Ranking the New York Mets’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014
Ranking the New York Mets' Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014
If the New York Mets are known for something, it isn’t really having a great farm system. Sure, they have the best system of either of the New York teams, arguably. But they certainly could not be said as having had the best farm system in the game for quite a while. It is true that they are not the richest in the organizational category but they are heading in the right direction for now and they do have a good group of top prospects.
This offseason the Mets have found themselves with extra money to spend for a change. That is a very good thing for a lot of reasons. Mostly it is good because that means they can go get free agents to fill their needs. Nothing is wrong with doing that because it can help the team win now without depleting the minor leagues of all good and decent talent. That is a balance that every team has to find and the Mets are no different.
As they go into the 2014 season things are looking bright for them. They have had a couple of solid debuts of young talent and David Wright is still on top of his game even in a shortened season. The list of guys that follows includes players that will have an impact at the major league level, some will have great impact and some maybe lesser but their presence will be felt in the majors soon. Here they are without further delay.
10 – Kevin Plawecki
He isn’t the top catching prospect for the Mets only because the top catching prospect for the Mets is the top backstop in the minors. Plawecki has solid offensive potential as well as a good arm and solid defensive ability.
9 – Dilson Herrera
Herrera is a small and quick infielder that has potential across the board. He is still a few years away.
8 – Gavin Cecchini
Other than a lack of power, Cecchini has solid MLB shortstop potential across the board. He should soon be a lock for a big league job at short.
7 – Dominic Smith
This 2013 first round draft pick could be the first baseman of the future for the Mets or he could be a bust. It all depends on how his power potential develops over the next couple of minor league seasons.
6 – Cesar Puello
Puello has a ton of big league power potential in the outfield. He could arrive on the scene for the Mets as early as the 2014 season and if he does he should make an impact.
5 – Brandon Nimmo
The sky is the limit for Nimmo as long as he takes the next few seasons to work on developing his power potential.
4 – Wilmer Flores
Flores projects as a good contact hitter. He could be ready for a regular MLB assignment very soon.
3 – Rafael Montero
The Mets could see Montero shine as soon as 2014. His miniscule ERA and WHIP numbers are due to his great fastball and the other pitches he works with it. He could be extremely good.
2 – Travis d’Arnaud
Travis d’Arnaud showed himself for a few games with the Mets in 2013 but his potential lies ahead of him still. He is the number one ranked catching prospect in baseball and should be plenty able to shine in every facet of the backstop game in 2014.
1 – Noah Syndergaard
Syndergaard has a good fastball and curveball. He has been only dominant in the minors. At this point the Mets are just allowing him to finish developing at a normal pace but when he is ready, he’ll be something special.