Crawford: Mets Top 14

Chris Crawford, who writes at ESPN and under the MLB Draft Insider name, has a list of his Top 14 Mets prospects.

Dom Smith Dugout (Neon Kicks)His list:
1. Noah Syndergaard
2. Dominic Smith
3. Travis d’Arnaud
4. Rafael Montero
5. Brandon Nimmo
6. Kevin Plawecki
7. Amed Rosario
8. Dilson Herrera
9. Wilmer Flores
10. Cesar Puello
11. Gavin Cecchini
12. Michael Fulmer
13. Vic Black
14. Gabriel Ynoa

I believe this  is the first list I have seen that has Dominic Smith (pictured) ahead of both d’Arnaud and Montero. He assigns a 65 grade to Smith’s future hitting tool and a 60 to his power with a 70 to his glove on the 20-80 scouting scale.

I like Nimmo at #5, but that makes most sense if one thinks, as I do, that he can play center. Crawford writes, “Defensively, Nimmo’s likely landing spot is a corner outfield position, but there’s a non-zero chance he can stick in centerfield as he gets decent reads in the outfield with above-average speed.”

11 comments
bockers
bockers

Nimmo was a horrific pick.No way is he even top 15,none the less #5.

Jeff Roland
Jeff Roland

smith should be banned from all lists just for wearing those cleats

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

I really don't get why d'Arnaud and Flores are on this list as they are pretty much major leaguer's at this point.

Also having Nimmo and Cecchini on this list is pretty pathetic as neither of them has done anything other than being picked #1 by the Met's. I suppose if your basing it on potential I might be able to understand that but if your basing it on anything either of them has done so far all I can say is Yikes, we are in trouble!

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Only problem I see is that the list does not contain Steven Matz. A left hander with his stuff is a rare commodity and has to put him ahead of Michael Fulmer and Gabriel Ynoa for that reason alone.

natew
natew

This might be the strangest of these lists so far this winter.  Smith so high and Cecchini so low (compared to others) doesn't make a whole lot of sense since both have little besides draft status and early scouting reports to prop them up.  Seems more like guessing who is most likely to succeed, with little else given weight.  

I'm not high on Cecchini myself, but this seems like faulty logic to me. 

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

I ultimately feel like Nimmo will play a gold glove left field down the road on a good team. It doesn't sound like he has a bad arm, but not a great one either. He also gets good reads, but with just above-average speed, not outstanding speed. I prefer defenders to be very good at the position they play, not just serviceable, and that's the feeling I get about Nimmo playing center field. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think the Mets will be a better team down the road with Nimmo at the corner spots.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

But Toby, how can he have above average speed if he only stole 10 bases last year. 


Just kidding. I'll take your word as you saw him a TON last year playing in a large ball park with a massive outfield that he'll be able to stick in CF. At least until he's in his early 30's.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Ron Alexander  The whole point of top prospect lists is that they're based on potential, not what the players have done. If you want to know who had the best stats in the minor leagues last year, there's leaderboards for that.


As for d'Arnaud and Flores, they're still prospects because they're still eligible for Rookie of the Year voting. That's just the way it's done.

The Feels
The Feels

Matz is gonna be special! Let's Go Matz!