This is starting to become old hat, but still worth mentioning. ESPN’s Keith Law (Insider Subscribers) posted his annual Top 100 Prospects and the Mets’ Zack Wheeler checked in at #27 while Matt Harvey cruised in at #38.
“He will touch 97 mph and sit at least 91-94 with an above-average curveball that has shown it can miss bats. He has a fringy changeup that’s a little too firm, giving up a .283/.375/.452 line to left-handed hitters as a result (although that improved after the trade in a small sample). His control is still below-average, and he’ll have to show durability to match his frame, as he retired more than 18 batters just twice all year.”
“He will sit 91-97 mph as a starter with good downhill plane, and his changeup is a weapon for him against both left- and right-handed hitters. His curve and slider tend to run together, and he’d probably be better off just picking one or the other and using it exclusively to avoid throwing in-between pitches that will get hammered at higher levels”
Jeurys Familia missed the cut, but did get an honorable mention:
“If I thought there was any chance he could start, he would have made the list, but he’s headed for the bullpen with a plus fastball and not enough command or secondary stuff to remain in the rotation.”
What’s important to note here is that we’ve seen about a dozen of these lists now and it’s not just one or two experts hitting on Wheeler and Harvey, it’s all of them. Some might have one higher than the other, but the consensus is that they are both high ceiling top of the rotation guys oozing with loads of potential.
We haven’t developed a 20-game winner in so long I don’t even remember. Doc Gooden? Anyway, I think all that is about to change when these two finally arrive.