Montero PITTSBURGH -- Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi dissected the Mets' Futures Game participants with Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden on SiriusXM, including Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard. They officially will start opposite each other in the game, which will be televised Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
"Montero will be a guy that comes in and throws nothing but strikes," Ricciardi said. "... He's a strike machine. He'll work both sides of the plate -- 93, 94 mph. A good breaking ball. I think he's going to be a really good guy in the big leagues, probably a very, very solid No. 4. If his command and control exceeds expectations, he'd probably end up being a No. 3. But he's a young kid and he's kind of moved through the system fast, so this will be probably the biggest stage he's been on in a long, long time."
As for Syndergaard, Ricciardi said: "I just saw him the other night up in Binghamton. He was 96 to 98 mph. A really, really hard power sinker. A nasty power sinker. A very good slider. The curveball and the changeup were works in progress, but those are the only things stopping him from being a complete guy right now."
The Mets' third participant is outfielder Brandon Nimmo, their 2011 first-round pick out of high school in Wyoming.
"He's a young kid. He's a ways away," Ricciardi said. "He's got a really good command of the strike zone. A good outfielder. A big, strong kid. Still developing. In Brandon's case, he's young. This is going to be a big step for him, but he's got a nice future ahead of him."