MINOR LEAGUE RICHES by Tom Brennan
I happened to look at the Mets’ website lists its Top 20 Prospects:
1. Noah "Thor" Syndergaard
2. Kevin Plawecki
3. Brandon Nimmo
4. Michael Conforto
5. Dominic Smith
6. Rafael Montero
7. Amed Rosario
8. Dilson Herrera
9. Steve Matz
10. Gavin Cecchini
11. Milton Ramos
12. Gabe Ynoa
13. Cesar Puello
14. Cory Mazzoni
15. Jack Leathersich
16. Marcos Molina
17. Blake Taylor
18. Michael Fulmer
19. Logan Verrett
20. Matt Reynolds
Quite a list, in my opinion. For instance, for Matt Reynolds after his stellar season to only be # 20 is incredible.
I don't agree fully with the order or those listed, but let's not quibble. Except...
Note that the list does not include two Brennan favorites, Akeel Morris and Dario Alvarez.
- I’d have put Akeel in Ramos’ spot personally, and left Ramos out of the Top 20 for now – he’s young and did OK in GCL this year, even if he has a high ceiling.
- Blake Taylor struggled in 2014 in Kingsport, and I’d have slotted the older but far more effective Dario in his slot instead.
Both Blake and Ramos may deserve top 20 ranking in 2015’s list, but I think those are premature.
I’d say there are also some guys not listed in the Mets' Top 20 who might easily have cracked the Mets’ Top 20 a few years ago.
For instance, just to name a few:
· Cory Oswalt, 4th in ERA & WHIP, 8th in K’s in NY Penn League – not in there.
· TJ Rivera hit .350 – not in there.
· Robert Whalen missed time with a hand infection, but in 2 years is 12-4, 1.89, a K per inning, and a 0.96 WHIP - not in there.
· Danny Muno - .372 on base, .418 slug as a 2B (and more like .390/.480 after May) - not in there.
· LJ Mazzilli, .301/.361/.419 in mid and high A ball - not in there.
· Martirez Arias, 6-0, 1.11, a K per inning - not in there.
· Brad Wieck, 1.40, 39 Ks in 26 innings in Bklyn - not in there.
WOW. We've come a long way in minor league land, baby, IMO.
What do you, the reader, think? Am I just too optimistic?