This season is destined to be something of a disappointment. Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler again spend time on the DL and the Mets need a major win streak to pull back to .500 baseball. With Harvey’s Met tenure drawing to a close it’s time to look at some of the names for guys who might build out the back half of the rotation in 2018 and beyond.
Chris Flexen, RHP: A late draft pick who was given significant over slot money when the Mets drafted him in 2012. He was always said to be a potential diamond in the rough and, at various points in his minor league career, he’s looked it. His K/9 has always hovered around 9.0 and his WHIP has fluctuated but stayed relatively close to 1.00 making him a solid prospect with potential to eat some innings. In 2017 he’s made strides as, after coming back from injury, he’s pitched exceedingly well through several games in Binghamton. One stat that seems to explain his sudden dominance is that he hasn’t walked a single batter where in 2016 he had half as many walks as strikeouts.
Marcos Molina, RHP: A name that you’ve probably heard about, Molina is high in the esteem of Met scouting. Molina, like Flexen, has had some injury problems but the scouts love his stuff and they believe he even has front of the rotation potential. He hasn’t had the same AA success as Flexen to start his 2017 campaign but he also hasn’t been bad. He definitely factors into the 2018 discussion.
P.J. Conlon, LHP: While Conlon has cooled off recently he’s still one of the better pitchers in the Met system. As one of only a handful of lefty starters, Conlon brings a different look from others among the Met prospects. If injuries keep befalling the Mets in 2017, I would not be shocked to see the Mets promote Conlon to the majors for a spot start.
Corey Oswalt, RHP: He hasn’t been as successful as others in 2017 but you cannot discount Oswalt’s 2.36 ERA and solid WHIP numbers. His strikeout numbers aren’t great but he’s got potential to reach the majors and that’s plenty.
Nabil Crismatt, RHP: Playing just behind this quartet, in Port St. Lucie, you have Crismatt. He’s been the Ace of the St. Lucie staff putting together good numbers across the board. The Mets are not likely to skip him passed AA in 2018 but they should give him a look come spring training.
AAA: Las Vegas 51s
Amed Rosario the slump continues – Just as the Mets ready to cut ties with Asdrubal Cabrera, Rosario begins to look unready for the majors.
Dominic Smith keeps at it – Smith seems to get a hit in every game he plays.
Gavin Cecchini in the majors.
Kevin Plawecki heating up – How much a .910 OPS in AAA means is up for debate.
AA: Binghamton Rumble Ponies
David Thompson red hot – He’s hit .382 with 4 home runs over his last 10 games.
A+: Port St. Lucie Mets
Justin Dunn stumbles as he started to hit his stride – Again, the issue is control. He cannot give up 5+ walks in an outing and expect success.
Wuilmer Becerra looks better – Fewer strikeouts and several stolen bases are both positive signs.
Peter Alonso wakes up – Over his last 10 he is hitting over .400 with 3 home runs!
Jhoan Urena resurgent – Expect Urena to be back in the Top 25 of a lot of Met prospect rankings.
Jordan Humphreys show’s his mortality – His first start in Advanced A was clearly a pretty tough transition.
Merandy Gonzalez A+? No problem – Gonzalez, on the other hand, looks great in his first outing.
A: Columbia Fireflies
Desmond Lindsay hurt – He hasn’t played since 6/12
Thomas Szapucki is back, baby – 6.0 IP, 2 hits and 10 strikeouts. Thomas, how we missed you!
Jacob Zanon healthy – When he plays, he steals bases. He’s also getting on base, for now.