New York Mets Top 50 Prospects for 2017

The 2016 NY Mets entered the season with extremely high expectations after a surprising run to the World Series in 2015. Sadly for Mets fans injuries derailed any thoughts of a return trip to the fall classic however some unexpected young contributors (some on this list) led the Mets to a 1 game playoff with the SF Giants. While a recent graduate of this list, Noah Syndergaard, was exceptional the Mets could not touch Madison Bumgarner and went home after the Wild Card game.  Off of our top 50 Robert Gsellman, Brandon Nimmo, T.J. Rivera, Josh Smoker, Gavin Cecchini and Gabriel Ynoa all saw some sort of action and the Mets certainly would not have gone as far as they did without their contributions.

While the Mets recently graduated many prospects (Syndergaard, Matz) and traded some others (Fulmer, Herera) there is still a lot to like in the cupboard with a lot of young arms and up and coming position players.  With the Mets in “win now” mode it is always a mystery if some of this talent will be traded for a missing piece however from all accounts, Rosario is untouchable. There may be a few that will be added to this list as the Mets are currently actively shopping Jay Bruce.

The Mets needs in the bullpen and yearly performance variations of RP may push along some pitchers quicker than they would like however this is a deep farm system that has done a good job of placing pitchers in successful situations. We never know who this year’s Gsellman will be!

Prospects1500 Tiers:
Tier 1: Players with high expectations of both making the majors and playing at an All-Star level for a number of years
Tier 2: Players with an above average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor
Tier 3: Players with an average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor
Tier 4: Players who have the potential of making the majors, or have high likelihood of making the majors but providing minimal impact (e.g. middle reliever, low-ceiling UT guys)
Tier 5: Players who are worth keeping an eye on, but likely to never make a team’s 40-man roster

Tier 1

1. Amed Rosario, SS
Age: 21 (DOB: 11/20/1995)
For most Mets fans, it seems like Rosario has been around forever after signing in 2012 as a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic. The first few years in professional ball were a bit underwhelming however Rosario took a huge step forward in 2016 as his vast talent led to the production the organization was looking for and solidified himself as a top-tier prospect, future Mets SS and potential perennial all-star. While his best tools should eventually lead Rosario to be a high average hitter, a solid source of steals and runs when he takes his place atop the Mets lineup his power is still developing and the jury is still out as to how much home run production the Mets can count on him for. With Rosario still growing into his body, more power should surely come although the biggest benefit of this could be his gap power. With his speed, he should be able to contribute an acceptable extra base total solely on balls he drives into a gap. Rosario’s defense also projects as above average as he appears to have superior hands, footwork and a plus arm. He grades out as a long term solution to the “who will be a long term answer at SS” question. This is a perfect scenario for the Mets as the expiring contract of Asdrubal Cabrera after the 2017 season will open a full time spot in the Mets lineup for a player that should be a force on top of the lineup for years to come.

Tier 2

2. Dominic Smith, 1B
Age: 21 (DOB: 6/15/1995)
With the 11th pick in the 1st round of the 2013 draft, the Mets were quite pleased to find Dominic Smith waiting for them to gobble up. Like many Left Handed hitters with top end potential, Smith follows in the “Sweet Swinging Lefty” mold and is still developing his power stroke. Smith potentially should be a .300+ hitter in the pros and possesses an above average eye which will make him tough to keep off the bases. The questions surrounding his power has always been the issue however Smith took major steps forward in AA in 2016 when he slugged a career high 14 hr in Binghamton to go along with a .302 BA, .367 OBP and 91 RBI’s. The gap power has always been there, evidences by his 33 doubles in 2015, As he grows and gains more confidence I expect him to produce more power from his 6’0” frame. Playing (at least the beginning) of this year in AAA Las Vegas will surely help his confidence in developing his power stroke. Smith also projects as an above average defender, which is something the Mets crave. With a large opening at 1B, Smith is the long term heir apparent to the position as long as he keeps progressing and IF more power doesn’t come that he maintains a high .BA and .OBP

