3 Prospects the Mets Should Give a Shot in the Second Half
With the New York Mets at a 45-50 record at the All-Star break, anything could happen in the second half of the season.
The Mets could play very well and contend for the postseason, which hasn't happened since 2008. On the flip side, the Mets may end up struggling on their way to a sixth consecutive losing season.
Any potential trades or other roster moves could certainly help the cause, though.
Speaking of roster moves, if the Mets do not find themselves in the postseason hunt later this season, they should use the last month or two to evaluate prospects and see which prospects could potentially play a big role in 2015.
Here are three such prospects the Mets should consider promoting for the first time later this season.
Noah Syndergaard is arguably the most recognized and talked about name among all Mets prospects, and it shouldn't be too surprising because of the great potential he has.
Syndergaard currently pitches for Triple-A Las Vegas and could be very close to being major league ready right now. If the Mets are not in a position to contend and/or end up trading another pitcher—the team is willing to move Bartolo Colon, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York—a spot in the starting rotation could become available.
Syndergaard would be one of the favorites to fill that open spot.
Currently 7-5 with a 5.74 ERA in 17 starts at Triple-A, it's no sure thing he will get called up this season.
Mets manager Terry Collins even hinted recently that Syndergaard may not get called up for the rest of the season, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
It will be fascinating to see what ends up happening.
Allan Dykstra, Syndergaard's Triple-A teammate, could possibly be worthy of a major league call-up later this season as well.
Dykstra is having a very solid season with Triple-A Las Vegas. His numbers include a .282 average, a remarkable .428 OBP, 12 home runs and 59 RBI.
With Lucas Duda the starting first baseman, there doesn't seem to be a significant need at the position. Regardless, Dykstra at the very least should find himself among the September call-ups this season.
He is more than deserving of it.
Veteran minor league journeyman Anthony Seratelli could be deserving of a September call-up as well.
At 31, Seratelli has never been on a major league roster in his career. He is currently playing his eighth season in the minor leagues, in addition to his one season in the independent Frontier League.
Seratelli is currently hitting .260 with a .394 OBP, two home runs and 15 RBI.
According to Rubin, he was cut from the Mets' Opening Day roster in favor of Omar Quintanilla.
For someone who has battled through the minor leagues for years, it would be really nice to see Seratelli make his major league debut later this season.
The Mets after all did promote 14-year minor league journeyman Scott Rice to the 2013 Opening Day roster, so the likelihood of Seratelli eventually getting his long-awaited promotion this season looks pretty good.
Unless otherwise stated, all statistics courtesy of MiLB.com.