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Minor League Ball releases list of Mets' top 20 prospects

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John Sickels has published his annual list of the Mets' 20 best prospects.

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John Sickels of Minor League Ball has released his list of the Mets' top 20 prospects for the 2016 season. Topping the list, as expected, is left-handed pitcher Steven Matz. Sickels gives Matz a grade of A/A-, which puts him in an "elite" class of prospects.

Some other notable placements on the list include first baseman Dominic Smith at #2, outfielder Wuilmer Becerra at #6, and outfielder Desmond Lindsay at #7. Smith, the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft, has had a mixed start to his professional career. In 2015, he hit .305/.354/.417 with six home runs in 118 games for St. Lucie.

Sickels lists Becerra as a 2016 breakout candidate given his "solid right field tool set." The 21-year-old is eligible for the Rule 5 draft, though, as the Mets did not add him to their 40-man roster last week.

Lindsay, a second-round selection, was the team's top draft pick in 2015. Sickels calls him a "high-ceiling player" who will need time to develop. Sickels also lists right-handed pitcher Chris Flexen, who had Tommy John surgery in 2014, as a breakout pick.