5) Gavin Cecchini– SS
Date of Birth: December 22, 1993
Height/Weight: 6’2″/200 lbs
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (12th overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft
Gavin Cecchini is making strides in becoming an all-around type of baseball player.
The 22-year-old saw his early professional struggles, but after a 2015 season in which he posted a slash line of .317/.377/.442, it appears as if the young prospect is starting to figure things out.
Although he’s not considered to be a “burner,” Cecchini is still considered a solid defender, as he has good instincts and hands, a strong throwing arm and enough range to cover the position. Although he has the tools to stay at the shortstop position, a switch over to second base wouldn’t be a bad move for Cecchini.
Since he was drafted, Cecchini has added strength, but is still not considered a guy who is going to hit for power. His 2015 offensive numbers were impressive, and the Mets hope he can continue to improve on them moving forward.
4) Brandon Nimmo– OF
Date of Birth: March 27, 1993
Height/Weight: 6’3″/ 205 lbs
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (13th overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft
The Mets outfield currently seems to be filled, but Brandon Nimmo could come knocking on the door very soon.
Although the power many people expected him to possess hasn’t showed yet, Nimmo has proven that he has the ability to get on base and limit his amount of strikeouts. As he has gotten bigger and stronger since joining the organization, Nimmo is able to drive the ball to all fields, a tool that will be valuable as he progresses in his career.
Defensively, the 22-year-old is a player who has the ability to play all three outfield positions. With good range and an improving arm, Nimmo could earn his first shot in the big leagues as a fourth outfielder, as his versatility could be valuable in the future.
Although it looked like he would be a long-term type of project, it doesn’t appear that Mets fans will have to wait much longer to see Brandon Nimmo in New York.
3) Amed Rosario– SS
Date of Birth: November 20, 1995
Height/Weight: 6’2″/175 lbs.
Acquired: International Free Agent in 2012
The Mets’ top-20 prospect list has been filled with players at the shortstop position, and Amed Rosario ranks as the best shortstop in the organization heading into the 2016 season.
As a international free agent, the Mets gave him a franchise-record bonus, which showed how high they were on the prospect. Being that Rosario has been in the organization for three seasons now, it’s safe to say the team still values him as a potential major league ball player down the road.
With his defensive skills looking extremely sharp, Rosario has shown he definitely is capable of handling the shortstop position. As an offensive player who thrives on hitting the ball to the opposite field, Rosario has seen his struggles, but continues to work on his craft.
Everyone seems to forget that Rosario is only 20-years-old. With plenty of time to mature and improve, Rosario could still become an impact player on both sides of the ball, he just may need more seasoning to do so.
2) Dominic Smith– 1B
Date of Birth: June 15, 1995
Height/Weight: 6’0″/185 lbs.
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (11th overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft
After a very strong 2015 campaign in which he won the Florida State League MVP Award, Dominic Smith is quickly rising through the Mets farm system.
Rated as the third-best first baseman prospect by MLBPipeline.com heading into the 2016 season, Smith has increasingly developed as a hitter since his professional career began. As a first baseman, he has shown the ability to post a high average and a good on-base percentage, and is a good defensive player as well.
What will determine how good of a player he will be is how much power he will have. He has yet to show any real signs of being a power hitter, but if he continues to improve offensively, the power numbers should start to rise.
With the way Smith has been producing offensively, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the big leagues as early as this season. Smith has the potential to be a very productive offensive presence, and can be a perennial All Star player if he starts to hit for power.
1)Steven Matz– LHP
Date of Birth: May 29, 1991
Height/Weight: 6’2″/200 lbs.
Acquired: Drafted in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft
The Mets’ top-rated prospect heading into the 2016 season has already had some big league experience.
Steven Matz, a 24-year-old left-handed pitcher, has already pitched in some high pressured situations. The left-hander not only made six starts during the regular season, but found his way onto the team’s postseason roster, eventually starting a game in the World Series.
He’s definitely major league ready, but how and when will the Mets find a way to keep him in the big leagues for good?
Matz has the stuff to be a front-line starting pitcher, but with an influx of young pitching, Matz might have to wait his turn. It is also possible that the lefty starts the season in the bullpen, making spot starts in case of injury or to provide other guys extra days rest.
Injuries have been an issue in the past, so the Mets could elect to limit his workload this season. Talent wise, Matz ranks among one of the best the Mets’ organization has to offer.