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Meet Mets’ Thor, god of thunder

If you haven’t yet, check out my profile on Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard. Here are a couple of expanded anecdotes that didn’t make it into the story:


Mets vice president of amateur scouting Paul DePodesta:

“I think Roy Smith put it really, really well when we were in talks with Toronto to trade for him a year and a half ago. Roy said you just don’t see that many guys that size at that age with that stuff with that command. That combination of four things, you just don’t see very often. You might see two of the four, you might see three of the four, but to see all four things in that package is really rare. That’s not typical. And it’s different even in some of the guys, the big, strong right-handed power pitchers who have come out of there didn’t have all of those elements.”

Syndergaard’s high school coach, David Walden:

“I really don’t know what happened, but about halfway through his senior year he jumped from probably 82 miles per hour to 87, 88, and we don’t know why he finally started cutting it loose or why he was holding it back or what. We don’t know. And then it started getting warm and we got into the playoffs, and all of the sudden he starts throwing the ball hitting 92, 93, stuff like that and just blowing hitters away. He really wasn’t even throwing a breaking pitch or a changeup, he was just blowing hitters away with his fastball. And then we got through another round or two and all of the sudden he started hitting 95, and all of the sudden there are scouts all over the place. The last pitch that he threw in high school was in the seventh inning, he had just given up a no-hitter on a flare with two outs in the fourth round of the playoffs here in Texas, and his last pitch was 97. … It was just crazy around here until the draft with all these people. He went from a guy who really didn’t even know if he wanted to pitch to, in the course of four months, a first-round pick.”

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Six Mets land on industry top prospect lists (updated)

The last of the baseball industry’s four most well-known Top 100 Prospect lists is in the books. Baseball America released its list tonight, with four Mets on it. (You may recall that the Mets scored three names on’s 2014 Prospect Watch, released earlier this month.)

Six Mets prospects appeared on at least one of the industry’s four major lists, with two of them — Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud (below) — appearing on all four. Below is a table breaking down how each prospect fared, including their average ranks. (For simplicity’s sake, I inserted a rank of 101 for lists that did not include a certain player).

The lists came from, ESPN, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America.


Name Prospectus B. America Average
Noah Syndergaard 11 24 11 16 15.5
Travis d’Arnaud 22 36 48 38 36.0
Rafael Montero 85 60 N/A 68 78.5
Dominic Smith N/A 37 N/A 92 82.8
Wilmer Flores N/A N/A 71 N/A 93.5
Brandon Nimmo N/A 92 N/A N/A 98.8

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/17

Today was the first official workout for Mets pitchers and catchers. Lots happened today, including Jeff Wilpon’s Q&A with


What we learned: Not long after the Mets seemed to tab Jenrry Mejia a starting pitcher for good, manager Terry Collins said that Mejia could make the team out of the bullpen. … Noah Syndergaard is a large, large human.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“We had to use our money to sign a few guys. We don’t have any bats, we don’t have any balls, we don’t have any lights. But we do have players.” –Collins, after a light in the Mets’ press conference room proved non-operational.

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Six Mets land on industry top prospect lists

Prospect season is upon us. In the wake of’s Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis releasing their 2014 MLB Prospect Watch last week, Baseball Prospectus and ESPN have released their own Top 100 lists. (Baseball America typically releases its Top 100 list in late February.)

Six Mets prospects appeared on at least one of those lists, with three of them — led by Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud (below) — appearing on multiple lists. Below is a table breaking down how each prospect fared, including their average ranks. (For simplicity’s sake, I inserted a rank of 101 for lists that did not include a certain player).


Name ESPN Baseball Prospectus Average
Noah Syndergaard 11 24 11 15.3
Travis d’Arnaud 22 36 48 35.3
Dominic Smith N/A 37 N/A 79.7
Rafael Montero 85 60 N/A 82.0
Wilmer Flores N/A N/A 71 91.0
Brandon Nimmo N/A 92 N/A 98.0

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The scene: Noah Syndergaard’s first bullpen with the Mets

Top prospect Noah Syndergaard made his debut on Tradition Field’s back mounds Sunday, throwing his first bullpen session since the Mets traded R.A. Dickey to acquire him in a seven-player megadeal.

