ESPN.com’s Keith Law puts five Mets in his list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, with Noah Syndergaard the highest ranked at No. 24.
Travis d’Arnaud (36), Dominic Smith (37), Rafael Montero (60) and Brandon Nimmo (92) round out the list.
Smith is the highest ranked first baseman on Law’s list and the only first baseman to appear in the top 50.
On Tuesday, Law said the Mets have the sixth-best farm system in MLB.
Michael Baron, Contributor
It’s nice to see some position players making these kinds of advances in the minds of talent evaluators. The organization has struggled to produce position player prospects over the last few years, but it looks like some are finally starting to break through to help create a well-rounded farm system, especially those they’ve drafted over the last few years.
It’s clear the industry thinks very highly of Smith, which is particularly notable considering he has such limited professional experience. Those I’ve talked to about Smith have been particularly impressed with his pitch recognition and knowledge of the strike zone, as it’s something not often found in players who are as young as Smith. He needs more time, but Smith appears to be on-track for a promising career in the big leagues.
Read more: Top 100 prospects of 2014 (ESPN Insider required)