New York Mets’ Top 50 Prospects Heading Into 2014
New York Mets' Top 50 Prospects Heading Into 2014
Well, it’s been a long yet eventful offseason for the New York Mets, and the team certainly looks to be in far better shape than they were heading into last season. With just a few short weeks to go until the start of Spring Training and some actual baseball games, there’s only one thing left to do, and that’s divulge the Mets' top 50 prospects heading into the 2014 season.
I've literally given you everything else imaginable as it relates to the Mets farm system. I've gone in depth about the state of the farm system. I've told you the very best prospects the Mets have at every position, essentially creating a dream team of Mets prospects. I've given you a long list of sleepers that you’ve probably never heard of, but should. Most importantly, I've given you a list of the top Mets prospects at every single position, from their deep contingent of pitching prospects, to a promising list of shortstops, to an intriguing crop out outfielders and every position in between. The only thing missing is one final list of all the prospects in the Mets farm system.
Well, here it is. This is the ultimate list ranking the top prospects in the Mets’ farm system. Sandy Alderson and company have done a great job of building up the system over the past few years, and the farm system hasn’t been in this healthy in many years. This is why I've able to go 50 players deep without any meaningless fillers being included. So here it is, a list of the Mets’ top 50 prospects heading into the 2014 season.
46 - 50
50. Jared King, OF -- Good overall tools, but probably a tweener that ends up being a fourth outfielder if he can't handle center field defensively.
49. Brett Mitchell, P -- Hard thrower with good strikeout numbers. Could move fast through the system and end up a solid middle reliever.
48. Miller Diaz, P -- Great strikeout numbers last year. Probably won't remain a starter long-term, but could be a decent setup man.
47. Phillip Evans, SS -- A lot of promise when he was drafted, but he's struggled a lot at the plate; his stock is slipping fast.
46. Robert Whalen, P -- Perhaps the best curveball in the Mets system, and someone to watch closely over the next couple of years.
41 - 45
45. Akeel Morris, P -- Electric arm, but needs to improve his control. Has already been moved to the bullpen, but has a high ceiling as a reliever.
44. Matthew Bowman, P -- Doesn't have blow away stuff, but had a productive 2013 season, and needs to keep that up to stay on the radar.
43. L.J. Mazzilli, 2B -- Has all the intangibles to get to the big leagues, just needs to hit enough and show a little pop in his bat.
42. Ivan Wilson, OF -- 2013 draftee with raw power and great athleticism. A long way away, but intriguing talent to watch.
41. Matt Reynolds, SS -- Could at least be a major league utility man, but needs to improve his hitting after a line of .226/.302/.337 in 2013.
36 - 40
40. Champ Stuart, OF -- Perhaps the best athlete the Mets have, but he lacks baseball skills due to lack of experience. If he develops, the sky's the limit.
39. Travis Taijeron, OF -- Has 42 home runs over the past two years, but he's a little old for a player with only a couple months of experience above A-ball.
38. Rainy Lara, P -- If a changeup develops, he could start in the majors eventually; otherwise, he's a tall and strong fastball-slider middle reliever.
37. Danny Muno, 2B -- Doesn't have standout skills, but he's the kind of player you find on winning teams. Has a chance to play second base every day, or else he's a utility player.
36. Tomas Nido, C -- As a catcher the Mets drafted out of high school a couple years ago, he still has time to develop despite a couple subpar seasons.
31 - 35
35. Darrell Ceciliani, OF -- There's still a chance he could become a starter in center field, but he looks more like a good fourth outfielder.
34. Jack Leathersich, P -- Had serious control issues in triple-A last year, but also has outrageous strikeout numbers. He'll be a LOOGY if he can stop giving away free passes to first base.
33. Erik Goeddel, P -- Has good stuff, but has issues with inconsistency and durability. If he can make a smooth transition to the bullpen, he could be real good.
32. Andrew Church, P -- Mets' second-round pick in 2013; has mid-rotation potential, but is a long way away.
31. Dustin Lawley, OF -- Had an explosion of power in 2013, but he needs to prove he can do that at the upper levels of the minors.
26 - 30
30. Jayce Boyd, 1B -- Great 2013 season in A-ball, but needs to prove he can do it in the upper levels of the minors while also showing more power.
29. Casey Meisner, P -- 2013 draftee with great potential as a top-of-the-rotation starter, but still has a long way to go.
