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  1. Sussman, I am a huge Mets fan but in reading your work in respect of the Mets here and on Bullpen Banter I can’t help wondering if you’re being too optimistic vis-à-vis the Mets?

    You say here the organization’s FSL affiliate has the “minor leagues’ best rotation”???? That is indeed heavy praise.

    You also seem to think pretty highly of Cory Mazzoni – saying here that the organization has “Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni in the upper minors”? Zack Wheeler is well above Montero, who I think has the ceiling of a #3 starter; I’m not sure Mazzoni should even be mentioned in the same sentence as the other two. Is Mazzoni even back-of-the-rotation material??

    I should say though that I enjoy your writing and am very much hoping that you are correct with this and all of your other lavish praise you have been heaping on the Mets’ minor league system – the Mets are long overdue for a championship and while your predictions are much loftier than most others (Sickels, Law, Mayo, and BA) if you are correct the wait could be over sooner rather than later!

    Comment by Yoko Ono — May 3, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

  2. If you read my comments from the FG Mets’ Top 15, I’m actually not overly optimistic about Mets prospects.

    I didn’t intend to implied anything overly positive about Mazzoni by listing him as an “upper minors” pitching prospect. That’s what he is. Though, I do understand by including him and excluding others, that could have been implied.

    The one rotation that gives St. Luice a run for the title of best minor league rotation is Fort Wayne. It’s subjective, but Syndergaard, Tapia, Mateo and Fuller are all Top 150 guys and Robles is close too.

    Comment by JD Sussman — May 3, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  3. Glad I wasn’t alone in the confusion about Cory Mazzoni. I was not aware being mediocre as a 22 year old in AA was worth being mentioned.

    Comment by Stringer Bell — May 3, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  4. Reminds me a little of Roger Clemens, maybe just built like him.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — May 3, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

  5. Like I said JD – hope you’re right about everything!

    Great work as usual!

    Comment by Yoko Ono — May 3, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

  6. Nice write up JD

    Comment by Chris Blessing — May 3, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

  7. You clearly don’t follow mets minor league baseball, the mets do have the best rotation in the FSL. Rafael Montero and Cory Mazoni should be mentioned with Zach wheeler. They just haven’t had as much hype as Zach has had because they are younger. Rafael Montero has just as high of a ceiling as wheeler.

    Comment by Brandon — May 4, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

  8. Flat out wrong. Wheeler has two pitches that grade as plus to plus-plus major league offerings. Montero doesn’t have a fastball or breaking ball nearly as good as Wheeler’s, he makes due with excellent fastball command and a good change-up. While Montero might advance quickly due to his good command, the fact is that Wheeler would still be the better prospect even if Montero was at AAA right now.

    Comment by Rob — May 4, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

  9. If you’re not overly optimistic about the Mets’ prospects, why did you say “the rich get richer”?

    Comment by andrewf — May 4, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

  10. We need to be excited about our prospects- we are building an excellent foundation after years of missed free agent signings-all of these prospects are really good and if 2 or 3 pan out to join harvey and neise-this will start to look like our late 80’s rotations

    Comment by Scott — May 4, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

  11. A 9.8-2.4 K/bb in AA, young for the level, is “mediocre”?

    Comment by Wobatus — June 24, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

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