3 Pitching Prospects the Mets Will Need to Lean on in 2024

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Despite starting their 2024 season 2-6, the New York Mets have managed to pitch well so far.

The 2.92 team ERA they’ve produced is 6th best in the MLB, and they’re also in the MLB’s top 10 for strikeouts (79).

Mets first-year manager Carlos Mendoza is right in saying that his team’s struggles have been hitting-related thus far. Yet, his highly paid hitters are sure to start swinging better at some point.

So if New York’s pitching staff can keep performing, this team can compete for a playoff spot. But they’ll need more pitching depth in order to do so.

With ace Kodai Senga still healing from a shoulder injury and both Tylor Megill and David Peterson being hurt, the Mets are already seeking reinforcements on the mound.

Here’s what you need to know about the three pitching prospects who appear poised to join the team in 2024. 

Christian Scott

The first pitching prospect Mets fans should expect to see soon is Christian Scott

Many fans expected Scott — the Mets’ 5th-ranked overall and top-ranked pitching prospect — to start the 2024 season in New York; especially after the excellent spring training he had.

Mendoza even told the New York Post in March that, “He’s special.”

Scott posted a 2.57 ERA over 19 starts in the minors last season. In his first 2024 start for Mets’ AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Mets, Scott struck out 9 hitters across 4 innings of work.

Scott’s fastball — which averaged 95.5 mph fast season — will play in the MLB right now. The 24-year-old’s estimated MLB ETA is 2024, and the aforementioned Senga injury might even expedite that.

“In truth, his biggest knock has been that he’s still yet to crack 90 innings in a pro or college season as he enters his age-25 season. The combination of stuff and command should still get him to Queens in 2024, perhaps early after he establishes himself at Triple-A Syracuse,” according to his MLB.com profile.

Blade Tidwell

Blade Tidwell is another Mets pitching prospect that should debut in 2024. The 22-year-old former University of Tennessee ace was New York’s second-round pick of the 2022 MLB draft and is currently their 10th overall prospect.

Tidwell’s nasty slider helped him produce a 11-6 record, 3.57 ERA, and a whopping 153 strikeouts over 25 starts in the minors last season. 

Tidwell is currently playing for the AA Binghampton Rumble Ponies but appears to be on a fast track to the big leagues. MLB.com predicts that he’ll join the Mets this season.

Mets fans would be wise to track Tidwell’s progress because his future looks promising.

Mike Vasil

Another Mets pitching prospect to keep an eye on is Mike Vasil

Despite Vasil struggling with command in his first 2024 start, New York’s 11th overall prospect should bounce back in a big way.

The New York Post noted in March that Vasil’s fastball averaged 94.7 mph during one spring training start. While his stuff isn’t as jaw-dropping as Scott’s or Tidwell’s, MLB.com believes Vasil will debut for the Mets in 2024, and will soon be a big-league mainstay:

“He should still throw enough strikes to remain a starter and could get even better as he gets more comfortable working 120+-inning seasons. Vasil figures to be a rotation option in Flushing early this summer.”

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