Baseball America’s annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball was released Wednesday, and featured four Mets.
Feb 18, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero (50) makes a catch during spring training practice drills at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Below are the Mets who were named to the list, where they ranked, and what Baseball America had to say about them:
RHP Noah Syndergaard, #16:
"Syndergaard’s secondary pitches flash above-average if not better. More consistent power on his curveball would complement his premium fastball and help him make a midseason jump to New York."
C Travis d’Arnaud, #38:
"Stay. On. The. Field. His first injury-free season since 2011 would help make d’Arnaud a Rookie of the Year contender."
RHP Rafael Montero, #68
"Few minor leaguers throw more consistent quality strikes than the smallish Montero, and as long as he maintains his command he should get his first shot in New York in 2014."
1B Dominic Smith, #92:
"Smith might make his full-season debut at low Class A Savannah, a decided pitcher’s park. He’ll have to focus on his hitting approach and avoid getting down if the results aren’t there this season."
Compared to the rest of the N.L. East, the Mets had the best showing on Baseball America’s top 100 list with four representatives. Miami had three players on the list, Atlanta and Philadelphia both had two, and Washington had one.
However, along with Dominic Smith, the Mets have a host of other players who could make the jump this season to upper echelon prospect status. Among them are SS Amed Rosario, OF Brandon Nimmo, 2B Dilson Herrera, C Kevin Plawecki, LHP Steven Matz, and RHP Michael Fulmer.