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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/28

Grapefruit League Game 1 is in the books. The Mets lost, 5-4, after leading most of the afternoon.

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What we learned: Rookie fifth-starter candidates Rafael Montero (above, on mound) and Jacob deGrom may be legit. Those two combined for four scoreless innings against the Nationals with six strikeouts in their spring debuts. … Jon Niese may have set himself up for his recent bout with shoulder soreness due to focusing too fully on strengthening his rotator cuff — and not the surrounding muscles — this winter.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“What you saw were guys throwing strikes with good stuff. That plays anytime.” –Manager Terry Collins on Montero and deGrom

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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 MLB.com’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 MLB.com, ESPN, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America.

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Name MLB.com ESPN.com 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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Poll: Who should win the Mets’ fifth starter competition?


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Six Mets land on industry top prospect lists

Prospect season is upon us. In the wake of MLB.com’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).

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Name MLB.com 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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Mets front office discusses the farm

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and top aides John Ricco, J.P. Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta met with season-ticketholders last night at Citi Field, answering questions and offering optimism about the state of the team (and, in Alderson’s case, giving a shoutout to MLB.com).

In the clip below, you can watch those four discussing the young players in the system that most excite them. Some of the answers might surprise you.

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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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Baseball America releases Top 10 Mets prospects list

No surprise up top. Here’s the full list:

1. Zack Wheeler, RHP
2. Gavin Cecchini, SS
3. Brandon Nimmo, OF
4. Luis Mateo, RHP
5. Rafael Montero, RHP
6. Wilmer Flores, INF
7. Michael Fulmer, RHP
8. Jeurys Familia, RHP
9. Domingo Tapia, RHP
10. Cory Mazzoni, RHP

Baseball America also ranked the Mets’…

Best Hitter for Average: Wilmer Flores
Best Power Hitter: Aderlin Rodriguez
Best Strike Zone Discipline: Danny Muno
Fastest Baserunner: Alonzo Harris
Best Athlete: Bradley Marquez
Best Fastball: Domingo Tapia
Best Curveball: Zack Wheeler
Best Slider: Luis Mateo
Best Changeup: Darin Gorski
Best Control: Rafael Montero
Best Defensive Catcher: Albert Cordero
Best Defensive Infielder: Wilfredo Tovar
Best Infield Arm: Aderlin Rodriguez
Best Defensive OF: Matt den Dekker
Best Outfield Arm: Cesar Puello

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