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Gazing into the future of the Mets and Yankees

JENRRY MEJIA Team: Mets | Position: Pitcher |

JENRRY MEJIA

Team: Mets | Position: Pitcher | Age: 20

There has been plenty of hype around Jenrry Mejia for the Mets this spring. It's still unknown if Mejia will follow the Mets up north, and if so, will he be in the rotation or bullpen? He's been solid in the minors, pitching to the tune of a 2.91 ERA in three seasons. With the Mets' situation, there's a good chance he could not only make the team, but become an important factor immediately. Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

New York already has some well-established baseball stars in players like Derek Jeter and David Wright. But who are the future of the Mets and the Yankees? Newsday takes a look at the baby ballplayers to watch over the next few years.

Mets

1. Jenrry Mejia, 20, rhp. He shot up the rankings with his stellar 2009, and there's even hope that he can pitch in the major leagues this season.

2. Wilmer Flores, 18, ss. Jose Reyes is under team control this year and next. Could Flores be ready by 2012?

3. Fernando Martinez, 21, of. It seemed like the Mets rushed F-Mart all the way up the system. Thanks, Tony Bernazard. But Martinez is still young.

4. Ike Davis, 22, 1b. The darling of management, the son of former Yankees reliever Ron Davis has a powerful bat.

5. Brad Holt, 23, rhp. He impressed with Class A St. Lucie last year, but not as much with Double-A Binghamton.

6. Jon Niese, 23, lhp. He seemed to be figuring things out last season before tearing his right hamstring.

7. Reese Havens, 23, 2b/ss. Had been pegged as a possible catcher, but that hasn't happened.

8. Josh Thole, 23, c. Displayed in his brief 2009 audition that he might be the real deal.

9. Ruben Tejada, 20, 2b/ss. Already good enough to field in the big leagues, they say.

10.  Juan Urbina, 17, lhp. No minor league experience. Fastball is in the 90-92 mph range.

Yankees

1. Jesus Montero, c. Has an elite bat, but might have to switch positions.

2. Austin Romine, c. Son of former big leaguer Kevin Romine, more of a natural catcher than Montero.

3. Slade Heathcott, of. The Yankees' top draft pick last year, he comes from a tough background.

4. Zach McAllister, rhp. Put up 96 strikeouts and 33 walks in 121 innings for Double-A Trenton last year.

5.  Manny Banuelos, 19, lhp. Said to have excellent command and a fastball in the low 90s.

6.  Gary Sanchez, 17, c. Sanchez signed with the team last summer for $2.5 million at the ripe old age of 16 as an international free agent.

7  J.R. Murphy, 19, c. Known for a great swing and a strong bat. Strong arm, but not the fastest runner.

8 Jeremy Bleich, lhp. Signed in 2008 as an injured player, he misses bats but misses the strike zone, too.

9. Andrew Brackman, rhp. The Yankees' first pick of 2007 has been nothing short of a bust so far.

 

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