Mack, do you think you cangive us your tradeable top 10 list? What I was looking for is a top 10 of players in the majors and minors who you, if you were the gM, could live with giving up in order to get a RF, LF, or SS. The question of who youcould get for one or multiple players on the list is another topic, but building for 2015/2016 who are your trade pieces.
The ranking would be on such attributes as: organizational depth, where players position played, contract/org control, for example.
I know you have to give up quality to get quality, but with Parnell and Harvey coming back and some prospects on Soto's list getting closer to major league ready, who can you live with going. Thanks.
There's been an awful lot written this past week on the fact that the Mets have decided not to promote SP Noah Syndergaard to Queens this September. Some actually would have been just happy to see him sitting on the bench next to his fellow pitchers.
I think the Mets made the right decision.
I know September doesn't count for much in Mets-land, but you do still have to contribute something. Your first promotion to the Big Leagues should be worth more than being in charge of handing out the bags of seeds to everyone.
Syndergaard had a... well... somewhere between good and meh... season. The strikeouts were there but the results weren't always. No one that scouts him questions his talent and his ceiling in this game. When he is on, he has four + pitches and scouts out ahead of both Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey at the same time in their career.
This whole PCL thing is just screwing up the whole maturation of the Mets youngsters. Hitters look like Tony Gwynn while pitchers look like they are being hit around the park. You have no idea how a ball carries out there. You don't need to get the entire barrel on the ball. Apiece of your bat and drive a pitch into the right or left field corners/stands as a line drive.
The balls also get to where they are going faster than even a great infielder can cover. They just come off bats like a rocket shot and (a perfect example from an old third baseman) half the balls a third baseman would normally cutoff grounding in the hole, shoot through before the glove gets down.
The batters are never going to tell you they can't hit this well. And the pitchers just have to live with the fact that a 4.00 ERA is a good thing in this league.
I don't know what the Mets long range plans for Syndergaard is this summer. I assume he is totally shut down unto he can toss sometimes in Florida, in January. He will come to camp fully fueled and ready to compete for a rotation spot in 2015. That's what you want out of him right now and that's how you want the Mets to handle this situation.
From Baseball Prospectus - Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas) - When a player experiences adversity, we experience doubts and second guessing of our projections. We want to see progress on a definitive upward trend, but the path followed by prospects is rarely linear. There is no doubt that this season has been bumpy for Syndergaard. The 22-year-old blitzed through two levels last year, causing the main question this off-season to be, "When will he be facing big-league hitters full-time?" Syndergaard’s growing pains are a good reminder that even when it seems like players are close, there are still nuances to be mastered. Even the most highly regarded prospects are works in progress and growing pains can appear without warning. My view on Syndergaard is that the 6-foot-6 Texan bounces back and makes the necessary refinements to fulfill his projection. Reports from the second half of the year have been strong and indications were that the issues were more along the lines of fine-tuning his command than any regression of his stuff. –Chris Mellen
We continue our series of looking at possible off-season trading partners with our fourth team out of the NL West, the Arizona Diamondbacks.