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Five minor league Mets that could help in 2015

Should the Mets need reinforcements this season, these minor leaguers could be of value. Some of the players already have a spot on the Mets' 40-man roster, meaning they only would need to replace a player currently in the majors on the Mets' 25-man roster. For those players not yet on the team's 40-man roster, they must take someone's place on that list, too.

MATT BOWMAN, RHP

A 23-year-old starting pitcher from Chevy Chase, Maryland,
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A 23-year-old starting pitcher from Chevy Chase, Maryland, Matt Bowman was selected in the 13th round of the 2012 draft out of Princeton and has earned a reputation for being a thoughtful, smart pitcher. Bowman’s control is excellent and he has a 3.73 strikeout to walk ratio in four seasons. A groundball machine, Bowman has also struck out 287 hitters in 310.1 innings, a winning combination. He has a career 3.42 ERA in the minors and is currently at Triple-A Las Vegas. Bowman does not have a spot on the Mets’ 40-man roster.

JACK LEATHERSICH, LHP

UPDATE: Leathersich was called to the majors on
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UPDATE: Leathersich was called to the majors on April 29
The Massachusetts-born Jack Leathersich was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. The 24-year-old reliever has been a dominant strikeout pitcher, fanning 347 in 204.1 innings (15.3 per nine). His issue always has been control -- 4.8 walks per nine innings in his career. He’s seemingly worked on the issue with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, where he has 13 strikeouts and only two walks in seven innings. He is on the Mets’ 40-man roster.

STEVEN MATZ, LHP

Steven Matz, 23, was born in Stony Brook
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Steven Matz, 23, was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School. Selected in the second round of the 2009 draft, Matz had Tommy John surgery before he was ever able to make his pro debut. Once he began pitching in the minors in 2012, it was evident the starter was on the fast track to the majors. In 55 games (54 starts), Matz has a 2.30 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and has struck out 305 in 297.2 innings. Currently in Triple-A Las Vegas’ rotation, Matz is on the Mets’ 40-man roster.

MATT REYNOLDS, SS

Playing mostly with Single-A Advanced St. Lucie in
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Playing mostly with Single-A Advanced St. Lucie in 2013, Oklahoma native Matt Reynolds hit .225 and projected as a utility player if he ever reached the majors. He’s causing evaluators to have second thoughts, however, after two seasons during which the shortstop has dominated with the bat at the higher levels of the minors. Reynolds hit .343 with a .405 on-base percentage and .454 slugging percentage in 126 games with Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas last season. He’s picked up right where he left off, batting .333 with a .382 OBP and .551 slugging percentage this year in 19 games with Las Vegas. Selected in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft, Reynolds, 24, is not on the Mets’ 40-man roster.

NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP

Noah Syndergaard, 22, originally was selected in the
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Noah Syndergaard, 22, originally was selected in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. But the Texas native came to New York in the deal for R.A. Dickey. Syndergaard is 32-19 with a 3.22 ERA in 97 minor league games (87 starts). He gave up 154 hits in 133 innings during his first stint with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014. This year, he’s allowed just 11 hits in 14.2 innings. Syndergaard is on the Mets’ 40-man roster.

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