New York Mets Top 5 Prospects Post-Trade Deadlineby Yehuda Schwartz August 24, 2021 0 comments
Baez is now also on the shelf, just weeks after being dealt for a top prospect. In a blockbuster deal with the Cubs, the Mets sent outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong to the Southside. Crow-Armstrong is a 20-year-old prospect who has only a few professional games under his belt, but hit over .400 during that time. Despite losing the first-rounder, New York still has a deep system that includes top-30 prospect Francisco Alvarez and three more top-100s in Ronny Mauricio, Brett Baty, and Matt Allan. The Mets also have Mark Vientos and J.T. Ginn in the wings.
The Metropolitans have a very good outlook in addition to a great current roster. The likes of Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, and Jacob deGrom block shortstop, second base, first base, and part of the rotation.
Make sure to check out all of our Updated Prospect Articles.
1. Francisco Alvarez, Catcher
Alvarez is a once-in-a-decade prospect who has the chance to be a generational talent. He lines up with the likes of Buster Posey, Yadier Molina, and Salvador Perez as a future star. Signed as an international free agent, the 19-year-old has more than held his own as one of the youngest players in High-A. He has 18 home runs on the season and will look to top 20 by seasons end. He also has been a stalwart behind the plate as well as a nuisance for base runners. Look for Alvarez to debut at the end of 2022, but more likely 2023.
2. Brett Baty, Third Baseman
Baty is your classic power hitter, but was drafted as an older high school pick. He has surged despite that. Taken as the Mets first round pick in 2019, Baty has been one of the better prospects in baseball. He climbed to Double-A right after the futures game, and the 21-year-old is hitting .285/.369/.475 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs. The Mets recently moved him over to left field for some of his defense in order to increase his versatility. If New York has more of a need at third base or outfield one won’t be surprised to see Baty being aggressively pushed towards the show. Realistically, the third baseman can be in the majors as early as May next year.
3. Ronny Mauricio, Infielder
Signed as the prized prospect in the 2017 international market, Mauricio has showed a very impressive steady progression despite questions. The shortstop may have to move to third base or center field once all is said and done, but his bat will play. The tall 20-year-old has great bat speed, which has translated to some better gap to gap play this season. Mauricio has also slugged 16 home runs and stole six bases for good measure. Look for him to be ready early 2023 if not by the end of 2022.
4. Mark Vientos, Infielder
Vientos may have had the best jump of any prospect in the Mets system. Still only 21, the 2017 second-round pick has shown major strides in defense at third base. This accompanies monster power that scouts always hoped the Florida product would grow into. In 2021 in Double-A, Vientos has his 21 home runs with 54 RBIs, along with an nice .274/.345/.583 slash line. If he continues like this, he may find himself wearing some blue and orange before seasons end in a pennant race.
5. J.T. Ginn, Starting Pitcher
Ginn has a claim to fame that not many have: He was a top draft pick twice. In 2018, the Dodgers could not come to an agreement, sending the righty back to Mississippi. In 2020, the Mets were able to pick him up with their second round selection as he had just undergone Tommy John surgery and was falling on most boards. Ginn’s fastball can reach triple digits and has some live action that not many prospects boast. His slider is just as big of a headache to hitters as his fastball. He also has a changeup that is developed to tunnel with the fastball and slider, further keeping the hitters off-balance. The 22-year-old has put together a solid first season with a 3.84 ERA through 63.1 innings with 57 strikeouts and a 1.07 WHIP. Look for him to make an impact in last 2022. If not, 2023.
What Does the Future Hold?
The Mets also have some impressive youngsters in Jaylen Palmer, Carlos Cortes, Matt Allan, and Alex Ramirez that (once healthy and playing consistently) can make an big impact. Of that group, Allan needs to rehab from his Tommy John surgery in order to reclaim his top-50 MLB status and Ramirez can rise very quickly as a potential five-tool center fielder.
Follow Yehuda Schwartz on Twitter @Yaschwa30
Main Image Credit:
Embed from Getty Images