28. John Gant, P -- Made great strides in 2013, putting him on the radar as back-of-the-rotation starter.
27. Cory Vaughn, OF -- Good tools, but has terrible splits and a disconcerting strikeout rate, which means he's a platoon player at best in the big leagues.
26. Hansel Robles, P -- Mets think he'll move fast through the system and contribute soon, at least as a middle reliever.
21 - 25
25. Luis Mateo, P -- Great stuff, but his age and Tommy John Surgery in 2013 could force him to the bullpen, although he could be a late-inning reliever if he stays healthy.
24. Luis Cessa, P -- Has a nice three-pitch mix and should be watched closely over the next couple of years.
23. Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B -- Has a ton of power, but not much else; however, having power is enough to keep him on the radar.
22. Chris Flexen, P -- Had a phenomenal 2013 season in rookie ball and is one of the most intriguing players under the age of 21 the Mets have.
21. Cory Mazzoni, P -- If he stays healthy, he should be ready for the big leagues at some point in 2014; likely moves to the bullpen long-term.
16 - 20
20. Wilfredo Tovar, SS -- Brilliant defensively, and should at least be a backup middle infielder. If he hits enough and can draw walks, has a chance to start at shortstop every day.
19. Wuilmer Becerra, OF -- Young and raw, but has a great power-speed combination. Could end up being a 20-20 player in the big leagues many years from now.
18. Jeff Walters, P -- Was a dominant closer in double-A in 2013, and should be ready for a job in the Mets' bullpen at some point in 2014.
17. Matt den Dekker, OF -- Brilliant defensive center fielder, but has trouble hitting lefties and strikes out too much, so he's probably a platoon player or a fourth outfielder.
16. Gabriel Ynoa, P -- Had an excellent 2013 season. He has three quality pitches and great control; doesn't have a high ceiling, but he's a good bet to be a back-of-rotation starter in the big leagues.
11 - 15
15. Domingo Tapia, P -- Great stuff but had terrible control issues in 2013. The window is closing on him being a starter, but he has late-inning potential as a reliever.
14. Michael Fulmer, P -- Injuries held him back in 2013, but he has two potential plus pitches and has tons of talent if he can stay healthy and get back on track in 2014.
13. Amed Rosario, SS -- Still a teenager, but has tons of talent and potential. He's nowhere close to the majors, but with his tools and athleticism, the sky's the limit.
12. Jacob deGrom, P -- He's close to the big leagues, although he probably ends up in the bullpen where he could be dominant if at least one of his secondary pitches develops.
11. Kevin Plawecki, C -- A catcher with good receiving skills who knows how to call a game and hits with gap power. Worst case scenario, he's a good backup for the Mets for many years.
6 - 10
10. Gavin Cecchini, SS -- He's as smooth as they get defensively, and if he ultimately hits enough, he'll be an everyday shortstop in the majors.
9. Dilson Herrera, 2B -- Great bat speed with a little bit of pop. If he can curb his strikeout numbers, he has the talent to be an above-average second baseman in the majors.
8. Steven Matz, P -- He was finally healthy in 2013 and had a great season. He's still two or three years away, but if he stays healthy and the secondary stuff develops, he's a mid-rotation starter.
7. Wilmer Flores, 2B -- We still don't know where he fits best defensively, but he can hit. He's still young and his body is developing, so there's time for him to grow into more power.
6. Brandon Nimmo, OF -- An injury zapped his power the second half of 2013, but he's on a good track. If he can stick in center field defensively, he could be an above-average regular there in a few years time.
1 - 5
5. Cesar Puello, OF -- Despite a PED suspension, he had a phenomenal 2013 season, finally turning his tools into on-field production. He should get a chance in the big leagues at some point in 2014.
4. Dominic Smith, 1B -- He's still 18, but he's already one of the best first base prospects in all of baseball. He's a few years away from the majors, but he could be a special player for the Mets.
3. Rafael Montero, P -- He's all but ready for the big leagues, and if there's an empty spot in the Mets' rotation, he can be a real good back-of-the-rotation starter for them.
2. Travis d'Arnaud, C -- Won't be a prospect much longer; if he's healthy, he has the talent to be an All-Star caliber catcher for many years.
1. Noah Syndergaard, P -- He's one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. Syndergaard will make his big league debut this summer and ultimately team with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler to give the Mets an incredible rotation in the years to come.