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Syndergaard, Nimmo and Plawecki rank among Top 50 prospects in MLB

Mets prospects RHP Noah Syndergaard, C Kevin Plawecki and OF Brandon Nimmo now rank on Baseball America’s updated list of the Top 50 Prospects in baseball (Baseball America, July 7).


Syndergaard, who ranks at No. 19 overall, dropped from being the third best right-handed pitching prospect on their pre-season list down to fifth, mostly because of missed starts due to elbow and shoulder injuries.

Plawecki, who was not listed among the Top 100 to start the season, is now considered by Baseball America as the third-best catching prospect in the game, checking in at No. 40 overall. Similarly, Nimmo was not in the Top 100 before the year, now he’s ranked No. 48.



Triple-A RHP prospect Rafeal Montero, who began the year ranked No. 68; and Single-A 1B prospect Dominic Smith, who started the year ranked No. 92; did not move up to make the mid-season Top 50.




48 comments
Damon Evans
Damon Evans

Now if we can get them up to the Majors so we can develop some more rookies!

dave42
dave42

when you look at that list and leave a 22-year old "shortstop" hitting .327/.369/.594 off the list (I assume Flores graduated and is no longer rookie eligible), we do have some talent coming up.  If you think (as I do) that Nimmo could be ready for LF next June - finish this year at AA, start next at AAA - I'd say our OF looks set - Nimmo, Lagares, Granderson.  Infield looks set but for SS assuming d'Arnaud keeps it up or Plawecki pushes him out.  Starting pitching and bullpen look strong. 


So who plays SS?  Tejada is barely passable at .240/.350/.302 (the OBP is fine).  If you squint really hard, he is hitting .275/.368/.359 since May 11, 44 games, which actually does match up well with what he did in '11 and '12. 


Flores is raking in AAA, but it is Vegas and he hasn't done it in the majors.  To be fair, he has not been allowed to just play everyday, which makes no sense to me.  I think we either need to trade him or bring him up and play him.  If he's below average defensively, we can deal if he will hit.  It looks like Backman is playing him all over the infield now, which seems like they're getting ready for a trade - either of Flores or Murphy most likely. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

This all means nothing if the top ranked guys don't keep moving up the system and eventually make the team. It does mean however the Mets should be ready to make an impact, make that, a positive impact in the standings. Next year please! 


As for all of you Nimmo haters, would you please stand up and identify yourselves, so that when he becomes an impact bat in the Mets outfield you will genuflect profusely with multiple apologies.

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

I think they'll all be good............if we ever see them

Matt Marcellus
Matt Marcellus

Matz and Herrera deserve to be on this list too. Top 75 at lowest.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

I still cringe every time I see Lucas Giolito near the top of the list of prospects in all of baseball. He dropped in the 1st Rd of the 2012 draft due to TJ surgery and I was screaming for the Mets to take him when he did since he was viewed as perhaps the best pitcher in the draft before that. However the Mets passed to take Gavin Cecchini which I hated at the time and he hasn't done much of anything to change my mind on that. Plus to make matters even worse Giolito ended up going to the division rival Nats a few picks later.

Bill Brown
Bill Brown

So, who eventually gets moved? Who will bring the most value on the trade market, Plawecki or d'Arnaud? d'Arnaud's second half will be telling. If his bat shows up he will probably be worth more than Plawecki, as he will have performed at the big league level. 

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

Surprised Herrera hasn't made the top 100 yet, given his position and how far along he is.

Francisco Cano
Francisco Cano

Patience is the name of the game. We took in a completely different avenue 5 years ago one that requires to start from the bottom up. Not like the Yankees. It takes a lot of time to do but you have to agree that we are already seeing some of the fruits of the wait. 

exileinla
exileinla

Nimmo, Plawecki, Smith, plus the Dickey trade and the Buck trade...

and if Wheeler gets us Starlin Castro, then the Beltran trade is looking even better too.

If only we could stay healthy...it's the freak stuff (like Niese) that is so annoying.

Huell Babineaux
Huell Babineaux

based on this, and the jump Matz and Herrera has made, and where Montero and Smith were ranked preseason, its safe to say we have 7 top 100 prospects, which is pretty darn good, probably only redsox and cubbies have more.

Jack Bhatt
Jack Bhatt

Convert either Plawecki or d'Arnaud to a first baseman and keep them both.

msanta031
msanta031

I believe we will see Matz crack the top 100 shortly.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

As much as everyone rags on sandy, there is no doubt our farm system is stacked with talent now.. The ML roster is still in disarray, but there is so much talent avail. over the next coming years

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

I have to say Sandy drafting Nimmo is looking better and better.....I am definitely not a Sandy fan....I can't wait until he leaves but as of right now I like Nimmo

Mike Scourby
Mike Scourby

Plawecki has opened more than the Mets eyes.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Conforto will be the LF by all star break next year.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@hankincolo Could not agree more. And for the record I will admit I was a Nimmo hater and have sacked up and admitted I was wrong. I ripped SA up and down for picking him where he did. So far I stand corrected. 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Matt Marcellus  Personally I like both of those guys better than Nimmo. I can't really compare them to other teams prospects as I have no knowledge whatsoever on them. But if Nimmo is #48 then I think either he's too high or Herrera and Matz should be both be up there as well.

zoddie
zoddie

@Eddie_Dean  And his age.  But to be fair this was just a top 50 ranking.  If Herrera keeps it up, I may have to change my tune about trading Murphy.  Organizational depth at a position is a good problem to have.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

This is not the ranking of the Mets brass,the post clearly state it's baseball prospectus.Your post makes no sense at all

exileinla
exileinla

@brian2740 This is NOT the Mets puffing their own -- this is the baseball media.  It's good for kids to struggle...it teaches them how to overcome adversity. 

