Here is Jonathan Mayo’s Top 20 Mets Prospects list for MLB.com:
Last week, Mayo unveiled his Top 100 prospects list and the Mets were the only team in baseball to land two players in the Top 10 (d’Arnaud (6) Wheeler (8).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
We’ve heard a lot about Wheeler and d’Arnaud, and talked about Flores and Syndergaard, as well. But, I often heard from other teams and Mets people talking a lot about the potential of this organization’s lower-level pitching, specifically Rafael Montero, Luis Mateo and Domingo Tapia. Also, I jotted down repeated intrigue in Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds. The pitching, specifically, seems to be a source of pride for Paul DePodesta and that’s reflected in how other teams talk about this farm system… which is exciting. I mean, if just one or two of these young, less-known guys pans out, along with Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Syndergaard, Jon Niese and guys in the bullpen, such as Josh Edgin and Jeurys Familia, these guys may be on to something.
Here’s what Mayo had to say about Montero and Mateo:
Montero: “Montero has been on a bit of a fast track. … He’s not the biggest guy in the world, but there aren’t concerns about durability. Montero has a real feel for pitching, often pitching backwards with his slider and quality fading changeup. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a fastball. He can touch 95 mph with a ton of life. He can throw all of them for strikes, which bodes well for his future as a member of a big league rotation.”
Mateo: “Mateo has the best slider in the system, a future plus breaking ball with good late break. His fastball is above-average and his control, already solid, will continue to get better. Only his changeup is behind, but he’s shown enough feel for it where there’s confidence it will be a Major League-average offering. Don’t be surprised if he starts moving more quickly through the full-season leagues.”
To see stats, video and Mayo’s report on each player from this Top 20 list, check out this post to MLB.com.