Found February 19, 2012 on The Daily Stache:
9. Jordany Valdespin, Middle Infield, Bats: L, Throws: R, Age: 24, ETA: 2012 Valdespin is more evidence of maturity in the Mets farm system. Although he may not factor into the best option as a starting infielder in the long term, he certainly has grown and could be in the mix down the stretch this year of the Mets flounder. For Jordany Valdespin, the positives in his game outweigh the negatives. His development was very sluggish over his first three years or so in the Mets system, but he completely exploded in 2011. He started off as a prototypical contact hitter. Up until 2011, he hit just 14 home runs in the minors. Then in 2011, he experienced a major outburst of power that saw he hit 17 between Binghamton and Buffalo. He’s gradually improving his strike zone awareness and cut down on the strikeout numbers last year, which will probably be a concern of his at the Major League level. As it as however, Valdespin is growing into a formidable power hitter. His discipline at the plate needs work, and until then he won’t really be skilled at drawing walks. Until he manages to up his on base percentage, he won’t fully be able to take advantage of his speed on the bases. He’ll be able to consistently swipe over 30 bases a year with significant work on his plate presence, and his speed is a huge part of his game. He also is primarily a shortstop but he has experience at second base, which may make more sense as his range needs some work. The last step for Valdespin would be a shot in the Bigs, and until then we won’t be able to see what he will truly develop into. But as a left-handed back, he will be useful somewhere on the Mets 40-man roster at some point. In a perfect world Valdespin can transcend the mold of his middle infield Mets prospect predecessors like Anderson Hernandez have a moderate to successful Major League career. Combine spring training with the soft spots in the Mets middle infield, Valdespin has a great opportunity to prove himself. 10. Matt Den Dekker, Outfield, Bats: L, Throws, L, Age: 24, ETA 2013 9. Jordany Valdespin, Middle Infield, Bats: L, Throws: R, Age: 24, ETA 2012 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

Alderson Hopes Rotation Will Pitch Better, Have More Quality Performances

With the New York Mets one day away from pitchers and catchers reporting, lets take a look at a couple of things Sandy Alderson said yesterday when he spoke to reporters in St. Lucie. I was a little taken back by what he said when he was asked where he’d like to see the team do better? “Well, just in a general sense, we need to pitch better than we did last year. The starting...

Annakin Slayd records Gary Carter tribute called "Kid" (Video)

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TweetCap: Johan throws bullpen session; Terry Collins pleased

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Unburied Treasure: In 1985, Gary Carter Said Only A World Series Would Make His Life Complete

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We’ll Miss You, Kid!

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