Drafted by the Mets on two separate occasions, Carlos Cortes was first selected by the Mets in the 20th round of 2016 June Amateur Draft, he was drafted out of Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida. He opted not to sign and gambled on himself by re-entering the Draft In 2018 and it paid off as the Mets once again selected him, this time out of The University of South Carolina in the 3rd round.
The left handed batting second baseman/outfielder appeared in 47 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones right after being drafted that very summer, he’s accumulated 202 plate appearances and 178 at-bats during that stretch in which he hit .264/.338/.382/.720 in his first taste of professional baseball. He hit 5 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs while scoring 26 runs and driving in 24 RBI’s during his 2018 campaign with the NYPL (A-).
He’s been promoted to St. Lucie (A+) this year and has been showing signs of improvement in his 56 games so far this season. The second baseman is batting .262/.338/.431/.768 with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs while scoring 33 runs and driving in 34 RBI’s.
Cortes is listed at 5’7″ but has above average raw power and his barrel control is amongst the head of the class. He has thick, sturdy legs and is a below average runner on the base paths. There’s questions surrounding his defense at second base and does have a history of playing outfield in his collegiate days but is expected to be a good enough fielder to move up the ranks.
Scouts expect that the 21 year old to be ready for the Majors in about 2 years, during the 2021 season. He could be a vital part to the infield, as long as he continues to hit and get on base… the power is on it’s way.