Since Matt Harvey has come up to the major leagues, the fans, including myself, expect every pitcher that follows to be exactly like Matt Harvey. Unfortunately, that can't be true. While Zack Wheeler has struggled, I do believe that he has the stuff to be the New York Mets future number two behind Matt Harvey. After Harvey and Wheeler, who is our number three? That's where Noah Syndergaard comes in.
As everyone knows, the Mets acquired Syndergaard in the Dickey trade. While Travis d'Arnaud was the centerpiece of the trade, Noah Syndergaard might just be the most talented player in that deal. With the success that Syndergaard has had since joining the Mets, it is undeniable that the Blue Jays regret including Noah in the trade. Sandy Alderson's ability to work other GM's into giving him exactly what he wants is nothing short of magical.
Looking at Noah Syndergaard's starts this year you see that between A+-AA ball, Noah has pitched to a record of 4-3 with a 3.01 ERA, a 1.192 WHIP, only 19 walks, and 80 strikeouts. That's a pretty impressive stat line, and although he's only 2 starts into his AA career, his 2.45 ERA and 16 strikeouts are dominant. While I don't believe his 13.1 SO/9 will last, I do believe that Syndergaard has the stuff to be a dominant power pitcher.
As much as I liked Rafael Montero in Spring Training, he's the next big trade chip. He's a major league ready arm, and at this point, I believe that Syndergaard should get the same "untouchable" treatment that Harvey and Wheeler got. Montero and Wilmer Flores are a good starting point for an outfielder. Flores, in my opinion, just doesn't have the range to be our future second baseman. Daniel Murphy will more than suffice until someone like L.J. Mazzilli comes up. Like his father, L.J. appears to be a very solid hitter. The combination of Montero and Flores might not be enough to acquire Carlos Gonzalez, but you never know because Sandy Alderson has shown his skills when it comes to trades.
For a closing note, just imagine a starting rotation of Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jon Niese, and Dillon Gee. Those top three pitchers give the team a chance to win 60% of their games. That's 97 games. I like those chances when talking about the future of the Mets. As we all know, great teams start with a great rotation, and the Mets have the chance to make that a reality.