Ranking The New York Mets’ Top 5 Pitching Prospects

Ranking The New York Mets' Top 5 Pitching Prospects

Ranking The New York Mets' Top 5 Pitching Prospects
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It's only a month into the 2014 season, but it's never too early to take a look at the top pitching prospects working their way through the farm system, especially when a team is as pitching-rich as the New York Mets. Many of their top pitchers are getting close to reaching the big leagues and should make their MLB debuts before the end of the 2014 season. Here's a look at the Mets' top five pitching prospects.

5. Michael Fulmer

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5. Michael Fulmer

Michael Fulmer Mets
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Fulmer has had an up-and-down start to 2014, and injuries held him back in 2013, so his stock is starting to drop a bit. However, he remains one of the most talented pitchers the Mets have in the minors. If he can start to show some consistency and put together a couple of good months in a row, he'll earn a promotion to double-A before the end of the season and be on his way to the big leagues.

4. Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom Mets
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4. Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom Mets
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After a strong spring, deGrom is off to a great start in 2014, and right now he looks like he could be the first of the Mets' top pitching prospects to make his big league debut. If the Mets were to need a spot starter right now, deGrom would be a likely choice, although he could find himself being a key member of the Mets' bullpen be season's end.

3. Steven Matz

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3. Steven Matz

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Matz was finally healthy in 2013, and that allowed him to have an outstanding season. He's off to a fast start in 2013 and is overmatching hitters in the Florida State League, which could result in an early-season promotion to double-A. That would put Matz on the fast track to the big leagues if he keeps pitching as well as he has this April.

2. Rafael Montero

Rafael Montero Mets
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2. Rafael Montero

Rafael Montero Mets
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Montero is close to a finished product and ready to join the Mets' pitching staff whenever there's an opening. He does have the typical size of a starting pitcher, but he has an easy delivery, three quality pitches, and great control, so he should be able to hold a spot in a big league rotation in the long run. If there's an opening in the back end of the Mets' rotation at any point this season, Montero will be ready to fill it.

1. Noah Syndergaard

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1. Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard Mets
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Syndergaard is still making the transition to triple-A and he has to deal with pitching in a hitter-friendly environment, but he should be ready to make his big league debut later this summer. By the start of the 2015 season, he'll be a full-time member of the Mets' rotation and will eventually be a key part of one of the best rotations in baseball.

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