By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on August 20, 2014
The New York Mets' playoff hopes have faded fast in August, and the club will be turning their attention to the future when the month of September arrives. Here are 10 prospects likely to get a shot in the big leagues.
Verrett isn't a top prospect, but he was a third-round pick back in 2011 who's had a decent year despite pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He's a pitcher who has great control and has a slider he throws a lot despite having below average velocity on his fastball. If the Mets want to reward him for a nice season and add another pitcher to the staff in September, Verrett could get a call-up.
Leathersich is the closest thing the Mets have to a homegrown lefty reliever who can join the bullpen next year, so they may be willing to give him an audition in September. He strikes out a ton of guys, but he has control issues and has always been hit hard in triple-A. The Mets may not be inclined to bring him up, but he should at least warrant consideration.
Goeddel is already on the 40-man roster, so he's an easy guy to bring up when the triple-A season is over. He hasn't had a great season pitching out of the bullpen in triple-A, but part of that could be pitching in hitter-friendly conditions. He has major league stuff; he's just had problems with control and consistency. But he's worth giving a look in September, and if he struggles, the Mets can easily remove him from the 40 this offseason.
The Mets will likely add Herrera to the 40-man roster this offseason and give him a good long look during spring training, so it may not hurt to bring him up in September. He's only 20 years old, so the Mets don't have to rush him to the big leagues. But he could be major-league ready by next year, so giving him some time in September could provide a clue as to how close he is.
Tovar is on the 40-man roster, so he's an easy call-up. At this point the Mets have seen more than enough of Ruben Tejada, so giving Tovar some time in the big leagues can't hurt to see if he's at least close to ready to being the team's backup middle infielder in 2015. That's where a defensive whiz like him is likely to end up.
The Mets don't need to add Plawecki to the 40-man roster until next offseason, so they may be reluctant to do so now. But he'll likely be part of the team's plans behind the plate in 2015, and he's starting to get the hang of triple-A pitching. The Mets may want to get him some major league reps in September if they can.
The Mets will likely add Mazzoni to the roster this offseason, so there's a good chance they'll do that in September and start his transition to the bullpen where he's likely to end up. His performance has been rather average this season, so he's not a lock to get called up. The Mets may send him to the Arizona Fall League to get more innings instead of a September call-up.
Reynolds may actually the best internal option the Mets have to play shortstop right now. The Mets have seen enough of Ruben Tejada, and if Wilmer Flores continues to struggle at the plate, they may want to give Reynolds a couple weeks to play shortstop at the end of September. They may want to give Flores the rest of the season, but Reynolds should be be a factor in the majors next year and could get an early look in September.
Puello has done nothing this year in triple-A to deserve a September call-up, but he's on the 40-man roster so it's a possibility. He's a five-tool player, but the Mets are getting tired of waiting for him to develop a better approach at the plate and become a productive player. A September call-up could become Puello's last chance to prove he's a viable prospect or the Mets could look to break ties with him.
Matz only has 10 double-A starts under his belt, but since he's already on the 40-man roster, a September call-up shouldn't be ruled out. He'll likely reach his innings limit for the year before the minor league season ends, but if the Mets wanted to, they could get him in a few outings in the big leagues this September even if it's just out of the bullpen. That may not be a bad idea since he'll likely be big-league ready in 2015.
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