Last week, well respected minor league writer John Sickels unveiled his end of season top 75 prospect list. The last time Sickels updated his top 75 list was in July, and he’ll be updating it again before the 2014 season begins.
- Syndergaard checked in at #11, and was the third highest ranked pitcher (he was ranked 22nd before the 2013 season).
- D’Arnaud was ranked 24th, coming in as the highest ranked catcher on the list (he was ranked 13th before the 2013 season).
- Montero came in at #50 (he was unranked before the season).
Sickels notes that Syndergaard, 21, is a “personal favorite” of his. The 6’5″ right hander blew hitters away this year while pitching for High-A St. Lucie and AA Binghamton. With a fastball that sat in the mid 90′s and touched the upper 90′s, as well as developing secondary stuff, Syndergaard struck out 11.5 batters per 9 in 54 innings with Binghamton. He finished with an ERA of 3.00 (that was inflated due to one poor start) and a 1.07 WHIP.
It’s likely that Syndergaard will begin the 2014 campaign with AAA Las Vegas.
D’Arnaud, 24, was limited to just 50 games this year between AAA Las Vegas and the Mets due to a freak injury he suffered when a ball was fouled off his foot while behind the plate. Sickels notes that d’Arnaud “just needs to play.” His talent isn’t in question – which is backed up by the fact that he’s the highest ranked catcher on the list.
Montero, 22, turned heads this season while splitting the year between AA Binghamton and AAA Las Vegas. Using impeccable control and a fastball that sits in the low to mid 90′s, Montero dominated AA. In 11 starts over 66.2 innings, Montero put together an ERA of 2.43 and a miniscule 0.92 WHIP. He hit a bit of a rough patch after being promoted to the hitter friendly PCL, but he adjusted nicely and wound up posting a 3.05 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 88.2 innings (16 starts) for AAA Las Vegas.
Montero is expected to compete for a spot in the big league rotation during spring training, but may wind up starting the year with AAA Las Vegas.