4) Can 2023 breakout prospects like Christian Scott and Tyler Stuart continue their success?
The Mets entered the 2023 season without any remarkably good pitching prospects. Several of the names already known to the masses did well. Mike Vasil had a solid season. So did Dominic Hamel.
They weren’t the major story of the year on the farm from the mound. Christian Scott, the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year, and Tyler Stuart, a guy who was equally as successful, made themselves known to the public.
One big year in the minor leagues shouldn’t get anyone a top 100 prospects ranking. After all, Minor League Pitcher of the Year is an award previously won by Corey Oswalt. It’s a meaningful award but doesn’t always translate into major league success.
Scott combined to go 5-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 87.2 starts with 12 of them happening in Binghamton. His 0.85 WHIP was astonishingly good. A 1.2 walks per 9 and 11 strikeouts per 9 utterly dominated. It’s actually kind of amazing his ERA wasn’t much lower.
Stuart’s season included 21 total starts and a 7-2 record with a 2.20 ERA. The leader of the two in run prevention, his other numbers don’t stand out quite as much as Scott’s. Most of his success came in Brooklyn where in 14 starts he was 4-0 with a microscopic 1.55 ERA.
The Mets will hope their success was no mirage. We need the arms.