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Keith Law’s top 10 Mets prospects

ESPN.com’s Keith Law said the Mets have the best farm system in the NL East, while ranking Noah Syndergaard the organization’s top-rated prospect, ahead of Travis d’Arnaud.

According to Law, the next few prospects after this top 10 are all pretty tightly bunched together, with a lot of back-end starters and potential fringe-to-average regulars in the group.

Lastly, though he’s years away from having an impact, 18-year-old Amed Rosario may be the system’s “most exciting prospect to dream on,” having a “tool shed” of talent at shortstop.


Read More: Top 10 Prospect Lists for NL East Teams (ESPN, Insider required)

76 comments
Nick Antinarella
Nick Antinarella

I know nothing about Dom Smith. Anyone wanna fill me in?

troyarcher
troyarcher

I only believe Metsblog (gers) ...

Sandy can never have done this well in four years, right metsblog bloggers ?

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

After what he's done in the minors, how is Plawecki so low? That kid's been underrated since Day 1 imo. Solid defensive catcher with a great eye from the plate. I know he's not much of a power hitter, but so what? He's a catcher for crying out loud! You'd think he'd get a little more respect considering that.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

This is someone's opinion.  That's all it is.  In five years, one of these guys may be a stud, one or two will be serviceable players and the rest will be afterthoughts.  That's how these things go.  


The Yankees just spent a half billion to redecorate this off season while the Mets struggled to refinance a half of that, and then were told by the lenders to keep costs down.  This is a recipe for disaster.  


Something's got to change.

Michael Scimeca
Michael Scimeca

I'm so excited to see Dom Smith in Spring. His scouting reports make him sound like a Freddie Freeman type. 300 avg, gold glove d, great attitude, and a 20-25 HR swing? This guys gonna be a monster in NY.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Dilson Herrera at number 7? I wonder what ranking he would have received in the Pirates farm system. Rosario is the next coming of Reyes. Looking forward to his development and his major league debut.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

As far as I'm concerned, this is very exciting. I don't believe we've had such a collection of prospects since the early 1980s when we had prospects like Brooks, Strawberry, Gooden, Darling, Backman, Dykstra, etc. The more exciting part of the story is the number of prospects just outside the Top 10.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Very interesting that an organization that prides itself on pitching has eight position players in the top 10 prospect list (although 2 of the top 4 are pitchers). Good to know a well-respected analyst values the Mets position players so much.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

We know the pitching will most likely add some strength to this team over the next few years.  The position players are what is critical here.  It is good too see some position players in the top 10, especially that they are all spread out and not just specific to certain positions.  The Mets desperately need a star or two to come out of this group though.  It feels like we haven't had a position player prospect contribute on this team since David Wright or Jose Reyes.

Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee

It's saying something that the 8 of the top 10 prospects are position players. System is loaded with great pitching prospects, so to have a few position players pan out would be great for this team. 

eric88
eric88

Four of 8 starters hit .210 or less last year. Four others .223, .235, .245[2]. Not a .250 hitter in the bunch. It still just Wright and to a lesser degree Murphy, until someone steps up. Play Puello, Flores, Muno and some others, can't be worse.

Daniel Roman
Daniel Roman

Surprised to see Brandon Nimmo in the top 100

eric88
eric88

In terms of BA and OBP from the previous season, the Mets opening day lineup will be the worst in modern MLB HISTORY.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Travis is already on the Mets so he should NOT be on the list, but if all goes according to plan, Noah and Montero appear at the All-Star break. Nimmo makes his first appearance by mid to late 2015, Dom mid to late 2016 and the same goes for Kevin P. After that, we'll really know if this management team has fixed the farm if we start to see a steady stream of kids pressing the vets commencing in 2017.

Ray Cintron
Ray Cintron

D. Smith was mets last years 1st rd.draft pick from Cal. Plays 1st base, big left handed hitter.

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

@Eddie_Dean   I would have put him ahead of Nimmo,but they feel Nimmo has more tools even though he had a ehh season in Savannah. They also feel his power will develop. 

