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Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There are still many potential roadblocks ahead and an air of uncertainty about the 2020 MLB season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the blueprint for what it could look like has reportedly come together.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the league will have a call with the owners on Monday. And if the proposal the league has outlined for the 2020 season gets approval from the owners, it will be presented to the players on Tuesday.

The bullets:

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

With the MLB season still on hiatus, let's dip into the mailbag...


Anthony C in Hoboken via text: Is there any chance the Mets bring back Matt Harvey to replace Noah Syndergaard in the rotation? Say yes.

I would love to see Harvey come home, but in no way can he be guaranteed a role. He'll need to earn his way into the rotation (or bullpen). If he could do it, and do it with hunger and focus, it would be an incredible redemption story and something that would captivate baseball and Mets fans.

I realize things did not end well between the Mets and Harvey, who had all sorts of physical and other issues before and after he left New York. Aside from thoracic outlet syndrome, his struggles likely stemmed from the pressure put on himself to be not just successful but a massive, superstar success, which he briefly had and lost.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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There may not be any baseball going on at the moment, but the Mets made a few roster moves on Friday. 

INF Andres Gimenez, RHP Tyler Bashlor and C Ali Sanchez have all been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. 

Gimenez was having a so-so spring with a .214/.290/.393 slash line with two doubles and one homer over 14 games. His lefty bat did show some improved pop, though, which is an encouraging sign. 

Bashlor had a rough go down in Port St. Lucie with a 11.57 ERA over 4.2 innings. He allowed six earned on 11 hits (three homers) while striking out four and one walk. As for Sanchez, he had one double out of his eight at-bats in nine games. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Tyler Bashlor
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The Mets beat the Astros, 7-4, on Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Fla. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Rick Porcello got the start for the Mets and was solid, though he gave up nine hits in just 4.2 innings pitched. He limited the damage, though, allowing just two runs while walking none and striking out one. His spring training ERA in four starts is 2.53.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, JD Davis, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow (Reinhold Matay)
Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow (Reinhold Matay)

The Mets made their first cuts of spring training on Friday, optioning four players to minor league camp and re-assigning seven others.

Among the most notable cuts were three of the team's top 15 prospects -- right-handed pitchers Franklyn Kilome and Jordan Humphreys and left-handed pitcher Thomas Szapucki. All three pitchers are already on the team's 40-man roster.

The players who were re-assigned to minor league camp were right-handed pitchers Matt Blackham, Stephen Nogosek, Nick Rumbelow, and Francisco Rios, catchers Austin Bossart and David Rodríguez, and outfielder Tim Tebow.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Franklyn Kilome, Thomas Szapucki, Tim Tebow, Danny Abriano
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Back-to-back Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom will make his first start of spring training against the defending champion Washington Nationals on Sunday at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla. at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

Most of the potential Opening Day starters will be in the Mets' lineup today, while Andres Gimenez will start at shortstop. Gimenez owns a slashline of .308/.400/.615 in six games this spring, while half of his four hits so far have gone for extra bases (one double, one home run). In 18 games in the Arizona Fall League, he went 26-70 (.371) with nine extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in.

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The Mets scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to top the Astros 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Steven Matz gave the Mets two solid innings on Saturday afternoon. He made easy work of the Astros in the first inning, retiring George Springer, Myles Straw, and Yuli Guriel on three groundouts. In the second, he forced two more groundouts to Aledmys Diaz and Kyle Tucker before allowing a triple to Taylor Jones. But Matz then rebounded to strike out Jack Mayfield looking to end his afternoon.  

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Infield prospect Andres Gimenez blasted a solo homer to right field to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 3-2, on Friday afternoon at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie. >> Box Score


5 things to know about Friday's game...

1) Brandon Nimmo returned to the lineup after missing two games to undergo cardiac tests (he's fine). Nimmo got the start in center field, singled in his first at-bat, and finished 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Amed Rosario's strong second half convinced the Mets to scrap any notion of experimenting with him in center field, but it hasn't quite convinced scouts of his long-term viability at shortstop -- especially with a couple of top prospects in the organization.

As such the 2020 season seems to loom as crucial for Rosario's future in Queens. 

After all, in Andres Gimenez and Ronny Mauricio, the Mets have two young shortstops ranked in the Top 100 prospects lists by MLBPipeline.com, Baseball America, and Keith Law/The Athletic. And Gimenez is getting close, likely to start the season in Triple-A. 

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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

It will be Michael Wacha getting the start as the Mets face Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

While Wacha is thought to be in competition with Steven Matz for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, it might not be that simple

Mets notes

Andres Gimenez, Jake Marisnick, and J.D. Davis are the highlights of the lineup with the Mets traveling to Lakeland. Notable is that Davis, who has been getting lots of reps at third base this spring, is back at the hot corner.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, JD Davis, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mets LHP David Peterson (Jim Rassol)
Mets LHP David Peterson (Jim Rassol)

Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Monday, in case you missed it...


