The Mets are currently discussing when to promote Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and other young pitchers from Triple-A to the big leagues, Assistant GM John Ricco told WOR 710 AM before Wednesday’s game.
According to columnist Andy Martino, Montero is more likely to be promoted than than deGrom (Daily News, May 7).
“The way Paul DePodesta has talked about it, and I agree with him, is that we want to bring them up when they really don’t have anything left to prove or work on in Triple-A, because that means they can help us win with their talent,” Ricco said. “Notwithstanding, we’d like to pitch better out of the bullpen [at the big-league level], but rushing one of those guys and putting on pressure and creating a situation where they’re the savior is not something we’re looking to do.”
According to Ricco, Montero has been working on “the little things,” such as holding runners on at first base and fielding his position, which is what the organization asked him to do when he left Spring Training.
In regards to whether Syndergaard could end up pitching in relief, Ricco said, “The conversations we’ve had internally indicate all options are open,” and he shouldn’t be separated from Montero and deGrom.
That said, he concluded, “We look at all guys individually and do what’s best for them, but viewed against the backdrop of what they can do for the big-league team. It’s fairly complex situation.”