Mets Top 20 Prospects for 2014, According to Sickels
Sickels uses a letter grading system for prospects.
B: Good Chance For Success
C: Common Prospects
Just a few from the list with some of my own comments mixed in.
Thor: A-. The Mets only A. Predicted as a #2 starter.
TDA: B+. Just missing giving the Mets 2 elite prospects. Injury issues and the fact he has been around so long seem to be the only thing keeping him off the A list.
Montero: B+. Again only slightly away from giving the Mets another elite prospect. "People are still sleeping on this guy. " Predicted as a #3 starter.
All together the Mets have 13 players that receive a B or better.
A-: 1, borderline A.
B+: 2, borderline A-.
B: 3, borderline B-
That has to be much better than when Alderson arrived. Taking the Montero debate aside as to who is responsible, you can attribute at least 9 of the 13 to the current administration. Looking at the list as a whole and including the other 2 C+ prospects that Sickels mentions can be interchangeable, the Mets have added 16 of their top 22 since Alderson and company arrived.
Breaking down the list even more, of those 22:
1B: 2 (Counted Flores here, lets be honest)
Interesting to see in print what we already know. The Mets are locked and loaded in terms of RHP but are a little thin in most of the other areas.
This seems to be one of the few list from prospect services that I have little to argue with. To me it looks like he nailed it.