3. Thomas Szapucki, LHP
Age: 20 (DOB: 6/12/1996)
When you strike out more than 40% of the batters your face, you are bound to get some attention you may not have gotten before. This is the case for Thomas Szapucki! This 6’2” 2015 5th round pick may be the type of home run a successful GM dreams about. Blessed with a mid 90’s fastball and a plus curveball that was made to miss bats and a developing changeup Szapucki attacks hitters with a low ¾ delivery that makes hitters have a hard time picking up the ball and is different than what is usually seen. Some think this will be a detriment to his longevity however that remains to be seen. His 2016 combined stat line of a 1.38 era, 0.88 whip and 86 K’s in 52 IP makes fans and the organization excited for what could be a potential 2-3 starter.

4. Desmond Lindsay, OF
Age: 20 (DOB: 1/5/1997)
After injuries lead to Lindsay’s slide to the Mets in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft it has not taken very long for his what was once thought of 1st round talent to become visible. In what should be his 1st year in full season ball Lindsay looks to build on a season where he hit .297 with an exceptional .77 BB/K rate and went home with a .418 .OBP. Lindsay is a top-notch athlete who only real “negative” is the lack of an extremely strong throwing arm. His swing is tailored more towards contact than power however there is still some room for growth in that side of his game as he matures and gets more comfortable with professional pitching. In a perfect world, Lindsay would man CF for the long haul as a solid contributor in all categories. While nothing jumps of the page as “stellar” his hitting tool should be the one that is considered the closest.

Tier 3

5. Robert Gsellman, RHP
Age: 23 (DOB: 7/18/1993)
Gsellman was one of the great stories of the 2016 NY Mets. While the majority of the starting rotation was decimated with injuries, Gsellman shocked many by coming up to the big club and pitching well above expectations to a 2.42 era in 8 games (7 starts) encompassing 45 IP. Gsellman was a major cog in the wheel that helped drive the Mets to a 1 game playoff duel with the Giants. While his future appears to be bright Gsellman may eventually fall to a numbers game in the NY rotation in 2017. It is yet to be determined what his roll will be, which co-insides with the return of a hopefully healthy Harvey, deGrom, Matz and Wheeler. Gsellman has the potential to be a 3-4 starter and worse case a 5th. He MAY end up logging some innings in the bullpen or spend some time in AAA as insurance for the ML rotation in 2017.

6. Justin Dunn, RHP
Age: 21 (DOB: 9/22/1995)
The Mets went to the college ranks for their first pick in the 2016 draft and grabbed Boston College’s Justin Dunn. While Dunn spent a portion of the year in the bullpen he was placed in the and promptly thrived while his stock rocketed up the draft board. Dunn’s fastball approaches triple digits to go with 2 other above average pitches. In short season NY-Penn League Dunn pitched to a 1.50 era with 35 k’s in 30 innings. Due to Dunn’s experience in the bullpen there are less miles on his arm than others in his position which, while is great long term, will also limit his innings in the next few years as the Mets try and stretch him out to become a hopeful 2-3 starter once he makes the majors.

7. Peter Alonso, 1B
Age: 22 (DOB: 12/7/1994)
Power. That is the one word you need to know about Alonso. This 6’2” 225 lb right handed hitter has an elite power tool that, if developed properly, could turn into a traditional middle of the order slugger. An enormous .266 ISO in his 30 game stint in the NY-Penn League to go with his .969 OPS makes Mets fans dream of a potential home grown slugger that Queens has not seen since the likes of Daryl Strawberry. He is clearly a few years away from seeing an ML field however this Florida (University) product has the advantage of all those ab’s he has taken over the last few years. All indications (like most sluggers) are that he is a bit pull happy and the Mets will try and get him to use his power to all fields.

8. Marcos Molina, RHP
Age: 21 (DOB: 3/8/1995)
Molina has Tommy John surgery in October of 2015 however in this day and age many think he just “got it out of the way” and can continue his career without issues. He did return to pitch in the AZ fall league and touched 94 mph with his fastball. If Molina can replicate his 2014 season, he will move up on this list rather quickly. Based on his injury history, Molina will be under a strict innings limit this year and next. If healthy he can be a low level 3, solid 4 starter, which every good teams need. With the log jam in the Mets rotation and the injury history, I for one feel his quickest path to the majors may be in the bullpen where his repertoire would translate nicely. The Mets protected Molina in the Rule 5 draft, which should show you how they feel about his potential.

