The Keepers: – LF – Julio Concepcion

98. Julio Concepcion – LF – 21/yrs. old

 
Concepcion was signed by the Mets as an undrafted international free agent in 2007.

 
He played for the DSL Mets in 2007, hitting .243/.362/.341/.703, in 173 at bats. This included 42 hits and 26 walks. He hated home games (.187), while loved being on the road (.305).

 
He returned to the DSL Mets in 2008 and improved his stats to: .285/.361/.393/.754 in 267 at bats. He also had only five errors playing left field all season.

 
Now, I know those stats don’t seem like all that, but this is the DSL… the .285 batting average led the league, and Concepcion also led the league in RBIs (40) and doubles (16).

 
This year, Concepcion owned the GCL Mets’ left field with the most at bats by any other player on the team, 160. His stats were impressive: .306/.354/.356/.710, only 5-E, 11-SB.

 
1-1-10 Forecast: You’re not going to see any power here, but Concepcion continues to turn out better stats each year he plays. At 6-4, 195, you would hope that he could beef up a little and improve on his anemic slugging percentage, but he has still earned a bump up to Brooklyn in 2010.
 

7-15-10: – Folks in the Mets organization are real pleased with the progress of Concepcion. He was assigned to repeat the GCL level this season and is proving every day that he’s ready to move up. Today, he went 3-4 and raised his seasonal batting average to .310. The real good news is his slugging percentage is at a career high of .451. He turns 21 in September.

 

2011 Forecast: Concepcion impressed in 2010 at the GCL level: .282//326/.466/.792, 174-AB… he also showed a little pop with 4-HR, but needs to increase his walks, only 7 in 2010. He’s young and it will be interesting to see where the new Mets brass sends him in 2011. My guess: Kingsport.

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