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Sep 07 2005 07:22 PM

I know it's silly to throw up a quiz when there's a crucial, pennant-race deciding game going on, but I figure nobody's watching Phillies-Astros anyway.

The Mets have had plenty of prospects who never turned out (Al Shirley, Kirk Presley, Julian Vazquez), and some who were dealt at the peak of their prospecthood (Ed Yarnall, Geoff Goetz), and some who shot up to the major league level quickly (Alex Ochoa, Bill Pulsipher). Some players, however, rise through the system slowly and become part of silly trivia questions.

Since 1990, nineteen Mets prospects -- two catchers, three third basemen, two shortstops, six outfielders, six right-handed pitchers, and one lefty -- have appeared at least twice on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list while in the system. Some may have appeared as members of other organizations, but only nineteen appeared at least twice -- and six of them appeared three times -- on the list as Mets prospects.

Name them.

And for bonus points, identify the six guys who made it to the list three times.

And for ANOTHER bonus point, name the only two #1 BA prospects since 1990 who have ever appeared in a Mets uniform. (Hint: One was a first base prospect, one was a pitcher.)

Sep 07 2005 07:38 PM

this is a tuffffffffff one.

Brian Cole
Alex Escobar
Aaron Hielman
Jose Reyes
Preston Wilson
Scott Kazmir

Any of them on that list?

Frayed Knot
Sep 07 2005 07:50 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Sep 07 2005 09:07 PM

Catchers - Huber, Hundley
3B - Wright, Alfonzo, Huskey?
SS - Reyes, Ordonez
OF - Escobar, Preston Wilson, Payton, Burnitz
RHP - Paul Wilson, Heilman, Grant Roberts, Pat Strange, Anthony Young
LHP - Pulsipher, Kazmir

(although you said only one lefty I think both Pulse & Kaz were - did you count one as a RHP?)

Escobar, Hundley, Peston Wilson

#1 bonus:
hmmm, not sure

Sep 07 2005 08:51 PM

Hundley (92,91,90)
Wright (04,03)
Alfonzo (95,94)
Huskey (94,93,92)
Reyes (03,02)
Ordonez (96,95)
Escobar (01,00,99)
Preston Wilson (96,94,93)
Payton (97,96,95)
Burnitz (93,92)
Heilman (03,02)
Roberts (00,99,98)
Paul Wilson (96,95)
AYoung (92,91)
Strange (01,00)
Kazmir (04,03)

Cole appeared once (2001), as did Pulse (94).

That's five for Zvon, eleven for the Knot. Nice job both of you.

Still missing a catcher, two OFs, one righty, and the second bonus question.

Sep 07 2005 08:57 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Sep 07 2005 08:59 PM

Is one outfielder Alex Ochoa?
Edit: Bonus - first baseman John Olerud?


Sep 07 2005 08:59 PM

Ochoa appeared only once as a Met, in 1996.

Sep 07 2005 08:59 PM


Sep 07 2005 08:59 PM

Once. (1995.)

Frayed Knot
Sep 07 2005 09:02 PM

Catcher - Brook Fordyce?
OFer - Terrance Long?

Bones - the 1st baseman was Cliffy!!!

Sep 07 2005 09:04 PM

Lastings Milledge??

Sep 07 2005 09:05 PM

Nice job, Frayed!

Cliff Floyd was the top ranked prospect in 1994 as a first baseman with the Expos. Still missing the pitcher.

Fordyce (93,91) is the other catcher. Long appeared once, in 1997.

Sep 07 2005 09:06 PM

Milledge (05,04) is right!

Still missing one OF and one RHP.

Sep 07 2005 09:16 PM

A.J. Burnett?

Sep 07 2005 09:16 PM

Burnett never cracked the Top 100 as a Met.

Sep 07 2005 09:20 PM

Petit or Bannister?

Sep 07 2005 09:21 PM

Petit in 2005, Bannister never.

Sep 08 2005 08:45 AM

Julio Valera for the RHP?

Sep 08 2005 08:50 AM

how about DJ Dozier for the OF?

Sep 08 2005 08:56 AM

bonus: pedro?

Edgy DC
Sep 08 2005 09:36 AM

Dumb idea: how about Hideo Nomo as the pitcher who was an overall number-one prospect? Is he eligible?

Sep 08 2005 10:06 AM

damn. i just cheated, and know the answer to the bonus question.

ain't nobody getting that one. also, isn't it kinda unfair...?

Sep 08 2005 10:49 AM

Dozier and Valera are the last two.

And yes, the other half of the bonus question is unfair. That's why I said "Mets uniform," not Mets game.

The list:

11. Lastings Milledge, of, Mets
46. Yusmeiro Petit, rhp, Mets
50. Philip Humber, rhp, Mets

7. Kazuo Matsui ss, Mets
12. Scott Kazmir lhp, Mets
21. David Wright 3b, Mets
86. Lastings Milledge of, Mets
88. Matt Peterson rhp, Mets

3. Jose Reyes, ss, Mets
11. Scott Kazmir, lhp, Mets
45. Aaron Heilman, rhp, Mets
66. Justin Huber, c, Mets
75. David Wright, 3b, Mets

34. Jose Reyes, ss, Mets
78. Aaron Heilman, rhp, Mets

18. Alex Escobar, of, Mets
63. Pat Strange, rhp, Mets
64. Brian Cole, of, Mets

34. Alex Escobar, of, Mets
78. Pat Strange, rhp, Mets
84. Grant Roberts, rhp, Mets

11. Alex Escobar, of, Mets
45. Octavio Dotel, rhp, Mets
79. Grant Roberts, rhp, Mets

29. Grant Roberts, rhp, Mets
60. Ed Yarnall, lhp, Mets
96. Geoff Goetz, lhp, Mets

34. Jay Payton, of, Mets
63. Terrence Long, of, Mets

2. Paul Wilson, rhp, Mets
17. Rey Ordonez, ss, Mets
21. Jay Payton, of, Mets
43. Alex Ochoa, of, Mets
94. Preston Wilson, of, Mets

16. Paul Wilson, rhp, Mets
20. Rey Ordonez, ss, Mets
31. Edgardo Alfonzo, 3b, Mets
37. Jason Isringhausen, rhp, Mets
95. Carl Everett, of, Mets
96. Jay Payton, of, Mets

21. Bill Pulsipher, lhp, Mets
43. Preston Wilson, 3b, Mets
59. Kirk Presley, rhp, Mets
70. Butch Huskey, 3b, Mets
74. Edgardo Alfonzo, ss, Mets

28. Bobby Jones, rhp, Mets
61. Jeromy Burnitz, of, Mets
64. Brook Fordyce, c, Mets
74. Al Shirley, of, Mets
92. Butch Huskey, 3b, Mets
93. Preston Wilson, of, Mets

18. Todd Hundley, c, Mets
50. Jeromy Burnitz, of, Mets
54. Butch Huskey, 3b, Mets
55. Anthony Young, rhp, Mets
92. Julian Vasquez, rhp, Mets
99. D. J. Dozier, of, Mets

26. Anthony Young, rhp, Mets
33. Pete Schourek, lhp, Mets
44. D. J. Dozier, of, Mets
47. Brook Fordyce, c, Mets
59. Todd Hundley, c, Mets
98. Julio Valera, rhp, Mets

56. Julio Valera, rhp, Mets
65. Todd Hundley, c, Mets

Sep 08 2005 11:13 AM

I am giving myself a pat on the back for those Dozier and Valera answers. Great quiz seawolf, i enjoyed thinking that one through