9. Wuilmer Becerra, OF
Age: 22 (DOB: 10/1/1994)
Becerra will forever be known as “the 3rd guy the Mets got back for R.A. Dickey (along w/Syndergaard and d’Arnaud)” although he may end up forging a memory into Mets fans memory banks other than an afterthought. While shoulder surgery ended his 2016 early his batting average was an acceptable .312 with a .341 OBP in high A ball however that shoulder injury zapped what power he had and may continue to slightly do so in 2017. When healthy and at his peak, Becerra could be a quality ML starter with double digit SB & HR potential. The Mets protected him in the Rule 5 draft and added him to the 40 man roster, so it is clear what they think of him.

10. Tomas Nido, C
Age: 22 (DOB: 4/12/1994)
Nido was a pleasant surprise for the Mets in 2016 and could have placed himself in the conversation for a long term answer at Catcher or at least a consistent back up roll. Interestingly enough, when Nido was drafted in 2012, his biggest asset was his power. What makes it interesting is the fact he won the Florida State League Batting Title in 2016 with a .320 avg, a career high 23 doubles, 7 hr’s and an impressive 11.4% k rate. He seems to have adapted his style from a pure power hitter to a more well-rounded one. Based on the sad state of affairs in the catching prospect department, the Mets are hoping Nido continues to improve with an eye on Queens in a productive starting role as C is a huge need for the Mets going forward.

11. Gregory Guerrero, SS
Age: 17 (DOB: 1/20/1999)
This is one of the most intriguing players on this list, partially due to his pedigree as he is a nephew of former MLB great Vladimir Guerrero. He was an international signing last July and is only 17 years old. While he has played SS, and is solid defensively, I project the Mets move him to 3B or 2B as he grows. Partially based on ability, partially based on need as the Mets system is flush with SS prospects. He has solid tools all around however while he stole 10 bases and hit 0 home runs everything I have seem indicates his power will develop as he grows and the SB are not an indication of future large SB totals. It is still way too early to predict what will come of Guerrero however there is clearly a skill set that could produce a quality major leaguer in the years to come.

12. Merandy Gonzalez, RHP
Age: 21 (DOB: 10/9/1995)
Gonzalez was an International signing in 2013 and has steadily risen up the minor league ranks with a mid 90’s fastball, a solid curveball and above average control. Both his plus pitches miss bats and he is working a 3rd pitch to go along with them. Based on his age he is ahead of the game developmentally however the Mets would like to see him continue to contribute in 2017. There is a good chance he starts the season in A ball however AA will probably where he ends up at some point in 2017. Gonzalez could be a decent bullpen arm in the next few years as his swing and a miss stuff and plus control should move him through the rankings quickly.

13. Anthony Kay, LHP
Age: 21 (DOB: 3/21/1995)
The Mets have lost Kay for the 2017 season due to our ever increasing familiarity with Tommy John surgery after drafting him with their 2nd, 1st round pick in the 2017 draft. When he returns in 2018 the former UConn hurler has plenty of potential to be a middle of the rotation performer. The 6’0” LHP has a fastball that sits in the low 90’s yet supplements it with a quality changeup and a pre-surgery improving curveball. This will still be the expectation in 2018.

14. Andres Gimenez, SS
Age: 18 (DOB: 9/4/1998)
Gimenez is another intriguing International signing. Blessed with great athleticism he, his best attributes may end up being his speed and defense. His youth leads to many paths that his career can take. There is still time to develop some power however he will not want to compromise the contact he is making and his speed should lead to many infield hits if he continues to hit more line drives and ground balls as opposed to swinging for the fences. Gimenez also walked 46 times while striking out only 22 times. Hitting .350 combined is nothing to ignore so there is clearly some potential to hit for average.

