3 Mets prospects the team needs to be ready most for Opening Day 2025

The rise of the next class of top Mets prospects needs to include the availability of these three for Opening Day 2025.
Feb 22, 2024; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA;  New York Mets outfielder Drew Gilbert (89). Mandatory
Feb 22, 2024; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets outfielder Drew Gilbert (89). Mandatory / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
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2) The Mets will need Christian Scott ready to be their fifth starter at minimum

Several Mets pitching prospects overachieved on the expectations last year. Someone who blew them out of the water was Christian Scott. Now in Triple-A, he’s one level below living the dream. Many of the same rules apply to him as they do for Gilbert. Scott could be summoned to MLB duty for all of the same reasons. First he’ll need to prove himself consistently in the minors.

Scott’s first foray into the majors could always include a relief stint. Although a starter, limiting his innings is something to expect this season. If the Mets are alive and well in a playoff chase, using him as a reliever seems far more realistic. If the Mets are cooked, a couple of starts at the end of the season is a likely scenario.

The need for Scott to be ready by Opening Day 2025 has a lot to do with all of the openings the Mets will have in their rotation. Not only will they need to find three or four big leaguers, their depth will be depleted. Joey Lucchesi’s final minor league option was already used and the same could happen with David Peterson. Scott, at the very least, needs to be in the position Tylor Megill was in at the beginning of this year. He needs to be ready to step in when one of the arms inevitably goes down in spring training.

We can’t expect the Mets to bolster the rotation with more than two big free agent arms. All we’re asking for is Scott to be in contention for the fifth starter role. And if he wins it, all the better.