ESPN.com’s Keith Law put four Mets minor leaguers in his mid-season top 50 prospects list (ESPN Insider, July 18).
Law ranks Mets 22-year-old RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard at No. 16, 2014 first-round pick OF Michael Conforto at No. 32, Double-A OF Brandon Nimmo at No. 34 and Single-A 1B Dominic Smith at No. 49.
“Conforto was the most advanced college bat in the draft class this year,” says Law. “He’s very close to major league ready and should be at least an above-average regular with a higher ceiling if the power exceeds expectations. The Mets should fast-track him if his performance warrants it.”
In June, Syndergaard, Nimmo and Triple-A C prospect Kevin Plawecki all checked in on Baseball America’s updated list of the Top 50 Prospects as well (Baseball America, July 7).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The bad news is that these hitters are at least a couple of years away from helping at the big-league level, all three of which are essentially on the same timeline given their age and development. The good news is that, for all the hype around their pitching, and all the talk about a lack of position prospects in Sandy Alderson‘s farm system, Paul DePodesta has clearly done a nice job drafting bats. Nimmo, Smith and Conforto all represent his top picks each of the last three seasons, and here they outrank all their pitching except Syndergaard.
It’s also worth noting that the Mets and lots of people in baseball are totally in love with Plawecki, who has a real chance of being a starting catcher in 2015. He’s built like Brian McCann, has a very disciplined bat and is talked about as a guy who will likely end up a first baseman at some point later in his career.