Looking at the pitching depth, beyond the names you know

Toby Hyde, Contributor

The Mets have lots of pitching prospect depth, right? Not much, beyond the names you already know. Outside of Noah Syndergaard, who really is the team’s top prospect, the team’s depth for 2014 is already in the big leagues. Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom are helping out in the rotation. Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia have found homes at the back of the Mets bullpen.

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However, beyond Syndergaard, the next set of guys who project as potential members of a big league rotation (LHP Steven Matz and RHP Gabriel Ynoa) are in advanced Single-A. They are both three levels, and at least a full calendar year, from the big leagues.

So, who else is there that could be ready to make an impact in the majors? >> Read more on Mets Minor League Blog…




14 comments
Bobby Villano
Bobby Villano

Excellent. Well said. Our pitching is promising and we should be focused on offensive production.

Eric Raffle
Eric Raffle

I believe Darin Gorski profiles as a guy who may have a shot. Lefty..."soft toss".... it's easier for that type of lefty because 1)  He hasn't "Lost" his fb---he just learned to pitch without ever having one,  and  2) he can pitch around lefty hitters who are disproportionally "Platoon differentialed" versus lefties.

He's at AAA.... he'll knock on the door/be out the door withing a year---maybe by the end of this year.

rcmets
rcmets

Wow, a system that has produced 4 starters (Harvey, Wheeler, Montero, Degrom) and 1 likely starter (Thor) in the last 2 seasons doesn't have many more potential starters coming up soon?? I would have never have guessed! 

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

We shouldn't even be concerned with this at this point. When Gee returns, we will have a starter crop of Niese, Gee, Colon, Wheeler, deGrom, and Montero. That's one too many already. Then comes Syndergaard and the return of Harvey. That's eight! The bullpen is taking shape with Mejia and Familia and the return next year of Parnell. I don't think Hefner should even be thought of as a potential starter, but long relief instead. If we bring deGrom, Montero and Syndergaard up in the same year, this is something that most organizations would die for. Then, we have the time to properly develop guys like Matz, Ynoa, Fulmer, etc. without the pressure of having to do something "right now.". If Colon continues to pitch well, he becomes a trip chip along with lower level prospects like Fulmer and Ynoa for a bat.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

ALso a pitcher named Logan Taylor in rookie ball I believe that's doing very well and has good stuff.

realityck
realityck

Everybody forgets Hefner comes back too, For about 6 weeks before he went down, he was out pitching Harvey, who knows maybe he can get back to that level again

dotelmotel
dotelmotel

I normally love Toby and agree with most of what he says, but in this case I agree with the folks in terms of how much more depth do they need? Yes I know in this day and age you can never have too much pitching, but the Mets have at least 9 potential MLB starters in 2015 not to mention Matz behind them. How many teams can say that? Not many. 

mets1962
mets1962

How much more depth do you need? You have Harvey and Parnell coming back. Germen will get healed. Mets pitching isn't the problem

nykjw2
nykjw2

Harvey, Syndegaard, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Montero, DeGrom, Familia, Mejia.....we are loaded. Let's get some bats

jamets
jamets

@realityck  Hefner is  going to be 29 by the time he comes back and he's got the equivalent of just over 1 year in the majors.  He could be used as minor league depth next year or maybe a long reliever, but he doesn't really belong in the conversation about possible starters.