When the Gas Meter Runs Out: The Mets Top 25 Prospects


By Tim Kawakami | USA Today The Mets have a handful of high-upside prospects in their system.

Some of those guys have already shown potential.

Others will get better as they go.

Here’s what you need to know about them.1.

Matt Harvey, OF, LHP: Harvey was considered a lock to be a top-10 prospect in this year’s draft class.

He was in the top 30 of the ESPN and MLB DraftExpress Top 100.

But after struggling in the first half of the season, he hit .224/.287/.372 with 10 homers and 25 steals in just 58 games.

He could be a No. 2 overall pick if he hits his stride in 2017.

He’s still just 22, but he’s the kind of player that can develop into a solid star.2.

Andrew Benintendi, SS, LOOGY: Benintend, a second-round pick in 2015, was the No. 3 overall pick in 2016 and was the top overall pick of 2017.

Now, he’s in the second year of a two-year, $20 million deal.

He has the tools to be an above-average hitter, but his bat is a bit off.

If he can find some consistency, he could be top 10, though he’s not as polished offensively as Harvey.3.

Tyler Glasnow, RHP, LOSER: Glasnow was a first-rounder in 2016, but fell out of favor in 2017 after a slow start to the season.

He had an 11.09 ERA in 60 innings, but the big question is if he can sustain that pace and avoid the DL.

The Mets like Glasnow because of his fastball command, but Glasnow also needs to develop more command of his secondary pitches, like his changeup and changeup velocity.4.

Noah Syndergaard, LOB, PIT: Synder, the No-2 overall pick by the Mets in 2016 after leading the league in strikeouts, is the team’s No. 1 starter.

He went 5-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 22 starts last season and was a No, 4 overall pick.

He’ll turn 22 in April.5.

Jorge Alfaro, OF: Alfaro was a top 10 prospect in the 2016 draft class and the No 1 overall pick this year.

He hit .267/.326/.423 with 24 homers and 51 steals in 70 games in 2016.

He is one of the Mets’ top prospects because of the way he hits and his raw power, but is a career .244 hitter with just two homers and 16 steals in 3,724 career plate appearances.6.

Jose Reyes, RHP: Reyes is a third-round draft pick from last year.

In the second half of his 2016 season, his ERA jumped to 6.06 and his strikeout rate rose to 15.7 percent.

He will turn 21 in June.7.

Zack Wheeler, RHP (1st), LOO: Wheeler, a third round pick in 2017, is coming off a career year, going 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 13 starts for Double-A New Orleans.

He can’t stay healthy and has a lot of potential.

He may not be the first high-leverage pitcher on the Mets, but if he keeps it up, he can be a solid rotation piece.8.

Aaron Nola, LHB, LAD: Nola is the No

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