The Mets are looking for bullpen help and the Royals Jonathan Broxton has been linked to them. The 6’4 300 pounder is having a fine turnaround season from his injury riddled 2011 when he was 1-2 with a 5.68 e.r.a in 14 games. This season he was on the fringe of being an AL All Star and currently is 1-1 with a 2.14 e.r.a and a 23/14 k/bb ratio in 34 IP.
* On a side note I would love to see the Royals include a David Lough or Derrick Robinson in this trade because they are not going to have the opportunity in KC and the Mets could be a nice fit for either player.
I don’t know if Broxton can bring a front line prospect in a deal but you certainly have to ask
The Top Prospect the Royals should ask for:
RHP Jeurys Familia- 6’3, 185, 22 years old Dominican Republic- The Royals are not going to get RHP’s Zack Wheeler or Matt Harvey but they might be able to get Familia who has fallen behind them. He looked like a breakout prospect after an excellent 2009 when he was 10-6 with a 2.69 e.r.a in the Sally. He struck out 109 and walked 46 in 134 IP that year. But, he struggled with consistency in 2010 at Hi A before getting back to dealing in 2011. Last year he was a combined 5-5 with a 2.90 e.r.a and 132/43 k/bb in 124 IP. This year as a 22-year-old at AAA he has battled consistency as he currently sits at 7-5 with a 4.62 e.r.a and a 78/54 k/bb ratio in 88 IP. His future should be in the rotation which is exactly why you have to ask for the power arm. If he were to be moved to the pen you would be talking about a high 90’s heater with natural cut. He also uses a solid curve ball but has a very inconsistent change. His fastball is excellent though and he is a guy that would just need to show his 3rd pitch from time to time as his heater gets so much natural movement it will play thru a line up.
Other solid prospects:
RHP Jenrry Mejia- 6’0 205 22 years old Dominican Republic: Mejia made his big league debut in 2010 as he pitched in 33 games with 3 starts going 0-4 with a 4.62 e.r.a and a 22/20 k/bb ratio in 39 IP. He is a Tommy John member as he underwent the procedure in 2011 after 5 starts for Buffalo (1-2, 2.86, 21/14, 28 IP) He has a LIVE arm sitting in the mid 90’s with a change (splitter) and curve. He has had a number of injury issues going back to 2009. He has tremendous upside but his prospect status is falling fast as he has struggled since coming back this season as he currently is 1-2 with a 4.22 e.r.a in 16 games (3 starts) at AAA with only 15 K and 13 BB in 32 IP. A nice risk/reward guy though who probably could pitch out of the Royals pen to close out the season.
3B/1B Aderlin Rodriguez- 6’3 210, 20 years old, Dominican Republic- I like this guy and know the Royals are always looking for RH pop. Newman says he is the best RH hitting power force in the Mets system. He was recently called up to High A ball after hitting 16 HR in 318 at bats for Savannah (low A) He repeated Low A this season after hitting 17 there as a 19-year-old. He is a future 1B/DH type (solid arm but crazy slow) who still needs to mature as a hitter but could be an excellent power prospect as he matures.
RHP Domingo Tapia- 6’4 186, 20 years old, Dominican Republic-A player that just stands out to me as a power arm who (and obviously his given weight is incorrect) Newman says is a big body, raw arm that can dial it up to 99. He is similar to a young Familia in some ways he added. He has been used out of the rotation by the Mets in Low A as he is 4-2 with a 3.82 e.r.a in 13 starts at Savannah with a 54/19 k/bb ratio in 66 IP. He seems to be maturing fast and I would love to see this player be that second player if a deal goes down.
3B/1B Jefry Marte- 6’1 187, 21 years old, Dominican Republic- Mike Newman (best known for Scouting the Sal and Fangraphs) told me he likes his upside. He pointed out to me that this season he consistently puts the ball in play and has a .292 Bavg with balls in play. He is a RH bat and would be a AAA player next year with the ability to handle 3B and 1B in the future. If you check out his career stat line you see a young player that has increased his plate awareness each season and that bodes well for his future. He is more than likely a solid bench guy that can be plugged in for a starter if an injury occurs. I think we have seen how important this can be for a quality ball club.
SS Wilfredo Tovar- 5’10 160, 21 years old, Venezuela- Newman questions the 5’10 height and thinks he is closer to Tim Collins height. But, he really likes this guy as a future utility player that can play some solid defense up the middle. He is the type of guy that could have a 10 year big league career. He has been playing professionally since 2008 and has really developed into a fine little hitter the last 2 seasons. He walks more than he strikes out and can run a bit too. This season as a 20-year-old (turns 21 in August) he is handling AA Binghamton with a .280/.325 clip in 80 at bats since his promotion from High A St.Lucie (.284/.377/.385/762 with 12 SB)
RHP Kyle Allen- 6’3 195, 22 years old, Portugal (by way of the Pendleton School in Bradenton, Florida) Newman really likes this arm and sees a real sleeper. He says he will run it up to 93 but sits in low 90’s. He believes he can be a big league pitcher once he tackles some consistency issues. He really struggled last year at High A St.Lucie as he went 6-11 with a 6.28 e.r.a in 106 IP with a 74/59 k/bb ratio. But, he has also been hampered by some lingering injuries that he seems to have recovered from. He has been used out of the pen this season where he is 2-0 with a 4.4.1 e.r.a striking out 24 and walking just 6 in 35 IP. He was fantastic to start the season (3rd year in a row at High A) but has had a couple of bad outings of late to run his numbers up. He certainly is not a key cog but could be a nice throw in as a 3rd option.
RHP Collin McHugh 6’2 195, 25 years old Georgia Â A soft tossing RHP that gets LHP out with a nice change-up Newman says. He is a RHP that has reverse splits as his change has his numbers better against lefties over righties. He was the Mets 18th round pick in 2008 out of Berry College (Mount Berry, Georgia) so not a real sexy prospect but perhaps one that could give you some depth in the minors and give you a chance when called upon. He is 6-7 with a 3.05 e.r.a in 106 IP this season between AA-AAA and has a 98/30 k/bb ratio in that time.