Posted by Matt Gad at 12:00 PM
And after that, there are already some more more call-ups on tap for 2015. Of course, the jury is out on Noah Syndergaard, who has seen his MLB debut unofficially pushed back. Despite some struggles, which he has openly admitted to, the Mets are still firm believers that he will be able to withstand uncertainty and emerge as yet another piece to the puzzle, in a rotation that includes Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and the aforementioned Jacob deGrom.
Continuing to look down the list, scouts are already calling left-handed Steven Matz something just north of a sensation-in-the-making. While it helps that he would bring a promising left-handed arm into the rotation, it can also be noted that with a strong possibility for incumbent lefty starter Jon Niese to be traded, either in a late offseason move, or by July's non-waiver trading deadline, he would get a "leg-up" in his scouting. But still, not really.
They always say too much is a good problem for a coach to have. In the sports world, you can take the current battle that Urban Meyer will have to face at Ohio State over the spring games, and the summer sessions with three reliable quarterbacks having established themselves as reliable men in College Football in Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett, and Cardale Jones. (Of course, there are rumors swirling around that Miller could be transferring, but this isn't a Big Ten blog). Terry Collins can see that issue in the rising development of Kevin Plawecki, a former Purdue standout, who is mastering the catcher's position, and might even have a larger offensive arsenal over Travis [d'Arnaud]. And there are all the scenarios we have heard about here and there with some conversations the Mets have had with moving No. 15 to the outfield (and for argument's sake, Cuddyer isn't the future, of course). and the unofficial take of moving a guy like Plawecki to first base (Again, is Duda the future? He's already aware of his upcoming platoon). However, Kevin has been a name other teams have started to seek out in trade talks, to be paired with a top prospect (think Syndergaard, and also because of the service time).