Posted by Mack Ade at 11:00 AM
This would be a good time to take a look at the pitching prospects in the Mets pipeline.
Let’s turn to my top 25 prospect list (stats through EOB 5-7) and pull out the pitchers I have on that list –
#3 – Justin Dunn – has pretty much been a mess so far this season. In six starts, he has given up 21 earned runs in 27.1 innings pitched. He also has only 16 strikeouts while giving up 13 walks. I see no chance of him being promoted to Binghamton this season. In fact, I’d send him to Columbia which is a pitcher friendly league. Maybe he could get his mound confidence back that way.
#4 – Thomas Szcpucki – has been on the disabled list since before the season started. No information on his ETA.
#6 – Merandy Gonzalez – The 21-year old Gonzalez is having a wonderful year for Columbia. He didn’t give up a single run in his first four starts and, after five, he has a 1.89-ERA with 28-Ks in 33.1-IP. I see Gonzalez possibly moving on to St. Lucie after the draft when the short season rosters are filled out. I really like this kid.
#9 – Jordan Humphreys – The 20-year old Humphreys has been everything we had hoped for so far this season. He’s 1.71-ERA through five starts and has 40 strikeouts through 31.2 innings pitched. Like Gonzalez, I see him moving on to St. Lucie after the all-star break. At his age, he’s way ahead of schedule.
#11 – Anthony Kay – has been on the disabled list for the entire season and will not pitch in 2017
#15 – P.J. Conlon – Conlon has been pitching well for Binghamton in the prospect filled AA league. He’s 3.31 through six starts; however, his last one on May 6th was a gem (7-IP, 0-ER, 9-K). He also has 35-Ks in 32.2-IP. Conlon could be some help for us as the season progresses. I expect that if Las Vegas pitchers continue to crash and burn when they hit Queens, Conlon will be sent out west to get on line for the journey to Roosevelt Avenue.
#16 – Harol Gonzalez – Needless to say, I’m very disappointed so far this season with Gonzalez’s results. For the year, he’s 7.27, 18-K, 11-BB, in 26-IP. I still think the kid has what it takes to be successful in this game, but he needs to bear down and start putting together a string of successful outings. He’s 22-years old pitching in rookie ball. I’m just saying.
#24 – Chris Flexen – has been on the disabled list for the entire season, no ETA for return
#25 – Rickey Knapp – The 24-year old Knapp is technically sitting next to Tyler Pill waiting for the phone to ring. He needs more time at the AAA level (6-starts, 4.50, 34-IP, 18-K), but, based on the mess going on in Queens, he could easily be rushed to the tarmac. I like Knapp but I don’t see him as a franchise saver, though I said the same thing last year about Robert Gsellman.
I’m not happy with the depth of pitching talent here. Gonzalez and Humphreys look great but they are 2-3 years away from offering any help in Queens.
My suggestion to the Mets is to stop signing shortstops in Latin America and give the big bonus bucks to a couple of the pitchers.
In addition, continue to target stud college junior starters in the draft. The lack of results this season from both Dunn and Kay prove more work needs to be done on scouting. It’s a great draft for starters (especially RHSP) so go get a couple right away and send them right to St. Lucie.