C Travis d’Arnaud checked in at sixth overall, while RHP Zack Wheeler was ranked eighth.
“Honestly, it’s an honor to be ranked really high, but I try not to think about it,” d’Arnaud told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. “I just go out and work hard, and try to contribute to each game I play to get a win.”
In regards to the 23-year-old d’Arnaud, who was acquired last month for R.A. Dickey, Mayo writes:
“If it hadn’t been for some injuries, talk about d’Arnaud as a prospect would have long been a thing of the past and the buzz would be about him as one of the bright young catching stars in the big leagues. … When healthy, he has the tools to be a top-flight all-around backstop. He’s agile and athletic with a good arm and has worked hard to improve his throwing. He has the ability to hit for both average and power and is a natural leader behind the plate, skills he should be able to show off in New York soon.”
RHP Noah Syndergaard jumped 66 spots from last year to move to 29th on this year’s list. d’Arnaud ranked 25th last year, when Wheeler ranked 28th.
According to a recent list from long-time prospect guru Jon Sickels of Minor League Ball, the Mets have the 11th best farm system in baseball, up from 15 in 2012.
Sickels feels the Mets are strong at the top of their system, specifically on the mound, but they lack impact hitting behind d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
In this area, Sandy Alderson has done a nice job. Obviously, his goal is to rebuild the organization’s foundation with impact prospects, and he’s done that, though mostly by trading away veterans. I expect that to continue this summer with Johan Santana, depending on the standings and Santana’s performance. It’s a bet that has not treated previous GMs well, but I can’t remember the Mets ever having this many upper-level, high-touted players who most experts seem to agree on. I never hear caveats about d’Arnaud, Wheeler or Matt Harvey, in the way I did about prospects of the past. This gives me confidence in their ability to make a dent here, and help things get better.
In other words, expect a lot of pictures and video and notes from me about d’Arnaud and Wheeler this Spring Training. I’m eager to see in person what these players are capable of.
Also, I’m intrigued by Syndergaard, as well. I was really surprised at how experts talked about him after he was acquired from Toronto. I had more than one person tell me he’s on the same path as Wheeler, and his rankings show that. Based on how people speak of him, and write about him, and based on this list, I think expect him to be a top prospect next year – and a guy we start talking about for the rotation in 2015.