Zamora isn't a particularly dominant reliever, his decent control will earn him a look in the majors sometime in the next few years. Of course, like most any AAAA lefty, he isn't a viable roto option until he proves he can remain effective over several big league outings.


Minor League Draft Picks

Scott Kazmir, 19, LH Starter
1-2 on a 40:16 K:BB in 33 IP over 7 GS
with 29 H, 0 HR, and a 3.27 ERA for A+ St. Lucie(FSL).
4-4 on a 105:28 K:BB in 76.1 IP over 18 GS
with 50 H, 6 HR, and a 2.36 ERA for A Capital City(SAL).

While I'd prefer to hold my recommendation to roster Kazmir until after he amasses a season or two of 150+ innings, he may reach the majors without accumulating 300 minor league innings. His domination of A-ball this year will allow him to move to AA Binghamton in 2004, and while he won't see the Mets next year barring a big league disaster, I wouldn't be shocked to see him break camp in the majors in 2005. Nevertheless, exercise extreme caution when considering Kazmir since his short-term future is cloudy at best, particularly considering his growing control problems.


David Wright, 20, 3B-R
126/466 for .270/.369/.459 with 15 HR, 75 RBI, 69 R, 19/24 SB%,
and a 72:98 BB:K for A+ St. Lucie(FSL).

Given Wright's excellent plate discipline, power potential, speed skills, and defensive acumen, he may rank as the best all-around offensive prospect in baseball. With only Ty Wigginton blocking him in New York, Wright should earn a cup-of-coffee next fall before displacing Wigginton no later than the middle of 2005. Nothing in his skills keeps me from agreeing with scouting comparisons of Wright with Scott Rolen, and if he remains available in your league, he might merit the first pick in any minor league draft in the spring.


Aside from players listed above, no other New York(N) prospect deserves consideration in 2004 fantasy drafts. Aaron Baldiris would merit a look in almost any other organization thanks to his impressive batting average and plate discipline, however with David Wright already ahead of him, I see no need to draft Baldiris until he at least reaches AA. Craig Brazell is similarly blocked at first, although he doesn't even own Baldiris' solid overall skills


Organization Rankings

The high ranking of Moreno and Garcia is based on the likelihood that both players will find significant roles in the majors next season. Neither is a particularly strong long-term option, and even Griffiths appears blocked by Aaron Heilman right now. Of course, the upside of players like Wright and Redman help compensate for the questionable AAA talent, but with Reyes and Heilman graduating to the majors, the next major wave of talent is at least a year away.

Current ranking of potentially helpful fantasy depth for teams discussed thus far in 2003, based on both the quality and quantity of players ready to contribute in the majors, as well as consideration of the trade value of minor league draft picks from the lower levels of each system:

1. Minnesota Twins(Restovich, Mauer, Crain, Balfour, Bartlett)
2. Oakland Athletics(B.Crosby, Koonce, Duchscherer, D.Johnson)
3. Chicago White Sox(J.Reed, Rauch, Miles, Gload, Borchard)
4. Los Angeles Dodgers(Ed.Jackson, G.Miller, C-F.Chen, K.Hill)
5. Toronto Blue Jays(G.Gross, Al.Rios, J.Arnold, Quiroz)
6. Anaheim Angels(Amezaga, McPherson, E.Santana, Quinlan)
7. Tampa Bay Devil Rays(Upton, Waechter, Jon.Gomes)
8. Seattle Mariners(J.Strong, Snelling, Jo.Lopez, Leone)
9. Kansas City Royals(DeJesus, Greinke, Al.Gomez, Gettis)
10. Montreal Expos(Sledge, C.Cordero, S.Hodges)
11. Milwaukee Brewers(J.Hardy, C.Hart, Krynzel, L.Martinez)
12. Baltimore Orioles(M.Riley, Fontenot, Maine, Raines)
13. Cleveland Indians(G.Sizemore, J.Guthrie, M.Izturis)
14. Arizona Diamondbacks(C.Tracy, C.Capuano, Ed.Gonzalez)
15. Atlanta Braves(LaRoche, Wainwright, Betemit, A.Pratt)
16. Colorado Rockies(Atkins, R.Reyes, J.Nix, Closser, Hawpe)
17. Texas Rangers(R.Nivar, G.Laird, Ad.Gonzalez)
18. Houston Astros(J.Lane, C.Burke, H.Stanley)
19. New York Mets(O.Moreno, Griffiths, Da.Wright, P.Redman)
20. New York Yankees(J.DePaula, Proctor, D.Navarro)
21. Cincinnati Reds(Ry.Wagner, Hummel, Smitherman)
22. Florida Marlins(Ab.Nunez, Wi.Valdez, J.Medrano)
23. Detroit Tigers(C.Ross, N.Logan)
24. Boston Red Sox(Youkilis, Shoppach)
25. Chicago Cubs(Kelton, Bre.Harris)


Today's Fantasy Rx: Bringing Rick Peterson home to the East Coast to serve as pitching coast likely will rank as the Mets' best coup of the off-season. While we don't doubt Oakland will continue to produce top pitchers, Peterson now has overseen the emergence of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Barry Zito, Ted Lilly, Aaron Harang, Rich Harden, Justin Duchscherer, and Chad Bradford, a roster of names we only expect will grow more impressive over the years. With Peterson in New York, Jae Weong Seo, Aaron Heilman, Matt Peterson, and Scott Kazmir all look like safer investments. If you can obtain Heilman and Peterson cheaper than the other two this off-season, definitely look to add them to your squad in keeper leagues as they both could reach double-digit value by 2005.


The Mets' Top 15 Fantasy Prospects for 2004

1. Orber Moreno, RP
2. Jeremy Griffiths, SP
3. Danny Garcia, 2B
4. David Wright, 3B
5. Prentice Redman, OF
6. Victor Diaz, 2B
7. Matt Watson, OF
8. Tyler Yates, RP
9. Mike Jacobs, C
10. Royce Ring, RP
11. Justin Huber, C
12. Edwin Almonte, RP
13. Pat Strange, RP
14. Scott Kazmir, SP
15. Jason Roach, SP


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