The Keepers – 1B – Jeff Flagg

78. 1B Jeff Flagg

Selected by New York Mets in 27th Round (824th overall) of 2008 amateur entry draft, out of Mississippi State University.
The pick was weird… Flagg played three seasons with Mississippi State and only had a total of 154 at bats over the three seasons. This included only 39 hits, so you do the math. He definitely, on the surface, didn’t deserve the pick.

Flagg played the 2008 season for the GCL Mets, going .223/.331/.417 in 139 at bats (5 HRs, 25 RBIs).

Flagg played most of the 2009 season with Kingsport, putting up impressive numbers: .301/.365/.500/.865. This was a considerable higher OPS than anything he had done in college. He also LED THE League in runs batted in.
Flagg went on to get a cup of coffee at Savannah (.174 in 23 at bats).

Forecast: Basically, no one that writes about the Mets knew anything about Flagg before the beginning of this season, and he’s far from being tagged a prospect, but he definitely has earned himself a bump up for his 2009 season. I tried to find out the name of the scout that told someone in Queens that this kid was worth a draft pick. So far, he’s a genius.

First base wise, Ike Davis will hold down AAA, Stefan Welsh gets the nod at AA, and Flagg will most probably bypass Sam Honeck and get the Lucie nod, if for age alone, no less 2008 production.
Would love to know that scout’s name.

I wrote on 2-10-10: Jeff Flagg – Jeff had an outstanding year for rookie-Kingsport, going .301/.365/.500/.865, 10-HR, 59-RBI, in only 226-AB. He ended the season with the Sand Gnats which is exactly where he will start the 2010 season. Love the body… 6-6, 246.

5-30-10 from: – At 6′6″ Jeff is a big dude who can mash. He pulverized the ball for 10 bombs last year, also hitting .301. He did return to the bench after striking out 71 times after only 57 games last year. At Savannah he is still swinging and missing (40 K’s in 27 games), scuffling to find his stroke (.162) with only one homerun. He almost has as many walks (11) as hits (17).


8-4-10: – Flagg continues to hit well in Brooklyn (.296/.360/.531/.891) after a horrendous start this season at Savannah (.162). More importantly, he is also showing some pop, with 5-HR and 32-RBI in 162-AB for the clones. Last night, he had two more hits and I expect him to finish the season “in da city” and the Mets are going to have to decide who plays first for Lucy next spring, Flagg or Travis Ozga.


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