New York Mets infield prospect Luis Carpio began the season not breaking the Mets list of their top 30 prospects on MLB.com, now he currently now sits in the 29th slot. Signed by the Mets in 2013 as an amateur free agent, the organization really expects middle infielder Luis Carpio to blossom this season down in the Florida State League (FSL, Single-A). He was first recognized for his strong defensive abilities however, he’s now tapping into some newfound power as he continues to mature.
While he continues to develop in the power department, Carpio, a right handed batter, needs more time polishing his “feel” for hitting. However, his advanced approach and ability to draw walks leads me to believe he isn’t too far off from reaching that goal. Scouts say that he has average speed on the paths and is smart enough to steal some bags, but needs improvement to consistently swipe bags.
Carpio is more than talented enough to hold down the shortstop position but has seen a majority of his time at second base. This is due to a shoulder injury he sustained in 2016 which caused him to miss time and require shoulder surgery.
In 2018, the infielder hit 12 home runs in 112 games. Prior to 2018, he combined for 4 home runs over 250 games and 4 seasons. This season in 17 games, the 21 year old Carpio is hitting .302/ .426/ .419/ .845 with 13 hits, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBI’s and drew 6 base on balls in 43 at-bats.
During this past 2019 campaign, Carpio had close to 100 at-bats in the Florida State League before being promoted to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets Double-A affiliate. Between both leagues, Carpio slashed at .282/.361/.380/.740 with 19 doubles, one triple, and four home runs while driving in 34 RBI’s in 337 combined at-bats. While scouts have Carpio’s ETA to the Majors during the 2020 season, it’s unlikely that it’ll be with the Mets, barring any injuries to multiple infielders.