2018 New York Mets Top 10 Prospects

Mets Top 10 Prospects
1. Andres Gimenez, SS
2. David Peterson, LHP
3. Justin Dunn, RHP
4. Pete Alonso, 1B
5. Thomas Szapucki, LHP
6. Mark Vientos, SS/3B
7. Marcos Molina, RHP
8. Desmond Lindsay, OF
9. Chris Flexen, RHP
10. Luis Guillorme, 2B/SS

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We kick off division-by-division Top 10 Prospects rankings this year with the National League East. For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: SS Amed Rosario (1), 1B Dominic Smith (2) and OF Brandon Nimmo (5) finished the season as regulars, while RHP Robert Gsellman (7) logged 120 innings.

Trending: 🔻Down following myriad graduations.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

STRENGTHS: The Mets used recent first-round picks on college lefthanders Anthony Kay and David Peterson, who pair with Thomas Szapucki to give the club southpaw depth they haven't seen in years. The Mets' international program continues to funnel prospects through the system, particularly projectable Latin American shortstops like Andres Gimenez, Ronny Mauricio and Sebastian Espino.

WEAKNESSES: After graduating the likes of Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Amed Rosario and Noah Syndergaard (and trading Michael Fulmer) in the past three years, the system lacks blue-chip prospects. In particular, the Mets are short on power bats (aside from Pete Alonso) and top-of-the-rotation-type arms.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for AverageAndres Gimenez.
🔸Best Power HitterPete Alonso.
🔸Best Strike-Zone DisciplineDesmond Lindsay.
🔸Fastest BaserunnerChamp Stuart.
🔸Best Athlete: Desmond Lindsay.
🔸Best FastballTy Bashlor.
🔸Best CurveballChris Flexen.
🔸Best SliderThomas Szapucki.
🔸Best ChangeupAdonis Uceta.
🔸Best Control: Jordan Humphreys.
🔸Best Defensive CatcherAli Sanchez.
🔸Best Defensive INFLuis Guillorme.
🔸Best INF ArmAndres Gimenez.
🔸Best Defensive OFDesmond Lindsay.
🔸Best OF ArmWagner Lagrange.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Kevin Plawecki (30)
🔸1B Dominic Smith (26)
🔸2B Andres Gimenez (22)
🔸3B Wilmer Flores (29)
🔸SS Amed Rosario (25)
🔸LF Brandon Nimmo (28)
🔸CF Juan Lagares (32)
🔸RF Michael Conforto (28)
🔸SP Jacob deGrom (33)
🔸SP Noah Syndergaard (28)
🔸SP Steven Matz (30)
🔸SP David Peterson (25)
🔸SP Robert Gsellman (27)
🔸CL Justin Dunn (25)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: OF Fernando Martinez (Did not play) WAR: -1.4
🔸2009: OF Fernando Martinez (Did not play) | WAR: **
🔸2010: RHPJenrry Mejia (Permanently suspended) | WAR: 0.7
🔸2011: RHP Jenrry Mejia (Permanently suspended) | WAR: **
🔸2012: RHP Zack Wheeler (Mets) | WAR: 2.1
🔸2013: RHP Zack Wheeler (Mets) | WAR: **
🔸2014: RHP Noah Syndergaard (Mets) | WAR: 9.3
🔸2015: RHP Noah Syndergaard (Mets) | WAR: **
🔸2016: LHP Steven Matz (Mets) | WAR: 4.0
🔸2017: SS Amed Rosario (Mets) | WAR: 0.2

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 1B Ike Davis (Dodgers) | WAR: 4.9
🔸2009: LHP Steven Matz (Mets) | WAR: 4.0
🔸2010: RHP Matt Harvey (Mets) | WAR: 9.9
🔸2011: OF Brandon Nimmo (Mets) | WAR: 1.0
🔸2012: SS Gavin Cecchini (Mets) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: 1B Dominic Smith (Mets) | WAR: -1.2
🔸2014: OF Michael Conforto (Mets) | WAR: 6.0
🔸2015: OF Desmond Lindsay (Mets) | WAR: Top 10
🔸2016: RHP Justin Dunn (Mets) | WAR: Top 10
🔸2017: LHP David Peterson (Mets) | WAR: Top 10


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