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In a post to his blog Minor League Ball, prospect guru John Sickels lists his Top 10 Mets prospects (and grades) as:
Matt Harvey, RHP, Grade B+
Zack Wheeler, RHP, Grade B+
Jeurys Familia, RHP, Grade B
Brandon Nimmo, OF, Grade B
Cesar Puello, OF, Grade B-
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, Grade B-
Jenrry Mejia, RHP, Grade B-
Reese Havens, 2B, Grade B-
Wilmer Flores, 3B-SS, Grade B-
Cory Mazzoni, RHP, Grade C+
According to Sickels, “The Mets farm system has improved and I don’t think it gets enough respect. He says he likes the team’s young pitching, saying, “Harvey, Wheeler, and Familia are three hard-throwing right-handers with the ability to be staff anchors.”
Sickels expects it will be difficult for the Mets to keep from rushing Harvey and Familia to the majors during 2012, “but both will be better-positioned to help in 2013.” He sees Harvey and Wheeler as eventual No. 2 starters and pitchers the Mets can build around, while Familia could be a No. 3 starter or a closer.
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