Fangraphs New York Mets Top 31 Prospects List

Daniel Marcillo
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) plays the field during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Fangraphs dropped their Top 31 Prospects List for the New York Mets. It features familiar names and some that most fans are learning for the first time. Some Mets prospects could make their debuts as soon as 2020.

Prospects 1-5

  1. Ronny Mauricio (SS)

  2. Andres Gimenez (SS)

3. Mark Vientos (3B)

  1. Brett Baty (3B)

  2. Matthew Allen (RHP)

The Mets lack pitching prospects, so it is no surprise to see their top five loaded with position players. Mauricio steals away the top spot from Gimenez and is a very intriguing prospect. He has Carlos Correa’s size potential, but the power does not come as naturally. Baty and Vientos are very similar third basemen, but what they lack on defense they gain in power. Allen is an intriguing pitcher in a system that has not produced a quality starting pitcher in years. His potential is Matt Harvey pre-Tommy John and most likely a mid-rotation pitcher.

Prospects 6-10

  1. Francisco Alvarez (C)

  2. Thomas Szapucki (LHP)

  3. David Peterson (LHP)

  4. Franklyn Kilome (RHP)

  5. Shervyen Newton (SS)

Szapucki saw his velocity increase throughout 2019 as he was coming back from Tommy John Surgery. He is still another year away from getting onto a big league level, but his curveball is top-notch. Peterson will likely make his debut at some point during the 2020 season and projects to be your usual soft-tossing left-hander. Newton is the little known shortstop prospect the Mets have. His frame is already Correa-esk, but his plate discipline is an issue. He is only 20 with enough time to hone in his free-swinging ways.

Prospects 11-15

  1. Junior Santos (RHP)

  2. Josh Wolf (RHP)

  3. Endy Rodriguez (C)

  4. Kevin Smith (LHP)

  5. Jaylen Palmer (3B)

Santos is a tall drink of water at 6’8″ and is only 18-years old. His frame might still be growing large with giving him time to truly learn how to pitch because his command was an issue throughout 2019. Rodriguez is a rare catcher on the list but can play other positions on the field. His defense projects well, but the Mets have struggled with producing catchers. The best they have to show for themselves this millennium is Travis d’Arnaud. Smith is another soft-tossing lefty who looks to arrive in the bigs within the next two seasons. Nothing he throws will wow you, but he gets outs.

Prospects 16-20

  1. Adrian Hernandez (CF)

  2. Robert Dominguez (RHP)

  3. Jordany Ventura (RHP)

  4. Carlos Cortes (LF)

  5. Joshua Cornielly (RHP)

Hernandez is the first outfielder to make an appearance on the list, he struggled with injuries in 2019 and has good muscle on him being 5’9″ at 210 pounds.  Dominguez shocked many when he started to pitch in the high-90s with his fastball after the Mets signed him in July. 2020 will show if the fireballer is the real deal. Cortes will not be a star, but his unique ability to throw with both hands allows him to play multiple positions.

Prospects 21-25

  1. Jordan Humphreys (RHP)

  2. Alexander Ramirez (CF)

  3. Ali Sanchez (C)

  4. Will Toffey (3B)

  5. Freddy Valdez (RF)

Ramirez has good size for a center fielder but will be a corner guy as he continues to grow. His power could allow him to become a highly touted prospect as he learns how to become a complete hitter. Sanchez has been in the organization for years but projects to be Tomas Nido 2.0. Valdez stands at 6’3″ 215 at only 18-years old and projects to be a significant power threat as he learns how to harness his strength.

Prospects 26-31

  1. Ryler Gilliam (RHP)

  2. Desmond Lindsay (CF)

  3. Walker Lockett (RHP)

  4. Tylor Megill (RHP)

  5. Joinder Suarez (RHP)

  6. Michael Otanez (RHP)

Lindsay spend most of 2019 on the shelf with a hamstring injury and is running out of time to become a contributor. He still is figuring himself out at the plate, but the injury held him back in a progress year. Lockett saw time with the Mets in 2019, but struggled in his handful of starts. He will likely get the first opportunity to make a spot start in 2020. Megill stands at 6’7″ and has good velocity. If he pitches well enough, he could find himself with the Mets in 2020.