Baseball Prospectus released their top 10 Mets prospects list this morning, and it varied a bit from other lists that have come out so far this offseason. The list is as follows:
1. RHP Noah Syndergaard
2. C Travis d’Arnaud
3. 3B Wilmer Flores
4. RHP Rafael Montero
5. SS Amed Rosario
6. 1B Dominic Smith
7. OF Cesar Puello
8. C Kevin Plawecki
9. CF Brandon Nimmo
10. RHP Marcos Molina
Both Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud are at the top – as they’ve been on every other list – but the placement of Flores and Rosario as well as the inclusion of Marcos Molina makes the BP list unique.
Baseball Prospectus is incredibly high on both shortstop Amed Rosario (who is all tools/projection at the moment) and right handed pitcher Marcos Molina (whose inclusion came out of nowhere).
About Rosario, BP says the following:
Rosario has the potential to blossom into a top-tier prospect in the game, with five-tool talent at a premium position and the type of natural bat-to-ball ability to produce at the plate. Add to the mix a noticeable feel for the game, work ethic and intelligence and you could have something very special. But Rosario has a long developmental road ahead, and needs refinement in all aspects of the game.
Regarding Molina, BP wrote:
We might be a year premature by ranking a relative unknown like Molina this high in a very good system, but the scouting reports were excellent in his stateside debut, and a conversation with one front office source (outside the org) really sealed his placement on this list. When discussing Molina, it was mentioned that if the 18-year-old were available for inclusion in the rule 4 draft, the highly athletic 6-foot-3, 190 lb. righty would be considered a first-round talent.
Aside from the high ranking of Rosario and the appearance of Molina, here are some other tidbits to take away from BP’s list:
- They noted that Dominic Smith is “limited defensively.” This is the first place I’ve ever seen it written that Smith’s defense is anything but a plus. Every other report on him has him pegged as a plus defender/future gold glove caliber first baseman.
- Wilmer Flores has the upside of an above average regular.
- Cesar Puello is high risk/high reward, and has the potential to be a first division type player.
- Brandon Nimmo “lacks loud tools.”
To read the entire Baseball Prospectus report (subscription needed and recommended), head here.