With the season just past the halfway point, both Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America released their Top 50 prospects lists on Monday.
On Baseball Prospectus’ list, both Noah Syndergaard and Brandon Nimmo appeared. Syndergaard was ranked 9th (up from 11th before the season), while Nimmo was ranked 45th (he was unranked on the preseason Top 101 list).
Here’s what Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus had to say about Nimmo (subscription needed and recommended):
I’ve been low on Nimmo so far in his professional career, but with more looks at him in game action, I’ve come around to his value, especially watching his progress in the field, where he looks the part of a capable center fielder. I don’t love the bat because the bat speed isn’t high-end, but his approach will keep him in favorable hitting conditions, and he should be able to hit for some average, some power, and reach base at a high clip. That’s a first-division profile if everything clicks, and the defensive value in all three outfield spots gives him a high floor even if the projected power never shows up.
Syndergaard was ranked 19th, Plawecki came in at number 40, and Nimmo was 48th.
On Plawecki, Baseball America said:
Mets might have a tough choice between catchers Travis d’Arnaud and Plawecki down the road.
Nimmo, who was recently promoted to Double-A Binghamton, is still getting on base at a very good clip but his average has suffered a bit due to an extremely low BABIP.
Plawecki was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and had his first breakout game on Sunday night, knocking three hits.
Syndergaard, who has struggled a bit in the PCL, tossed seven dominant innings on Sunday night.
Regardless of what the Mets have said recently, Syndergaard should make his Mets debut this season.
Nimmo will likely spend the remainder of the season with Binghamton, and could be in line for a promotion to Triple-A in early or mid-2015. That would give him a shot to make his big league debut in late-2015.
Plawecki, as of now, is blocked by Travis d’Arnaud. If d’Arnaud continues to hit and Plawecki continues to bolster his prospect status, the Mets will have a good problem on their hands. Plawecki’s value is at catcher, so don’t look for the Mets to move him from the position.
Aside from the players who made the midseason top 50 lists, the Mets have a host of other players who might find themselves on either or both of these lists at this point next season. Players such as Dilson Herrera, Steven Matz, and Michael Conforto come to mind, and there’s always the chance that others will emerge between now and then.