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Birth Date6-12-1996
Height6' 2"
Weight181 lbs
Age22 years, 9 months, 12 days
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MLB Statistics

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2015 MTS Rk GCL 3 0 2.3 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 99 19.3 0.0 0.0 11.6 56% .556 2.14 0.73 15.43 86 2.05 43.4
2016 BRO A- NYP 4 4 23.0 2 2 0 10 11 39 0 100 3.9 4.3 0.0 15.3 46% .256 0.91 1.56 2.35 74 1.89 40.3
2016 KNG Rk APP 5 5 29.0 2 1 0 16 9 47 2 97 5.0 2.8 0.6 14.6 46% .255 0.86 2.34 0.62 63 1.04 24.9
2017 COL A SAL 6 6 29.0 1 2 0 24 10 27 0 89 7.4 3.1 0.0 8.4 44% .304 1.17 2.90 2.79 100 3.38 72.9

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Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 3.8 2.8 0 10 10 55.4 38 22 58 5 .243 1.09 3.15 3.49 9.5 1.0
80o 3.2 2.6 0 9 9 47.6 37 21 50 5 .261 1.21 3.60 3.98 5.7 0.6
70o 2.7 2.5 0 8 8 42.2 35 20 44 5 .275 1.29 3.93 4.35 3.4 0.4
60o 2.4 2.3 0 7 7 37.8 33 19 39 4 .286 1.37 4.22 4.67 1.7 0.2
50o 2.1 2.2 0 6 6 33.8 31 18 35 4 .297 1.44 4.50 4.98 0.4 0.0
40o 1.8 2 0 6 6 29.9 29 17 31 4 .308 1.52 4.79 5.3 -0.6 -0.1
30o 1.5 1.8 0 5 5 25.8 26 15 27 4 .320 1.61 5.10 5.65 -1.5 -0.2
20o 1.1 1.6 0 4 4 21.3 23 13 22 3 .333 1.71 5.47 6.07 -2.2 -0.2
10o 0.8 1.2 0 3 3 15.3 18 10 16 2 .353 1.86 6.02 6.67 -2.5 -0.3
Weighted Mean22.106632.62917344.2931.424.454.920.60.1

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2019-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)Can we have your hottest, spiciest take for the 2020 Mets top prospect? (My money for your pick here is Newton)
(James from NYC)
If I was gonna bet on one dude from the field it's probably Thomas Szapucki, whose shown Top 101 stuff before and could blitz three levels or so if fully healthy with the stuff back. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)I can't imagine Thomas Szapucki was in the discussion for this list given his health concerns. Is he still on the 101? How does he compare to other non-listers like Dylan Cease, Franklin Perez, and Mitch White?
(Jim from Detroit)
Szapucki is another Manning/Groome type guy, it's started to look better, the velo isn't quite all the way back though, and we have a back injury and a shoulder impingement in the last year. That's not great, Bob. Upside is comparable to those dudes still (behind Cease if you really like Cease which many of us do), but the risks here are extreme now. His 101 status is pretty contingent on the next two months I'd think. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)Craig, What do you know about the health statuses of Dillon Tate, Thomas Szapucki and Tyler Jay? Thanks
(RAWagman from CST)
I don't have anything on Tate. Szapucki had a shoulder impingement and was supposedly throwing at the end of camp. Jay has a shoulder issue (along with Gonsalves). Not sure on when they'll throw again. (Craig Goldstein)
2017-03-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)What prospects are you looking to buy a bunch of pre-season stocks this year so this time next year you their stock will be drastically higher so you can say to everyone "Look I got in on the ground floor on ___"?
(Igor from At a Bar)
So the "problem" - and it's not really a problem at all - when you contribute to lists is that I've pretty much revealed all of my "helium" guys, and our lists reflect them. So like I can give you, say, Thomas Szapucki, Dustin May, and Alec Hansen, but BP's writings and lists already have that purchase price built in. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Thomas Szapucki has a *similar* (sub 2.5 ERA, 10+ K/9) season as last year, but in A/A+ while throwing 100+ innings, how far up prospect lists can he rise?
(Arty H from NJC)
I'd probably get a lot less side eye if he is the Mets arm at #17 on the 2018 list in that case. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)I love Thomas Szapucki. If he can put together a season in A ball (more innings- say 110-120) that is consistent with his peripherals from last year, how far up this list will he shoot? top 30?
(Ralph from NJ)
He'd have been close to that without the back issues in 2016 (could say the same about Allard and Puk too). A full healthy year at Columbia with that stuff could get him that high, sure. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Thomas Szapucki?
(Fred from NY)
I refuse to have opinions about age-20 pitchers in the low minors. We have in each of us only so much capacity for love, and I distribute mine carefully. (Patrick Dubuque)
2017-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Trevor-- The Mets lost their 2015 first rounder when the signed Cuddyer, but still made out with Desmond Lindsay in the 2nd round and Thomas Szapucki in the 5th round. Is it safe to say they made out with two first round talents?
(Dan C from New York City)
I always hesitate to grade players as first round talents in baseball. This feels easier in football where grading talent is just kind of a no-brainer after a year. With MLB development and scouting being such black boxes, it seems to me that first round talent is kind of a weird mix of affordability and coaching as opposed to position. That said: either the Mets are a powerhouse in scouting or development or both, or they totally gamed the system because Lindsay and Szapucki look like top tier talents. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Even though the Mets lost their 2015 first round pick, they seem to have made out pretty well in that draft (Desmond Lindsay in the 2nd and Thomas Szapucki in the 5th). Is it fair to say they made out with two first round talents? Would they each be drafted in the first round in a redraft?
(Carson from NY)
I feel like we might be doing a redraft of that year this Summer? I think Szapucki definitely would be and Lindsay would certainly be in the mix. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)In how many systems would Thomas Szapucki be the best prospect?
(Greggy from Psl )
Without actually going back and double-checking this, I think it's a half dozenish. Exactly the ones you'd expect, I imagine. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-12-08 23:00:00 (link to chat)Last prospect keeper slot should go to which young arm: Luis Ortiz, Yohander Mendez, Riley Pint, or Thomas Szapucki?
(seddrah from Seattle)
Gimme Yohander, best mix of proximity and potential.

