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Mets: Top 25 pitching prospects

We rank the Mets' top pitching prospects from the Rookie League to Triple-A. The prospects are ranked in reverse order and each player's estimated arrival in the majors is listed, as well as a scouting report. Pictures are above each prospect, unless otherwise indicated.

25. ROBERT COLES, RHP, St. Lucie (A+) (6-0,
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25. ROBERT COLES, RHP, St. Lucie (A+) (6-0, 180) (not pictured)
BORN: Aug. 20, 1991 | DRAFTED: 28th round (2013)
BEST OUTCOME: Middle reliever
ETA: 2018
Robert Coles has shown signs of potential, such as his career 2.85 ERA or 74 strikeouts in 72.2 innings. But then there’s the concerning numbers: 3.9 walks per nine innings, a 1.39 WHIP and a .250 batting average against. Lefthanders have hit him well at all levels and he struggled mightily after a promotion to St. Lucie, with a 4.62 ERA, 22 strikeouts and 19 walks in 19 games.

24. MICHAEL FULMER, RHP, St. Lucie (A+) (6-3,
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24. MICHAEL FULMER, RHP, St. Lucie (A+) (6-3, 200) (left)
BORN: March 15, 1993 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2011)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 5 starter
ETA: 2018
Michael Fulmer’s fastball sits in the low 90s with sink, and he also uses a mid 80s slider and developing changeup. Fulmer made nine starts in 2013 because of right knee injuries. His 2014 with St. Lucie was passable: 3.97 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 19 starts.

23. PAUL SEWALD, RHP, St. Lucie (A+) (6-2,
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23. PAUL SEWALD, RHP, St. Lucie (A+) (6-2, 190) (left)
BORN: May 26, 1990 | DRAFTED: 10th round (2012)
BEST OUTCOME: Middle reliever
ETA: 2016
In 94 career games, Paul Sewald has a 1.85 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and .219 batting average against. He struck out 171 and walked only 28 in 141 innings, a stellar 6.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. But Sewald will turn 25 in May and has pitched just three games above Single-A.

22. ZACK THORNTON, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-3,
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22. ZACK THORNTON, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-3, 220)
BORN: May 19, 1988 | DRAFTED: 23rd round (2010)
BEST OUTCOME: Middle reliever
ETA: 2015
Zack Thornton was one of the two Pirates pitchers the Mets acquired in the Ike Davis trade. His 2013 season, split between Pittsburgh’s Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels, was phenomenal, producing a 2.63 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and .204 batting average against. Thornton had a 1.23 ERA in 7.1 innings with the Pirates’ Triple-A team before he was sent to the Mets and Las Vegas. He struggled in the Pacific Coast League, giving up 61 hits in 59.2 innings and posting a 4.22 ERA.

21. BLAKE TAYLOR, LHP, Kingsport (Rk) (6-3, 220)
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21. BLAKE TAYLOR, LHP, Kingsport (Rk) (6-3, 220) (left)
BORN: Aug. 17, 1995 | DRAFTED: 2nd round (2013)
BEST OUTCOME: Mid-rotation starter
ETA: 2019
Blake Taylor was the player to be named later the Mets received in the deal that sent Ike Davis to the Pirates. He’s still very young and has yet to toss a pitch in even a short season Single-A game. His career .222 batting average against shows he has potential, but he suffers from the typical curse of young lefthanders: poor control. Taylor struck out 30 and walked 30 in 41 innings in 2014.

20. LUIS MATEO, RHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-3, 185)
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20. LUIS MATEO, RHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-3, 185)
BORN: March 22, 1990 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2012)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 2 starter
ETA: 2018
Before signing with the Mets, Luis Mateo served a one-year suspension for falsifying his age. He had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and tossed just 10.1 innings in 2014. Mateo features a mid 90s fastball and high 80s slider. The Minor League Baseball Analyst says his changeup “has potential.” In 37 games (27 starts), he has a 2.67 ERA, has struck out 188 and walked 22 in 158.1 innings.

19. SHANE BAY, LHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-2, 225)
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19. SHANE BAY, LHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-2, 225)
BORN: Feb. 29, 1992 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2011)
BEST OUTCOME: Closer
ETA: 2018
Shane Bay showed impressive control with three walks in 22.2 innings in 2014 (and 22 strikeouts). He also showed guts, going 15-for-15 in save opportunities. Bay was effective at striking out lefthanded and righthanded hitters.But, he dominated lefty hitters, allowing just three hits all year for a .120 batting average against. He has a career 2.22 ERA in 39 games.

