The future of the New York Mets looks to be promising. Baseball America recently put together their 2023 Top 100 Prospects rankings, and six young Mets were listed.
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The six New York Mets to make Baseball America’s Top 100 list:
The first Met mentioned was well-known top prospect, Francisco Alvarez, who came in at number nine. Alvarez turned 21 in November and has a significant upside. He is the top-rated prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline. Alvarez possesses size at 233 pounds and loads of power to potentially give the Mets many home runs in the coming years. The talent of Alvarez has many Mets fans excited.
The second Mets prospect to be listed was recently signed right-handed starting pitcher Kodai Senga, at 16. He signed with the Mets a little over a month ago on a five-year, $75 million contract. Senga comes from the Japan Leagues, where in 11 years, he posted a 2.72 ERA. He brings a nasty ghost fork pitch with him. Senga joins the Mets in an ideal situation, where the pressure is not too substantial, having Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer ahead of him. Over time, the talent is there for Senga to be a difference-maker on the mound for the Mets.
Brett Baty was the third young Mets player noted in the power ranking, coming in at 33. He has a lot of natural ability. Physically, Baty stands in at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. At the plate, he has a pure and powerful swing. The Mets selected Baty in the first round of the 2019 MLB draft. We got to see a glimpse of him in 2022 as the Mets battled injuries down the stretch and needed to call him up. His brief introduction was highlighted by a home run in his first at-bat. Baty is very talented and, whether at third base or left field, should have a big future ahead with the Mets.
The Mets’ fourth player to be ranked was Kevin Parada, who came in at 50. Parada was the Mets first pick, 11th overall, in the 2022 MLB draft last summer. He bats and throws right-handed and plays behind the plate at catcher. Last year, at Georgia Tech, Parada hit 26 home runs in 60 games, showing some terrific power. He turned 21 last August.
Outfielder Alex Ramirez was the fifth Mets player in the Top 100 ranking, coming in at 92. Ramirez is very young, as he just turned 20 six days ago. Whether it be his tall height of 6-foot-3, power, speed, arm strength, or defense, Ramirez has a lot of traits to offer the Mets. He signed with the Mets in July 2019. The right-handed bat is the Mets’ fourth-ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline. Ramirez hit .281 and drove in 71 runs in the minor leagues last year. He is expected to be with the Mets by 2024.
The sixth and final prospect the Mets had come in on the list was their second first-round draft pick (14th overall) from 2022, shortstop Jett Williams, ranked at 95. He hits and throws right-handed and is just 19 years old. The attributes Williams happens to be well-known for are his speed on the bases and his ability to hit for contact. From there, he is also respected for his defense and arm at shortstop.
The two noteworthy Mets prospects to not be mentioned in this Top 100 were Mark Vientos and Ronny Mauricio. Per MLB Pipeline, Mauricio is the Mets’ sixth-best prospect, and Vientos is seventh. We got to see a bit of Vientos down the stretch in 2022. The right-handed hitter is very tall, at 6-foot-4, and has power.
Mauricio is a 21-year-old switch-hitting shortstop listed at 6-foot-3. His two best traits are his power with his bat and his arm strength in the field. MLB Pipeline projects him to be in the major leagues this upcoming season. Whether that is the case for Mauricio remains to be seen.