15. Gavin Cecchini, SS
Age: 23 (DOB: 12/22/1993)
While Cecchini has a great pedigree, the logjam in the Mets infield and the presence of some other prospects in the organization that have higher ceilings, I sadly do not see Cecchini playing a major roll on the Mets this year or any time in the near future. When evaluating Cecchini there are some nice numbers however the skill set he possesses does not scream “STAR!” by any stretch of the imagination. He should hit for a decent average however he has limited power, limited speed, and is doesn’t really have a good position in the field. Being a below average defender will limit his ab’s as much as his offensive limitations. He could be a productive bat off the bench if he can “wear a few more gloves” however the Mets have a variety of players that can play multiple positions on the infield.

16. Gabriel Ynoa, RHP
Age: 23 (DOB: 5/26/1993)
Ynoa was another surprise contributor for the 2016 major league squad who stepped in to pitch some meaningful innings during the stretch. While he looked comfortable in a starting roll, there is a good chance that Ynoa will end up in the bullpen in 2016. Blessed with a logjam in the rotation and a need in the bullpen, Ynoa’s experience will give him a leg up on some others in the fight for a roster spot. In the minors, Ynoa’s control was excellent however when he got on the big stage this was more than a struggle than expected. If he can get this under control, he can be a solid arm who can make some spot starts in 2017 with an eye on a starting nod down the road.

17. Luis Carpio – 2B/SS
Age: 19 (DOB: 7/11/1997)
Carpio is another injury returnee that the Mets are hoping can stay of the shelf. Carpio will most likely be one of those guys that are better in real life than in fantasy. None of his tools are above average however he is solid in every area. His power is probably his weakest link. He is a scrappy, smart, heady player that if things break properly, could be a solid infield utility man. Carpio will probably make A Brooklyn his home again this year.

18. T.J. Rivera, 2B/3B
Age: 28 (DOB: 10/27/1988)
Another surprise contributor for the 2016 Mets, River had never sniffed AAA until 2015 even though he virtually batted .300+ at every other stop he made. Rivera is the quintessential “if you work hard enough you will succeed” story after going undrafted in 2011. Rivera can clearly hit, yet without much power nor adding much speed. He can certainly be a utility guy that can play 2B, SS & 3B adequately.

19. Patrick Mazeika, C
Age: 23 (DOB: 10/14/1993)
If there is a handful of players the Mets brass would like to see take a huge step forward in 2017 Mazeika may make that short list, mainly due to the huge C need on the big club. Mazeika can flat our rake. He did so in college and has not disappointed in his first 2 years of pro ball. Mazeika followed up his .354/.451/.540 2015 with a .305/.414/.402 2016. It remains to be seen if this left handed hitter can stick behind the plate however the Mets will give him every opportunity to do so. If things break properly he could be an everyday backstop with above average .BA & .OBP however it is unknown how much power he will provide.

20. Ricardo Cespedes, OF
Age: 19 (DOB: 8/24/1997)
The Mets signed Cespedes in 2013 as a 16-year-old OF and he has progressed decently throughout the low minors over the last few years. He took a big step forward in 2016, during his 18 YO season when he raised his BA by almost 100 points to .322. The Mets will keep an eye on this developing prospect in hopes he can be a productive bat off the bench in the years to come with limited power.

21. P.J. Conlon, LHP
Age: 23 (DOB: 11/11/1993)
The Mets Minor League Pitcher of The Year, Conlon projects as your typical “crafty lefthander” who will top out his fastball in the low 90’s yet has a repertoire that includes 4 quality pitches, that he can throw for strikes. While not blessed with stellar “stuff” he just flat out gets the job done in the mold of Tom Glavine and Jamie Moyer. Blessed with excellent control If things go his way he could be a low end 3rd starter for a big league club.

Tier 4

22. Milton Ramos, SS
Age: 21 (DOB: 10/26/1995)
Ramos best tool does not translate well to fantasy (defense) however being a plus defender could eventually lead to some ab’s for the big club. While he is still developing some power there is an indication that this may be a tool that can lead to him being not only a quality defensive replacement and part time player yet someone who can add some pop to a major league team’s bench.

