Syndergaard, Bradley or Walker?

Current results from a poll on MILB.com, regarding the league’s top pitching prospects

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91 comments
Mohit Bhalodkar
Mohit Bhalodkar

Thanks to Metsblog traffic Syndergaard is up to 74% - The power of the fans!!

dolemite
dolemite

Every team would love to have any of them of course.  Work ethic and health will decide who ends up having the better career of course...and maybe home park..sorry Arch.

Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

Knowing the Mets Degrom will emerge as the best pitcher of all the prospects.

Muhammad Khan
Muhammad Khan

Because we r the Mets I can't believe these pitchers will amount to anything until it actually happens. Just look at Matt Harvey. Off to a great start and what happens? Tommy John surgery. Remember Pulsifer, Wilson and Isringhausen.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Walker took some massive steps backwards and besides...who cares about this?..

Matt Janusz
Matt Janusz

Going into 2015 the Mets will have 3 legitimate starters that can throw 95 plus and throw in Mejia and Montero who can touch 95. Name me another staff outside of the cardinals with that much controllable pure talent in baseball.. Now that's exciting to think about  

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I'm sure 99.5% of the people voting have never seen any of them pitch.  This is highly scientific, of course.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

We shall see what we shall see.  It all looks and sounds promising, but being a Mets fan, I'll believe it when I see it.  If success were predicated on the volume of smoke you blow up your fans keisters, the Mets would be the greatest dynasty in sports.  

'Giovanni Jiminez
'Giovanni Jiminez

If Syndergaard is Thor and Harvey is The Dark Knight, who is Wheeler ? Flash ? Lol

Hank259
Hank259

I think the edge has to go with Walker right now because he has elite stuff, and is the same age as Syndergaard but almost a year ahead of him in development. I actually think Bradley and Syndergaard are a toss up, but being a Mets fan, I'll go with big Noah. 

drmetfan
drmetfan

Off topic. As per ESPN NY, Valdespin will sign with the Marlins. I guess we will see a lot of him next season. Let the benches clear when he gets plunked after posting for a HR his previous at bat at Citi. 

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

I cant wait to see this guy pitch...he's got a chance to be better than Wheeler (I can't go as far as Harvey, even though I want to) Wheeler, Harvey and Syndergaard? That is so unbelievably filthy. Looking forward to that staff in 2015 including Niese. The Mets will really have a excess of pitching with Gee, Mejia, Montero among others vying for the 5th spot. What a great problem to have....if we can sort out the offensive side of the game this team will has perennial contender written all over it. Hopefully the torturous wait will be worth it.

yankeehater
yankeehater

Uh, its possible to have more than one ace. Who's to say that in 2016 we don't have 3 legitimate #1 pitchers? The mets are screwing up all over the board....but they got the young stud pitching down to a science.

airfeet
airfeet

Bradley would be number one pick, personally. 

Erin II
Erin II

57% Thor. Even Archie Bradley voted for him.

AJF
AJF

And most fans wanted to trade Syndergaard as soon as we got him! Watch he becomes the best pitcher we have

bigstapler
bigstapler

Syndergaard just bumped up to 54% with the traffic from here.


But really though, the conversation should be Bradley vs. Walker. I choose the latter due to slightly better command and success at the upper levels. Syndergaard has neither the raw talent of Bradley nor the AAA dominance of Walker. They're all almost exactly the same age, which makes the comparison interesting too.

Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

Personally I think Syndergaard is overrated. Mechanically he looks like a mess to me. He's obviously very strong, but I have doubts about his ability to stay healthy and consistent.

The Feels
The Feels

@Marcus Jensen You seriously have the funniest most entertaining pitching posts on here. I'm convinced you're just a huge troll, but I seriously love it. Never change. 

Starz31
Starz31

Harvey requiring Tommy John doesn't mean he isn't one of the best pitching prospects the mets have developed, I'd say the best since Gooden. Unfortunately TJ happens to 1/3 of all ML pitchers and it no longer is a death sentence but often a rite of passage. It sucks he won't be here next year but the top players have the work ethic and talent to rebound without missing a best.

Just be happy the Mets actually have some legitimate talented young pitching. For all their mess in recent years, pitching can make you a contender real fast. It's also required to win inOctober.

dolemite
dolemite

@7up17togoPetit wasn't getting much attention outside of the organization though - because he didn't have the pure stuff and most thought he couldnt do it at the big league level.

Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

@7up17togo Yes every Mets prospect instantly becomes an untouchable God in the eyes of Mets fans. That is until he becomes Mike Pelfrey with the 5+ ERA.

