Top 100 New York Prospects: 41-60

Don't Forget Ramiro Pena Played AA at 20-Years Old

Combining the Mets and Yankees prospects into one large talent pool, here are the Top 100 New York prospects. Making a couple adjustments from our original Top 50 Yankees' prospects to accomodate the losses and additions from this offseason, here are the prospects ranked 41-60 in the third installment of our five-part series.

41. Sean Henn, LHP, Yankees: Some passive observers of Henn may be down on his ability merely because of his three rocky starts with the Yankees in 2005, which were his first three Major League starts. Don't be fooled. Once a power left-handed pitcher, Henn's secondary stuff has developed nicely. In any other farm system he would project to be a solid middle of the rotation type of starter. He could still be that with the Yankees, or possibly a left-handed setup man.

42. Rolando Japa, RHP, Yankees: Armed with a mid 90's fastball and an advanced changeup so early in his development, the former second baseman has a very high ceiling and he could wind up being a top prospect someday. His lack of experience on the mound is the only thing holding him back and the Yankees expect him to advance quickly through their farm system.

43. Henry Owens, RHP, Mets: Selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2004 Rule V Draft, Owens is a power reliever. He boasts a fastball that sits in the 94-96 MPH and compliments his heater with a slider that can be devastating at times. He's been developing a splitter and he could become a solid setup man with the Mets someday, possibly even as soon as 2006.

44. Sean Henry, SS/2B, Mets: Henry, a natural shortstop, is making the move over to second base. He's a strong candidate to climb the rankings in the coming years. Henry has very good power for a middle infielder and his power and speed combination is among the best from either farm system at the second base position. He'll be one to keep an eye on in the coming years.

45. Ramiro Pena, SS, Yankees: Pena is the Yankees' version of the Mets' Jose Coronado. A switch-hitting shortstop, Pena's defensive ability is good enough right now to play at the Major League level. Still just 20 years old however, and with only one professional season under his belt, Pena's bat is going to take some time to develop. He looked overmatched in 2005, but few players make their professional debut at the AA level, especially one as young as him.

46. Angel Fermin, 1B, Yankees: Fermin is quite the thumper. Blessed with some of the best raw power from either farm system, he could develop into a special power hitter in due time. His defense is suspect enough right now that he projects to be more of a designated hitter down the road, which makes his situation with the Yankees perfect. He's still very raw and he just turned 20-years old in October.

47. Jeff Karstens, RHP, Yankees: Karstens is one of many solid starting pitching prospects from both farm systems. He doesn't have a plus pitch in his arsenal, but he does have four quality Major League pitches and his command is impeccable. His control is superb enough to become a quality back-end starter at the Major League level, but questions about his stamina may force him into the bullpen at a later time.

48. Kevin Deaton, RHP, Mets: Like Karstens, there is nothing too sexy about his repertoire. He doesn't own a plus pitch either and like Karstens, he gets by with very good control and a bulldog mentality on the mound. Unlike Karstens however, Deaton is a huge presence on the mound and stamina is not his problem. The only thing holding back this undrafted free agent signing has been a series of nagging injuries over the last couple of seasons.

49. Evan MacLane, LHP, Mets: A "soft-tossing" lefty, MacLane has drawn comparisons to Jamie Moyer of the Seattle Mariners. The name of his game is pinpoint control. He has walked a little more than one batter per nine innings over his minor league career and his devastating changeup, arguably the best in the Mets' farm system, allows him to dominate right-handed batters. He's not a hard thrower by any means, but he's got enough guts to battle his way to the Majors as a back-of-the-rotation type of starter.

50. Eric Hacker, RHP, Yankees: Hacker is the Yankees' right-handed version of MacLane. Not a power pitcher, Hacker uses great command of his pitches and mixes up his speeds very well. He's been plagued by a series of injuries over the last two seasons and he'll need to remain healthy to continue his development. His stuff isn't dominating enough to fend off other pitchers from overtaking him in the rankings.