18. BRAD WIECK, LHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-9, 255)
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18. BRAD WIECK, LHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-9, 255)
BORN: Oct. 14, 1991 | DRAFTED: 7th round (2014)
BEST OUTCOME: Setup reliever
ETA: 2017
Brad Wieck struck out 39 hitters in 25.2 innings during his debut season in 2014. He allowed 17 hits and walked six hitters. Lefthanders batted just .114 against him, but his low three-quarters delivery was no picnic for righthanded batters either, who hit .220. He throws a fastball around 92-95 mph, a changeup and a sweeping slider, which he developed after having Tommy John surgery in 2010.

17. COREY OSWALT, RHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-4, 200)
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17. COREY OSWALT, RHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-4, 200)
BORN: Sept. 3, 1993 | DRAFTED: 7th round (2012)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 3 starter
ETA: 2018
Corey Oswalt went at least six innings in nine of his 11 games for Brooklyn in 2014, a rare accomplishment for pitchers in the lower levels of the minors. He had five scoreless outings and finished with a 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .218 batting average against and 3.9 strikeout to walk ratio.

16. DARIN GORSKI, LHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-4,
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16. DARIN GORSKI, LHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-4, 210)
BORN: Oct. 6, 1987 | DRAFTED: 7th round (2009)
BEST OUTCOME: Spot starter
ETA: 2016
Look at the finished product and it seems as if Darin Gorski cruised with a 2.22 ERA in nine starts at Double-A Binghamton before regression caught up to him in 10 games (nine starts) with Triple-A Las Vegas (4.56 ERA). With the exception of hits allowed, however, Gorski’s performance at the two levels was fairly similar. In 52.2 innings in Binghamton, Gorski hit one batter, allowed eight home runs and 12 walks and struck out 54. In 47.1 innings in Las Vegas, Gorski hit one batter, allowed eight home runs and 19 walks and struck out 51. The difference? He gave up 41 hits for Binghamton and 57 hits for Las Vegas, which plays in the offensively overwhelming Pacific Coast League.

15. CHASE BRADFORD, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-1,
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15. CHASE BRADFORD, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-1, 230)
BORN: Aug. 5, 1989 | DRAFTED: 35th round (2011)
BEST OUTCOME: Middle reliever
ETA: 2015
In 165 games, all in relief, Chase Bradford has a 2.83 ERA and 24 saves. He has a career 4.2 strikeout-to-walk rate, and his command was impeccable with Las Vegas in 2014: 41 strikeouts and four walks in 46 innings. Bradford did allow a .290 batting average against in Triple-A, but most every pitcher gets hit in the Pacific Coast League.

14. SCARLYN REYES, RHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-3, 190)
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14. SCARLYN REYES, RHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-3, 190)
BORN: Nov. 7, 1991 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2013)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 2 starter
ETA: 2018
Scarlyn Reyes brought to Brooklyn in 2014 the electricity he showed in the Dominican Summer League in 2013. Opponents hit .219 against him in both settings. He has a career 1.83 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. Reyes allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his 12 outings in 2014 and he posted five scoreless appearances.

13. MILLER DIAZ, RHP, Savannah (A) (6-1, 209)
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13. MILLER DIAZ, RHP, Savannah (A) (6-1, 209)
BORN: June 22, 1992 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2009)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 3 starter
ETA: 2018
Miller Diaz was Baseball America’s Mets “sleeper” heading into the 2014 season after he led the New York-Penn League with 87 strikeouts in 2013. He didn’t disappoint. Diaz struck out 79 in 68 innings, allowing just 44 hits and a 2.25 ERA in 13 games (11 starts). He possesses a mid-90s sinker and power slider. The Minor League Baseball Analyst describes him as “stocky” and notes that he throws from a three-quarters arm slot.

