Stoner, the Mets' 16th round pick in 2006, had the most success of this group, reaching the big leagues in September of 2009. He made four relief appearances in 2009, and one more in 2010, but will be remembered more for his name than his pitching. He was moving backwards in the minors too: AAA Buffalo where he pitched to a 5.97 ERA, was his only minor league stop in 2010 before making 16 starts for double-A Binghamton in 2011. This year, with prospects like Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, Zack Wheeler, Darin Gorski and Colin McHugh and Armando Rodriguez fighting for spots in double-A and triple-A there was no room anymore for a place-holder like Stoner. I had Stoner ranked #31 in the system in 2009, and #32 in 2010. He missed the 2011 and 2012 lists.
Merritt, originally a 27th round draft pick, was the 2009 Binghamton Mets Pitcher of the Year?in 2009. (Hey, Josh Thole was the position Player of the Year: 1-for-2 ain't bad.) Merritt owned a 5.65 ERA at AA Binghamton in 2011, where righties hit .309/.367/.398 against him. I had Merritt ranked as the #40 prospect in the system in 2009 and 2010. He was unranked the last two years.