By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on March 15, 2014
Throughout Spring Training, the New York Mets have given their top prospects plenty of opportunities to play in Grapefruit League games, and many have taken advantage of that opportunity. Here's a list of five Mets' prospects that have stood out the most during the first two weeks of Spring Training.
Noah Syndergaard got touched up a bit in his last outing, but overall, he's looked awfully impressive this spring, striking out 10 in 8.2 innings of work. Earlier in spring, manager Terry Collins called his curveball a "hook from hell," as Syndergaard has shown flashes of why the Mets' front office is so excited about him.
Eric Campbell isn't considered much of a prospect, and his ceiling in the majors is that of a bench player, but he's gotten a lot of at bats this spring and hit .381 with two doubles and two RBI's. If the Mets need someone who can back up the four corner positions later in the season, Campbell could be an option.
In his first three spring appearances, Jacob deGrom threw six shutout innings and looked real impressive. He's already been optioned to minor league camp, so he won't be making the Opening Day roster, but he'll be in the big leagues at some point in 2014.
Rafael Montero has allowed just two hits and one walk in 6.1 innings pitched this spring. He has showcased incredible control of all three of his pitches and out-shined the veterans he's competing with for the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation.
In 22 spring at bats, Matt den Dekker is hitting .409. He is hitting everything hard and looks really comfortable at the plate, which is great to see, as the Mets already know that he's an elite defensive center fielder. Barring an injury, den Dekker isn't likely to make the Mets' opening day roster, but he's definitely making himself an option if the Mets need an outfielder later in the season.
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