Shining Star - Syndergaard
Breakout Prospect - CF Brandon Nimmo
At the Crossroads - Hansel Robles. (I can't hear the phrase "At the Crossroads" without thinking of Bone Thugs N Harmony.)
Mets VP of Amateur Scouting and Player Development, Paul dePodesta on Nimmo: "I think we could see Brandon Nimmo have a big year in 2014 ... I think his numbers are suppressed by the ballpark in Savannah, though it was still a good year. I think for a guy who spent the year there, his OBP was as high as anyone we've seen there. I think Brandon getting out of that environment, not that the Florida State League is more friendly, I think we'll continue to see an increase in power numbers." (Rober Emrich, MiLB.com)
- More argument for Nimmo having a big season: his 2013 hand injury was more severe than the Mets originally believed, and in fact lingered all season. Even last August, Nimmo conceded as much. Nimmo, was eventually diagnosed as having a "dislocated joint and partial tear of a couple of ligaments."
The 21-year-old as quoted by Adam Rubin at ESPNNY, "It was a situation where we got the MRI done in Savannah, and it happens where nothing showed up, so I played the rest of the season with it. I let the people know afterward it still wasn’t all the way there. I went to New York and that’s when we found out everything that happened. And we went to Cleveland, too, and saw a pretty good hand doctor there, Dr. Thomas Graham. He said, ‘It isn’t going to change things. You don’t need surgery. They’ve already repaired themselves. You’re just going to have to get it stronger.’ And, actually, we took a couple of months off.”