ESPN baseball expert Keith Law updated his Top 50 prospect rankings (subscription required) today and wouldn't you know it? Despite the massive graduations that the Mets' system has seen lately, the club still has two players mentioned.
That guy that everyone wants to see called up, Michael Conforto, received great praise for his plate discipline as Law's No. 12 prospect:
One of the most disciplined hitters in the minors, Conforto has improved as he has moved up the ladder. He's now facing pitchers in Double-A who can locate their off-speed stuff more effectively, and his ability to recognize those pitches and lay off ones just outside the zone separates him from most other hitters at that level. He's already an average defender in left with a grade-50 arm and could end up above-average out there, but it's the bat and the eye that separate him; he has an excellent chance at .400-OBP, 20-homer seasons when he peaks.
That 50 grade on the arm might seem a bit low after watching Conforto throw out an opponent at the plate in last Sunday's All-Star Futures game, but the rest of the profile is very optimistic. A .400 OBP with 20 home runs would put Conforto in Joey Votto territory if he's able to accomplish that. Even if he doesn't reach those heights, it's awesome to see a guy who was drafted just last year rise so quickly through the minors.
Reading Law's description is not going to make waiting for Conforto any easier, but it seems like when he does arrive, he'll be a big hit.
Someone else who could be a major player on the future Mets is Dominic Smith, a first baseman who some scouts have soured on due to his apparent lack of power. However, the first-round draft pick from 2013 is really starting to crush the ball at High-A St. Lucie.
Smith has been scorching for more than two months now; he leads the Florida State League in doubles and is fourth in batting average despite hitting just .220 with only one extra-base hit in April. He's an elite defender at first with a 70 arm, and he'll show plus raw power in batting practice, so I believe it'll come once he gets to a normal hitting environment in Binghamton. That should happen soon, but the Mets were very conservative with Conforto and might not move quickly enough with Smith, who has little left to prove in St. Lucie. In the meantime, Smith will need to work on his conditioning, as he has gotten heavier since signing.
It's another optimistic report from Law, who doesn't seem to concerned with the fact that Smith has hit just eight home runs total in his professional career. Still, he's only 20 years old and has boosted his wRC+ up to 136 this season after hitting .271/.344/.338 (95 wRC+) in a full season at Savannah in 2014. Maybe Smith will become the first baseman of the future after all. Unlike, Conforto, though, he can't offer any sort of help to the 2015 Mets.