23. Brandon Nimmo, OF
Age: 23 (DOB: 3/27/1993)
The highly touted Nimmo, a 2011 1st round pick made his debut at Citi Field this summer and played to a somewhat respectable .274/.338/.329 slash line. While Nimmo can be a decent 4th outfielder he does not possess much power and does not project as an ML starter on a consistent basis. If he can improve slightly he would get decent ab’s off the bench and as a l ate inning defensive replacement. With the gluttony of Mets outfielders he may very well spend the majority of the season in AAA, where he can get the consistant AB’s he needs to help his development.

24. Ali Sanchez, C
Age: 19 (DOB: 1/20/1997)
Another bright young catching prospect, Sanchez’ best tool is hit hitting ability. He hit at a clip of .278 in 2015 as an 18 year old however he had a rough 2016 where he only hit .216. He is a plus defender so he will be given a lot of opportunity to find his was in 2017.

25. Jhoan Urena, 3B
Age: 22 (DOB: 9/1/1994)
When the Mets signed this sweet swinging switch hitter they envisioned a .280-.290 hitter with 10-15 hr’s/yr . In his first 3 (short) seasons he did not bat below .270 and showed some power potential. Sadly injuries derailed his 2015 and there were high hopes he would continue the upward trend. Unfortunately 2016 was not kind to Urena and he hopes to re-insert into the conversation as a future Mets 3B. This will be a big year for Urena where he will either sink or swim.

26. Phil Evans, 2B/3B/SS
Age: 24 (DOB: 9/10/1992)
Evans took a huge leap forward in 2016 while elevating to AA Binghamton where he won the Eastern League Batting title with a .335/.374/.485 clip. This firmly places Evans in the mix for a future role in the big leagues. While only hitting 8 home runs some more power could develop however if it doesn’t Evans still can forge his way into a utility role if his hit tool remains at this level. Evans should make the jump to AAA and it will be interesting to see if his .335 average follows him against higher level pitching.

27. Luis Guillorme, 2B/SS
Age: 22 (DOB: 9/27/1994)
Luis played all of 2016 at high A ball where his average dipped a bit from .318 in 2015 to .263 in 2016. There is not much power to be found however he has above average speed with leads to a decent amount of extra base hits from balls hit into the gap. Guillorme will most likely at some point try his hand at AA this year.

28. Chris Viall, RHP
Age 21 (DOB: 9/28/1995)
There is a lot to like about the future of this 6’9” 230 lb flame thrower who uses his ¾ throwing style to bring a fastball that can touch the upper 90’s. His future will most likely be in the bullpen and the Mets expect him to move quickly through the lower minors if he can get a handle on his control. Viall walked 17 batters in 20 innings last year while striking out 27. There is swing and miss potential here, if he can consistently throw strikes.

29. David Thompson, 3B
Age: 23 (DOB: 8/28/1993)
Thompson, who led all Division I players in HR & RBI in 2015 has had a nice transition into professional ball. He progressed nicely through 3 A ball stops between 2015 and 2016 while hitting 11 HR and knocking in 95 runs. Thompson should spend 2017 in AA looking to improve these numbers in full season ball.

30. Jordan Humphreys, RHP
Age: 20 (DOB: 6/11/1996)
Humphreys has progressed nicely since being drafted in the 18th round in 2015 playing at 3 different levels over that course of time. In 2016 he pitched to an aggregate 3.58 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 75 innings and should hopefully make the jump to AA at some point in 2017. Humphreys could be a solid contributor in a major league bullpen when the time is right.

31. Eudor Garcia, 3B
Age: 22 (DOB: 5/17/1994)
Garcia had his 2016 derailed by an 80 game PED suspension delaying his career path after a promising 20 & 21-year-old Rookie and A ball seasons. In 2015 he hit .296 with 9 hr and 59 rbi’s which elevated his status with the organization. When he returned last year, he hit a respectable .275 with 5 HR and 31RBI’s. Based on his age an progression, there could be a future for Garcia on a major league roster if he can avoid another suspension.

