On Friday, January 29th, MLB.com announced the Top 100 prospects for this upcoming season. The Mets managed to get four up-and-coming prospects onto the list.
Left-handed pitcher and Long Island native Steven Matz made the list last year and sees his name on this year’s as well.
All four of the prospects have been making their mark heard from the time they hit the field to now representing the Mets on this prestigious list.
Matz, 24, grew up wanting to become a Met and saw that dream become a reality on June 28th when he got his first start in the big leagues against the Cincinnati Reds.
A solid outing led to Matz staying with the team throughout the season and into the post-season, when he started Game 4 of the World Series against the Royals in only his ninth start as a Major Leaguer.
Matz still is qualified as a prospect, but he will open the season in the rotation being one of many deadly pitchers you don’t want to face when the game is on the line.
20-year-old first baseman Dominic Smith was taken in the first round of the 2013 Amateur Draft.
The six-foot, 185 pound first baseman decided to pass on a commitment to Southern California to become a professional in the Mets organization.
After two full seasons of Rookie Ball, Smith found himself on the Low A Savannah Sand Gnats; this resulted in his best season as a professional, leading to him getting the bump-up to High A, Port St. Lucie. There, Smith lived up to the first rounder hype that had been surrounding him, earning Most Valuable Player for the Florida State League.
Smith is projected to start the season on the Double-A roster, but look for a fast promotion to Triple-A if he continues to swing the hot stick.
The New York Mets have been in search of an everyday shortstop since the departure of Jose Reyes in 2012.
Ruben Tejada played a majority of shortstop during the 2015 season, but if Tejada’s hitting never comes around, the Mets might need to look for a replacement from within.
Both Amed Rosario and Gavin Cecchini are very talented young prospects that have been tearing up the minors and should see their shot at the majors come in the near future.
Cecchini was the Mets first-round pick in the 2012 draft.
Born in Louisiana, Cecchini was ranked as the No. 1 player in the state along with being ranked as the best middle infielder in the nation according to Perfect Game.
Since passing on Ole Miss, Cecchini has managed to climb from Rookie Ball to Double-A, where he posted the best average of his professional career at .317.
Cecchini has made significant strides since his first season with the Cyclones, and it wont be long uNeil he is making a difference with the club at the Major League level.
Amed Rosario has had a much different rise than the other guys who made the list.
Rosario, a product of the Dominican Republic, was signed by the Mets back in 2012 when he was just 17 years old. Since then, Rosario has risen from Rookie Ball to finishing on the Double-A roster at the end of last season.
Rosario isn’t the type of shortstop you can put anywhere in the lineup and expect to make a significant difference; however, Rosario has a greater upside than any of the other guys on the list with steady increases over his first 3 years. He has the potential to turn into a good prospect with good trade value if the Mets decide to go a different direction at the shortstop position.
On last year’s prospect list, the Mets had 5 players:
Syndergaard, Plawecki, and Conforto lost their prospect status, and Nimmo fell off the list. Conforto and Syndergaard made great strides this past season and was key to the Mets run through the playoffs.
With these new young prospects gaining experience and talent as they climb through the minor league system, it wont be long until they are making more headlines and hopefully leading the Mets to more playoff appearances.