Mets top prospects Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, and Rafael Montero all made the MLB.com Top 100 Prospects list, as announced by Jon Mayo and Jim Callis last night on MLB Network.
The 21-year-old Syndergaard was ranked No. 11 overall and the third-best right-handed pitcher on the list. The big righty posted a 3.00 ERA in 11 starts for Double-A Binghamton in 2013.
"Syndergaard is a classic power right-hander and uses his big frame to throw downhill and induce ground balls. His fastball regularly reaches 98 mph and runs inside on right-handed hitters. His 12-to-6 curveball is his best secondary pitch, though his changeup has the potential to be a third plus pitch in his arsenal....Syndergaard has the potential to be a frontline starter in the Major Leagues and is on track to follow the path Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler blazed to Queens as soon as this summer."
The 24-year-old d’Arnaud is listed as the top catching prospect in baseball and no. 22 overall in the game. d'Arnaud batted just .202/.286/.263 with one home run in his 31-game big league debut in 2013.
"d'Arnaud earns praise for his ability to frame pitches and his agility behind the plate. He has a good arm and works well with pitchers. As good as d'Arnaud's defense is, hitting is his strength. He creates good bat speed with his compact swing, and he should hit for both average and power in the Major Leagues...The Mets are prepared to make d'Arnaud their starting catcher in 2014."
The 23-year-old Montero did not make the list of the top 10 right-handed pitchers, but appeared at No. 85 on the overall list. The slender righty posted a 3.05 ERA in 16 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2013.
"Montero's fastball sits in the low-90s and can reach 95 mph. He mixes it with a sweeping breaking ball and a solid changeup. His secondary stuff isn't as impressive as his fastball, but all of his pitches play up thanks to his exceptional command...Though he is slightly undersized for a right-hander, he should have no problem pitching in the middle of a Major League rotation. Montero is poised to join the Mets growing array of young, homegrown starters in Queens in 2014."