New York Mets prospects

Baseball Prospectus Releases Top 10 Mets Prospects List

By Danny Abriano

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.

Feb 17, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (55) during todays first official day of spring training at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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