Projecting the Full-Season Rotations

Given who’s in camp a little over a month before opening day, lets take a hack at projecting the Opening Day rotation assignments for the full-season clubs. And hey, an injury or two could change my mind.

AAA

51s LogoJeremy Hefner
Zack Wheeler
Colin McHugh
Jenrry Mejia
Darin Gorski
Corey Mazzoni

BP: Jeurys Familia, Gonzalez Germen, Schwinden, Chris (26)
As always, the AAA rotation (and roster) will be influenced by who does, or does not, make the big league club. Mazzoni probably has the weakest claim on a spot here – he put up a 4.46 ERA with just 56 strikeouts in 80.2 innings in 14 starts in AA in 2012. I view him as a reliever when he gets to the big leagues, although I expect him to be a starter to begin 2013. There’s a sense in which it doesn’t matter whether he’s starting in AA or AAA, as long as he’s out there throwing.

 

AA
Degrom, Jacob (24)
Rafael Montero
Goeddel, Erik (24)
Pill, Tyler (23)
Verrett, Logan (23)
Huchingson, Chase* (24)

Peavey, Greg (24)

BP: Jack Leathersich

I do not believe deGrom, Montero, Goeddel, Verrett or Pill have anything left to prove at advanced-A. Thus, they all get the promotion to Binghamton.

A+
Fulmer, Michael (20)
Panteliodis, Alex* (23)
Syndergaard, Noah (20)
Tapia, Domingo (21)
Mateo, Luis (23)
Hansel Robles – (22) MLB Camp

Syndergaard, Fulmer, Tapia and Panteliodis are the obvious calls here. All had good, full, healthy seasons in a-ball last year and are in STEP camp. Mateo and Robles would be skipping Savannah after jumping from Brooklyn and are 22 or older. Still, multiple Mets people have indicated that they plan to pursue this path with these two.

 

A
Matz, Stephen* (22)
Cessa, Luis (21)
Ynoa, Gabriel (20)
Diaz, Miller (20)
Lara, Rainy (22)
Taylor, Logan (21)
Bowman, Matt (22)
Kuebler, Jake (23)

Matz, if he’s healthy is going to Savannah. Miller Diaz has a good arm, and is STEP camp. Cessa, Diaz, Lara and Ynoa all had nice seasons for Brooklyn, earned the jump and are in STEP camp. Bowman is in STEP camp too, and worked as a former starter. Logan Taylor was dominant over 13 appearances out of the Brooklyn bullpen. As a former junior college guy with an average or better fastball, he’s the right age for the SAL. Jake Kuebler, is a conversion project who just didn’t hit enough as a Royals’ farmhand. A starter’s consistent schedule (with regular outings) would allow for the kind of work Kuebler will need if the conversion will actually be a success.

Pen: Koch, Matt (22)

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