In regards to Syndergaard, who checks in at No. 10 on this year’s list, Mayo says: “He was sent to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey trade and could end up being the best player in the deal, though it may take more time for him to develop.”
In early December, MinorLeagueBall.com’s John Sickels said Syndergaard is ahead of where Wheeler was at age 20, as he already has a strong sinking fastball, good changeup, solid command, good body, good makeup, and strong sabermetric profile.
Mayo ranked Wheeler at No. 4, and said:
“Wheeler’s fastball and curveball are both considered plus, and he complements them with a slider and changeup. Wheeler has made the trade with the Giants look like a coup for the Mets, as he has all the tools to become a frontline starter.”
Mayo’s 2012 list had six graduate to the big leagues, while one finished fifth in the American League’s Rookie of the Year voting.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I bet Sandy Alderson fantasizes about winning a World Series in the next five years with a rotation of Jon Niese, Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard and Dillon Gee, all home grown, all under team control. And if one of them, or one of Jeurys Familia, Michael Fulmer, Domingo Tapia, Luis Mateo or Rafael Montero, fails or doesn’t step up, he can sign a free agent or two to fill in (considering David Wright and Niese are the only players on the current roster signed to long-term deals).
I wrote this last month, and Kevin Kernan wrote something similar yesterday in the New York Post, because it’s becoming more and more obvious every day: “Like the San Francisco Giants have done the last three years (during which they’ve won two World Series with essentially the same pitching staff, but two totally different lineup), this sort of scenario means Alderson can mix and match his offense based on trends, his budget, farm system and the free agent and trade markets. Time will tell if it pans out right, but for the first time in a long, long time, I can legitimately look down the line and see a pitching staff I expect to have confidence in.”
I’ll be in St. Lucie soon, and I can’t wait to spend time watching and writing and learning more about Wheeler, Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud.