MLB.com named pitcher David Peterson as the New York Mets prospect who will most likely be traded this winter.
It’s the most speculative time of the year. Other than maybe July, December is the month each year when we see the most baseball trades go down. With free agency in full effect, every team is looking for upgrades. This includes the New York Mets who could be in the market to add to the big league roster by trading away some minor league talent.
The 24-year-old 6’6 lefty hurler has three years of professional experience. He has pitched well in the minors, offering up 116 innings and a 4.19 ERA last year in Double-A. This isn’t exactly matching what long-lost Flushing prospect Anthony Kay did, but with more than a strikeout per inning and a good walk rate, Peterson is a guy in development.
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I fully understand why MLB.com would tab Peterson as the Mets prospect most likely to get traded this winter. The Mets have a knack for dealing away pitching prospects.
Over the last year as others have joined the organization, Peterson’s spot on MLB.com’s list has gone further from number one. By the end of 2018, he was number four behind only Andres Gimenez, Pete Alonso, and Franklyn Kilome. Currently, he sits at number seven.
Peterson is one of only two Mets pitching prospects anywhere near the big leagues. The other, Kevin Smith, is a lesser talked about lefty. He’s a little behind Peterson in experience, wrapping up 2019 with six starts at Double-A. There’s a chance he joins Peterson in Syracuse to begin the 2020 campaign, but also reason to believe he’ll get another test in Double-A first.
Pitchers are always on the move in trades because of how many a team needs. In any deal the Metropolitans make, Peterson is an option. The demand for arms is always there.
Hopefully, if Peterson is traded, New York gets something really sweet back in return. They can’t keep trading their top pitching prospects. Kay and Justin Dunn have already debuted in the big leagues.
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Whether in the rotation or bullpen, this franchise has to start turning some minor league pitchers into good major league ones.