By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on May 21, 2014
Under Sandy Alderson, the New York Mets have generally made mass promotions within their minor league system around the midway point in the season in late June. But so many players in the Mets’ farm system are excelling this season, so there’s no point in waiting, as several guys deserve a promotion right now and could benefit from an extra month at the next level up. Here are 10 Mets’ prospects who should be promoted sooner rather than later.
Leathersich hasn't been outstanding this season, but he doesn't have much left to prove at double-A. With the Mets needing help in their bullpen, he's the best internal option they have from the left side, so it would be wise for the Mets to move him to triple-A and see if he handles it better than he did last year.
Alvarez has been lights out this year, striking out 42 in 27 innings and allowing one earned run. But he's also far too old for A-ball, and he needs to be pushed up to double-A as soon as possible to see if there's a chance he can help in a major league bullpen at some point.
Gorski has once again proven that he can handle double-A. With both Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom leaving the triple-A rotation, now is the perfect time to bump up Gorski to see if he can do the same at triple-A and possibly have a big-league future.
McGowan has had no trouble in the South Atlantic League, pitching to a 1.85 ERA over his first seven starts, which means there's no point in keeping him there. He's more than ready for the next level, and he's a pitcher who may be able to move fast through the system if the Mets push him.
Koch has bounced back nicely from getting struck in the head by a batted ball last season. He's thrown a ton of strikes and has just a 2.81 ERA through seven starts. After being a closer in college, Koch projects as a reliever in the majors. This means the Mets shouldn't be shy about moving him through the farm system quickly with an early-season promotion.
Rivera is a little low on tools, but he's always been a productive player, especially this year with an average of .376 and OPS of .930. He needs to be playing at the upper levels of the minors to see if he can keep hitting, and the Mets need to make room for him at double-A.
Pitching out of the bullpen, Coles didn't allow a run for the first 18 innings of the season while striking out more than a batter per inning; that warrants a promotion for a polished college pitcher who's not being challenged at his current level.
Tovar has spent two full seasons at double-A, and with a line of .309/.372/.366 he's ready to move to triple-A. The Mets don't need to play Omar Quintanilla in triple-A when that playing time could be given to Tovar. With things unsettled for the Mets at shortstop, Tovar could become a viable option, at least as the team's backup middle infielder. But for that to happen they need to bump him up to triple-A.
In 22 innings this year, Morris has allowed seven hits, 11 walks and zero runs. He's also struck out 36, as he's simply too much for A-ball hitters. He's found his niche in the bullpen, and he has a chance to move quickly if he can throw enough strikes. Thus far, he's thrown more than enough to warrant a promotion.
With Matz taking up a spot on the 40-man roster, the Mets need to move him up when it's obvious he deserves a promotion. Opposing hitters have routinely looked overmatched against him, and it wouldn't hurt him to have more than half a season of experience at double-A under his belt heading into 2015.
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