Ranking the New York Mets' Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2015

By Bryan Zarpentine

Ranking the Mets' Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2015

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As we head toward 2015, the New York Mets have one of the top farm systems in baseball. For years the Mets have been developing a strong farm system built upon pitching, but their position players are starting to catch up. The farm is so deep that the Mets may use some of these prospects as trade chips this offseason, but as of right now, here are the Mets' top 10 prospects.

10. Gavin Cecchini, Shortstop

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10. Gavin Cecchini, Shortstop

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Cecchini has the defensive ability to be a major league shortstop, it's just a matter of if he'll hit enough. After a dreadful start in advanced-A following a mid-season promotion, Cecchini finished the 2014 season strong, showing more power and a lot more plate discipline. He should be ready to start 2015 in double-A, although it should be at least another year or two until he's ready to play shortstop every day in the big leagues.

9. Rafael Montero, Pitcher

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9. Rafael Montero, Pitcher

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Montero made 10 appearances for the Mets in 2014, so he's real close to being a full-time big leaguer. But he did regress some in 2014, as he didn't quite have the pinpoint control that he showed in 2013. However, most of Montero's issues are things that can be worked out with more experience and more confidence. He may never be at the top of a major league rotation, but if the Mets need Montero at any point in 2015, he'll be ready.

8. Amed Rosario, Shortstop

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8. Amed Rosario, Shortstop

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In terms of pure talent and ability, Rosario may be the best player the Mets have anywhere in their organization. However, he's still a teenager and has a long way to go before reaching the big leagues. Rosario showed flashes of his ability in 2014, hitting a line of .289/.337/.380 for short-season Brooklyn, and when he plays full-season ball in 2015, Mets fans will be able to get a better idea of how talented he is.

7. Dominic Smith, First Base

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7. Dominic Smith, First Base

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Just a year out of high school in 2014, the Mets challenged Smith with a full-season league in Savannah, and he responded well. Smith got off to a slow start and then tired out at the end of the season, but in between he performed well, ending up with a line of .271/.344/.338, which is quite impressive for a teenager at that level. The power isn't there yet, but if it shows up within the next year or two, Smith could be something special.

6. Kevin Plawecki, Catcher

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6. Kevin Plawecki, Catcher

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Plawecki is real close to being big league ready, and he has a chance to give Travis d'Arnaud some competition as the Mets' every day catcher. His defensive skills are a fringy, but he's great at calling games and managing a pitching staff for such a young player. Offensively, he knows how to control the strike zone and limit his strikeouts, while also possessing power to the gaps. Someday soon Plawecki will be a major league starting catcher.

5. Dilson Herrera, Second Base

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5. Dilson Herrera, Second Base

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The Mets got a glimpse of Herrera late in the season, where he showed that he has the potential to be their second baseman of the future. He's not a finished product, but he has great bat speed, allowing him to generate a lot of power for a player his size, and with a little refinement, his athleticism gives him a chance to be an above-average defensive player. Herrera should be back in the majors at some point in 2015, possibly to stay.

4. Steven Matz, Pitcher

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4. Steven Matz, Pitcher

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Matz had a sensational season in 2014, passing through advanced-A and double-A with little trouble. If he can command all his pitches and continue to develop his curveball, he'll have three quality pitches, giving him the stuff to be at least a mid-rotation starter. Matz missed a lot of time due to injuries between 2009 and 2012, so all he needs is more innings under his belt, and once he gets them, he'll be ready for the majors.

3. Michael Conforto, Outfield

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3. Michael Conforto, Outfield

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The Mets took Conforto in the first round of the 2014 draft, in large part because scouts described him as the best college hitter available. Conforto got his feet wet in the minor leagues the second half of the 2014 season, and 2015 will be a chance for him to show what he can do, as he has a chance to move quickly through the system.

2. Brandon Nimmo, Outfield

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2. Brandon Nimmo, Outfield

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Nimmo took a huge step forward in 2014, as he added muscle in the offseason and started to show some of the power the Mets have been projecting since they drafted him. With his performance the first half of the season, he forced the Mets to promote him to double-A, where his numbers dipped some, but he did show the ability to make adjustments. It won't be long until Nimmo reaches triple-A, with a September call-up being a distinct possibility.

1. Noah Syndergaard, Pitcher

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1. Noah Syndergaard, Pitcher

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Syndergaard did not have the 2014 season most were expecting, as he did not dominate triple-A and he did not make his MLB debut. However, he was in a hitter-friendly league and he was far younger than the average triple-A player, and so he remains the Mets' top prospect. He still has incredible stuff and a high ceiling, and after the results in triple-A were better late in the season, Syndergaard should be on base to make his MLB debut in 2015.

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