#1 Andres Gimenez SS Age: 20 Bats: L Throws: R ETA 2020
After finishing the season with impressive numbers in Advance A and AA, Gimenez struggled in the Arizona Fall League. There is no need to panic! Gimenez was only 19 at the start of the AFL which made him one of the youngest players at that level. The pitching was more advance than he is used to facing and with experience he will be able to adapt.
Scouts rave about his maturity level for his age. The combination of his advance hit tool (60 grade) and plus speed (55 grade) are something the Mets have been lacking in their lineup. Although his power is currently ranked at grade 35, he makes enough hard contact that can sneak in a few bombs. He has a sweet short swing that drives the ball both sides of the field.
Gimenez is expected to start the 2019 season in AA Binghamton and will more than likely finish in AAA. With McNeil at 2B and Rosario at SS, Mets should probably give him reps at 3B.
#2 Peter Alonso 1B Age: 23 Bats: R Throws: R ETA 2019
Power Pete! The 2018 minor league home run king kept his crown in the AFL! Peter Alonso showed another impressive display of power by coming in tied for 1st in HR and 2nd in RBIs during his time at the AFL.
There are skeptics who say he might be a defensive liability, but he has worked very hard to improve. Chances are that he is probably not going to win a Gold Glove anytime soon but he was named defensive player for the month of July. His defense should be sufficient enough to get him in the daily lineup, but he’ll need to continue to improve and show that he’s more than just a bat.
Pete will be receiving a spring training invite with a chance at being in the 2019 Opening day roster. If he doesn’t make it then he will start the season in the Mets new AAA home with the Syracuse Mets.
#3 Franklyn Kilome RHP Age: 23 Bats: R Throws: R ETA: 2020 (Post-Cano trade)
When the Mets traded Asdrubal Cabrera for Kilome, Mets fans felt cheated. They were expecting a bigger haul, but it did free a spot for McNeil, who quickly earned the hearts of Mets fans.
The 6’6″ righty throws a fastball that can touch upper 90s which complements it with an above average curve and also has a decent change up he’s still developing. Scouts like his raw stuff and intelligence on the mound and think he has good upside. While his swing and miss is lower than I’d like (419 K in 471.1 IP in Milb career), I believe he could develop into a decent bullpen arm.
Kilome ended the season needing Tommy John surgery which will sideline him all of the 2019 season.