6. Dilson Herrera, 2B
A byproduct of the Marlon Byrd trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013, Herrera is only 20 and hit .323/.379/.479 with 13 homers, 23 steals, 47/96 BB/K in 524 at-bats in High-A/Double-A. He made the most of The Show acquiring .710 OPS and 3 HRs in 66 at-bats, before a quad strain kept him out of action over the last few weeks of the regular season. He’s already a solid all-around hitter that can improve defensively.
7. Rafael Montero, RHP
A 24 year old that has to deal with a batter-friendly ballpark in Las Vegas, Montero has a full range of pitches with none of them his marquee go-to. He’s been in the league for a couple of seasons and registered a 3.31 ERA in 169 innings, 158/59 K/BB while allowing 154 hits. His fastball clocks in between 90 and 93 mph while his curveball and changeup are both average with his command and overall feel of the plate making him a safe pick to play as a back-end starter in 2015.
8. Amed Rosario, SS
At $1.75 million, Rosario was the recipient of the largest international signing bonus in Mets history in 2012, he’s 19 and has an infinite ceiling with respect to bat and glove. Rosario is a natural athlete with above-average bat speed but inconsistent hitting mechanics which can lead to trouble with faster inside pitches. He could turn out to be a sleeper hit and find himself at the top of this list next year.
9. Marcos Molina, RHP
Another 19 year old, Molina could just as well be placed above Rosario in this list and like the could-be superstar shortstop, the could-be superstar pitcher may find himself atop this list next year. His fastball registers in the healthy mid-90s while his breaking ball is his most consistent pitch. Molina’s changeup has already demonstrated sink and fade adding to its potential as another swing-and-miss pitch to the pitcher’s developing arsenal.
10. Gavin Cecchini, SS
20 year old who hit .247/.328/.378 in A-ball with 8 HRs, Cecchini is still very much a work-in-progress and one that relies on his defense which has been quoted by non-Mets sources as slipping. Cecchini is still physically developing which should help his power even further, although one gets the feeling that his ability on the other side of the plate will be the player’s true differentiating factor; separating him from potential competitors such as the aforementioned Amed Rosario.