12. TYLER PILL, RHP, Binghamton (AA) (6-1, 185)
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12. TYLER PILL, RHP, Binghamton (AA) (6-1, 185)
BORN: May 29, 1990 | DRAFTED: 4th round (2011)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 3 starter
ETA: 2016
Tyler Pill has a career 3.9 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.22 WHIP. He posted nearly identical rates in 2014, but his 3.97 ERA suggests an average season. Far from it. Pill allowed more than three runs just five times in 23 games (22 starts). He had two bad outings in April but otherwise was solid. Pill ended the season strong, allowing three or fewer runs in each of his final seven starts. He also excelled with the bat: Pill was 13-for-20 (.400) with two doubles and a home run.

11. LOGAN VERRETT, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-2,
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11. LOGAN VERRETT, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-2, 190)
BORN: June 19, 1990 | DRAFTED: 3rd round (2011)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 4 starter
ETA: 2015
Baseball America rates Logan Verrett’s slider as the best in the Mets’ organization. He also throws a fastball, change and curve. Verrett was outstanding with St. Lucie and Savannah in 2012, posting a combined 2.70 ERA. He followed with a 4.25 ERA for Binghamton in 2013 and a 4.33 ERA for Las Vegas in 2014. There’s a lot to like about Verrett. He’s durable, tossing 308 innings since 2013. He has good control, posting a 3.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio during the past two seasons, despite the below-average ERA. He ended 2014 on a hot streak, allowing 22 hits and nine walks in 38 innings with a 2.84 ERA (six starts).

10. JACK LEATHERSICH, LHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (5-11,
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10. JACK LEATHERSICH, LHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (5-11, 200)
BORN: July 14, 1990 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2011)
BEST OUTCOME: Setup reliever
ETA: 2016
Whoever first uttered the English word “dominate” in the early 17th century would have had no idea what a strikeout meant or what baseball even was. But the term’s originator can rest assured that, when applied to Jack Leathersich, his word is being used as intended. Leathersich has struck out 334 hitters in 197.1 innings, a rate of 15.2 per nine innings. To put that in context: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman led MLB with 17.6 strikeouts per nine innings — and no other qualified pitcher reached 15. But Leathersich always has had a problem walking hitters, permitting 4.9 walks per nine innings. He throws a low-to-mid 90s fastball and changeup.

9. GABRIEL YNOA, RHP, Binghamton (AA) (6-2, 158)
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9. GABRIEL YNOA, RHP, Binghamton (AA) (6-2, 158) (left)
BORN: May 26, 1993 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2009)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 4 starter
ETA: 2016
Gabriel Ynoa throws both two-seam and four-seam fastballs and his slider is a work in progress. His best pitch is a changeup, described by Baseball America as being “double-plus.” Ynoa works in the zone (1.2 walks per nine innings and 5.3 strikeout to walk ratio). The Minor League Baseball Analyst says he has “nice poise and mound demeanor.” Ynoa’s control took a dip after his midseason promotion to Binghamton, and he relied more on flyouts; his 0.85 groundout-to-flyout ratio with St. Lucie dipped to 0.69 with Binghamton. Here are Ynoa’s earned-run totals in his final six starts: 6, 2, 4, 1, 5, 0.

8. ROBERT GSELLMAN, RHP, Savannah (A) (6-4, 200)
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8. ROBERT GSELLMAN, RHP, Savannah (A) (6-4, 200)
BORN: July 18, 1993 | DRAFTED: 13th round (2011)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 3 starter
ETA: 2017
The Minor League Baseball Analyst notes that Robert Gsellman has a “low effort delivery that he repeats well.” In 57 games (45 starts), he has a 2.85 ERA and 2.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 20 starts with Savannah in 2014, Gsellman tossed his first four complete games, including a shutout. He allowed more than two earned runs in only four starts and permitted one or zero runs in five of his last six starts.

7. ROBERT WHALEN, RHP, Savannah (A) (6-2, 200)
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7. ROBERT WHALEN, RHP, Savannah (A) (6-2, 200)
BORN: Jan. 31, 1994 | DRAFTED: 12th round (2012)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 2 starter
ETA: 2018
Robert Whalen was Baseball America’s “breakout prospect” for the Mets organization after a stellar 2013 (1.87 ERA in 12 starts) and a curveball ranked as the best in the Mets’ minors. The publication also cited Whalen’s “live fastball“ and “advanced pitchability”. He posted a 1.94 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and .189 batting average against in 14 games (12 starts) in 2014, mostly with Savannah.

