RH reliever Jacob Rhame, who the Mets received from the Dodgers in exchange for Curtis Granderson, is now the team's No. 23 ranked prospect, according to MLB.com.
Rhame's ranking is the highest among all the prospects the Mets have received while trading Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker over the last few weeks.
"Like a number of young players we got, he's a righthanded pitcher who throws hard," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said, according to Newsday. "He's close to major-league ready. Hopefully, we'll see him either in September or spring training. We're very happy we got him."
Rhame was selected by the Dodgers out of Grayson Community College in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2013 MLB Draft.
"The 2013 sixth-round pick ranked No. 31 on BA's Dodgers farm system coming into the year and has improved many elements of his performance in 2017," Baseball America wrote on Monday. He has improved his strikeout rate (10.31 strikeouts per nine from 10.0) and walk rate (4 to 1.88) but has proven more hittable this season."
"Rhame, who relies heavily on a mid-to-upper 90s fastball, has shortened his arm stroke since signing out of Grayson (Texas) CC and has improved his ability to throw more strikes, enough so to serve as Oklahoma City's closer in last year's Pacific Coast League playoffs. His slider has become his best secondary pitch, but he also throws a curveball and changeup."
The 24-year-old Rhame had a 4.31 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 55 strikeouts in 41 games (48.0 innings) this season for Triple-A Oklahoma City in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
He tossed a perfect inning with one strikeout in his debut with Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday.
Rhame has posted a 3.10 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 307 strikeouts in 255 2/3 innings during five minor league seasons.