Wilson Ramos credited his performance against the Nats on Monday to offseason changes >> Read more

Along with Ramos, pitching prospect David Peterson was one of the standouts on Monday >> Read more

After the Mets' win over the Nats, Luis Rojas talked about his developing relationship with Terry Collins >> Read more

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

The following are insights, ideas and notes gathered from recent conversations with team sources, rival executives, reporters, front office assistants, and talent evaluators...


Based on conversations with team insiders, at this early point in the spring, it sounds to me like Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil will 100 percent be kicking off Luis Rojas' lineup in April.

After that, expect Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto and some flip-flopping between Wilson Ramos and Robinson Cano. Amed Rosario seems destine to hit eighth or maybe even ninth on certain occasions, while the J.D. Davis/Yoenis Cespedes situation will impact left field and the heart of the lineup in a way that can't be known yet.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts

Before Mookie Betts was traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, the Mets "made numerous calls and exchanged several various concepts" with Boston, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

According to Sherman, the Mets were unwilling to give up Jeff McNeil (who was "integral' to the Red Sox) in any deal for Betts due to the fact that Betts only had one year of team control left.

Instead, the Mets offered packages that revolved around one of Brandon Nimmo or J.D Davis plus one of prospects Andres Gimenez or Ronny Mauricio, according to Sherman.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Francisco Lindor (Kirby Lee)
Francisco Lindor (Kirby Lee)

Back in December, the Mets talked to the Indians about a potential trade for superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor, whose acquisition would've sent shockwaves through Queens.

The Mets reportedly broke off talks when they deemed the price too high, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Friday what the asking price would have been from Cleveland.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets "aggressively" tried to trade for Lindor during the Winter Meetings -- with that dialogue first reported by SNYs Andy Martino -- and that the price would have likely been Amed Rosario and two top prospects.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Matthew Allan
Matthew Allan

Matthew Allan was viewed as the best high school pitcher in the 2019 MLB Draft when the Mets pounced on him in the third round after signability concerns led to him falling out of the first round.

Now, Allan -- who tossed 10.1 innings across two minor league levels last season in what was his professional debut -- is on the cusp of being a top 100 prospect in MLB.

According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, Allan -- who was ranked the 13th-best prospect in the 2019 draft -- is among 10 prospects who just missed the cut on the recent MLB Pipeline top 100 list.

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The Mets had serious interest in making a Starling Marte trade with the Pirates work, but GM Brodie Van Wagenen had a strict line he wouldn't cross. 

Andy Martino reported on Wednesday night on Baseball Night in New York on SNY about three separate deals the Mets said no to. One centered around J.D. Davis, one revolved around Brandon Nimmo, and another would have included two top prospects.

"There was a package offered to them that was centered around J.D. Davis, the Mets said no," Martino said. "I don't believe that's been reported. There was another package centered around Brandon Nimmo, which we knew, but the Mets said 'no, we're not willing to trade Nimmo for Marte.' And then there was another ask which was like two top prospects -- say two out of the top five top prospects in the system. And that was a no."

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Baseball Prospectus has three Mets on their new top 101 prospects list for 2020, with INF Ronny Mauricio (No. 48), C Francisco Alvarez (No. 88) and INF Andres Gimenez (No. 90) making the cut.

RHP prospect Matthew Allan literally just missed the cut, with BP writing that he would've been No. 102 had the list extended that far.

OF Jarred Kelenic, who was traded along with Justin Dunn to the Mariners last offseason in the deal that brought Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to the Mets, was No. 7 on BP's list.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view as New York Mets designated hitter Brandon Nimmo (9) bats against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning of the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view as New York Mets designated hitter Brandon Nimmo (9) bats against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning of the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Robert Dominguez, the 18-year-old right-handed pitcher whose fastball already tops out at 99 mph, is ranked No. 17 on the Mets' Top 31 prospects list that was released by FanGraphs on Friday.

Dominguez, who was signed out of Venezuela this past July, also already has a plus curveball to go along with a developing changeup.

"He's only thrown a handful of times since the velo spike and not even all of the Mets upper level decision makers have seen him yet, but the talent level is on par with a compensation or second round pick," FanGraphs wrote in their scouting report. "There's just significantly more uncertainty and less track record than even later-developing players taken in that range, like Josh Wolf."

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Franklyn Kilome, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Baseball America released its Top 10 Mets prospects list for 2020 on Wednesday, and it featured a potential impact shortstop at the top, a very fast riser at No. 2, and a bunch of 2019 draftees throughout.

Here's how things shook out:

1. SS Ronny Mauricio
2. C Francisco Alvarez
3. 3B Brett Baty
4. RHP Matthew Allan
5. INF Andres Gimenez
6. 3B Mark Vientos
7. LHP Thomas Szapucki
8. RHP Josh Wolf
9. LHP Kevin Smith
10. LHP David Peterson

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets still have a lot of work to do when it comes to building their farm system back up after the recent Edwin Diaz/Robinson Cano and Marcus Stroman trades, but they're making strides.