Tier 5

32. Colby Woodmansee, SS
Age: 22 (DOB: 8/27/1994)
Woodmansee is another of the many SS prospects that litter the Mets minor league system. He however is a little different than some of the others as he comes with a bigger frame (6’3”) and should eventually possess more power than some of the lighter hitting SS prospects in the organization. He will most likely try and hone his craft in A ball again this year however he may find himself, if all breaks right, in AA by the end of the year. He will need to cut down on his strikeouts if he is to make it to the major leagues at some point in his career.

33. Blake Tiberi, 3B
Age: 22 (DOB: 2/16/1995)
Tiberi was taken in the 3rd round of the 2016 MLB draft and is projected to be a left-handed power hitter. The question will be – what position will he play? He may not be suited for 3B long term. He hit well in the Cape Cod League with top level talent although he struggled a bit in Brooklyn last year while only batting .235 with a .316 SLG%.

34. Colin Holderman, RHP
Age: 22 (DOB: 10/8/1995)
Holderman is an imposing figure on the mound with his 6’5” 220 lb frame that helps his fastball reach the mid-upper 90’s to go with a plus changeup and slider. Colin was used out of the bullpen in 2016 and compiled a 3.86 ERA in 18.2 innings. He had some control issues (like many young players) and walked 11 batters while striking out 13.

35. Josh Smoker, LHP
Age: 28 (DOB: 11/26/1998)
Smoker struggled for a large part of his minor-league career however he got an opportunity at 27 to pitch out of the Mets bullpen. With mixed results, he was able to strike out 25 batters over 15 innings pitched. A swing and miss fastball in the upper 90’s is his greatest weapon and he consistently has had a high strikeout rate throughout his minor-league career. He will have an opportunity to pitch again out of the NY bullpen during the 2017 season and if he sticks with the major-league club could be a good source of holds and strikeouts. Smoker could end up being the left-handed specialist the Mets are looking for.

36. Chris Flexen – RHP
Age: 22 (DOB: 7/1/1994)
A young pitcher who was protected in the Rule 5 draft, Flexen is a 6’3” RHP who had some success in high A ball where he had a 3.56 ERA to go with a 1.31 WHIP in 134 IP. Flexen was a 14th round pick in 2011 and jumped onto the scene in 2013 with a 2.09 ERA however he missed part of the 2014 and 2015 seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.

37. Nabil Crismatt, RHP
Age: 22 (DOB: 12/25/1994)
Crismatt reached AA this year for 1 start, which he performed well in giving up only 1 run in 6 innings while striking out 7. He dominated A ball where he pitched to a 1.88 ERA and struck out 32 in 28 IP. Crismatt will return to AA this year in Binghamton.

38. David Roseboom, LHP
Age: 24 (DOB: 5/17/1992)
Roseboom became the de-facto closer closer for AA Binghamton when Akeel Morris was traded to the Braves. He sits in the low 90’s with his fastball and possesses a decent changeup and slider. While he does not possess a typical closers repertoire, he was successful with a 1.87 ERA and 14 saves. He will hopefully continue his rise through the ranks at AAA in 2017.

39. Harol Gonzalez, RHP
Age: 21 (DOB: 3/21/1995)
Gonzalez will pitch in full season A ball this year after a successful 2016 in short season A ball where he pitched to a 2.01 ERA in 85 innings while striking out 88 and finishing the year with a stellar 1.01 WHIP.

40. Kevin Kaczmarski, OF
Age: 25 (DOB: 12/31/1991)
Kaczmarski will head to A ball in 2017 after 3 stops in 2016. Over the last 2 years he has hit at a .309/.381/.451 clip and will be looking to improve his power numbers after a successful college career at the University of Evansville.

41. Austin McGeorge, RHP

Age: 22 (DOB: 11/27/1994)
McGeorge, a 2016 draft pick, pounds the zone with fastball and heavy slider. While his fastball will only touch the low 90’s his slider is his main out pitch and one that could land McGeorge a productive roll in the bullpen for years to come.

