Some Extra Opinions on the Mets Rule Five Draft Work

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Here are some comments from other prospect-experts from around the web.

On Brad Emaus
Sandy Alderson, as quoted by Adam Rubin at ESPNNY: We’re very high on his potential as an everyday player out of the Toronto organization. [Former Jays GM] J.P. [Ricciardi], [and new Mets scouts from Toronto] Roy Smith and Jim D’Aloia, Paul [DePodesta] know him pretty well and felt strongly about him. So we’re very pleased that he was there.

Baseball America staff report:

Offensive-minded utility type, chance to be a regular maybe, can’t play SS though.

Emaus on Emaus, as quoted by John Manuel:

“…right now I’m just very ecstatic, excited to be given another chance by
the Mets. … I’m just a blue-collar guy, a solid
guy who has to know the game, has to have some (baseball IQ) because I
don’t have great tools. I’m not flashy but I bring my best every day and
go out trying to find an edge.”

Kevin Goldstein at Prospectus:
“Ceiling only of nice bench player, but might be there now.”
Two seasons ago, in March of 2009, Goldstein ranked Emaus as the Blue Jays’ #7 prospect and wrote:

Perfect World Projection: A solid everyday second baseman.

Glass Half Empty:
A utility type who can play anywhere in the infield except shortstop.

Emaus did not make Goldstein’s Jays list in 2010.

Jason Grey of

When he’s on, he features a stroke that scouts call “short to and long
through.” In other words, a short path to the ball, and his bat stays in
the hitting zone a long time.

On Pedro Beato
Alderson: “A power arm, probably out of the bullpen, and somebody who can compete for an everyday job. So we’re happy with that.”

John Manuel at Baseball America: Beato’s fastball has average velocity and peaks at
93 mph with sink and tail, and he has a decent sinking changeup and
slurvy breaking ball. …. He profiles as a middle reliever.

Goldstein: “…stuff is still well below draft-level, but he found some consistency and success this year as a two-pitch reliever.

There’s a chance, probably a little better than even money, that neither Beato nor Emaus play significant roles for the 2011 Mets.  However, there’s a chance that Beato contributes as a middle reliever and Emaus plays his way into the second base job in spring training and holds then holds onto it.  There are certainly no sure things as baseball players, but both Beato and Emaus are potentially nice, cheap additions at thin areas for the Mets.

I’ve been asked to handicap the Mets spring training battle for second base between Emaus, Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner, Luis Castillo and Ruben Tejada.  Right now, I’d say it’ll be a battle with Tejada starting behind the other four thanks to his youth and punchless offensive game.  Turner brings the most defensive versatility of the rest, while Murphy brings the most pop in his bat. Emaus brings a tremendous plate eye. Castillo merely brings the final year of an ill-advised contract.

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