I remember the time when Ike was on the holy pedestal too, and any criticism of the great Ike Davis was instantly met with outrage.

metfanjack
metfanjack

Actually, i have something that is a million times better than Mr. Fantastic. How about the Human Torch! Batman, Thor, and the Human Torch! That sounds sick!!!

metfanjack
metfanjack

How about Mr. Fantastic? Wheeler is tall and has long (stretchy) arms...i guess lol

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

@Hank259 Bradley is steps up from where Syndergaard is. There is still question to whether Syndergaard is going to be a one ,because his changeup is still in development ,and needs to improve.

hankypanky
hankypanky

@drmetfanOh good. We can watch him an ass of himself while he does the samba at second.

muskytoes
muskytoes

@drmetfan Oh goodie for him. DIdn't he formerly post photos of himself wearing a Marlins cap? So we know he has their team gear already. 


Doubt we'd see any brawling though. That assumes the Mets have the guts to plunk anyone. 

Anthony Testa
Anthony Testa

Let's see if they can stay healthy an pitch in the majors before we go crazy

James
James

@yankeehaterLets see one of them be a legit #1 pitcher for a full season before we even think that though.

Mike
Mike

@AJF He wont be our best pitcher. Harvey will still be the staff ace when he comes back but Thor is a solid number 2.

airfeet
airfeet

@bigstapler  but Walker hasn't dominated AAA.  Dominated is simply the wrong word to use

Bob Wolfe
Bob Wolfe

@Marcus Jensen Why? He's been healthy and consistent since 2010 in the minors throwing mid-90s. There's been no indication he's an injury waiting to happen.

airfeet
airfeet

@Marcus Jensen  Syndergaard has very clean and simple mechanics.  Not sure what you are referring to here

ElVPresidente
ElVPresidente

@Marcus Jensen"Wheeler's command is much better."


No disrespect, bro. But that is the single whackiest thing I've read here in weeks.

Erin II
Erin II

@Marcus Jensen Personally, I think you don`t know what you`re talking about. You also said Puello will be cut before the end of the season. Makes me think that you know jack about the Mets farm.

Christopher Soto
Christopher Soto

@Marcus Jensen Where did you watch him? Cause I saw him pitch 3 times in Binghamton and he looks mechnically sound to me. In fact he looked better in all those starts than the 2 Wheelers start I watched the previous season

Mike
Mike

@Marcus Jensen If anything Wheeler mechanic's are probably the worst of any of the Mets starting pitching prospects. Syndergaard has solid mechanics, its evident by his command, control, and low BB rate.

Calamity Francis
Calamity Francis

Batman, Robin and Thor.  Not sure Wheeler would like that, but I sure do.

drmetfan
drmetfan

@ken1010 @drmetfan Well, since  NO ONE on the team likes him I can see him getting drilled if he does posts after a HR against the Mets. However, if he does, that shows he has not matured and is still the kid that was released. 

dexx
dexx

@Mike @AJF It remains to be seen if Harvey can pitch at such a high level without injuring himself.  Your body isnt made to throw a ball 100mph repeatedly for 15 years

bigstapler
bigstapler

@airfeet @bigstapler  Okay, dominance is the wrong word, I agree! His ERA was *only* 3.61--in the PCL--but he did strike out 10+ per 9 innings. He also debuted in the majors and was above average in 3 starts. Let's call it "success" not "dominance." Either way, Syndergaard has not pitched above AA yet.

Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

@Christopher Soto @Marcus Jensen I saw him pitch in Binghamton. He was wild.  Not good command. Fastballs to the backstop he was trying to locate up in the zone. Wheeler's command is much better. He'll miss his location slightly. Syndergaard misses it by feet sometimes.

Andrew Wharton
Andrew Wharton

@Mike @Marcus Jensen Wheeler's biggest issue is keeping his head still. He has a tendency to tilt it towards first base, which can allow him to open up too soon. Cliff Lee is the perfect example of keeping your head completely focused on the catcher. 



Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

@Mike @Marcus Jensen BB rate has little to do with command. Syndergaard's command isn't very good. He can overpower A and AA with his fastball but isn't close to being able to locate it. ML hitters wont be fooled.

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

@Marcus Jensen Have to say your wrong, hitters in A and AA look fastball which is why most have to adjust to off speed pitches. And Harveys fastball seems to give people problems. And what made Randy Johnson a 300 game pitcher was his lack of control.

airfeet
airfeet

@Marcus Jensen  No pitchers have perfect command of their fastball at age 20.  That's why he's in AA right now..