51. Garrett Patterson, LHP, Yankees: Patterson is one of the more intriguing pitching prospects from either farm system. He's clearly the hardest left-handed thrower between the Mets and Yankees' prospects. Armed with a fastball that sits 92-95 MPH and tops off in the high 90's, his advanced changeup is keeping him in starting pitching discussions despite two Tommy John surgeries in college. He has the stuff to climb the prospect charts in a hurry.

52. T.J. Beam, RHP, Yankees: Buried in what has become a pitching-rich Yankees' farm system, especially among starting pitchers, Beam was moved to the bullpen in 2005 and flourished immensely in his new role. He dominated hitters at the A-level in two stops between Charleston and Tampa, culminating in an Arizona Fall League All-Star selection. He has a wicked slider and a solid fastball in the 90-94 MPH range. Beam projects to be a solid setup man at the Major League level.

53. Andrew Wilson, UT, Mets: An undrafted free agent signing, Wilson has one of the better eyes at the plate and has very good power. The problem is he's playing in the wrong farm system. Wilson is not a marquee defensive player by any means. Probably better suited as a designated hitter for an American League team, Wilson has been shifted from position to position. The latest move has seen him move to the catcher's position, but at 25-years old, few scouts believe he can transition successfully. He could become a utility player, but the chances are better than average that he'll need to be moved in a trade to an American League team.

54. Jeff Landing, RHP, Mets: Landing has solid stuff despite the pedestrian numbers he has posted in the long-season leagues. His problem since being drafted out of Virginia Tech has been a lack of confidence and command with his pitches. The Mets are hoping his dominating performance with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2005 will give him the confidence to start harnessing his potential. He projects to possibly be a back-end starter at the Major League level.

55. Scott Hyde, RHP, Mets: The former Division III strikeout king has one of the best curveballs in the Mets' farm system. He compliments that pitch with a solid Major League fastball that sits 89-92 MPH and a very good changeup. Tommy John surgery months after being drafted has limited his professional experience thus far. He has a nice upside, but he'll need to prove it on the mound once he returns to game action in 2006.

56. Jeff Keppinger, 2B, Mets: Beloved by Mets' fans because of his superb contact hitting ability, Keppinger has one of the more advanced batting eyes in either farm system. He has walked 28 more times than he has struck out in his minor league career and he now owns a .314 career batting average. That said, Keppinger's lack of power and limited range at second base project him to be more of a dangerous pinch-hitter at the Major League level than a full-time second baseman.

57. Jorge Reyes, RHP, Mets: Reyes' numbers with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2005 were nothing special. In fact, they weren't very good at all. However, it was his first professional season in the United States and the Dominican native owns a fastball in the 90-95 MPH range with a good feel for his secondary pitches. He's still very raw and like Rolando Japa of the Yankees, he'll be one to watch in the coming years.

58. Abel Gomez, LHP, Yankees: Once considered a raw and powerful left-handed pitching prospect with the Yankees, Gomez had a brutal 2005 campaign that saw him demoted from high-A ball all the way down to the rookie Gulf Coast League. Questions about his heart and desire have risen and throw in the fact he has always battled command issues, Gomez is a high-risk/high-reward prospect.

59. Brett Smith, RHP, Yankees: The Yankees' second round draft pick in 2004 didn't make his professional debut until 2005. It wasn't the type of debut many had expected from Scott Boras' client, but Smith still remains a solid pitching prospect. One of the more astute pitching minds and a true student of the game, Smith is arguably the one name from these rankings who could have a dramatic rise in 2006. His stuff isn't overpowering but he has three solid Major League pitches and uses great command of the strike zone.

60. Robert Paulk, RHP, Mets: Paulk clearly has one of the better curveballs from either farm system. He pitched with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2005 on a "rehab" assignment and dominated the NY-Penn League. He's 20-12 with 31 saves and 3.06 ERA in his career, so the results speak for themselves. He'll be 25-years old once the 2006 season opens up and he appears destined for AA-Binghamton. Paulk projects to be a solid Major League reliever someday.

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