I still see Harvey - Niese - Colon - Gee - Thor as the 2015 rotation, with deGrom available.  And a lineup of EYjr (til Nimmo) - Murphy - Castro - Granderson - Wright - Duda - Lagares - d'Arnaud, with a bench of Tejada, Campbell, Nieuwenhuis and a veteran PH (plus a backup C). 

Huell Babineaux
Huell Babineaux

@brian2740 Syndergaard is still easily a top 5 pitching prospect. Hes pitching in a very hitter friendly environment, look at Harvey before his callup, it was the same thing.


have faith, Thor is still going to be great.

Huell Babineaux
Huell Babineaux

@msanta031 BA writer said Matz didnt miss top 50 "by much" so he definitely is in top 100 id say, along with Montero Herrera and Smith.

ken1010
ken1010

@Steven Glansberg

It's nice to see the farm system in far better shape than it's been.  But is anyone saying we have a top-10 farm system?  Other teams bring up good players too.  Just wondering where we rank before I decide if I think Sandy has done a good job on the Farm. 

willj75
willj75

@Steven Glansberg  Nobody denies that Sandy has done well with the farm system but it is the fact that he refuses to accept that the

Mets are rebuilding. Therefore, he is trying to grow a farm system while win which is too difficult.

dave42
dave42

@Ed Yano  He might be if the Mets don't start him in Brooklyn once he signs.  I've heard people suggesting he could start in AA.  I'd think no lower than St. Lucie with an eye toward Bingo if he does well, but personally I'd start him in Bingo.  They say top college programs like the one he came out of are similar to AA ball.  Let's find out. 

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

@brian2740 @Steven Glansberg 100%, but I think that is because of the limited resources he has.. I dont think when alderson signed up he thought they would ahve an 85 million dollar payroll consistently 

joe21
joe21

@ken1010 @Steven Glansberg  I cant say top 10 because I am not a scout, but I spend as much time reading the minor league box scores and a few years ago, there were maybe like 4-5 guys worth tracking, including the likes of Yusmeiro Petit. now, there are literally over a dozen players worth tracking and they are spread across all levels.


Players now worth tracking: Thor, Plawecki, Nimmo, Herrara, Matz, Puello, Smith, Fulmer, Rosario, Urena, Cecchini, McNeil, Gsellman, Whalen,  and Molina, These players are all likely to see the major leagues and there are about another half dozen position players, half dozen starters and a pile of potential BP arms that have more than an average chance to contribute beyond being AAAA players.


back in the Omar days, you had Pelfrey, Humber, Gomez, FMart....and that is about it. yes, they are rebuilding, but they already have a packed staff, an emerging bullpen (with Parnell back next year) and are really only 2-3 position players away from fielding a competitor in the MLs. if Sandy can fill the holes in LF and SS, Duda and d'arnaud hit like they have recently and DW comes back to life, the Mets will be competitive and have an enormous pipeline of talent on the come for several years.


they will not only rank in the top 10, but they are likely to hold that status, even as players graduate or get traded. 

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Willj75 I think it's the fans that don't accept the fact that he is rebuilding.I am pretty sure he knows he is.You are absolutely correct that it's a hard thing to win and rebuild but because it's NY he is trying to stay competitive and rebuild.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Tarheel11 @Matt Marcellus  That certainly would be nice and I'd like nothing more for them to be right. However I've seen virtually no evidence of him possessing anywhere near that HR potential in his stats thus far. He has only 6 HR in 283 AB this season in A & AA and only 16 HR in 982 AB in his total minor league career. The biggest plus I've seen thus far from him is as an OBP guy with his ability to draw walks.

jamets
jamets

@brian2740 @zoddie  Try reading the article.  This is a list put out by Baseball America.  It has nothing to do with the Mets.

dave42
dave42

@Brian Webster  with kids as young as Nimmo, you usually look at extra-base hits more than HR.  He had 28 xbh in '12 in 266 at bats, 24 in Savannah (though place to hit) in '13 (395 AB) and 22 already this year in 283 AB.  Not bad considering his age for level of competition. 


Similarly look at Dom Smith - zero HR so far, but 19 doubles in 300 at bats in Savannah including 10 in the month of June. Very good sign for a kid who just turned 18.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Brian Webster Hell I couldn't agree more and I was ripping SA for drafting him where he did. But I was told by two different scouts how much they love his swing and mechanics and feel he has a prototypical lefty power hitting swing that will develop as his body continues to develop. Has good hands.

They certainly know more than me so I'm praying they are right