New York Mets Roster
- NL East
- Citi Field
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Assuming Syndergaard has no setbacks in his rehabilitation, he will miss 12-14 months and return sometime in the 2021 season. Syndergaard should be avoided in all 2020 redraft leagues. Syndergaard had been looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 campaign that saw him post a career-high 4.28 ERA and give up a league-high 94 earned runs. With his season-ending injury, both Steven Matz and Michael Wacha should both be assured of rotation spots when the 2020 season begins, making both pitchers fantasy relevant in mixed and NL-only leagues.
As a result of starting pitcherNoah Syndergaard's (elbow) season-ending injury, New York Mets pitcher David Peterson may see a larger role with the team once the season begins. Peterson, the Mets top draft pick in 2017, was originally scheduled to begin the season at Triple-A. However, with Syndergaard's injury, Michael Wacha now moves into the starting rotation, leaving a hole at long relief and in the team's emergency starting pitching depth. In 2019, Peterson went 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 24 starts at Double-A. During spring training, Peterson impressed team officials by posting a 1.50 ERA and striking out six in six innings pitched. If Peterson begins the season with the Mets or is called up shortly after the season begins, he immediately gains value in deep mixed and NL-only leagues. Should one of the Mets other starting pitchers get injured, or if Wacha, Rick Porcello or Steven Matz falter at the back end of the Mets rotation, Peterson could find himself with a regular starting role on a contending team. Accordingly, Peterson should be on deep mixed and NL-only radars.
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (elbow) has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery in the near future, according to sources. The surgery will keep Syndergaard out until April of 2021 at the earliest, and his rehab is likely to stretch into the summer months of next season. You'll obviously want to avoid Thor if you've yet to have your fantasy baseball draft. It's tough news for the hard-throwing right-hander, as he was looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 campaign that saw him post a career-high 4.28 ERA and give up a league-high 94 earned runs. With his season-ending injury, both Steven Matz and Michael Wacha should both be assured of rotation spots when the 2020 season begins.
New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. Gimenez, currently ranked 84 on MLB's Top-100 Prospects list and the Mets' third overall prospect, had an unremarkable spring before it was suspended. In 14 Grapefruit League games, Gimenez posted a .214/.290/.393 slash line with one home run. With Amed Rosario entrenched as the Mets starting shortstop, the defensively sound Gimenez was expected to begin the season at Triple-A, so this move is not surprising. Despite his high prospect status, Gimenez's future role with the Mets remains unclear. Although Gimenez is already defensively superior to Rosario, the Mets top prospect, shortstop Ronny Mauricio, is also getting closer to the majors, which muddles the situation at the position for 2021 and beyond. With respect to 2020, Gimenez has some appeal as a late-round pick in NL-only leagues. In the event Rosario gets injured or fails to produce offensively and/or defensively, and Jed Lowrie continues to battle injuries, we could see Gimenez in the majors sooner than later.
Before MLB spring training was suspended, New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo had reportedly been turning scouts' heads based on his performance. Over 11 Grapefruit League games, Nimmo put up an impressive slash line of .379/.455/.552 in 29 at-bats. Following a strong 2018 campaign, a neck injury limited Nimmo to just 69 games in 2019. In 2019, he hit just .221, with decreases in other measurables. Heading into 2020, Nimmo is part of a crowded Mets outfield. This may result in a platoon role for him, especially if Yoenis Cespedes (ankle, heels) remains healthy. That said, an impressive start to the season that builds off of his spring success, combined with Michael Conforto's oblique injury, could mean regular playing time for Nimmo in the early part of 2020. As a result, Nimmo, who appears to be over last season's neck injury, remains worth a draft selection in deep mixed leagues and NL-only formats at his current ADP of 368. Nimmo could return tremendous value if he gets regular playing time batting at the top of the Mets' potent lineup.