Baseball America revealed their top 50 midseason prospects today, as was compiled by J.J. Cooper. Both Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud appeared on the list, at numbers 23 and 25, respectively. Of course, both of these minor leaguers were key components to the off-season trade Sandy Alderson made with the Toronto Blue Jays that sent R.A. Dickey north of the border.
Each top prospect has a small blurb below there name, and here’s the one on Syndergaard:
Improved breaking ball has made his mid-90s fastball an even deadlier weapon.
Syndergaard, who started the season in High-A with the St. Lucie Mets, has since taken his talents north to Binghamton, continuing to impress in Double-A. After compiling a 3-3 record, 3.11 ERA, 64 strikeouts, and 16 walks in 63.2 innings pitched with St. Lucie, Syndergaard got promoted to the next level following the Florida State League All-Star game in Dunedin, Florida; his old stomping grounds in the Jays organization. Since moving up, he’s continued to show why he’ll soon become the top Mets prospect in the organization. In three starts for the B-Mets (18 innings pitched), he’s 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA, and 23 strikeouts against four walks.
On the other hand, Travis d’Arnaud has been sidelined since April with a fractured left foot after fouling a pitch off it. While he has a world of potential, it’s staying on the field that’s been the problem:
When healthy, he’s top catching prospect in minors, but healthy months are few and far between.
In 36 at-bats before getting sidelined on April 17th, d’Arnaud was hitting .250/.429/.472 with one home run, eight RBIs, and five doubles for the 51s. This is no doubt a frustrating injury for the top catching prospect; he missed significant time last year with a knee injury, ending his season prematurely in June. He’s currently rehabbing in Port St. Lucie. There is no timeline yet for his return, but the New York front office is still expecting to see d’Arnaud in the majors some time this season, likely as a September call-up.
Congratulations to both Noah and Travis on this honor! Hopefully we’ll see both of them in Flushing very soon.