Baseball America released its Top 100 Prospects list for 2017 yesterday, and three of our New York Mets made the cut. Jewel of the system and shortstop of the future Amed Rosario checks it at No. 8, while first baseman Dominic Smith is No. 71 and last year’s first-round draft pick Justin Dunn is No. 100.
Each player is listed alongside scouting grades for each of the five baseball tools. Rosario scored 70 for his fielding and 60 for his hitting and arm. The grading scale goes from 20 (bad) to 80 (elite). Like Rosario, Smith scores well for his hitting and fielding with a 60 grade in each category. Dunn, meanwhile, scores a 70 for his fastball and a 60 on his slider.
The Baseball America list is pessimistic on Mets prospects compared to the one Keith Law recently put out (subscription required). The ESPN scouting expert had Rosario as his No. 3 overall prospect and Smith all the way up at No. 29. Dunn makes Law’s list at No. 84, but another Mets pitcher is ranked higher. That would be Thomas Szapucki — who wasn’t even featured by Baseball America — at No. 60. Robert Gsellman also checks in at No. 76 on Law’s ranking.