Class-A: Columbia Fireflies
- David Peterson, LHP – 6’6″/240 lbs.
Peterson, a southpaw out of the University of Oregon, was selected twentieth overall in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Mets. He was originally drafted in the 28th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox, but he declined and played three seasons of college baseball for the Ducks.
Peterson has the looks of a middle of the rotation starter in the MLB. He doesn’t have the flame-throwing capability like other players, as his fastball sits around 88-90 mph, but he has incredible command and placement. His secondary pitches consist of a slider, a curveball, and a nice changeup. Peterson projects to be more of a ground ball and fly ball pitcher than a strikeout one.
In 4 games for the Fireflies this season, he is 1-0 with a 2.28 ERA in 23.2 IP. His WHIP is 1.18 and opponents are averaging .227 against him thus far.
- Thomas Szapucki, LHP – 6’2″/181 lbs.
Very similar to Peter Alonso, Szapucki seemed to be destined to go to the University of Florida. The Mets opted to pick him in the 5th round of the 2015 MLB Draft to try to lure him to skip college, and he did.
When Szapucki is on the field, he has been lights out. Unfortunately, though, staying on the field is easier said than done for him. His stuff is flat-out nasty, with a sinking fastball that tops out around 96-97 mph. Szapucki also touts a nice 12-6 curveball and is developing a changeup to add to his growing arsenal.
Unfortunately for Szapucki, he has yet to step foot on a baseball field this year. He underwent Tommy John Surgery back in July 2017 and is still on the long road to recovery. Prior to his surgery in 2017, he started in 6 games for Columbia, compiling a record of 1-2 and an ERA of 2.79.