His parents, not surprisingly two of his biggest fans, were on hand to watch.

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Mets invite 42 prospects to STEP camp

The Mets run an early camp for minor leaguers each year, typically inviting all of their elite prospects who are not in Major League camp. The program helps acclimate players to life as a professional on and off the field.

This year’s list (with ages in parentheses):

Bowman, Matt (22)
Cessa, Luis (21)
Degrom, Jacob (24)
Diaz, Miller (20)
Fulmer, Michael (20)
Goeddel, Erik (24)
Huchingson, Chase (24)
Koch, Matt (22)
Kuebler, Jake (23)
Lara, Rainy (22)
Mateo, Luis (23)
Matz, Stephen (22)
Panteliodis, Alex (23)
Peavey, Greg (24)
Pill, Tyler (23)
Schwinden, Chris (26)
Syndergaard, Noah (20)
Tapia, Domingo (21)
Taylor, Logan (21)
Verrett, Logan (23)
Ynoa, Gabriel (20)

Cordero, Albert (23)
Forsythe, Blake (23)
Glenn, Jeff (21)
Gronauer, Kai (26)
Maron, Cam (22)
Pena, Francisco (23)
Plawecki, Kevin (22)

Campbell, Eric (26)
Cecchini, Gavin (18)
Evans, Phillip (20)
Lucas, Richard (23)
Muno, Daniel (23)
Reynolds, Matt (22)
Rodriguez, Aderlin (21)

Ceciliani, Darrell (21)
Gomez, Gilbert (21)
Harris, Alonzo (23)
Lawley, Dustin (24)
Nimmo, Brandon (20)
Taijeron, Travis (24)
Vaughn, Cory (23)

Follow me on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo. Top 100 Prospects: Mets score high unveiled its Top 100 prospects list tonight, and the Mets did quite, quite well for themselves. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud clocked in at sixth overall, while right-handed pitchers Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard ranked ninth and 29th, respectively.

The Mets were the only team in baseball to land two prospects in the Top 10.


I caught up with d’Arnaud and Wheeler earlier today to discuss the rankings and their thoughts on Spring Training; you can check that out here. You can also see’s full Top 100 here.

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Updated top 10 prospects list, via Baseball Prospectus

How did the R.A. Dickey trade affect the Mets’ farm system? Baseball Prospectus today offered this new top 10 prospects list:

1. Zack Wheeler, RHP
2. Travis d’Arnaud, C
3. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
4. Michael Fulmer, RHP
5. Wilmer Flores, INF
6. Gavin Cecchini, SS
7. Domingo Tapia, RHP
8. Jeurys Familia, RHP
9. Brandon Nimmo, OF
10. Rafael Montero, RHP

Obviously there is some difference in opinion here from last week’s Baseball America list, which was published before the Dickey trade, and ranked Fulmer seventh and Luis Mateo fourth. But the industry consensus seems to be that d’Arnaud and Syndergaard are now the Mets’ clear second- and third-best prospects behind Wheeler.

On d’Arnaud, Baseball Prospectus called him “ready for prime-time” and described him as a “.275-plus batting average” guy with “17-25 HR power potential.”

On Syndergaard, BP wrote that his ceiling is as a “high-end no. 2 starter” and that “he could be a monster.”

You can read the full scouting breakdown here (subscription required).

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…And what about Noah Syndergaard?

A new day brings new names. The R.A. Dickey deal currently on the table, according to the New York Post, would net the Mets right-handed pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, in addition to catchers Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck and another as-yet unnamed prospect. The Mets would give up Dickey, Josh Thole and a non-elite prospect.

So let’s take a look at Syndergaard, as we did yesterday for d’Arnaud. Again, click to launch the 2012 Prospect Watch page:


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