Matt Eddy wrote up Baseball America’s Top 10 Mets Prospects for 2014.
1. RHP Noah Syndergaard (Thor)
2. C Travis d’Arnaud
3. RHP Rafael Montero
4. 1B Dominic Smith
5. C Kevin Plawecki
6. 2B/1B Wilmer Flores
7. SS Amed Rosario
8. CF Brandon Nimmo
9. SS Gavin Cecchini
10. RHP Jake deGrom
I have not sat down and hammered out my full Top 10 or Top 41.
However, I think Syndergaard and d’Arnaud are pretty clearly one and two. Montero, based on his success in the high minors, stuff and proximity to the big leagues is a safe, and reasonable (if not consensus call) at #3.
Most notable to me is the exclusion of Cesar Puello and Steven Matz from the team’s Top 10. Puello’s in my Top 5. Matz I understand is a shakier argument in that he was 1. old for a-ball and 2. has a significant injury history both with Tommy John and then post-surgery shoulder problems, which were likely cascade injuries. Matz, I’m pretty sure will be in the back half of my Top 10.
I think I’ll have Nimmo, Smith, Plawecki, Flores, Cecchini and Rosario in my Top 12 or 15, but in a different order. I suspect much of the divergence in Mets prospect lists will be how the evaluator handles those five guys, Puello and Matz. In ranking the three high school first rounders, it’s important to remember that Nimmo and Cecchini play premium positions so the offensive expectations are pretty different than for Smith.