Posted October 08, 2018 05:29:22 The New York Mets are going to be without one of their top pitching prospects.
In a stunning move, general manager Sandy Alderson traded the club’s 2016 starting pitcher, Jon Niese, to the Texas Rangers for two prospects on Wednesday.
As MLBTR reported, Nieso was one of two pitchers the Mets had considered for the team’s rotation, along with the right-hander Mike Minor.
However, the team chose to trade Niesse to the Rangers for minor league pitchers Chris Young and Kyle Kendrick.
Young, the Mets’ second-round pick in the 2017 draft, is an exciting pitcher who posted a 2.19 ERA with a career 3.00 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 14 innings at Triple-A Las Vegas last season.
Kendrick, the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft, has been very good in Triple- A this year, posting a 2:01 ERA with 6.3 K/9 against 2.2 BB/9.
Kendrick is the third pitcher the Mets have dealt to the team, following the trade of left-hander Andrew Miller in the offseason and the trade with the Pirates in the winter.
In all, the club has acquired 12 pitching prospects, including two pitchers in the trade.
With the trade, the New York Metropolitans have dealt two of their best pitchers in terms of future upside.
The two prospects in the deal were both taken with the 16th overall pick, which is also the number one overall pick.
Both pitchers are pitchers who can be added to the rotation in the near future, but this trade also makes sense because of the Mets own need to add more quality pitching prospects at the top of the order.
First, Young, a right-handed pitcher, has a big-league track record, pitching to a 2-0 record with a 3.16 ERA and 2.33 K/BB in 16 starts at the Triple- and Double-A levels this year.
His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he has good movement on it.
Young has a chance to be a solid starter in the big leagues.
He has a long track record of success with the Mets and has been a key member of the rotation this season.
Young is a solid, high-quality starter, and he can be a good addition to the Mets bullpen in the future.
The Rangers traded Minor to the New Orleans Pelicans for Minor’s rights on Wednesday, along the team of three minor leaguers.
Minor is a 23-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic who has pitched to a 1-1 record with one save and a 3,542 ERA with the Nationals.
His ERA sits in double digits with a 1.74 ERA this season and has pitched well at Triple A this season, but he needs to continue to get better as a starter.
Minor could become a rotation option in the Mets organization if he continues to develop as a starting option.
Minor had a great 2016 season in Triple A and has the potential to develop into a future starter in this league.
However the Rangers had to deal two of the best pitchers available in a trade to acquire Minor, and the team could use some pitching help.
If Minor develops into a top-of-the-rotation starter, he would be an interesting addition to a bullpen that could be stacked with quality arms.
Minor has a high ceiling and he could have a big future as a reliever.
The Mets should be better than they were last year.
The team had a solid year in 2016 and is in a good spot with the 2018 season on the horizon.
The club will be looking to improve their bullpen, and it will be up to the staff to do it.