Mmm, and I almost forgot to kick off a proper soundtrack. Basabe's flight got me feelin' militant. Let's let the Weavers take the mic, yeah? (Wilson Karaman)
2016-12-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mets seem to have a couple prospects with some serious helium velocity, specifically Thomas Szapucki, Andres Gimenez and Desmond Lindsay. What do you make of these guys and which have the best chance of being a top 50 prospect by midseason?
(Hermes from NYC)
If you're talking about the BP Top 50, I'd certainly guess Szap. Jeff and Jarrett love that guy, and if he maintains the velo to start 2017, people are going to lose their minds. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)It seems like there are signs that Thomas Szapucki both will and will not continue to develop as a starter – curious for your take?
(Thomas from TX)
The Mets were already comfortable pushing a starter's workload on him in game, which is good. Other than the possibility that his back problems recur and general pitcher volatility, I don't see any reason he can't stick. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Got to watch a lot of Brooklyn Cyclones this year- can honestly say I don't remember watching a minor league team with that much talent. Justin Dunn, Desmond Lindsay, Thomas Szapucki and Peter Alonso all look like they have a chance at becoming solid major leaguers, right?
(Earl of Sandwich from Brooklyn)
I'm lower on Alonso than most, but yeah, it was a fun little squad, especially after last year's being pretty barren. I'd throw in Merandy Gonzalez too, raw and probably a reliever, but potential major league arm for sure. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)How is Steve Matz as a comp for Thomas Szapucki?
(Cole from Ibiza)
Lofty, but not impossible. And he already has durability concerns. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-09-07 19:00:00 (link to chat)So who do you take J.P. Crawford or Amed Rosario and do you have a guy who could really rise in prospect ranks next year?
(Mike from NY)
Crawford. I'll be a homer and take Thomas Szapucki for the second part. I guess this begins the Thomas Szapucki portion of the chat. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thomas Szapucki or Dylan Cease? Joe Musgrove or Robert Gsellman? Tomas Nido or Reese McGuire?
(Felipe from Alpine)
Cease; Gsellman; McGuire. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tell me about Thomas Szapucki. Next big Mets pitching prospect?
(Craig from Ooh Ah)
Okay, now the actual report. Jarrett Seidler covered most of this is the Ten Pack earlier this week, but the cliff notes: Big fastball, touched 97 early and was 93-95 for most of the start, can cut or run. Bores 95 on the hands of righties. Curve and change are rough, but flashed late in the start. You could go a future 6/5 if you really liked it (I really liked it). The mechanics are a bit unorthodox, and there is a lot of effort in the stretch, but the arm action itself is fine and the velocity is easy. Reminded Jarrett of Niese in the delivery, I saw some Ollie there as well (Mets fans hate that comp, but Perez was a monster when he first came up) Szapucki's raw, but the upside here is huge. He'll make the 101, and I suspect that's not the only national list he'll be on. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you know about Thomas Szapucki?
(Dick from VA)
Not too much. He's a lefty who can touch the upper-90s, but he's ages away from the majors. There's a whole lotta development that has to happen before we really have a feel for what he could be. (J.P. Breen)
2016-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Adam, I live in Brooklyn and am a Mets fan and have had the pleasure of watching a very talented Cyclones team this year. Specifically, Justin Dunn, Thomas Szapucki and Desmond Lindsay (.308/.444./.514 jump out at me. How do you project those three guys?
(Ian from Brooklyn)
I like something (or a lot of things) about all three of those players, respectively. I think Dunn could be very good, Szapucki I can see in the big leagues in some capacity. Maybe as a starter, though I can see his angle and mix of stuff playing well in shorter stints. Desmond Lindsay's ability to hit and stay through the ball to all fields really jumped out at me as an amateur. He's been a nice boost for the system. (Adam McInturff)
2016-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. Please rank these starting pitchers in terms of stuff: Dillon Cease, Thomas Szapucki, Alec Hanson, Cal Quantril, Luiz Gohara, Ian Anderson, Justin Dunn, Michael Kopech.
(Ralph from Bronx)
Hmmm...pure stuff. This is a great question.

