Grading the Performance of Mets' Top 4 Prospects at Spring Training

Shale BriskinContributor IIIMarch 21, 2014

Grading the Performance of Mets' Top 4 Prospects at Spring Training

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    With the MLB regular season less than two weeks away, the New York Mets have already been able to see which players may or may not be good fits on the team this year.

    One of the most significant aspects of spring training is to evaluate top minor league talent and determine how far along each prospect is toward getting to the major leagues. Here are some spring training grades for the Mets' top four prospects.

    Spring training statistics are courtesy of

Noah Syndergaard

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    Noah Syndergaard made three spring training appearances this year and started in two of those games. He had a 5.19 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched with five walks and 10 strikeouts.

    These numbers are of a very small sample size, but as expected, Syndergaard was recently reassigned to minor league camp. It seems as if he will start the season in Triple A and eventually get called up to the Mets sometime in June or July.

    He probably will not be the only Mets pitching prospect that comes up to the major league club this summer.

    Spring Training Grade: C

Rafael Montero

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    Rafael Montero made five spring training appearances with one of them being a start. In 9.0 innings pitched, Montero had an even 3.00 ERA with two walks and five strikeouts.

    Like Syndergaard, Montero was reassigned to minor league camp on the same day and could very well get promoted to the Mets roster at the same time this summer. Regardless of the exact day, Montero should make his major league debut midseason as well.

    Spring Training Grade: B+

Travis d'Arnaud

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    Going into his first full season as the Mets catcher, Travis d'Arnaud has not had a particularly impressive spring training.

    He is hitting just .125 with four hits in 32 at-bats. Two of the four hits were doubles, and he has five walks as well.

    The 25-year-old's role as the starting catcher is all his, but it would be nice to see him hit at the end of spring training and hopefully start the regular season well at the plate.

    Spring Training Grade: D

Wilmer Flores

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    Wilmer Flores has not hit particularly well during spring training either. It most likely will not help his chances of winning the starting job at shortstop.

    Flores is hitting .194 with only seven hits in 36 at-bats. He also has one double, one home run, five RBI and five walks.

    There is a possibility that Flores wins the competition at shortstop between himself and Ruben Tejada, but Flores will probably start the season in Triple A and get called up later if Tejada happens to struggle early in the season. There is definitely a chance that Tejada may not play well, and if that happens, look for Flores to become the new shortstop for an extended period of time.

    For now, Flores has yet to be reassigned to minor league camp.

    Spring Training Grade: C-