42. Placido Torres, LHP
Age: 23 (DOB: 5/17/1993)
Torres absolutely dominated Division II competition before being drafted by the Mets in 2016 where he had a respectable 3.38 ERA in 13 games out of the bullpen while accumulating 26 strikeouts in 18.2 IP. It is undetermined if Torres will continue to pitch out of the bullpen or return to a starting role, where the 4 pitches he possesses can be used more advantageously.

43. Gene Cone, OF
Age: 22 (DOB: 9/21/1994)
Another College draftee from the 2016 Mets draft class, Cone broke out at South Carolina in 2016 by hitting .356/.468/.489 in 52 games. Cone screams “professional hitter” while none of his offensive tools stand out. He has a good batting eye and rarely chases pitches he doesn’t like. Cone struggled in Brooklyn and only hit .227 and will try to improve those statistics again this year at Brooklyn.

44. Michael Paez, SS/2B
Age: 21 DOB: 12/8/1995
A 4th round pick in 2016, Paez hit only .190 in  ball. He will most likely repeat that level looking to re-establish himself. A solid defender, Paez will certainly need to hit more than he did in 2016 to make that happen after re-tooling is swing before his final year of college.

45. Jeff McNeil, 2B
Age: 24 (DOB: 4/8/1992)
McNeil has advanced as far as AA and has hit at a .304/.375/.391 clip. He has a good hit tool and a good eye however he lacks power. McNeil should spend most of the season in AA with an outside chance of a late season AAA call up.

46. Logan Taylor, RHP
Age: 25 (DOB: 12/13/1991)
Taylor has progressed steadily over his 5-year minor league career accumulating a 3.26 ERA with 306 strikeouts and 306 hits given up in 336.2 total innings pitched. He has split those innings in the bullpen and the starting rotation however it seems like a permanent move to the bullpen has occurred after only 5 starts in 44 appearances after 22 starts (in 24 appearances) in 2015. He pitched effectively and saw an uptick in his k rate striking out 99 in 85.2 IP.

47. Champ Stuart, OF
Age: 24 (DOB: 11/11/1992)
Stuart has something that the Mets lack organizationally: speed. Stuart stole 40 total bases between A & AA last year and should spend the majority of 2017 back in AA. He is a good outfielder and can cover a lot of ground. Even though he is only 6’0,” 185 lbs he did hit 8 home runs as well.

48. Carlos Sanchez, 1B
Age: 20 (DOB: 6/6/1996)
Sanchez hit at a clip of .317/.382/.444 in rookie ball. He should make the jump to A ball this year and the Mets hope some power will develop for this raw prospect.

49. Raul Beracierta, OF
Age: 17 (DOB: 5/24/1999)
Beracierta hit .327/.397/.403 combined with 1 hr, 3 triples and 7 doubles in the Dominican Summer League during his 1st pro season. The Mets however have high hopes for this young and raw outfielder with great athleticism.

50. Sixto Torres, RHP
Age: 20 (DOB: 3/31/1996)
Torres was a 17th round draft pick in 2015 however he has pitched above that in his first few professional seasons. His career ERA of  2.50 with and a respectable 63 k’s in 68 innings over 2 years in rookie ball have the Mets hoping he could be a productive bullpen arm in the future however he will need to work on his control after walking 32 batters in those 68 innings.


    • Hi Robert,

      Thanks for the question. I considered him heavily and he full just outside of my top 50 mainly due to the fact he hasn’t thrown 1 professional pitch yet. I found it hard to evaluate him based on high school statistics. After he decided to sign, and the Mets shut him down it became tough to place him here.

      Hopefully he makes his way on here during the season.

      Do you feel otherwise and if so, where would you put him?

      • I respect your decision to leave Planck off, I just noticed you had guys like Greg Guerrero and Andres Gimenez pretty high even though they only have DSL stats to their name so far. I have Planck in the 20’s.

    • Hi Mick,

      Thanks so much for catching this. When combining 2 documents I completely messed something up and used the wrong name and information. Totally missed it when checking everything over.

      This correct information for #44 will be placed up shortly.

      Thanks so much.

      Any other thoughts on the list?

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