On Sunday, MLB.com released its midseason Top 100 Prospects List and today, I will review their top five New York Mets prospects.

1. Noah Syndergaard, RHP- “Thor” is the clear-cut choice to be the Mets top prospect by just about all thor prospect reviews and I emphatically agree. Veteran general manager Sandy Alderson came into New York with the intention of taking the Mets and turning them completely around, and that includes the farm system which had been lacking for a long time before Alderson took over control of the Metropolitans. Syndergaard was acquired in December of 2012 in the now-infamous trade of then-Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, along with Travis d’Arnaud and rookie-baller Wuilmer Buccera. Thor has had a tough time adjusting to the Mets AAA farm team, the Las Vegas 51’s. This season in Las Vegas, Syndergaard is 8-5 with a 5.16 ERA, 100 K’s and 31 BB’s in 96 innings. He is a classic power pitcher with a good fastball that consistently touches 98 MPH and provides good control as well, posting a 4.75 K-to-BB ratio. His name has come up in various trade rumors over the last month, but the Mets still have no real interest in dealing him. He was expected to follow the same route as Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler, both of who struggled in Vegas, and be promoted mid-year. However, due to the strength of the rotation following the emergence of Jacob deGrom, it might take an injury to the current starters, or a trade of Bartolo Colon, and even then, he is on an innings limit of approximately 170 and is currently at 117.

2. Kevin Plawecki, Catcher- It seems a mantra of the Alderson-haters has been that the majority of the Mets current players are from the former general manager, meaning plawecki_vvofmht6_hv0jf0thAlderson hasn’t had an impact on the Major League roster. Well, the next four players look to change that thinking, as they are all Alderson draft picks, with Plawecki coming in Sandy’s second draft. Plawecki was the 2012 Big Ten Player Of The Year, and impressed in his first professional season in the Mets organization, enough to begin 2014 with AA-Binghamton and batted .326 in 224 AB’s; he had 73 hits in 58 games, including 18 doubles, six home runs and 43 RBI’s. However, in his 16 games in Las Vegas this season, he’s struggled in the early going, batting .255 with 13 hits, two home runs, and 12 RBI’s. Plawecki is a solid defensive catcher too, with an average arm. However, in terms of his defense, Plawecki has continued to make impressive strides in his game-calling behind the plate. Kevin Plawecki is a solid backup plan in case Travis D’Arnaud (considered the future at catcher for the Mets) doesn’t pan out. Scouts have said that they see a switch to first base in his future, as they don’t think he can withstand that strenuous amount of catching, like most catchers don’t. Plawecki, like Syndergaard can make a case for seeing a call up to the Mets in the late stages of summer if he continues to hit the ball. He has also been mentioned in trade rumors as a possible piece once d’Arnaud has a lock on the major league catcher position, with the D’Backs, Rockies, and Mariners among others having interest.

3. Brandon Nimmo, Outfielder- Sandy’s first draft pick as Met GM, drafted out of high school, has developed nicely for team so far but still has a way to go. Nimmo is alg-brandon-nimmo-bp-jpgcurrently playing centerfield in Binghamton after beginning the season in St Lucie, where he batted .322 with 73 hits in 227 AB’s. He had nine double, five triples, four home runs and 25 RBI. Since being called up to Binghamton however, he has struggled, batting just over .210 in 126 AB’s. The young outfielder only has 27 hits through 35 games. Nimmo grew up in a town without a high school baseball team, yet was considered one of the two best offensive prospects in the class, along with Bubba Starling, who is still in low-A ball. While he is a good line drive hitter, he struggles at times to make contact and has a bit of a long swing which causes him to strikeout quite a bit in the early stages of his pro career. He still needs seasoning but with the raw tools that he has, if he continues his development he has the chance to become a solid everyday Major League player.

4. Michael Conforto, Outfielder- Conforto was considered the best offensive college player in this season’s First Year Player Draft, and was selected by the Mets with the 10th confoverall pick. He was the 2013 Pac-12 Player Of The Year. He is mostly known for his power on the left side of the plate, which scouts predict could be his greatest asset and produce 20+ home runs a season. He has played in 11 games so far for the Brooklyn Cyclones and has hit safely in 10 straight games in the early stages of his pro-career. He is currently batting .366 with five doubles and four RBI. Conforto seems to be the big bat that the Mets have been missing for quite some time, but scouts predict that he won’t hit for a high average because he is too compelled to swing and miss at some pitches. Also, he is decently athletic but the thought is that he will not be very versatile as he has a weak arm and isn’t the sturdiest of players when it comes to outfield defense. The rumor was that the Mets were hoping to fast-track Conforto, and they still may, depending on how fast he is promoted to the next level, which is single-A Savannah. More than likely, Conforto is at least two years away from the show.

5. Dominic Smith, First Baseman: Smith is currently playing for Savannah, drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft with the 11th overall pick, dominic-smithstraight out of high school. He has all the tools to hit for power and average, and is seen as the future of the Mets at first base, after the failed experiment of Ike Davis. Smith can also be a solid defensive first baseman, and has shown that with his good play in Savannah this season. In 100 games for Savannah this season, he has had 368 AB’s, with 106 Hits, 21 doubles, 32 RBI’s, and 38 BB’s, while hitting .288, but with no home runs, due to his still-to-develop power tool not working in the vast Sand Gnats home ball park, considered one of the largest in that league. The Mets will play it safe with Smith, as they have Lucas Duda patrolling first base and aren’t in a rush to push him aside. Smith will have the opportunity to develop slowly and correctly and the Mets are willing to wait for him.

The other names on the top 10 to look for, and sooner, are #6 P Rafael Montero, #8 2B Dilson Herrera, and #9 P Steven Matz. Montero has dropped in ranking due to his poor showing in the majors and subsequent injury, Herrera and Matz were both All Stars for single-A St Lucie and promoted to double-A, with Herrera validating last year’s Marlon Byrd trade and Matz, the lefty, looking like he could be an ace as he continues to show that he was worth the wait, after missing his first two years in the system after Tommy John surgery.

Some of them may be traded, some won’t, yet all show that the Mets future looks brighter every day.

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