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Dillon Gee has quietly become an ace pitcher and is easily good enough for this list. However, with so many promising young pitchers, Gee is expendable and may find a new team by next season.
Dillon Gee is quietly an ace and definitely good enough to make any rotation. However, he recently had his second setback from a right lat injury. Since Gee has had shoulder surgery in the past, this could be a major red flag.
Furthermore, the Mets have been incredibly quiet about their Opening Day pitcher. Unfortunately, I believe something may be seriously wrong with Gee. If not, and Gee does fully recover, then I believe he has enough value that the Mets should seriously consider finding a viable trade partner. In short, they have too many pitchers and too few hitters to make a playoff run.
Rafael Montero is another name on the endless list of prized young starting pitchers. However, he is undersized and must rely on dominant command. Montero struggled with consistency at times in his major league cameo earlier this year, and there is simply too much depth to afford giving Montero a leap of faith. Montero certainly has a projectable future as a starter in the majors, but there are too many players in front of him that are more developed.
Jenrry Mejia rightfully earned the No. 5 starter spot this year. He was sensational at first, but slowly hitters began locking in Mejia later in games. Logically, Mejia moved to the bullpen where hitters will not face him multiple times a game. Since then, he has simply been too good out of the bullpen to think about moving him and messing with his groove. He may not be the next Trevor Rosenthal, who developed as a starter but surprisingly became such a dominant closer that the St. Louis Cardinals kept him there permanently. Nonetheless, Mejia should continue to pitch well out of the bullpen.
Because there will be such a deep competition, it was inevitable that someone would not make it who deserves to make it. With respect to the other omissions, who were left out for specific reasons, the most unfair omission is Jacob deGrom. DeGrom, who began his career with four straight quality starts, has not given the Mets a reason to take him out of the rotation anytime soon. Again, though, next year is a long time from now. Expect some regression on deGrom’s numbers. And with Harvey’s return and a deep talent pool to choose from, deGrom is sadly the odd man out.