Player Profile: The Invited PT I

I don’t think that there’s any doubts at this point with who the Mets plan on going with at third-base, J.D. Davis. However, Davis may only have a temporary clutch on the position, especially with the prospects behind him in the pipeline.

One of those prospects is Mark Vientos, a player going into his fourth professional season and has an invite to this upcoming Spring Training.

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.

His last season in 2019 , 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 eighth on MLB.com’s Top 30 Prospects list within the Mets organization. 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 2021 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.

He should move up the ladder quickly, especially with a lost 2020 season and someone by the name of Brett Baty climbing up the steps right behind him. While me probably won’t see him this campaign, MLB.com believes he’ll see some Major League service time in 2022.

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