Keith Law on deGrom, Thor and Marcos Molina

An article by posted on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

ESPN’s MLB Insider Keith Law should just call his weekly chat with Insider Subscribers, “Mets Chat”. These last few weeks have been incredibly full of Mets questions as the our farm system and top prospects continues to draw a lot of positive attention – and envy too.

Here are some nuggets I pulled out from Wednesday’s exchange:

Are you surprised by Dilson Herrera‘s 359./421./581. line in 30 games at Binghamton, so far? Is he a Top 100 candidate for next season?

I like Herrera quite a bit and he is a top 100 candidate, but 30 games at any level by any player is a blink of an eye.

Would it be in the Mets best interest to call-up Noah Syndergaard? Don’t they risk damaging his confidence or having him attempt to fix something that isn’t broken by letting him continue to pitch in that environment?

I talked to him before the Futures Game – he seems unfazed by the altitude out there and it’s not like he’s having bad results.

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Is Marcos Molina someone Mets fans should be looking out for or is his delivery too much of a problem? Word is he has electric stuff.

I wrote about him a month ago – fastball is plus with good life, tough arm action for a starter between the low slot and ‘slinging’ delivery.

Is Jacob deGrom for real? He doesn’t seem to be they guy we watched in the minors. No complaints here.

Got a lot better this year. Late convert to pitching, found another gear with his secondary stuff post-TJ recovery. I had him as my #10 Mets prospect going into 2013 and Met fans said I was nuts to have him that high. I was *way* too light on him!

You’ve mentioned often that the Mets have several minor league affiliates (I’m thinking Savannah and Las Vegas) with unfavorable home environments. To what degree do those situations negatively impact the team’s ability to properly develop prospects?

I think they can cause two problems. One is players changing their approach to fit the park – e.g., a hitter over-swinging to try to hit homers in a park that depresses them, a pitcher trying too hard to miss bats because he’s afraid of contact. The other is internal evaluations – you have to be able to look past Syndergaard posting a 6 ERA in Vegas and realize he’s doing what you want him to do.

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