Brandon Nimmo warms up 2

Taking a look at the Mets top prospects

Two of the top minor league player rankings came out this week and a few Mets made their lists.

Baseball Prospectus listed pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard and outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo among their top 50 prospects, while Baseball America had the pitcher and outfielder, along with catching prospect Kevin Plawecki on their list.


Find out more about their seasons so far, and why they made the lists, on SNY’s Mets Minors…




52 comments
Boozer32
Boozer32

Nimmo is hot garbage. No way he makes it to the Mets. Captain Kirk, Den Decker, Lagares are way ahead of him batting, fielding.

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

good, now they should trade for castro

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Dilson Herrera may not be a top 100 prospect but I think he is a prospect to watch for maybe end of 2015-2016.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

Question in Nimmo: His bat seems to be coming along nicely, but I haven't seen much on his defense. How is he in that respect?

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

Look, I wasn't dissing anyone.  I just want to see us pick up two major league ready bats for the lineup next year.  I truly believe that doing so, along with the great young pitching we now have, will make us one of the better MLB teams next year.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

Glad to see some position players making this list.  Hopefully there will be some more to come.

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

we have 8 starters for next year and thats not including matz. starting flipping a few of these guys for a SS and LFer please.

matt520
matt520

Met fans should start getting really excited about Brandon Nimmo. The mets let this kid develop and took it relatively slow with him, now its paying dividends. Nimmo has some power, not a big time slugger by any means, but the guy is going to be a very very good player.....think Hunter Pence

Kevin John
Kevin John

When will Nimmo be ready? Hopefully next year!
 David Wright isn't getting any younger!

wingo43
wingo43

No Matz?  I thought Warthan said he was the next Clayton Kershaw? 

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

The thing about "prospects " is more often than not they turn out to be complete busts. I'll hold off my enthusiasm for when the NY Mets actually have good, major league ready young talent.

Dan Roman
Dan Roman

Considering you would average about 2 per team, if everything was even, not too bad, I guess.

zoddie
zoddie

@Kevin VanTassell Sure.  Even though he has an .850 OPS in AA, he is also the youngest player in the league.  That's what makes him so exciting.

zoddie
zoddie

@Tom Gallagher From Toby at metsminorleagueblog.com a few days ago --

"This is an extremely patient hitter who has improved in center and is hitting for more power than he did a year ago, and will hit for more. "


If he's decent in center, he'd be very good defensively for a corner outfielder.

Jeff Babcock
Jeff Babcock

I've seen him in person. Decent corner outfielder. Probably better in left.

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@Dave D'Agnese Not sure if this team will EVER trade for major league ready players.  I don't think they have the money to do so.

jenkins
jenkins

@matt520 I'll be happy if he approaches Pence as a clutch hitter. I hope Nimmo is Von Hayes, but he has a long way to go.

zoddie
zoddie

Way more patience and plate discipline than Hunter Pence. Way more.

jenkins
jenkins

@Kevin John I think he's a slow learner. He takes a year to get used to the better competition. Ithink he'll be here sometime in 2016, but won't show his talent until 2017.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Kevin John He only made it to AA mid-season, so I would think 2016 is more likely. Maybe a September call-up in 2015 if he rakes in AA and AAA next year.

zoddie
zoddie

I think either BP or BA said he just missed the top 50.

zoddie
zoddie

You mean like Matt Harvey? Or Zack Wheeler? Or maybe Vic Black? Josh Edgin? Travis d'Arnaud? Juan Lagares? Brandon Nimmo? Jake deGrom?

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@Marc Singleton That's true, 80% of prospects never reach their full potential, we need major league ready players as well.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

That's not true at all.  Spend a few minutes and look at the Top 50 list from 5 years ago.  When they get to the later stages in the minors they start to get more projectable.

It's not to say the Top 10 in the Mets systems are all going to be perfect, but it'd be a shock if a few of them didn't reach their potential.

James
James

@Dan Roman well there are 30 teams, so average would be more like 1.8, 3 would be pretty well above average.  

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

@Dan Roman not to mention Montero and Dom Smith, who mets fans have high hopes for aren't even on the list

zoddie
zoddie

Didn't they trade for Travis d'Arnaud all of a year ago? How much more major league ready do you want? Vic Black was pretty ready, too.

mrgee
mrgee

@zoddie  No, I refuse to think any of them are successful prospects until I find out if they did or did not make the hall of fame.

anymos
anymos

@Father Dooley @Marc Singleton If 80% of prospects never reach their full potential, where are all the guys on major league rosters coming from?

spelletrader
spelletrader

And 95% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@BringBackDaveTelghe The problem is when people (and especially Met fans) hear the word "prospects," all they can think of are Fernando Martinez, Alex Ochoa, and Bill Pulsipher. They just can't remember all the times a kid did will in the upper levels of the minors, came up here, and actually were as good as advertised or better. David Wright, Matt Harvey, Daniel Murphy, just to name a few from the team now.

