If you watched yesterday’s Mets versus Reds game on SNY, you probably heard what Sandy Alderson had to say about some of the top prospects in the Mets organization — namely Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud and Rafael Montero.
Zack Wheeler: The Mets top prospect is back on-track to pitch every five days beginning today for the Las Vegas 51s. He added that if Wheeler has two or three more good starts, he will be considered for a promotion. When asked if there was anything that will keep Wheeler from being promoted he said, “as long as he’s healthy, he’ll be promoted.”
Travis d’Arnaud: He expects that as long as he he returns from the broken foot, he will be with the Mets at some point this season. However, Alderson added that d’Arnaud might not begin playing at Triple-A again until July 1, and he needs to get more minor league games under his belt. “He’s only played in ten or fifteen games over the last year. It’s going to take some time to get back into game shape. Ultimately we need to get him some playing time.”
Rafael Montero: Alderson said that Montero will return to Double-A Binghamton, but expects him to be back with Triple-A Las Vegas mid-season. He sees no reason why Montero cant be in the big leagues before the end of the year.
These three guys will be integral pieces to the 2014 puzzle. It is very wise to get them some extended time this season at the big league level so that they can adjust, and then hit the ground running in 2014.
If you notice, Alderson did not allude to any Super Two implications surrounding any of the prospects, but you have to assume that the Mets will wait until they are in the clear at this point. Calling up any of these guys right away doesn’t make the Mets contenders in 2013, although having a younger and hungrier nucleus of guys on the team could be beneficial.
There is some dead weight up at Triple-A that is blocking Montero’s promotion at this point, and the Mets have to realize that they might have to cut some of that dead weight, rather than stunt Montero’s growth — he has nothing more to prove at Double-A. Get Montero ten starts in Triple-A, and then get him to Queens.
Another name that will be in the 2014 mix is Noah Syndergaard. His promotion to Double-A is imminent, as he has been plowing through Single-A hitters. Once Montero gets called to Las Vegas, Syndergaard will move up to replace him. Syndergaard will then be in position to start 2014 with Triple-A and get himself ready for a mid-season call up. That would make the 2014 rotation consist of Matt Harvey, Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, and Noah Syndergaard…Nice!
Harvey + Niese + Wheeler + Montero + Syndergaard = Happy Mets Fans