The Mets may have one of the most underrated farm systems around baseball. Most of the teams with strong farms are teams that have “sold” their players.
For example, the Yankees are regarded as one of the top farms at the moment. The Yankees traded Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, and Carlos Beltran at the 2016 trade deadline. The were able to receive several impressive prospects. The Yankees acquired Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier, two of the top prospects in baseball.
The Mets are also assumed to have a mediocre farm because most of their top talent are already in the major leagues. Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are 24 and 25 years old, respectively. The two were regarded as among the top pitching prospects in the game. However, both players lost their prospect status due to their time in the major leagues in 2015. Michael Conforto was regarded as one of the top position player prospects, however, he also lost prospect status in 2015.
The Mets farm has also been depleted at the past two trade deadlines. In 2015 the Mets traded away an extraordinary amount of pitchers. In the span of two weeks, the Mets traded away minor league pitchers John Gant, Rob Whalen, Casey Meisner, and Michael Fulmer. The Mets also traded away second base prospect Dilson Herrera for Jay Bruce at the 2016 deadline.
Despite being buyers at the past two deadlines and having young talent in the big leagues, the Mets have several impressive minor league pieces.
Justin Dunn was the Mets’ first pick in the 2016 draft, 19th overall in the draft. Justin Dunn is just 21 years old and pitched at Boston College. Although he has a slim build, he throws extremely hard. Although it is early, Dunn looks like another potential power arm for the starting rotation.
In only 13 games in Brooklyn (A-) Dunn had a 1.50 ERA and 35 strikeouts through 30 innings.
Keith Law of ESPN ranked Dunn the number 84 on his 2016 top prospects list.
Thomas Szapucki was drafted by the Mets in the 2015 draft. As a 5th round pick out of high school, little was known of what to expect from Szapucki.
In 2016, Szapucki demonstrated how high potential is. In only 52 innings, Szapucki had 86 strikeouts and a 1.38 ERA. Although Szapucki is currently at the bottom of the minor leagues, his strikeout potential makes him an extremely promising prospect.
Szapucki placed at number 60 on Law’s top prospects list. Considering he was a 5th round pick, it is Szapucki has clearly defied some odds and gotten noticed.
Many Mets fans remember Robert Gsellman‘s heroics in the 2016 playoff push. Gsellman replaced the injured Jacob DeGrom (including his hair) and exceeded expectations. Gsellman pitched 44 innings with a 2.42 ERA and 42 strikeouts.
Despite his major league experience, Gsellman is still considered a prospect since he did not reach 50 innings pitched. Gsellman looks to be a major contributor to the Mets rotation. He should serve as depth and a candidate for the 5th starter position in 2017.
Gsellman ranked number 76 on Law’s prospect list.
Dominic Smith is a first base prospect drafted out of high school in the 2013 draft. It feels as though Smith has been a prospect in the farm forever. However, Smith is still only 21 years old and looks to potentially break into the majors this year.
In 2016, Smith spent time in the Mets’ AA affiliate. Smith has long been considered a great hitter and defensive 1st basement. The real concern in Smith’s lack of power considering his large size and position at first base. A worst case scenario for Smith is that he becomes as useful as James Loney.
However, Smith’s power seems to be coming along. In 130 games, Smith batted .302/.367/.457 with 14 home runs and 91 RBIs. Smith looks to start the year at triple-A and potentially break into the show in September.
Law ranked Dominic Smith at number 29 on his top prospects list.
Amed Rosario is by far the Mets most promising prospect. The Mets signed Rosario out of the Dominican Republic in 2012 for $1.75 million. The young shortstop has impressed in every major league level.
Rosario put together an extremely impressive 2016. He spent his time playing in the Mets’ high A and AA affiliates. In AA Rosario batted .341/.392/.481. Rosario looks to be a future table-setter.
Rosario is the most exciting shortstop prospect the Mets have had since another Dominican-born player, Jose Reyes. While Reyes playing in the minors to get back to major-league condition, he actually played with Amed Rosario in AA. Reyes spoke extremely highly of Rosario based off his brief time playing with him.
Young shortstops have been a new trend in baseball. Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa are among young shortstops who have become superstars. The Mets have reason to believe they have a potential superstar in Rosario.
Rosario looks to start the year in AAA and potentially make his major-league debut in September.
Amed Rosario was atop Keith Law’s prospects list. He is ranked by Law as the third best prospect in all of baseball.
Although most of the Mets major-league talent is still young, the Mets still have a number of high-potential players in the minors.