Every offseason we go through and rank the top 50 Met prospects. With the 2017 minor league season in the books let’s review how our Top 10 players did for themselves.
Amed Rosario: A-
Rosario started his season blazing hot and one might wonder if the Mets might have fell so far if the team was more willing to promote a player and risk Super Two status. Instead the Mets held Rosario in AAA where he produced well in an environment that didn’t seem to challenge him offensively. The Mets eventually, too late, promoted him to the majors where Rosario is currently working to ready himself for the 2018 season.
While many scouts worry about Smith’s weight and lack of power numbers his performance in 2017 was excellent and led the Mets to eventually trade (give away) Lucas Duda. Smith has been showing some potential in his brief time in the majors thus far but many still wonder if his bat is strong enough to be carried as a starting first baseman.
Thomas Szapucki: C-*
He began the year on the disabled list and ended there as well. The pitcher looked good in the few starts he had in between but many might wonder if his attempt to rehab instead of opting for surgery might cost him his 2018 season as well.
Prior to the season some scouts had begun penciling in the name Cecchini on the 2018 starting infield. Thanks to a decidedly mediocre showing in AAA the Mets are more likely to acknowledge that he’s never going to amount to more than a backup infielder. With Wilmer Flores on the team, this still makes him have some value but his performance in 2017 was a let down.
Justin Dunn: F-
It might be harsh to rate a prospect like this but nothing about Dunn’s 2017 season was promising of positive. The pitcher lacked control, didn’t manage to maintain a solid strikeout ratio and was demoted to the bullpen at one point. Dunn will likely drop to the very back of the Top 10 of most Met lists in 2018. A position that might be generous.
Either something was wrong with him from the start of the season or he has some terrible luck. When Lindsay finally started snapping out of a season long slump he went down with a season ending injury. It’s going to be hard to keep Lindsay in the Top 10 based upon his performance as a prospect.
P.J. Conlon: B
His year in AA was pretty smooth sailing with the Mets transitioning him to the bullpen with an eye to 2018. Conlon had a few rough starts but looked sharp for most of 2017. He appears destined to be in competition for the 2018 bullpen though he could be sent to AAA to provide rotational depth.
Marcos Molina: B-
Mostly good things for Molina who ended the year in AA. He didn’t out pitch Corey Oswalt, Chris Flexen or Conlon but he did pitch well enough to return to AA in the 2018 season as the likely Ace of the staff. There is still plenty of reason to maintain optimism on Molina as he progresses.
Peter Alonso: A
Not only did he earn a promotion to AA but he recovered from a significant slump to end the year with pretty superlative numbers. Alonso may have even jumped Smith on some scouting depth charts. He’s the most likely name to top many Top Mets Prospect rankings this offseason.
Wuilmer Becerra: D-
While he wasn’t as bad as his teammate, Dunn, his 2017 season is one that likely buys him a ticket out of the Top 10 rankings. Dwindling contact numbers and soaring strikeout totals will do that to a hitter who cannot consistently show either power or speed in Advanced A. His value isn’t gone but he’s got to climb out of a serious hole.