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:
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.