Francisco Alvarez / C / ETA: 2023
Signed in 2018, Francisco Alvarez has exploded on the scene as a right handed hitting and throwing catcher. Alvarez signed for $2.7 million at the age of 17 and subsequently made his professional debut in 2019. Playing against opponents two and three years older than himself, Alvarez held his own at the plate. In the Appalachian League, Alvarez slashed an impressive .282/.378/.443 with five homeruns before being promoted to Single-A Brooklyn and St. Lucie as a 19-year-old during the 2021 season. In 400 plate appearances between Single and Hi-A, Alvarez continued to mash at the plate compiling a .272/.388/.554 line against competition two to four years older than him.
Over two professional seasons, Alvarez has impressed against competition more advanced and mature than himself. It truly is no small feat to have the amount of success Alvarez has against the competition he must face on a daily basis. In his time within the Mets organization, Alvarez has proven himself to be a potential long term answer behind the plate. With his raw power at the plate and his leadership skills behind the plate, Alvarez will be in the New York Mets’ starting lineup during the 2023 baseball season.
Brett Baty / 3B/OF / ETA: 2022
Drafted number 12 overall in 2019 out of Lake Travis High School in Texas, Baty is another Mets’ prospect whose production as continually impressed scouts and decision makers as he progresses from level to level. During his age-21 season in 2021, Baty reached Double-A and is poised to contend for some major league playing time in 2022. After dominating Hi-A across 209 plate appearances (.309/.397/.514), Baty continued his success at Double-A Binghamton. In Double-A, Baty slashed .272/.364/.424. According to MLB.com, Baty has been clocked at 92 miles per hour from third base to first base. With a strong arm, he could stick at third base long term or he could turn into a platoon role at third base and designated hitter for the New York Mets.
Matt Allan / RHP / ETA: 2024
Although Matt Allan will not appear in any professional games this year due to Tommy John surgery, his rehabilitation is something to keep an eye on. Drafted in the third round in 2019 by the Mets, Allan has not pitched in a game since 2019 due to COVID and injuries requiring two operations on his pitching elbow. Allan has throw 10 1/3 innings a cross two different levels with a 14/5 K/BB ratio. The 6’3” 225 pound right hander sits in the mid-90’s with his fastball which includes above average control. His fastball is complimented by his changeup which sits mid-80’s. However, his second best pitch is a curveball. It will be interesting to see if he continues to use his curveball as much post surgery as he did pre surgery. Spin rate, long-term, is something to keep an eye on.