The New York Mets top prospects have had their chance to shine. Let’s check in on how some of them are doing.
With the MLB season past the two-month mark, many of the New York Mets minor league affiliates are underway as well. This means a majority of the Mets top prospects have eaten up innings and seen plenty of at-bats.
This gives us sample sizes large enough to gauge overall performance thus far.
Mets #8 prospect, Marcos Molina
It’s been a roller-coaster professional career for Marcos Molina. He was signed at just the age of 16 out of the Dominican Republic. After a couple seasons of shaky rookie-ball pitching, Molina started 2014 in Brooklyn with the short-season Cyclones. It was at this stop that he broke through and flashed elite prospect potential.
After thoroughly dominating the New York Penn League for the first half of the summer, Molina got the nod to start the All-Star Game for the South team. When Tom Gamboa, manager of the Cyclones, was asked about what he thought of what Molina was doing at his age, he had this to say:
"“He’s had such a terrific season at 19. I just saw recently where he’s the No. 16 prospect in the Mets’ farm system. My answer to that is, if we have 15 players better than him, then the Mets are headed for the World Series in the not-too-distant future because I just see him on the fast track.”"
Not only was the skipper spot on about the Mets world-series run the very next year, he seemed to be right on target with his assessment of Molina.
Unfortunately, after an aggressive promotion to High-A St. Lucie to start 2015, Molina battled arm injuries. Eventually, he required Tommy John Surgery and was shut down for most of 2015 and 2016.
After a positive, but not spectacular, return in 2017 between AA Binghamton and High-A St. Lucie, many thought Molina was on his way back up the rankings. His velocity was a tick down from his pre-surgery, mid-90’s mark but he was still throwing strikes.
Then, in 2018, pitching between AA and AAA, everything unraveled for the 23-year-old.
After struggling to get outs in AAA, the Mets demoted Molina back to AA. Although his season ERA is dreadful, he’s just 23 for all of 2018. Molina still has time to get his roller-coaster of a career back on its track. Though many believe his 40-man roster spot would be better utilized on someone else.