Top 10 Mets Prospects Entering the 2020 Season (Part 1)

Many people would agree that Brodie did some damage to the farm by trading pieces like Anthony Kay, Simeon Woods-Richardson, and Kevin Smith to name a few. The name that sticks out the most is OF Jarred Kelenic (who appears to gain muscle mass for every Cano strikes out or Diaz blows a save) as BVW failed to make the playoffs in 2019 and embarrassingly in 2020 during the expanded playoffs. Mets fans find themselves with little to no familiarity with the players that are currently left. Have no fear! I am here to help you get to meet the farm.

The Mets have a very interesting farm system that is loaded with players under the age of 20 with a lot of upside. While there is currently no super star hype in the farm like we seen with Jared Kelenic, there are a few names with All-star potential and break out candidates. I will go over the current top 10 prospects as ranked by MLB.com and add some of my own feedback.

The List (according to MLB.com)

  1. Ronny Mauricio, SS, 19 y/o
  2. Francisco Alvarez, C, 18 y/o
  3. Brett Baty, 3B, 20 y/o
  4. Matt Alan, RHP, 19 y/o
  5. Pete Crow-Armstrong (PCA), OF, 19 y/o
  6. J.T. Ginn, RHP, 19 y/o
  7. Mark Vientos, 3B, 20 y/o
  8. Thomas Szapucki, LHP, 24 y/o
  9. Josh Wolf, RHP, 20 y/o
  10. Isiah Greene, OF, 19 y/o
  1. Ronny Mauricio- The switch hitting shortstop is listed at 6’4 and has shown advance feel for the game for his age. He has the ability to hit at all sides of the field but currently has a very high ground ball rate. Once his body taps into his projected frame he should elevate the balls and hit them hard enough to become a power hitting threat that can hit for average. If he is able to learn to cut down on his K rates and improve his walk to earn a respectable OBP rate, he could be an All Star at SS or 3B. ETA 2022
  2. Francisco Alvarez- The most exciting C prospect the Mets have had since acquiring Travis d’Arnaud in the RA Dickey trade to Toronto after the 2012 season. He destroyed Rookie league at the age of 17 during the 2019 season by slashing a combined .312/.407/.510 (combined Gulf coast and Appalachian League) in 182 plate appearances while walking 21 times and only striking out 37 times. Also, he projects to be an above average defender that can control the running game. We’ll have to wait and see how he continues to develop but if the Mets but he makes a compelling argument for why the Mets should NOT lock up JT Realmuto to a long term, expensive contract. ETA 2023
  3. Brett Baty- Raw power! The left hand hitting youngster is projected to move quickly through the system due to his age and ability to hit. While he is expected to be an average defender at 3B, he comes well equipped with an arm that will allow him to throw lasers across diamond. While he sported a respectable .234 batting average in 2019, scouts believe that he is an advance hitter who can hit well and lay off curve balls. I’ve read about his bat being compared to all kinds of great hitters such as Christian Yelich, Joey Votto, and MLB analyst Harold Reynolds even went as far to compare it to “Freddie Freeman but with power!” ETA 2022

Photo: CBS Sports

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