 Placweki had a much better season,but generally in order to be in top 100 it's generally based more on immediate tools rather then the numbers you put up.

zoddie
zoddie

He's done decently well in the minors but his numbers aren't crazy good. He's still on the top ten list and looks like he just missed out on the top 100.

But compare these two players in the minors:

Player A: .287/.376/.427

Player B: .291/.376/.392

And player B is a year younger than player A at the same levels. They're both catchers.

A is plawecki. B is Josh Thole.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Eddie_Dean  He's not low because Law doesn't like him, he's low because Law likes some of our other prospects even more. There can only be 5 in the top 5, obviously. :)

ac0814
ac0814

I think he will develop some more power as he matures. This is based solely on my opinion.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Macacawitz  The Yankees had Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera on their top 10 prospect list in 1995. The championships they've won since then have been more because of those guys than any $500M stacks of free agents.

Darren Delgado
Darren Delgado

@Macacawitz 

"The Yankees just spent a half billion to redecorate this off season"

That's nice, but I don't see where they vastly upgraded their team.

"
while the Mets struggled to refinance a half of that, and then were told by the lenders to keep costs down."

Did you read the article that just was published?  Or just skim it?  They said the opposite of that.

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

@drmetfan  he was #11 last year. The Pirates have more depth then us. 


#14 Tallion

#15 Polanco

#27 Glasnow

#37Meadows(might not be right)

#64 Hanson


These are MLB.com rankings


They also have tons of power pitching with upside in Kingham,and Heredia (outside of the ones I mentioned)


Then add Bell,Mc McGuire,and Barnes for even more postion. 



They will have the best OF in 2014 midseason


Polanco,Mc Cutchen,and Marte.




stemog
stemog

@drmetfan He was 11th according to MLB.com going into the 2013 season, so it's a nice progression. He's a hitter right now.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@drmetfan  

Didn't think CLaw was the type to put him over the likes of Cecchini, a 1st RDer.  ( who also plays SS/2B)  

Don't know much about Herrera, but that Pirates trade was a good one, IMO, and looking better every day.  


Very excited about Rosario... different skill set from Reyes, But  I have a very (very, very, very) good feeling about him and Smith.

zoddie
zoddie

Murphy has contributed. Duda has, to a lesser extent. Ike, when he's not over thinking. Lagares defensively. I thought Thole would end up being better.

zoddie
zoddie

@David Graf  He's a bit old for his level and strikes out a ton.  I like the kid but he's not a top 10 prospect.

nolrog
nolrog

@eric88 How is this relevant to the rankisn in the farm system??

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

@Daniel Roman  He has some tools to be, but his power may progress late. I think there expecting more power this year

The Feels
The Feels

@eric88  Commenters like you honestly make this blog worth it. 

rico
rico

@hankincolo  I keep asking the same thing about Travis but maybe he's not a lock coming out of spring training?

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Ray Cintron actually isn't that big. About 6 foot tall and 185 Lbs. It's part of the questions surrounding him. How much power will he be able to generate in that smaller frame for a 1st baseman.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Sean Matrai @Eddie_DeanPlawecki is 2-3 years older than Nimmo, played in college, and should be putting up those types of numbers in Savannah and St Lucie

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

@zoddie  You make a good point but that is just 3 offensive numbers.  Thole was never considered a good defensive catcher.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Sylvan Migdal @Macacawitz  The core four were the core.  They probably spend another billion+ over that 20 year period to augment the core. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@nolrog @eric88 Any to pile on that - how is batting average relative at all when you're trying to evaluate an offense?  It's a tiny piece of the equation.

The Feels
The Feels

@rico @hankincolo  of course he's a lock. Prospect lists are just based off time served on the big league club. he's still a "rookie" in that sense. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

@The Feels @rico@hankincolo

technically a rookie, but reality says he has a locker with a nameplate on it at Citifield.