The Mets' top prospect for 2017 is 21-year-old SS Amed Rosario, according an organizational Top 10 list by Baseball America...
|1||SS Amed Rosario||21||2017|
|2||1B Dominic Smith||21||2017|
|3||RHP Justin Dunn||21||2019|
|4||OF Demond Lindsay||19||2019|
|5||OF Brandon Nimmo||23||-|
|6||INF Gavin Cecchini||22||-|
|7||RHP Robert Gsellman||23||-|
|8||LHP Thomas Szapucki||20||2019|
|9||RHP Gabriel Ynoa||23||-|
|10||C Tomas Nido||22||2018|
The Mets recently added Rosario, RHP Marcos Molina, OF Wuilmer Becerra, RHP Chris Flexen, and Nido to their 40-man roster, which will protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft.
According to TPG Mets, no other players on BA's top 10 list are eligible.
Szapucki, who is from Toms River, NJ, turned a lot of heads last season, despite still being young and green. I had more than one scout that watched him tell me he has the most raw talent and upside of any pitcher in the team's system.
"He has an electric arm speed," Brooklyn Cyclones pitching coach Bill Bryk, Jr. told MLB.com this past August. "Thank God for giving him that lightning bolt for an arm."
People I've talked with say Szapucki is very reminiscent of Steven Matz, who is also a 6' 2" left-handed starter from the Tri-State area. He doesn't have Matz's velocity, but it's coming. Szapucki picked up 3-5 mph on his fastball last season, occasionally touching 96-97 mph. Similarly, he made improvements with his curve ball, which has more far more snap than when he was drafted.