Lets go...Alec Hanson first maybe? He doesn't throw as hard as Kopech but I think he has a better breaking ball right now in its pure form. Then Kopech, I suppose, just because of the velo. Let's say Cease third, Dunn fourth? Those guys could be reversed, too. Quantrill fifth, Ian Anderson, then Gohara, then Szapucki. All these guys have great stuff though. (Adam McInturff)
2016-08-15 22:00:00 (link to chat)Mets seem to have an abundance of low level pitching prospects- Thomas Szapucki, Justin Dunn, Merandy Gonzalez, Andrew Chruch are some of the better ones. Do you really like any of those guys/how does each profile in MLB?
(Cole from Jersey City)
Jarrett caught Szapucki recently and came away gushing about the FB and projection. And Jeff wrote about both Dunn and Gonzalez this summer, with both - especially the former - showing intriguing and potentially faster-moving relief profiles.

Gonzalez: (Wilson Karaman)
2016-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any mets prospects you like more than the average guy?
(Gary from NJ)
-Chris Viall--XXL (6'9'') power arm from Stanford, has a lot of stuff, we'll see if anything can click control/command/consistency-wise.
-Jake Simon--LHP was the team's 11th-rounder in 2015, over-slot prep southpaw from Texas. Striking out hitters and keeping a ton of balls on the ground over a solid showing for Kingsport every fifth day.

Brooklyn: Pete Alonso, Blake Tiberi both college performers who fit that Harrison Bader type of player (talked about earlier) where they'll have to perform at every level...but also have the chance to be the types of grinders who just go out and do that.

Definitely will give Thomas Szapucki his own little bit here, though. There are a few more I could mention, but he really impressed when he was in the Appy League and he got promoted. High school lefty in 2015 in the first 10 rounds from a Florida high school. Really tough angle on hitters with an arm-slot that's death for lefties, especially. Gets good run on a fastball that touched 96 most every start (sitting 92-94) with some feel for a slider. It isn't an Anderson Espinoza type of low-level minors pitching prospect where you're really pushing a teenage pitcher way up your minor league prospect board, but Szapucki has been the type of guy you see in the Appy League who has a lot of big league ingredients, and you take note of that.

Good year for Appy League lefties overall. Kolby Allard was there, now Joey Wentz is, and there's Resly Linares for Princeton (Rays) as well as Szapucki, obviously. (Adam McInturff)

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