No. 1 Zack Wheeler, Starting Pitcher
Age: 22 (Turns 23 on May 30)
19 G (19 starts), 10-6, 3.26 ERA, 116.0 IP, 92 H, 46 R (42 ER), 2 HR, 43 BB, 117 K (Double-A)
6 G (6 starts), 2-2, 33.0 IP, 23 H, 13 R (12 ER), 2 HR, 16 BB, 31 K (Triple-A)
When the Mets acquired Wheeler from San Francisco at the trade deadline in 2011, he was still a lot of promise and upside without dominant results. Since the deal he has tweaked some things mechanically and is closer than ever to reaching his ceiling.
Wheeler works with a plus-plus fastball that he can throw in the high 90s or take a little something off to add movement. His slider and curveball project to be at least above-average offerings, with the former showing good tilt and high 80s velocity.
He is still developing a changeup. At 6'4" he gets easy downhill plane on his fastball, allowing him to keep the ball from being elevated. The command and control still need some refinement for him to become an ace, but at the very worst he will be a No. 2 starter.
No. 2 Travis d'Arnaud, Catcher
67 G, .333/.380/.595, 93 H, 21 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 52 RBI, 19 BB, 59 K, 1 SB (Triple-A)
One of the key pieces in the R.A. Dickey trade, d'Arnaud just needs to stay on the field and he will be making his presence felt in New York very soon.
Health has been an issue throughout his minor league career, as he has played in less than 75 games in three of the last five years.
When d'Arnaud is on the field, he is the best catching prospect in baseball. He has bat speed and power to drive the ball to all fields, which will serve him well since he has never been someone who draws a lot of walks. His career-high in the minors was 41 walks in 482 at-bats in 2009.
Behind the plate, d'Arnaud has a strong throwing arm and still-improving receiving skills, and blocks balls very well. He will likely start in Triple-A just to prove he is healthy but should be in New York before June.
No. 3 Noah Syndergaard, Starting Pitcher
27 G (19 starts), 8-5, 2.60 ERA, 103.2 IP, 81 H, 41 R (30 ER), 3 HR, 31 BB, 122 K (Low-A)
Another player the Mets acquired in the Dickey trade, Syndergaard was one of the three big pitching prospects the Blue Jays had at Low A in 2012. (Justin Nicolino, who was traded to Miami, and Aaron Sanchez are the other two.)
Boasting a workhorse frame at 6'5", 200 pounds, Syndergaard has the stuff and polish to pitch at the top of a rotation.
He throws a plus fastball with movement and can really get on top of the ball. His curveball can get loopy at times, but when he learns to control it, it will be a weapon. His changeup projects to be a plus pitch; he just needs to throw it more to develop it.
Because his control is far beyond where it should be given his age, Syndergaard could easily turn into a No. 2 starter. He does need to work on commanding pitches in the zone. If that doesn't come around, he will still have value as a late-inning reliever.
No. 4 Gavin Cecchini, Shortstop
53 G, .246/.311/.330, 47 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 18 BB, 43 K, 5 SB (Rookie)
5 G, .000/.167/.000, 0 H, 1 K (New York-Penn League)
Cecchini was the Mets' top pick in 2012 and projects to be an above-average shortstop at his peak. He doesn't have explosive tools, but the whole package put together looks a lot better than the individual pieces.
As a hitter, he hits a lot of line drives with a quick swing through the zone. He doesn't have a pretty swing, as he tends to move out on his front foot early instead of waiting back for the pitch to come to him. But because he makes a lot of contact, it isn't an issue right now. He won't hit for much power because of his swing and the fact his body doesn't have that kind of muscle in it.
At shortstop, he moves well with good instincts and footwork to get himself in position. His arm isn't great, but it is accurate and he makes all the throws he has to.
No. 5 Brandon Nimmo, Outfielder
Age: 19 (Turns 20 on March 27)
69 G, .248/.372/.406, 66 H, 20 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 40 RBI, 46 BB, 78 K, 1 SB (New York-Penn League)
When the Mets drafted Nimmo with the 13th pick in the 2011 draft, it was a nice shift from the usual low-risk, low-upside college players the team had gotten accustomed to taking in the past. He was always going to need a lot of development time, but his ceiling is high.
Nimmo is already an incredibly patient hitter, which is both a blessing and curse. He has the ability to read pitches and take walks, but he should be a bit more aggressive to start driving pitches and getting his raw power to play more in games.
Even though he isn't a speedy runner, Nimmo has the range to handle center field but he needs to get better at reading the ball off the bat. His arm is average and would play in a corner if his defense doesn't come around.