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Mets top Yankees in MLB prospect ranking

U.S. Futures All-Star Zack Wheeler, then of the

U.S. Futures All-Star Zack Wheeler, then of the San Francisco Giants, throws a pitch during the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game. (July 11, 2010) (Credit: Getty Images)

The Mets are assured of winning at least one battle with the Yankees this year.

MLB.com released their list of the top 100 prospects in the majors Tuesday night and, though the Mets and Yankees both have three minor leaguers among the crowd, the Mets are the lone team in baseball with two prospects in the Top 10 and one of just two organizations to have three prospects in the Top 30 (Seattle is the other).

Travis d'Arnaud, a catcher the Mets acquired from Toronto in the R.A. Dickey deal, is ranked sixth overall, while pitcher Zack Wheeler, the return for sending Carlos Beltran to the Giants in 2011, is eighth. Noah Syndergaard, a right-handed pitcher who was also part of the Dickey trade, is 29th.

All three Mets prospects are ranked before a Yankee makes his first appearance. Power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez checks in at No. 36 while outfielders Mason Williams (41) and Tyler Austin (75) round out the Bombers' selections.

Meanwhile, the baseball community at large will be watching Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar, Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy and Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who were the top three ranked players, respectively.

The top three players last year, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Rays pitcher Matt Moore all went on to have success – if not become stars – at the major league level in 2012. Trout won the American League Rookie of the Year award, while Harper took home the honors in the National League.

About the prospects:

Travis d'Arnaud: A .286 career hitter in the minors, he hit .333 with 16 home runs and 21 doubles in just 67 games for Toronto's Triple-A squad in 2012. He's likely to be ready for the majors sometime in 2013 if injury issues don't derail his track.

Zack Wheeler: Wheeler was 12-8 with a 3.26 ERA for the Mets' Double-A and Triple-A teams last season. He struck out 148 batters in 149 innings. He'll likely join the Mets rotation sometime in 2013.

Noah Syndergaard: Syndergaard was 8-5 with a 2.60 ERA and 122 strikeouts and just 31 walks in 103.2 Single-A innings last season as a part of Toronto's system. He could be ready by the end of 2013, but a 2014 debut is more likely.

Gary Sanchez: Sanchez hit .290 with 18 home runs, 85 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in the low minors last season. He's projected to be the Yankees' “catcher of the future” and could be ready sometime in 2014.

Mason Williams: Williams hit .298 with 11 home runs and 20 stolen bases for the Yankees' Single-A and Single-A-advanced teams last season. He could be ready for New York sometime in 2014.

Tyler Austin: Austin batted a combined .322 with 17 home runs, 80 RBIs and 23 stolen bases while playing at four levels of the minors in 2012. He finished the year with a few Double-A plate appearances and is likely to start the 2013 season there.

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