Since Mark Vientos’ name has recently come up in an SNY segment in which Jim Duquette proposed a pseudo trade surrounding Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Starling Marte, I’ve decided to dive into the Minor League career and numbers of 19 year old third baseman.
Vientos went into the year 2019 cracking into Keith Law’s “Top 100 Prospects” by ranking in at number 60, the third baseman surprised a lot of fans as not many people had him on their radar. Vientos was drafted in the 2017 June Amateur Draft in the second round as a shortstop and third baseman out of American Heritage high school in Plantation, Florida.
In 2017, Vientos spent his age 17 season playing for both the Gulfport Mets as well as the Kingsport Mets. Vientos accumulated 211 at bats in 51 games, batting .262/ .318/ .398/ .715 while hitting 4 home runs and driving 26 in.
Vientos had a better season in 2018 as he hit 11 home runs, driving in 52 runners in 60 games toting 223 at bats. He also had an impressive slash line, batting .268/ .389/ .489/ .878 during his second stint in Kingsport.
This past season, Vientos played in 111 games while slashing at .255/.300/.411/.711 with 27 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, and 62 RBI’s. The third baseman did have a high strikeout total with 110 in 454 plate appearances while playing for the Colombia Fireflies, the Mets Single-A affiliate.
The Pembroke Pines, Florida native is currently ranked sixth on MLB.com’s Top 30 Prospects list within the Mets organization and has an expected time of arrival during the 2021 season. Vientos produces a tremendously high exit velocity and is even compared to Pete Alonso’s as being amongst best in the organization, now that’s impressive.
I’d personally like to see Vientos start 2020 with Binghamton, however I’d imagine that the third baseman will end up in the Florida State League, the Mets highest Single-A affiliate. Scouts eventually see Vientos as a middle of the order bat that will be good enough to man down the hot corner at third base.
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