Originally posted on New York Mets Report  |  Last updated 12/19/13
Matt Mosher writes… During a Baseball Prospectus Chat today, I asked Jason Parks, their head prospect guy, if the Mets farm was Top 10. (I assumed they were) He replied that they definitely were not. That’s noteworthy because I believe he ranked them at No. 10 last year. So, at least according to one outlet, the farm’s overall ranking has dropped. Be interesting to see if Baseball America drops them some too. They are usually more harsh on the Mets than BP is. The lack of bats is completely killing them. Joe D. writes… Thanks for the heads up. I’m not surprised at all. With Zack Wheeler now in the Majors, you’d have to think they’d take a hit. But what really hurts them most was that top picks Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini didn’t burst out of the gate the way everyone expected. Additionally, their top position player Cesar Puello was suspended for PEDs. I would say the Mets are probably in the 14-16 range and mostly because of Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, a solid and “healthy” season from Steven Matz, the emergence of Gabriel Ynoa and Jeff Walters, and Kevin Plawecki producing in A-Ball. By the way, how bad was that Fangraphs Top 10? * * * * * * * * Here are a couple of relevant Mets related questions from yesterday’s chat at BP: Maybe an early holiday gift for readers: OFP grades/lines for Syndergaard, Stephenson, and Giolito?  Syndergaard: 7 FB; 7 CB; 6+ CH OFP: 7; No. 2 starter Stephenson: 7+ FB; 7 CB; 5+ CH OFP: 7; No. 2 starter Giolito: 8 FB; 8 CB; 6+ CH OFP: 8; No. 1 starter The Mets are a top ten farm, right? No. They aren’t a top ten farm. They have some very nice pieces, but it fades quickly after the first few names on the list. Is Dominic Smith already the #1 ranked 1B prospect in the game? Potential 25/100? I don’t see that kind of over-the-fence power from him. I like the bat, but I wouldn’t take him over Singleton, even with Singleton’s recent run of slack. Thanks to Matt Mosher for the email and link to BP…  
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