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

@zoddie if harvey looks good in the off season rehabbing program then guys like montero colon gee are expendable in my opinion. we dont need all these starters especially when we have a dire need for a LFer and SS. and if we can bring back a superstar i'd be willing to give up Thor. no guarantees he will be a legit stud anyway and i think Degrom has surprised everyone with how great he has been and lessens the need to put pressure on noah

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@zoddie Big boppers in the middle of the lineup we need for next year, one or two would be nice.

ken1010
ken1010

@mrgee @zoddie

We don't know how good they'll be.  Even Harvey has to come back from an injury.  When they've had a five-year career as a regular in the majors, that will mean they did well.  If they make an all-star team, that would put them in the top 10% or so.

ken1010
ken1010

@anymos There are a whole bunch of highly regarded prospects for every one who makes it, let alone becomes an all-star.

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

@Eddie_Dean @BringBackDaveTelghe add in Mike Pelfrey, Paul Wilson,and Jason Isringhausen.


Then again  Carlos Gomez who is now on the brewers(dealt in santana deal) is a fine CF

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@Eddie_Dean @BringBackDaveTelghe Some Met fans are ridiculous about prospects though.  We got one 19 year old prospect in a trade last year (can't remember who it was) and some in here were acting like we got the next Pujols.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

That's a good point. It doesn't help having the New York Hype Machine here too to pump these guys up even more.

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

@zoddie If our rotation next year is Harvey, Wheeler, Degrom, Niese, and Gee with Matz wating in the wings i would be pretty happy with that. especially if giving up thor colon and montero brings you back great bats at the positions in need

zoddie
zoddie

@ken1010 @mrgee @zoddie No one knows how anyone will do.  How will David Wright do in his 30s?  Will he make the HOF?  Will d'Arnaud become an all-star?  Judging trades in hindsight is easy.  It doesn't mean you can't judge them sooner.  Getting Thor and d'Arnaud for Dickey was a GOOD TRADE.  If TdA and Thor end up being busts in the majors it is still a trade the Mets should and did make.


It also doesn't mean prospects "more often than not they turn out to be complete busts" as was originally posted.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Father Dooley @Eddie_Dean @BringBackDaveTelghe If it was last year, I'd have to assume it's Dilson Herrera. Who looks pretty darn good right now in AA.


Prospects and farm systems in general are the base of every great organization. No one in baseball wins consistently anymore without a solid farm system. Not even the Yankees, who managed it for years with all their money. It's not about this prospect or that prospect, but it's about having enough highly regarded ones that 1. Statistics say enough of them will pan out that you can count on a few to be solid major leaguers, if not more, and 2. You have enough of a stockpile to make a move for a veteran when you do get good enough to compete. If some Met fans seems overly interested in prospects, I'd argue it's only b/c they understand that.

zoddie
zoddie

I wasn't disagreeing with your point of trading pitching for hitting. I was disagreeing with Dooley's point that the Mets never trade for major league ready talent. Because they do. And they have recently.

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

@Eddie_Dean @Father Dooley @BringBackDaveTelghe if you look at most of these trades where you trade like three prospects for 1 guy a la the piazza trade. most of the prospects traded never even become anyone special. but the big name continued to produced. at least 3 out of 4 times. thats why i'm not opposed to taking a risk and trying to get one of these SS's or LFers even if it costs some of these kids. this is why we have prospects in the first place. since we have so many pitchers its not gonna hurt us that much to lose two of them

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

@jenkins @Dave D'Agnese @zoddie thor isnt proven though. gee and niese are. only teams in the playoff hunt will take niese or gee due to their raises. a bad team with a superstar like tulo would only want thor

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

That's talking in such general terms though.  What about the terrible deals where the Dodgers traded away Carlos Santana for Casey Blake?  There's tons of those types too.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

You can't really explain that to guys like Jenkins though. I've tried. They think that other teams will give us their stars for free and it doesn't work that way.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@BringBackDaveTelghe Remember when Omar traded for Bartolo Colon when he was GM of the Expo's? All he gave up was Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, and Brandon Phillips. Then there was the Dodgers trading some guy named Pedro Martinez for Delino DeShields. Then of course there was the Tigers sending John Smoltz to the Braves for Doyle Alexander. And lets not forget the Red Sox moving unproven Jeff Bagwell because they "needed" a reliever and took back Larry Anderson.


I'd have to say it's more 50/50 in those trades than it is 3 out of 4. For every time the veteran stays and produces, there's an example where the team trading prospects gave up someone (or someones) who turned into a solid major leaguer.