6. RAFAEL MONTERO, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA)/Mets (6-0,
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6. RAFAEL MONTERO, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA)/Mets (6-0, 185)
BORN: Oct. 17, 1990 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2011)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 4 starter
ETA: 2014
Rafael Montero had succeeded in the minors not so much because of an electric repertoire, but rather due to pinpoint accuracy and a mature mound presence. His excellent control took a step back in 2014, both at Triple-A and in MLB. Montero had a career 4.8 strikeout to walk ratio coming into the 2014 season. But he went on to post a 2.4 rate at Triple-A and 1.7 rate in the majors. A pitcher such as Montero who gets more flyballs than groundballs can succeed in spacious Citi Field. Montero showed in the past he could limit longballs, allowing just 16 career home runs before 2014. But he gave up four at Triple-A and eight for the Mets this season, further clouding his scouting report going forward. He throws a low 90s fastball, but he can juice it up to the mid 90s when the situation dictates. He also utilizes a low 80s slider and passable changeup. He had a 4.06 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) in the majors.

5. MARCOS MOLINA, RHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-3, 188)
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5. MARCOS MOLINA, RHP, Brooklyn (A-) (6-3, 188)
BORN: March 8, 1995 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2012)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 2 starter
ETA: 2018
Marcus Molina has always had overwhelming stuff, but he refined it pitching for Brooklyn in 2014. Molina struck out 86 in 110.1 innings from 2012-2013. In 2014, though, he struck out 91 in 76.1 innings. He only walked 2.1 per nine innings and finished the season with a 1.77 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and .170 batting average against. Molina was honored as the Mets’ Single-A short season Sterling Award winner.

4. AKEEL MORRIS, RHP, Savannah (A) (6-1, 170
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4. AKEEL MORRIS, RHP, Savannah (A) (6-1, 170
BORN: Nov. 14, 1992 | DRAFTED: 10th round (2010)
BEST OUTCOME: Closer
ETA: 2017
Akeel Morris dominated at Savannah in 2014. He allowed an earned run in only two of his 41 appearances. He held batters hitless in 27 appearances and gave up a total of 19 hits. Most amazing? He struck out 89 hitters in 57 innings. Baseball America rated him the best reliever in the South Atlantic League.

3. MATTHEW BOWMAN, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-0,
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3. MATTHEW BOWMAN, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-0, 165)
BORN: May 31, 1991 | DRAFTED: 13th round (2012)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 3 starter
ETA: 2015
Matthew Bowman posted impressive numbers for two seasons, but he really put himself on the prospect map with an excellent 2014 during which he jumped from Double-A Binghamton to Triple-A Las Vegas. Bowman didn’t allow more than two earned runs for 12 straight starts from June 11-Aug. 20. He has a career 3.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio and an elite 2.24 groundout-to-flyout ratio. The Princeton-educated righthander can overthink his craft at times, but his analytical disposition has also led to success.

2. STEVEN MATZ, LHP, Binghamton (AA) (6-2, 200)
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2. STEVEN MATZ, LHP, Binghamton (AA) (6-2, 200)
BORN: May 29, 1991 | DRAFTED: 2nd round (2009)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 2 starter
ETA: 2016
Steven Matz is making up for lost time. The Ward Melville graduate missed two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010. His repertoire includes a mid 90s four-seamer, low 90s sinker, advanced circle changeup and a curveball. The dominating southpaw allowed more than two earned runs in just four of his 24 starts in 2014. His strikeout-to-walk ratio actually increased from 2.9 with Single-A Advanced St. Lucie to 4.9 with Double-A Binghamton. An elite 2.1 groundout-to-flyout ratio, however, dipped to a still very good rate of 1.1 following his promotion to Double-A.

1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-6,
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1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA) (6-6, 240)
BORN: Aug. 29, 1992 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2010)
BEST OUTCOME: No. 2 starter
ETA: 2015
Noah Syndergaard throws a fastball that sits in the mid to upper 90s, a 12-6 curveball and a developing high 80s changeup. The fastball is his most advanced and devastating pitch. The changeup has chase potential. Don’t be fooled by Syndergaard’s 4.60 ERA with Las Vegas in 2014. The Pacific Coast League is notorious for inflating offense, and Syndergaard’s underlying numbers are excellent: 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings, 3.3 strikeout to walk ratio and 0.7 home runs per nine innings. Syndergaard was part of the Mets’ return in the deal that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays.

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