The past two days have seen the Mets promote a pair of starting pitchers from Triple-A Las Vegas to take two spots in their rotation. Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom each fared well in their Major League debut, but the Mets' top prospect, right-hander Noah Syndergaard, remains in the Minor Leagues.
Syndergaard's Major League debut is coming, likely sometime this summer. But for now, he will continue to matriculate with the 51s.
On Friday, Syndergaard will take part in a premier pitchers' duel when he squares off with El Paso right-hander Matt Wisler, the Padres' No. 3 prospect. The game, which begins at 9:05 p.m. ET, can be seen on MiLB.TV.
Syndergaard, ranked No. 10 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, struck out a season-high 10 batters in his last outing. In eight starts this season, he has a 3.92 ERA and a 46-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 43 2/3 innings.
Wisler, ranked No. 67 on the Top 100, began the season with Double-A San Antonio and was promoted to El Paso earlier this month. He struggled in his first two starts in the Pacific Coast League, allowing 12 runs on 16 hits in 6 1/3 innings. But Wisler has a stellar track record since the Padres selected him in the seventh round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Even after two poor starts in Triple-A, he has a 2.89 career ERA in full-season ball.
Wisler has flown through the Minor Leagues and is just 21 years old. If he had begun the season with El Paso, he would have been the second-youngest player in the PCL on Opening Day. As it was, Wisler was the seventh-youngest player in the Texas League.
In addition to Syndergaard and Wisler, several other pitchers ranked in the Top 100 are scheduled to start Friday, including Jon Gray (No. 13), Robert Stephenson (No. 16), Julio Urias (No. 54), Braden Shipley (No. 66), Matt Barnes (No. 74), Nick Kingham (No. 91) and Daniel Norris (No. 100). Fans can watch Stephenson, Barnes and Kingham on MiLB.TV, beginning with Kingham and Double-A Altoona hosting Richmond at 6:30 p.m.
Top prospect probables
Barnes (Red Sox's No. 6), Pawtucket at Indianapolis
Chris Beck (White Sox No. 8), Birmingham at Huntsville
Austin Brice (Marlins' No. 19), Jupiter vs. Brevard County
Cody Dickson (Pirates' No. 19), West Virginia at Augusta
Drew Gagnon (Brewers' No. 16), Huntsville vs. Birmingham
Gray (Rockies' No. 1), Tulsa at Northwest Arkansas
Rob Kaminsky (Cardinals' No. 3), Peoria vs. Wisconsin
Kingham (Pirates' No. 8), Altoona vs. Richmond
Sean Manaea (Royals' No. 4), Wilmington at Lynchburg
Francelis Montas (White Sox No. 16), Winston-Salem vs. Frederick
Norris (Blue Jays' No. 4), Dunedin at Bradenton
Aaron Northcraft (Braves' No. 15), Mississippi vs. Tennessee
Wes Parsons (Braves' No. 20), Lynchburg vs. Wilmington
Victor Payano (Rangers' No. 17), Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac
Tom Robson (Blue Jays' No. 14), Lansing vs. Dayton
Braden Shipley (D-backs' No. 2), South Bend vs. Fort Wayne
Teddy Stankiewicz (Red Sox's No. 17), Greenville at Savannah
Stephenson (Reds' No. 1), Pensacola vs. Jacksonville
Chris Stratton (Giants' No. 7), San Jose at Visalia
Syndergaard (Mets' No. 1), Las Vegas at El Paso
Nick Travieso (Reds' No. 7), Dayton at Lansing
Blake Treinen (Nationals' No. 17), Syracuse at Toledo
Julio Urias (Dodgers' No. 3), Rancho Cucamonga vs. Lancaster
Wisler (Padres' No. 3), El Paso vs. Las Vegas
Mike Wright (Orioles' No. 5), Norfolk vs. Louisville
Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill.