Terry Collins told reporters it was unlikely Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, or Rafael Montero would make the team out of Spring Training in 2014.
Michael Baron, ContributorBased on how the Mets handled Matt Harvey’s and Zack Wheeler’s situations over the last couple of seasons, this is not surprising at all.
Typically, the organization wants it’s pitchers to throw 150 or more innings above Double-A to be considered for a promotion. In the case of Syndergaard, he still needs about 100 innings to qualify for that. He also has yet to throw a pitch at Triple-A – it just won’t be his time on Opening Day. And, based on recent history, it’s pretty clear the Super Two threshold plays a role as well, which puts his expected arrival after June 15 or so.
As for Montero and deGrom, they too need more experience above Double-A. Both struggled a bit after being promoted to Triple-A this season, and so it’s possible both need some more seasoning before they’re ready for the big leagues. That’s not to say either have taken steps backwards – those that I’ve talked to continue to speak very highly of these two despite their inconsistencies at Las Vegas. But, considering that as well as the business side of things, there’s no reason for them not to start the year at Las Vegas and continue to develop according to plan.