Baseball America 2018 Top 10 Mets Prospects

By Mets Daddy

October 25, 2017 3 Comments

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Baseball America has published their list of the top 10 prospects in the Mets farm system.  Perusing this list, you will notice notable Mets like Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Brandon Nimmo, and Robert Gsellman are not included as they no longer qualify for Baseball America’s list.  This means the new top 10 prospects in the Mets farm system are:

#1 SS Andres Gimenez

Age: 9/4/98 (19)
Acquired:
Signed as an IFA in 2015 for $1.2 MM bonus
Level: Columbia
Stats: 92 G, 399 PA, 347 AB, 50 R, 92 H, 9 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 31 RBI, 14 SB, 8 CS, .265/.346/.349
MMN Rank: 3

#2 LHP David Peterson

Age: 9/3/95 (21)
Acquired:
2017 First Round Draft Pick (20th overall) from the University of Oregon
Level:
Brooklyn
Stats:
0-0, 2.45 ERA, 3 G, 3 GS, 3.2 IP, 6 K, 1.364 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, 14.7 K/9
MMN Rank: 5

#3 RHP Justin Dunn

Age: 9/22/1995 (21)
Acquired:
Drafted by the Mets in the 1st Round of the 2016 MLB Draft (19th overall)
Level:
St. Lucie
Stats:
5-6, 5.00 ERA, 20 G, 16 GS, 95.1 IP, 75 K, 1.563 WHIP, 4.5 BB/9, 7.1 K/9
MMN Rank: 7

#4 1B Peter Alonso

Age: 12/7/94 (22)
Acquired:
Drafted in Round 2 (#64) in 2016 from University of Florida
Level:
St. Lucie & Binghamton
Stats:
93 G, 393 PA, 353 AB, 52 R, 102 H, 27 2B, 3B, 18 HR, 63 RBI, 3 SB, 4 CS, .289/.359/.524
MMN Rank: 9

#5 LHP Thomas Szapucki

Age: 6/12/1996 (21)
Acquired:
Drafted by the Mets in the 5th Round of the 2015 MLB Draft (149th overall pick)
Level:
Columbia
Stats:
1-2, 2.79 ERA, 6 G, 6 GS, 29.0 IP, 1.172 WHIP, 8.4 K/9
MMN Rank: 6

#6 SS/3B Mark Vientos

Age: 12/11/99 (17)
Acquired:
2017 second round draft pick from American Heritage High School (Plantation, FL)
Level:
Gulf Coast & Kingsport
Stats:
51 G, 211 PA, 191 AB, 23 R, 50 H, 14 2B, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 2 CS, .262/.318/.398
MMN Rank: 10

#7 RHP Marcos Molina

Age: 3/8/95 (21)
Acquired:
Signed as International Free Agent for $100,000 (January 2012)
Level:
St. Lucie & Binghamton
Stats:
5-10, 3.21 ERA, 18 G, 17 GS, 2 CG, 106.2 IP, 86 K, 1.125 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, 7.3 K/9
MMN Rank: 17

#8 OF Desmond Lindsay

Age: 1/15/1997 (19)
Acquired:
Selected in the second round (53 overall) of the Amateur Draft (Out-of-Door Academy, Sarasota, Fl.)
Level:
Columbia
Stats:
65 G, 251 PA, 214 AB, 40 R, 47 H, 10 2B, 3B, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 4 SB, 2 CS, .220/.327/.388
MMN Rank: 11

#9 RHP Chris Flexen

Age: 7/1/94 (22)
Acquired:
Drafted in 2012 (14th round) from Memorial HS in Newark, California
Level:
St. Lucie, Binghamton, MLB
MiLB Stats:
6-1, 1.76 ERA, 10 G, 10 GS, 2 CG, SHO, 61.1 IP, 63 K, 0.815 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9, 9.2 K/9
MLB Stats:
3-6, 7,88 ERA, 9 G, 48.0 IP, 36 K, 2.o21 WHIP, 6.6 BB/9, 6.8 K/9
MMN Rank: 4

#10 MI Luis Guillorme

Age: 9/27/1994 (22)
Acquired:
10th round of the 2013 Draft from Coral Springs (Fla.) Charter High School
Level:
Binghamton
Stats:
128 G, 558 PA, 481 AB, 70 R, 136 H, 20 2B, HR, 43 RBI, 4 SB, 3 CS, .285/.376/.331
MMN Rank: 13

Where there is a disparity between the MMN and Baseball America rankings three things should be noted.  First and foremost, the MMN list was compiled mid-season when players like Rosario and Smith were still eligible.  Another consideration is players could have performed better or made changes in the second half of the season which could have impacted their ranking.  Finally, not everyone’s rankings are going to look the same.

Baseball America does believe the Mets strengths as a system lies in their left-handed pitching with prospects like Peterson, Szapucki, and 2016 first round pick Anthony Kay.  This is a strength this organization has not had in quite some time, if ever.  Another notable strength is their international system which has seen Rosario reach the majors and has seen Gimenez replace him as the top prospect in the system.

While Baseball America terms it differently, to put it more succinctly, this organization lacks upside.  Aside from Alonso, there are no real power threats.  Even with the five pitchers in the top 10, none are considered to be aces.

Overall, Baseball American notes the Mets farm system is trending downwards which is due in large part of the promotions of their players.  This includes not just Rosario, but also players like Michael Conforto who have also recently graduated.