John Manuel ranked the Florida State League’s prospects for Baseball America. He placed Thor (Noah Syndergaard) #6, making him the League’s top pitching prospect after five high-end position player talents (Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Javier Baez, Gregory Polanco and Maikel Franco).
Manuel’s comment in part:
Scouts and managers considered him the easy choice as the best pitching prospect in the FSL thanks to a premium fastball, notable as much for its arm-side run and ability to get in on righthanded hitters as for its premium 94-98 mph velocity. Syndergaard adds a fine pitcher’s build and clean delivery, both indicative of durability.
Scouts and managers in the FSL considered his secondary stuff—he throws both a curveball and slider as well as a firm changeup—closer to average, with the change more on the fringy side.
“His fastball is heavy,” Palm Beach manager Johnny Rodriguez said. “It really explodes out of his hand. He has the fastball to be a No. 1 starter, but his secondary stuff might make him more of a No. 3.”
Catcher Kevin Plawecki did not make Baseball America’s list.
In response, Mets Farm Report Tweeted:
— Mets Farm Report (@MetsFarmReport) October 7, 2013
This is a little misleading as Plawecki began in the SAL, a league he was a little old for in prospect terms, and stayed there for the entire first half. Playing against more appropriate competition, the 22-year-old hit a more pedestrian .294/.391/.392 (.783 OPS) in the FSL. I discussed Plawecki a week ago. I think he’s a big leaguer with a ceiling as a solid everyday catcher. He has a solid case to fit anywhere after 13 on Manuel’s list.