The club opted for one of the safer picks in the draft, Oregon State Michael Conforto. Right-hander Noah Sundergaard continues to dominate the minor leagues and should be up in the Mets’ rotation now later than May of next year.
For a look at the club’s Top 10 Prospects heading into the year click HERE
1. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Age: 21
With Travis d’Arnaud still trying to figure it out at the big league level – at the age of 25 – Syndergaard remains the lone hope for trying to hit it big on the R.A. Dickey deal with Toronto. And rightfully so. Ignoring his 5.35 ERA for a second, the 6-foot-5 right-hander is averaging 9.26 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 as a 21-year-old in Class AAA for the first time. Ace material.
2. Michael Conforto, LF, Age: 21
One of the safer picks in the draft this season, Conforto has the potential to move quickly through the Mets’ farm system, potentially reaching the big leagues by early 2016. He saw a rather noticeable drop in homerun pop this season, but still profiles as a solid middle-of-the-order bat. For Conforto’s full pre-draft analysis click HERE.
3. Brandon Nimmo, CF, Age: 21
My single biggest analytical mistake in my book, The 2014 Prospect Digest Annual, was to overlook Nimmo’s elite eye at the plate. I was critical of his lack of power – though, to be fair, he’s posted an Isolated Power in .130s this season – and base stealing prowess. The hit tool is better than I thought. A potential table setter at the top of the lineup.
4. Rafael Montero, RHP, Age: 23
Montero’s elite control has all but disappeared this season – in both his brief work with the big league club and in Class AAA. Still just 23-years-old, with an extensive track record of limiting free passes, and a low 90s fastball.
5. Kevin Plawecki, C, Age: 23
Plawecki just continues to hit – at every stop. After posting .305/.390/.448 across low Class A and high Class A last season, the former Boilermaker made quick work of the Eastern League (.326/.378/.487) before a recent promotion to the PCL.
6. Dominic Smith, 1B, Age: 19
At some point soon – and by soon, I mean, like yesterday – Smith is going to have to start showing more than a smidgeon of power. After posting a below-average .120 ISO during his pro debut, the lefty-swinging first baseman has slugged just 16 extra-base knocks this season – all doubles. For his career, he’s hit three homeruns in 501 plate appearances.
7. Dilson Herrera, 2B, Age: 20
The art of a well-executed trade: the Mets dealt an aging veteran (Marlon Byrd) for a useful bullpen arm and a promising, overlooked middle infield prospect. Herrera’s stock has exploded this season, hitting a combined .315/.362/.423 between the Florida State and Eastern Leagues. He could be manning the keystone in New York by this time next season.
8. Steven Matz, LHP, Age: 23
Now to redeem myself for my Brandon Nimmo snafu – I ranked Matz, who missed his first three seasons of his career due to injury, as the club’s #9 prospect and on my Prospect Breakout List heading into the season. All he’s done is post a 2.66 FIP in high Class A and dominate in his first two starts in Class AA. I wrote he could be a nice #3-type arm if he could move beyond the injury bug. I still stand by that.
9. Matthew Bowman, RHP, Age: 23
In the pre-season rankings I wrote: “Assuming he can stay healthy, I’d put some serious dough on Bowman having a 10-year big league career as a good #4.” And that was before he took some developmental steps forward in his first Class AA action (8.70 K/9 and 2.49 BB/9).
10. Michael Fulmer, RHP, Age: 21
Putting his 2013 knee injuries behind him, Fulmer has been OK in his second stint in high Class A: 7.43 K/9, 2.86 BB/9, and 4.14 FIP.
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