There is a lot of excitement buzzing around the 2017 Mets if they are able to stay healthy throughout the entire season. Last season the team won 87 games in a year where they saw Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, David Wright and others to season-ending injuries. They have not added anybody this offseason from outside of the organization but there are plenty of internal option that will help this team in 2017 and beyond.
On Friday, ESPN.com’s Keith Law released his list of the top 100 prospects and five players made the cut. Overall, Law ranked the Mets with the 7th best farm system in the majors. The top 2 prospects SS Amed Rosario (3rd overall in Law’s rankings) and 1B Dominic Smith (29th) both finished the 2016 season in Double-A Binghamton. Both look primed to take Triple-A starting jobs once spring training concludes.It seems likely Rosario would be in line to get a crack at the major league Shortstop spot if
It seems likely Rosario would be in line to get a crack at the major league Shortstop spot if Asdrubal Cabrera goes down with injury. Rosario hit .324 between Single A and Double A with 5 home runs and 71 RBI in 120 total games. Dominic Smith should be able to push Lucas Duda to the limit because if Duda falters again Smith could take some at-bats away from him. Smith, on the other hand, played his entire season in Binghamton batting .302 with 14 home runs and 91 RBI in 130 games. Both have big-time potential and could make an impact in 2017 and if not definitely in 2018.
Thomas Szapucki (60th), Robert Gsellman (76th) and Justin Dunn (84th), all of whom are Right Handed Pitchers, also made the top 100 list. Szapucki and Dunn are farther away from the big leagues than Rosario and Smith as neither reached higher than Single-A Brooklyn last season. Szapucki, a 2015 5th round pick and Dunn, a 2016 1st round pick figure to advance on to Single-A St. Lucie by midseason at the latest. Gsellman is the only player on this list who made a major league contribution to the organization as he posted a 4-2 record with a 2.42 ERA in 8 appearances (7 starts). He figures to battle for the 5th spot in the rotation with Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler in camp.
Even though the like of Harvey, deGrom, Matz and Noah Syndergaard have graduated from the prospects ranks, it seems as those the pipeline continues to flow with pitching depth which makes the Mets set up for years to come. These prospects will be given time to develop while the pitchers are the big league level are still under team control. The other alternative is that General Manager Sandy Alderson could use those as trade chips to land a major need around the July 31 trade deadline.
While the Mets may a team in win-now mode, they certainly seem to be set up for a big window of success past 2017. Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco seem to have the right people in charge to handle drafting and development to get the prospects up to the show. Not every prospect ends up panning out but they can certainly bring a fan base a whole lot of excitement as they progress through the organization.