Scouting Scale for Starting Pitchers:
#1 Starter: Two plus pitches, average third pitch, plus-plus command, plus makeup
#2 Starter: Two plus pitches, average third pitch, average command, average makeup
#3 Starter: One plus pitch, two average pitches, average command, average makeup
#4-5 Starter: Average velocity, consistent breaking ball, decent changeup, command of two pitches
I put up the basic scouting scale for a starting pitcher and wanted to give my thoughts.
Going into the season most scouts viewed Matt Harvey as a #2 because his command was average. However, he has since showed that his command is plus and that his slider might actually be a second plus pitch so he is a borderline #1/#2 starter.
Wheeler has a plus-plus fastball and his curve and slider are above average. His curve has a shot a plus. His command has been average in the minors like Harvey, but if he can make that a plus he moves to the #1/#2 borderline and joins Harvey. Right now, I’d say he he is an overall #2 projection.
Jon Niese has a plus-plus curve and an average fastball with average command and makeup. If his command moves to plus like last year, he’s a #2/#3 borderline. For now, he’s a #3
Shaun Marcum has a basket full of average breaking balls and fastball. His plus command and makeup make him a #3.
Hefner fits the #4/#5 slot and Gee as well, although I think Gee has #3/#4 possibilities with improved command.
Rafael Montero is a prospect that already has plus-plus command, a plus breaking ball, an above average fastball and plus makeup. He can be a #2/#3 borderline.
Noah Syndergaard is far away, but I’d put him in the Wheeler range with better command but slightly less on the curve.
- Matt Harvey – #2/#1
- Zack Wheeler – #2
- Jon Niese – #3/#2
- Shaun Marcum – #3
- Dillon Gee – #4/#3
- Jeremy Hefner – #5/#4
- Rafael Montero – #2/#3
- Noah Syndergaard – #2
So it’s possible that a rotation of Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Syndergaard and Montero could easily be as many as five #2 starters in a future Mets rotation. And all them are 25 or younger.
Who wouldn’t sign up for that?
Now just sign some free agent bats.
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