The Mets farm system is littered with young, talented pitching prospects who could make a difference in the years to come.
Matt Harvey is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound starting pitcher out of the University of North Carolina who was selected by the Mets in the first round of the 2010 draft.
Harvey had a very strong season this past year, including going a combined 13-5 with the St. Lucie Mets and the Binghamton Mets. Harvey is a power pitcher, using his strong fastball and improving slider to strike out 156 batters over 135.2 innings.
Brad Holt is another rising star in the Mets minor league system. He is a 6-foot-4 righty who found his niche as a reliever last year with Binghamton. Out of the bullpen, Holt went 6-2, holding opponents to a .197 batting average.
Holt has an explosive fastball and a dangerous curveball to complement it, which has frustrated hitters in the minors thus far.
Then there's the big one, Zack Wheeler, who was acquired in a trade with the San Francisco Giants for Carlos Beltran this past season, and is currently the crown jewel of the Mets minor league system.
The righty has a 95 mph fastball as well as a curveball that is said to already be major league ready. Like Matt Harvey, Wheeler has a blistering strikeout rate, sitting down and average of 10.1 batters per nine innings last season.
Needless to say, the Mets expect big things from this 21-year-old.
Now, obviously, all of these numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt as they are still against minor league talent. It will also be a while before some of these guys see the major leagues; Harvey and Wheeler are only 22 and 21 years old, respectively.
What I'm looking at, though, is the upside. All three of these guys have potential to do major damage with the Mets in a few seasons, and being homegrown talent, they will be affordable and ready to go when needed.