By John Delcos
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At least four of the New York Mets’ top ten prospects according the Baseball Prospectus are expected to play for the organization this season.
Baseball Prospectus, a website dealing with minor league prospects, to nobody’s surprise lists pitcher Noah Syndergaard, whom manager Terry Collins said has a ``hook from hell,’’ referring to the curveball to complement his 97 mph., fastball.
Here’s the list and their chances of playing for the Mets this season:
RHP - Noah Syndergaard: As a Super Two, the Mets don’t foresee bringing up Syndergaard before June. Until then the Mets will use Daisuke Matsuzaka and/or John Lannan as the fifth starter.
C - Travis d’Arnaud: Injuries derailed his opportunity last year. He goes into the season as the projected starter. The early returns were good on him defensively, but he needs to show something at the plate.
INF - Wilmer Flores: He showed flashes of being able to hit, but the Mets must find a position for him. Manager Terry Collins left open the possibility of playing him at shortstop, but said he’ll likely open the season on the minor league level to get at-bats.
RHP - Rafael Montero: As with Syndergaard, don’t expect to see him before June.
SS - Amed Rosario: Was in the rookie year in 2013, and will be in Class A this season. He’s still at least three years away.
1B - Dominic Smith: Last year’s first-round draft pick played for two Mets’ Rookie League teams last year and is expected to start the season in Single A. If he hits for the power expected of him, he could finish in Double A.
OF - Cesar Puello: Is the Mets’ top outfield prospect outside of Juan Lagares. He hit .326 last year at Double A Binghamton and is expected to be in Triple A this season.
C - Kevin Plawecki: Some scouts say he might have a higher upside than d’Arnaud. He’ll start the season in Double A.
CF - Brandon Nimmo: One of Sandy Alderson’s draft picks. Hit .273 last season at Single A, which doesn’t warrant an immediate promotion.
RHP - Marcos Molina: Has a 1.25 WHIP in two seasons of Rookie League ball. Could start there again or possibly in Single A.
***John Delcos has covered Major League Baseball for over 20 years, including the Mets and Yankees since 1998. He is a Hall of Fame voter and owns and operates a Mets website, New York Mets Report.com