New York Mets' 3 Minor Leaguers Who Will See Time in the Majors This Year
If the New York Mets expect to be contenders for a National League Wild Card berth this season, they will need some reinforcements along the way.
Every team does.
Let's take a look at three players that are currently in New York's minor league system that will see time in the major leagues later this season.
(You can bet your Topps Mookie Wilson rookie baseball card on it).
*All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com
Pitcher Noah Syndergaard
For the third consecutive season, Mets fans will be treated to the arrival of a highly touted hurler in their organization.
Following Matt Harvey (2012) and Zack Wheeler (2013), Noah Syndergaard is expected to be called up to the parent club after the Super 2 deadline has passed.
So expect the 6'6" right-hander to be promoted around midseason.
Mets fans cannot wait.
Syndergaard has struggled at Triple-A Las Vegas so far this season, posting a 2-2 record with a 4.95 ERA. His batting average against is a robust .291, but the Pacific Coast League is a notorious hitter's league.
There is no denying his potential though. He is still the No. 1 prospect in the organization and should be starting for the Mets in mid-June.
That will be a day to remember for New York.
Mets fans just have to be patient for now.
Infielder Wilmer Flores
The versatile infielder can play second, third and shortstop, but Wilmer Flores has been playing a great deal of shortstop at Triple-A Las Vegas so far this season.
That's because the Mets are still not in love with incumbent shortstop Ruben Tejada.
The 22-year-old Flores is struggling a little bit right now, batting .247 with one home run and 10 RBI for the 51s. He should be fine though: he hit .321 with 15 HR and 86 RBI in 107 games for Las Vegas last year.
It is inevitable that someone will get hurt on the Mets or will need to be demoted for poor performance. Don't be surprised to see Flores step in then and provide a boost for the parent club.
Don't be shocked if a lot of that time is spent at shortstop once he is summoned to Flushing.
In order to stay though, he'll have to be more productive at the plate. It's a small sample size, but in 99 career at-bats in the majors, Flores is hitting a meager .202.
That mark will have to improve dramatically if he intends to stay in the big leagues.
Pitcher Rafael Montero
The 2014 season is the time to finally see what Rafael Montero can do on the major league level.
Sure, it might not be right away. Heck, it might not even be until MLB rosters expand in September. Any way you slice it, Montero needs to be pitching for the parent club this year.
If free-agent bust Bartolo Colon can get his act together and pitch fairly well, Mets management can look to trade the hefty veteran and slot Montero into manager Terry Collins' starting rotation.
The lanky right-hander is 2-0 at Triple-A Las Vegas this year and 7-4 overall with a 3.19 ERA in 20 career starts for the 51s. His WHIP is a respectable 1.22, and he owns a 8.3 SO/9 ratio this season.
Montero is still just 23 years of age, but he is currently ranked as the No. 3 prospect in New York's organization, according to Baseball America.
Expect Montero to be pitching at Citi Field sometime later this season.
His time is almost here.