When the commerce deadline got here and went with out the Mets procuring any of their premiere minor leaguers for quick MLB assist, many followers questioned what Billy Eppler’s imaginative and prescient was. The common supervisor was variety sufficient to explain his thinking over Zoom on deadline day.
“There were a lot of inquiries at the front end of that group,” Eppler stated of his prospects. He later famous that the group didn’t half with anybody they thought-about a “top 19 prospect” of their system.
“One of the things that we’ve talked about here is trying to maintain that organizational discipline to kind of crush any urge to make a snap or impulsive decision and give up large amounts of future World Series odds or expectation in exchange for just some marginal gains right now.”
That urge has been crushed, and with every of the membership’s top five prospects (according to MLB.com) nonetheless employed by the Mets, let’s see how they’re faring within the minor leagues.
The farm’s foremost attraction — and the one which the Mets had been completely not going to commerce — has proven why the group cherishes him a lot.
Alvarez started his yr at Double-A. He is just 20 years outdated, which means he’s youthful than lots of the gamers who had been drafted this summer season. In 67 video games for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Alvarez shortly proved that he was far too good for that degree, incomes a promotion to Triple-A. He hit .277/.368/.553 (.921 OPS) for the Ponies and was 45% extra productive than the league’s common hitter.
In his temporary keep at Double-A, Alvarez really struck out a tick much less and walked a tick greater than he did at High-A. Both his Ok% and BB% trended a couple of decimal factors in the fitting path, and his batting common, on-base proportion and slugging proportion all received important raises.
Through his first 20 video games at Triple-A Syracuse, Alvarez is hitting simply .191 however getting on-base (.360) and slugging (.471) at very intriguing charges. Five residence runs in his preliminary 89 plate appearances for Syracuse confirmed that Alvarez’s energy was not left behind. Also, not for nothing, Alvarez caught two legends of the sport throughout their rehab durations. Both Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom stated good issues concerning the teenager’s protection, a lot to his delight.
To be abundantly clear, Alvarez shouldn’t be going to be on the Mets’ big-league roster this yr. His common supervisor stated so very plainly.
“Right now there’s still some things, both defensively and offensively, that he’s working on,” Eppler stated, noting that in Triple-A, pitchers are a lot better at messing with hitters. “I’d rather a young player get messed with in Triple-A than get thrown into a playoff race.”
Baty, the membership’s first-round decide in 2019, is killing it in his second stint at Double-A. He completed the season with 40 video games there final yr, and in 87 this yr the left-handed swinging third baseman is the present proprietor of a vaunted .300/.400/.500 slash line. He’s hitting .312, getting on base at a .405 clip and spanking the ball for a .541 slugging proportion. After a scorching month of July, he was named Player of the Month within the Eastern League.
“Once you have success at Double-A, you kind of physically know you’re able to play in the major leagues,” Eppler stated.
Drafted out of highschool, Baty has the luxurious of nonetheless being simply 22 years outdated however having three minor-league seasons to his title. The Eduardo Escobar signing hasn’t labored out but for the Mets, and he has only one extra full yr on his contract with a membership possibility for 2024. If Escobar’s woes carry into subsequent season, Baty must be one of many first calls.
At 21 years outdated, getting his first prolonged time in Double-A (he made an eight-game cameo there final season), Mauricio’s numbers don’t leap off the web page but.
The .255 common is okay, the .293 on-base proportion wants enchancment. Gaining a greater strategy on the plate is the most important impediment in his growth proper now. Mauricio is strolling in simply 4.5% of his plate appearances, the third-lowest figure of anyone in his league. He’s additionally gotten very pull-happy, with FanGraphs exhibiting a staggering 48.0% of his balls in play going to the pull aspect.
A regarding 21 errors in 78 video games at shortstop additionally present that Mauricio goes to want rather more time to determine issues out. There’s no rush to get him up, although.
The youngest of the group, the 19-year-old outfielder is beginning to present the uncooked energy that made evaluators salivate. Called as much as High-A in early July, Ramirez has slugged .526 on the degree with 5 residence runs and three doubles in his final 13 video games. As by far the youngest participant on the Brooklyn Cyclones’ roster, and the youngest player in the High-A South Atlantic League who’s made not less than 100 plate appearances, the Mets received’t want Ramirez for some time.
If he retains clapping the ball the best way he’s been at High-A, although, he’ll be going through a lot stiffer competitors subsequent yr.
Vientos is lauded for his energy, and it’s actually performed at Triple-A. Of the ten gamers who’ve sent at least 19 balls over the wall within the International League this season, Vientos is considered one of simply 4 who haven’t performed within the majors in any respect.
The child nonetheless strikes out so much — he fanned in 30.2% of his Triple-A plate appearances final season and is at 30.7% in a a lot bigger pattern dimension this yr — and his protection at third base is nothing to jot down residence about. Vientos might very properly be the Mets’ designated hitter of the longer term, however that’s a dialog to have through the offseason.