Four Mets Prospects Crack Sickels’ Top 150

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John  Sickels, who does an incredible job over at released his updated Top 150 Prospects list today. The list features four Mets prospects.

#18 Noah Syndergaard, RHP (Grade: A-)

The big Texan known as Thor has spent the entire 2014 season in Triple-A Las Vegas and has pitched with less than dominant results. The numbers are surely respectable though, considering that Syndergaard is just 21 years old and pitching in possibly the worst pitchers league in baseball. In 32 innings spanning across six starts for the 51’s, Noah has posted a 3.94 ERA. He’s struck out 28 batters and walked 12.

#46 Rafael Montero, RHP (B+)

Syndergaard’s rotation mate in Vegas, Montero has also had his ups and downs while trying to conquer the Pacific Coast League. Montero has started six games for the 51’s, pitching to a 4.31 ERA through 31.1 innings. He’s struck out 30 and walked a very uncharacteristic 12 batters so far in 2014.

#63 Travis d’Arnaud, C (B+)

d’Arnaud entered 2014 coming off a disappointing cup of coffee with the Mets in 2013. Despite that he was universally ranked as one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball. When 2014 started it looked like 2013 all over again. Travis struggled to hit, and his defense appeared to suffer as well. However in the past few weeks the former first round pick appears to be turning it around. For the season he’s hitting .209/.303/.299 with one homerun and three doubles through 21 games.

#109 Brandon Nimmo, CF (B-)

It was a surprise to see Nimmo overlooked by some prospect rankers coming into 2014. As a former first round pick who was coming off of an impressive season at Low-A Savannah, there was a lot to be excited about. Perhaps this is the season that Nimmo starts to force his way into the top prospect conversation. Playing all of his games for High-A St. Lucie, the Wyoming native has excelled despite being almost two years younger than league average age. Through 26 games Brandon has a ridiculous .384/.508/.515 slash line to go along with two homers, five doubles and five stolen bases.

In The Picture

Sickels went on to rattle off the names of some prospects who just missed the cut for the list. Included in it were four more Mets prospects. Infielder Wilmer Flores (Las Vegas), southpaw starter Steven Matz (St.Lucie), catcher Kevin Plawecki (Binghamton), and first basemen Dominic Smith (Savannah).

(Photo Credit: Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun)

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  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Didn’t Dom Smith crack the MLB top 100 just recently as well?

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    All the lists are different and I don’t pay a ton of attention. The only thing I take away is that these “analysts” are thinking of these players at all.

  • BronxMets

    Travis d’Arnaud that’s just plain stupid.

  • Because he’s a major leaguer?

  • Guest

    Top 150 and we have 4? And one is in the major leagues so he does not count……so 150/3=30…..and there just happens to be 30 teams in baseball. Yipppeee we are average!……what happened to all this Mets pitching in the pipeline?

  • BronxMets

    Yeh hes no longer a prospect

  • Anthony Delgado *17 WS Champs*

    um 150/3 does not equal 30 it equals 50…

  • jason bay

    No TDA looks as though he belongs. It’ll take longer with him then we were thinking but we’ll be glad to have a real catcher here for a long time.

  • Eyeball

    I don’t take much stock in the numerical ranking, but it’s good to see a bunch of our guys mentioned among the elite. The farm is certainly improved.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Right. I care that they’re being discussed at all.

  • SchadenfreudianSlip

    I guess you’re right. Call off the parade. Tell the band its off. Send home the clowns. Cancel the catering. No reason for the big party. I guess our system just isn’t that good.. .

    . . unless. . .hold on. . .let me check the records of our affiliates. . .hold. . checking stats of our young pitchers and hitters. . ..


  • jason bay

    Herrera, Nimmo, Rosario, Thor, Montero, Plaweicki, Smith, Matz, added to Harvey, Wheeler, Flores, Mejia, Lagares, TDA, Peullo is our new core or “core to be” if you will

  • Hotstreak

    Stop thye BS CORE are established Prospects are NOT.

