Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard

Syndergaard, d’Arnaud & Montero in MLB’s Top 100 Prospects

Mets prospects Noah Syndergaard, Rafeal Montero and Travis d’Arnaud appeared on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect List, which was announced Thursday night by Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis on MLB Network.

The list in based on the player’s skills, upsides, timeline and potential impact at the big-league level.

Syndergaard was ranked No. 11 and the third-best right-handed pitcher.

“Syndergaard is a classic power right-hander and uses his big frame to throw downhill and induce ground balls,” Callis and Mayo said in the online report. “His fastball regularly reaches 98 mph and runs inside on right-handed hitters. His 12-to-6 curveball is his best secondary pitch, though his change-up has the potential to be a third plus pitch in his arsenal.”

The duo project he’ll be a frontline starter for the Mets, on track to debut in the big leagues this summer.

D’Arnaud is listed as the top catching prospect and No. 22 overall in the game.

Montero did not appear on the list of the top 10 right-handed pitchers, but checked in at No. 85 on the overall list.

“Montero’s fastball sits in the low-90s and can reach 95 mph,” according to Mayo and Callis, who expect him to be in the big leagues this season. “His secondary stuff isn’t as impressive as his fastball, but all of his pitches play up thanks to his exceptional command.  Though he is slightly undersized for a right-hander, he should have no problem pitching in the middle of a Major League rotation.”


To see MLB.com’s full Top 100 Prospect List with notes on each player, click here.




20 comments
John Capone
John Capone

BRING THEM ALL UP!!!

LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Olerud42
Olerud42

Interestingly, Flores not in there. Not sure why people are so excited about him...

sickntired
sickntired

Exciting. Imagine if we had ownership and front office that were willing to go out and add players to this group of young studs coming up? Oh, it'll happen in 2014 when we lose some of the bad contracts. Wait, it's 2014! Why is it that everyone is now talking about 2015!?!?! I guess we don't have to watch or go to Citifield in 2014 and wait for 15.

drmetfan
drmetfan

This is great to see. We have 3 valuable prospects in the top 100. Syndergaard is the jewel here and deservedly so. But he is getting a lot of publicity and expectations are high. Not even Harvey and Wheeler got so much publicy. Let's hope Syndergaard lives up to the hype. He's got big shoes to fill here. D'Arnaud is once again MLB's top catching prospect. But it is time to deliver. D'Arnaud is in the majors already. Put that top catching prospect status to work. As for Montero, people talk about him a lot but he does not get the attention other pitching prospects in baseball get. His pitching arsenal gets middle of the pack reviews however,  all this kid has done is win and excel throughout the minor leagues with ease. He is an underdog here and I'm pretty sure that has got to bother him one way or the other. He has a chip on his shoulder and I can see him going out to prove everybody wrong. The Mets future pitching rotation looks as solid as anybody's in baseball. A combination of Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Niese, Montero, Gee, Mejia, DeGrom, has the makings for one of the best rotations in baseball.  Let's hope these kids stay healthy and workout as expected. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Was hoping Dom Smith would scratch one of the last 10 spots based on potential. 

Over / Under on his spot next year?  Vegas will open at 60.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

Killer is the ss the team drafted isn't on this list while seager and Russell are. Guys drafted before and after are in top 40. Poor drafting bt this organization

tw22
tw22

Fine with me.

beers22
beers22

@7up17togo That's a pretty flawed statistical analysis...Stros, Bucs and Sawx account for 22 of the top 100

sickntired
sickntired

He has no position. Unless you use him as DH in AL he has no position on field. May be good hitter in minors but that's about it. Can't field.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@drmetfan i personally think Montero's ceiling is that of a true #2 starter. Youre 100% right when you say all he's done is win and perform. He put up better numbers in Vegas overall than Wheeler did. He did struggle at first, but after that adjustment period, he dominated in the EXTREMELY hitter friendly PCL. This kid is gonna be a stud, mark my words. Harvey, WHeeler, Noah, and Montero will get us to a world series---as long as a couple of the young bats pan out (darnaud, puello, nimmo, dom smith, dilson herrera), and ownership is willing to go out and spend money on key free agents we need to fill holes. 

matt520
matt520

@BringBackDaveTelghe I was also surprised he missed the top 100. First base prospects usually don't get much love but I think he is a guy that could crack the top 75 next year and eventually be a top 30 prospect before making his queens debut

Chris
Chris

@BringBackDaveTelghe Smith juuust missed the cut. Given his ranking as MLB Pipeline's 2nd best 1B prospect (graded out the same as Singleton, their #1), clearly they think highly of him. He's as good a bet as any current Mets prospect to make the list next year (assuming, as expected, that the 3 on this year's list all graduate). Hopefully he'll start making his case in April in Savannah.

YouveGottaBelieve
YouveGottaBelieve

@Michael SunaStill can't believe Russell went ONE pick before Cecchini. Almost as bad as Fernandez going one spot after Nimmo.

ac0814
ac0814

Then full flaccid after you glance at the line up.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

@YouveGottaBelieve@Michael Suna

I agree, Fernandez went one spot after Nimmon. Gray went 4 spots later. Just the SS we picked hasn't done anything while the guy the mets wanted is a top 11 prospect and the SS right after (Seager) is a top 40 prospect. but they picked Gavin Cecchini. I never liked that pick. Seager and Wacha were higher on many draft boards.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@ac0814 We have no clue who will be in the 2015 lineup yet, other than David and Grandy most likely.