This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while… Take all of the Mets or Orioles prospects from a given year of Topps Pro Debut and see how the players have panned out so far.
I’m going to start with the Mets prospects from 2012 Topps Pro Debut (posted here in no particular order).
Taijeron is an outfielder who was an 18th round draft pick in 2011. He’s a non-roster invitee to Mets Spring Training this year and in 2015 he batted .274 with 25 homers and 71 RBI at AAA Las Vegas.
Wilmer started a bunch of games at short in 2015, but with the Mets signing of Asdrubal Cabrera, Flores could end up as a utility guy.
Wheeler had been acquired from the Giants for Carlos Beltran back in 2011, but missed all of 2015 due to Tommy John surgery. He’s still a valued pitcher with an ETA of July 1st. Just a guess, but Zach Wheeler may have originally been in a San Jose Giants uniform in this photo. Topps did a crap job with the fake piping on the front of the jersey.
Pron has not appeared in a minor league game since 2013; I would presume that he’s out of baseball, but it’s not unheard of to lose two seasons to injury. So far, he has not gotten past the low-A South Atlantic League.
In trying to search on Greg Pron, I got a lot of hits involving the word you get when you swap the “R” and “O” in “Pron”.
Familia earned 43 saves as the Mets’ closer in 2015.
Matt den Dekker
den Dekker was traded to the Nationals just before the 2015 season. He split time between D.C. and AAA Syracuse.
Quickie Monty Python reference: “den Dekker, den Dekker was a boozy beggar who could drink you under the table…” (FYI, the original lyric was about German philosopher Martin Heidegger).
Do I really have to tell you about Matt Harvey? 13-8, 2.71.
Like Travis Taijeron, Danny Muno was drafted in 2011 and is a non-roster guy this Spring. He’s a third baseman who also plays second, appeared in 17 games with the Mets last year, but spent most of the season with Las Vegas.
On the whole, that’s a pretty good selection of players… Out of 8 guys you’ve got 7 with a shot at being in the Majors in 2016.
These next two Pro Debut cards are not part of the Mets team set, but they both feature current Mets who had been in the Blue Jays organization in 2012.
Travis d’Arnaud started out in the Phillies organization, was part of a package of prospects traded to the Jays for Roy Halladay, and then was part of another package of prospects traded to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey trade.
The photo on this card was also used in the 2011 Pro Debut set. The 2011 card shows him with the Dunedin Blue Jays, 2012 shows him photoshopped into a New Hampshire Fisher Cats uniform.
Noah Syndergaard was another player in that R.A. Dickey deal. He looks odd without long hair.