Mets pitching prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafeal Montero and catcher Travis d’Arnaud ended 2013 among the 75 best prospects in baseball, according to a recent list published by respected prospect guru John Sickels for Minor League Ball.
Sickels considers Syndergaard the league’s third-best pitching prospect and ‘one of his personal favorites.’
D’Arnaud ranked 24 on the list, while Montero checks in at 50.
Sickels ranked Syndergaard, d’Arnaud and Montero in similar spots during his mid-season report.
However, Wilmer Flores dropped from 71 during the summer to honorable mention this fall. Steven Matz, Kevin Plawecki and Cesar Puello were also listed by Sickels as honorable mentions.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
These names are all going to be mentioned in trade talks this winter. I mean, a team can’t go around asking for Troy Tulowitzki, Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick, etc., and not be expected to part with players like Syndergaard. It doesn’t mean Alderson will or even wants to do it, but he’s going to have to consider it.
I still contend that his ideal package will be Montero, Flores and someone from the big-league team, anyone from Dillon Gee to Ike Davis to Daniel Murphy. But, that’s just me reading tea leaves. I’ve never heard that first hand. But, the Mets organization loves Syndergaard, who become increasingly more important the closer we get to Matt Harvey’s decision about Tommy John surgery.
It’s not going to be easy decisions for Alderson, but I’m sure he’s glad to finally be in this position.
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