New York Mets: Diving Into the Farm System and Some Prospects
The MLB Trade Deadline and the MLB Draft has been over for a while now. All 30 MLB teams farm systems were recently updated with new top prospects in the system. The New York Mets don’t have a great farm system, to begin with, but they do have some guys in the minors that could potentially help them out in the near future.
New York’s record so far this season is 53-55. They are four games back of the second wild-card spot in the National League and the Mets are 11 games back of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East. Who are some of the top prospects in New York’s system at the moment?
The top prospect in their farm system is shortstop, Ronny Mauricio. He was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2017. Mauricio is only 18 years old and he isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022. The New York Mets do not plan on rushing him at all. Ronny Mauricio is currently playing in Single-A with the Columbia Fireflies. He has a ton of upside on both sides of the ball. Amed Rosario is the current shortstop on the roster and he is getting better as well. It will be interesting what the Mets do with Mauricio when it is his time to reach the majors. In 92 games played in so far this season, his batting average is .283 with three home runs and 26 RBI’s, along with four stolen bases. Ronny Mauricio’s on-base percentage is .323.
The second-best prospect in the New York Mets farm system is third baseman, Brett Baty. He was drafted in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Baty is just 19 years old and he isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2023. This is another prospect that this franchise will take their time with. Brett Baty will be the future third baseman. He has a ton of pop with his bat and Baty is also underrated defensively. He is currently playing in rookie ball with the Kingsport Mets. Brett Baty just played in three games to start his professional career with the GCL Mets. In 25 overall minor league games played in so far this season, his batting average is .211 with four home runs and 18 RBI’s. Baty’s on-base percentage is .343.
The third-best prospect in New York’s farm system is shortstop, Andres Gimenez. Giminez dropped from the top prospect in the farm system to the third best. He is still a very good player. The thing is he may not have a future with this organization because of Amed Rosario and Ronny Mauricio. Andres Giminez is 20 years old and he is projected to reach the majors in 2020. Gimenez was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2015. He is currently playing in Double-A right now with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. In 87 games played so far this season, his batting average is .245 with six home runs and 28 RBI’s, along with 21 stolen bases. Andres Gimenez’s on-base percentage is .310.
The fourth-best prospect in the Mets farm system is right-handed pitcher, Matthew Allan. He moved in the farm system rankings immediately once left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay and right-handed pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson were both traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. Allan has the tools to be a top-line starter in the majors. He was a third-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Matthew Allan is a first-round talent and he slipped in the draft because of potential contract issues.
Allan is 18 years old and he won’t reach the majors until 2023. His fastball already reaches 97 MPH and it could even get faster. Matthew Allan has also a plethora of secondary pitches in the curveball and the changeup. They are both quality pitches because they get batters out. He is currently pitching with the GCL Mets. Allan has only pitched in one game with them and he has pitched one inning and given up one hit. Matthew Allan also walked two batters.
The fifth-best prospect in their farm system is catcher, Francisco Alvarez. He was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2018. This might be the best catching prospect the New York Mets have had in years. They have some other quality catching prospects at the moment, but this player could be something else. New York will most likely not see this player before the 2023 season and he is only 17 years old. Alvarez started the season with the GCL Mets for six games. He has played in 23 games overall in the minors so far this season and his batting average is .365 with four home runs and 18 RBI’s. Francisco Alvarez’s on-base percentage is .449.
The sixth-best prospect in the New York Mets farm system is third baseman, Mark Vientos. He is only 19 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Vientos is currently in Single-A with the Columbia Fireflies. He will most likely be the third baseman for a short amount of time when he reaches the big leagues because of Brett Baty. Mark Vientos was a second-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. In 93 games played in so far this season, his batting average is .254 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. Vientos’s on-base percentage is .301.
The seventh-best prospect in New York’s farm system is left-handed pitcher, David Peterson. He was a first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. Peterson is currently playing in Double-A with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. He is currently on the seven-day injured list. David Peterson is 23 years old and is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. It might be hard for him to crack the starting rotation, especially if Zack Wheeler re-signs with the Mets. Peterson is more of a ground ball pitcher. His fastball will reach the low 90s, but he has good secondary pitches. David Peterson’s record in the minors so far this season is 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA. In 87.1 innings pitched, he has given up 96 hits and 51 runs. Peterson has walked 29 batters and struck out 93, in 18 games pitched.
The ninth-best prospect in the Mets farm system is right-handed pitcher, Josh Wolf. Wolf was a second-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. He also has the potential to be a front line starter in the majors. Josh Wolf is only 18 years old and isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2023. He reaches the 90s with his fastball, but his velocity could use some work. Wolf’s breaking pitch could be very effective. He throws a 12-6 curveball that reaches the 80s. Josh Wolf is currently pitching with the GCL Mets. In one inning, he has given up one hit. Wolf has struck out a batter, in one game pitched.
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