Today Scout.com released its list of the top 100 prospects in the minor leagues. Kiley McDaniel, who comprised the list, explains that he excluded any player expected to be a starter opening day which is why Mets fans won't find Travis d'Arnaud anywhere on the list.
Three Mets however did make their way onto the list, with the obvious choice, Noah Syndergaard, landing at number 16 overall. As nearly everyone knows, Syndergaard is one of the most highly respected pitching prospects in baseball right now, possessing a skill set that could project him as a #2 or better. He is likely to slot into the team's rotation mid-summer and could be the punctuation mark on a rotation that includes he, Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey for years to come.
From there you have to scroll all the way down to 74 where you'll find first baseman, Dominic Smith. This is a strong showing for Smith who has played only 51 games of professional baseball after being drafted last summer in the 2013 Amatuer Draft. He figures to be the team's best position prospect for some time as he navigates the minor league system.
The final Mets prospect to appear is Rafael Montero at 78. Montero too is expected to make an impact on the 2014 season and could be ready to contribute by mid-summer as well. Although he doesn't project as high as Syndergaard, he could round out what is an already formidable starting rotation. If nothing else, he figures to be a comfortable backup plan should a starter go down to injury as the season progresses.
Three in the top one hundred probably seems a little short, but its fair to note that d'Arnaud would have joined this group if he wasn't expected to break camp with the team. Its also worth nothing that this is a Mets system that recently graduated Matt Harvey as well. Overall, while the organization's farm system remains in a state of repair is has already and looks as if it will continue to contribute to the big league roster.