Writing at Baseball America, Mike Kerwick names Rafael Montero the Mets’ Best Pitcher and Wilmer Flores’ the Mets’ organization’s Best Player.
In selecting Montero, Kerwick noted that his alternative was Noah Syndergaard:
Montero edges out Noah Syndergaard, a 21-year-old righty who has drawn raves since arriving in a trade with the Blue Jays….Montero had the better season, but scouts regard Syndergaard as having the higher upside.
Montero certainly pitched more than Syndergaard, by almost 40 innings. Syndergaard struck out more batters on a rate basis, with an almost identical walk rate. Montero’s ERA and opponents’ batting lines were both slightly (very slightly) better.
IP 155.1 117.2
ERA 2.78 3.06
K 150 133
K% 24% 28%
BB% 5.6% 5.9%
OPP .232/.275/.323 .243/.289/.376
On the position side, in his age 22 season, Cesar Puello hit .326/.403/.547 with 21 doubles and 16 homers in 91 games in Binghamton before he was suspended as part of the Biogenesis mess. In AAA, playing mostly as a 21-year-old, while turning 22 in August, Wilmer Flores hit .321/.357/.531 with 36 doubles and 15 homeruns in 107 games. Politically, in awards season, I suspect the Mets and BA would both like to avoid a player connected to Biogenesis. Even so, Puello had the better on-base percentage and better slugging percentage (and yes, he was playing at a lower level, in a more difficult environment for hitters).
So, who you got for Mets organization Pitcher and Player of the Year?