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Three Mets prospects primed for a major impact in the 2020 season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20: A detailed view of the ball bags belonging to the New York Mets sitting in the dugout prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on August 20, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20: A detailed view of the ball bags belonging to the New York Mets sitting in the dugout prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on August 20, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 21: David Peterson #77 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

David Peterson

Depending on what the Mets do with Zack Wheeler this offseason it will determine how much help the Mets will need in the starting rotation in 2020. If Wheeler signs elsewhere this winter, the Met s will have a tall task trying to replace his production in the rotation.

They could turn to Seth Lugo or a low-cost free agent option, however, if they decide to look in-house either in Spring Training or at some point during the season David Peterson may be an option and could ha significant impact for the team in 2020.

Peterson is a former first-round draft pick going 20th overall in 2017. He pitched last season in Binghamton and had a rough go of it, pitching to a 4.19 ERA over 116.0 innings. However, he pitched better in 2018, recording a 3.16 ERA over 128.0 innings pitched and is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, striking out 9.0 batters per nine.

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These numbers may not scream savior but if he can be a solid back-end starter and give the Mets some good quality outings, he could impact this team in 2020 and beyond.

What makes David Peterson good enough to think he could have an impact? Command. He has an incredible command of his pitches, receiving a 60-control grade from MLB Pipeline. He also is a top ten prospect in the Mets system which carries some weight

Peterson also induces a lot of ground balls which many Mets fans will groan about because of the perceived poor up the middle defense the team currently has, but I think it may be better than some think. Ground ball pitchers in today’s game with the alleged “juiced ball” are very underrated so to have someone like Peterson could be an asset. He also has a very low home run rate which ties into the high ground ball rate.

One thing that is intriguing about Peterson is his pitch mix. He has a plus-plus slider and a plus change and fastball. However, his fastball sits around 89-91 mph which is contrary to many pitchers in today’s game. Most pitchers today want to blow you away with 95+ but Peterson is more of a finesse pitcher that will beat you with command and a devastating slider.

He also has a curveball that is a work in progress and could be a plus pitch with more development.

That is three plus to plus-plus pitches with the potential for four great pitches. This makes his ceiling a three or four starter but will probably slot in as a five starter with everyone healthy in 2020.

Another impact he could have is more indirect. If Zack Wheeler walks in free agency the Mets will have to replace him and if they do that externally that will cost much more money than if they just slot a Lugo or a Peterson into the rotation. This would allow them the opportunity to use those savings on an extra bullpen arm or a right-handed bat that could better impact the team and make them more well-rounded.

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All-in-all David Peterson is a top prospect with the pedigree to be a capable and competent starter in the big leagues. He should be given every opportunity if there is a spot for him. If there is not, then he will serve as a depth rotation arm and a team cannot have enough of those.

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