  • Waz0787

    Look who is back?

  • By this time next year that four number could be doubled. Seriously.

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  • Not4

    Not according to MLB rules. He has not yet amassed enough PAs. As I’m sure several others on the list have not either, though they may be in the bigs by now.

  • Kirk Cahill

    Exactly. Obviously we have to report on these lists, but they’re so subjective. You’re relying on the skill of that analysts scouting ability, but also what players he’s seen play most often, and in the cases that he hasn’t seen a certain player at all, you’re depending on the reliability of his contacts.

  • Sickles does great work, but it’s a projection, not a pennant.

    Furthermore, Sickles just shat all over this fantasy that the Mets have the only prospects in MLB. A single ‘A’ prospect, and three ‘B’ prospects, one of whom is D’No. Everyone has prospects.

    Sure, a healthy rotation from the pool of Harvey, Thor, Wheeler, Montero, Niese, Gee, Mejia and whomever else is around has the potential to be one of the best in MLB. And as we’ve seen in 2014, pitching is a superior asset in comparison to hitting and fielding.

    That said, fans like the long ball. If Mike Trout was playing in our outfield, the Mets would draw another half-million fans.

  • markr

    Didn’t realize Nimmo was so young compared to the competition. That’s encouraging for sure.

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  • jason bay

    Of course every other team in MLB has prospects, that’s how we were done in all these previous years.

    Philly: Rollins, Utley, Ruiz, Hamels, Howard and Madson.

    Atlanta: Jones, Jones, Furcal, Lopez, Prado, Glavine, Gant, Justice, McCann, Escobar, Simmons, Minor, Beachy, Medlin, Teheran, Heyward, Freeman, Venters, Kimbrel, Gattis.

    Washington: Zimmerman, Zimmerman, Strausberg, Harper, Espinosa, Desmond, Norris, Cole, Meyer, Milone, Detwiller, Storen.

    Miami: Cabrera, Beckett, Castillo, Dempster, Stanton, Yelich, Fernandez.

    Now finally we have some too.

    As for Trout among dozens of other players we could desperately use. Well we could have just drafted or signed them when they were amateurs.

  • Kirk Cahill

    1.7 years younger to be exact. Pretty impressive.

  • Peter S

    Allow me to pretend the mets were one player away from a WS title. What would those 4 bring in a trade? Stanton?

  • DrDooby

    Pretty much any major leaguer, save for Mike Trout if that player is actually available. Of course, the question is whether it’s a good idea trading your Top 4 prospects – and 4 good ones – all at once. While odds are that not every one of them turns into a stud, the odds that you get two cost controlled above average to stud players out of the four are pretty high.

    Kind of surprised Sickels didn’t list Flores on the list. Among prospect rankers, he has been among the highest on Flores.

  • Peter S

    Miguel Cabrera was had for 3 of Detroits top 4, and none turned into anything special. I wouldn’t trade all 4 either. More just for fun talk.

  • Connor O’Brien

    Sickles tends to keep rookies on the list. TDA was still rookie eligible at the start of the season.

  • TheMetsMachine

    Huge difference between 4 and 3.

    I don’t think you are getting Stanton for Montero, Nimmo and TDA. That’s essentially the package that Detroit sent to the Marlins.

    Detroit didn’t send anything near Noah Syndergaard’s value to the Marlins.

  • TheMetsMachine

    But is he young compared to the other prospects? a lot of the older guys are none prospects.

  • Peter S

    They even got Willis for that package. And by no means would I move all 4 for 1 guy.

  • SL

    150/3 = 50!! We’re well BELOW average. Better math is 150/30 teams, i.e. 5 per team on average. So Mets are either 20% or 40% below depending on if you count Travis.

  • SL

    Wilmer is clearly a top prospect and I’d have to say deGrom should now be on that list based on reports. In addition, it looks like Matt DD is finally really showing his promise tearing it up in Vegas as well. And who knows, maybe Dykstra is for real also. Matt is still about a year young in AAA, Dykstra right at average age, so….