INF Andres Gimenez dominated in the AFL and could be getting close to his big league debut. The Mets also have four younger blue chip prospects, including recently-drafted RHP Matthew Allan and 3B Brett Baty, and INF Ronny Mauricio.

The Mets' other highly-touted prospect who is still years away is C Francisco Alvarez, who is MLB Pipeline's pick for New York's breakout prospect of 2020.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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We've collected some of our end-of-year content as we start 2020. A version of this story originally published on Nov. 18, 2019.


Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The bulk of the Mets' impact prospects are in the lower levels of the minors -- highlighted by Brett Baty, Matthew Allan, and Josh Wolf, all selected in the 2019 MLB Draft -- but they do have a handful of prospects who should be ready to contribute this coming season.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Danny Abriano
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates his solo home run against the New York Yankees with left fielder Dominic Smith (22) during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates his solo home run against the New York Yankees with left fielder Dominic Smith (22) during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Winter Meetings are in full swing in San Diego, and the Mets still have a lot they need to accomplish if they hope to be one of the top contenders for the NL East title in 2020.

As Brodie Van Wagenen hopes to check off some of the Mets' needs, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone dipped into his mailbag...


Vincent Palma (via e-mail): If the Pirates have interest in Brandon Nimmo, it seems like there should be a lot of options to make a deal with them. Who do you think is Van Wagenen's target?

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Jeurys Familia, Matthew Cerrone
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The Winter Meetings are in full swing in San Diego, and the Mets still have a lot they need to accomplish if they hope to be one of the top contenders for the NL East title in 2020.

As Brodie Van Wagenen prepares to wheel and deal, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone dipped into his mailbag...


1) Gorman (via Twitter): Seeing a lot of people including top prospect Andres Gimenez in trade scenarios. Is it because he's blocked by Amed Rosario? Who has more trade value, Rosario or Gimenez? Is Gimenez good enough to consider using Rosario to acquire a superstar?

If the people you are referring to are our fellow fans, I wouldn't worry about it because being an Armchair GM is what we are supposed to do this time of year. It's part of the fun.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Mets interested in trading for Brewers closer Josh Hader, one question is how much the Mets would have to give up in order to land him. Another question is how much they should be willing to give up.

Arguably the best reliever in baseball, the 25-year-old Hader has immense value. He is entering his first of four arbitration years, and will likely get more expensive each season from 2020 to 2023.

It can be argued that with their farm system still in the midst of being rebuilt that the Mets should be focused on the free agent market when it comes to improving the bullpen. But if they are serious about going for Hader, it could make sense to also take back Ryan Braun (and a sizable portion of what he's owed) in order to provide the Brewers even more salary relief and make what they send to Milwaukee hurt less.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jeff McNeil, Mark Vientos, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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When it comes to prospects, I talk to a lot of people in and around baseball. I listen to people within the Mets organization. I read every list published online, and I talk to a variety of minor-league reporters, experts and scouts. As a result, I end every season with a notebook full of names that are most mentioned when talking about the team's farm system.

Interestingly, unlike previous seasons, the combination of question marks and potential seemed to result in me being asked about the same three to four names.

Based on those questions and what wound up in my notebook, here is my list of comments about the three most asked about prospects in the Mets' farm system...

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Thomas Szapucki, Matthew Cerrone
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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 (Jasen Vinlove)
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 (Jasen Vinlove)

In order to protect them from being selected during December's Rule 5 draft, the Mets recently added prospects Andres Gimenez, Jordan Humphreys, Ali Sanchez and Thomas Szapucki to their 40-man roster. The Rule 5 Draft takes place every year on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

The above four prospects were eligible for selection based on age and number of years since being drafted. There is no guarantee any of the above four players will become big-league players, let alone become All-Stars. Of course, there's always a chance.

Here is how I see each player's potential level of and chance for success based on prospect lists and my talks with prospect reporters, scouts and people in player development.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Steven Matz, Thomas Szapucki
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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have protected four prospects from this December's Rule 5 Draft by adding them to their 40-man roster in advance of Wednesday's deadline.

INF Andres Gimenez, LHP Thomas Szapucki, RHP Jordan Humphreys, and C Ali Sanchez were all added, bringing the Mets' 40-man roster from 36 to 40.

In order to make room on the roster, the Mets DFA'd Drew Gagnon, who is reportedly close to a deal to play in the KBO in Korea.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The bulk of the Mets' impact prospects are in the lower levels of the minors -- highlighted by Brett Baty, Matthew Allan, and Josh Wolf, all selected in the 2019 MLB Draft -- but they do have a handful of prospects who should be ready to contribute this coming season.

While the state of the Mets' farm system is less than ideal due to most of their blue chip prospects being further away and recent trades that saw Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Anthony Kay, and Simeon Woods Richardson shipped off, there are five interesting players to keep an eye on who could make an impact in 2020...

David Peterson, LHP

The 24-year-old Peterson, who profiles as a back of the rotation starting pitcher, was the Mets' top pick -- 20th overall -- in the 2017 MLB Draft.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Danny Abriano
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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

As the Mets embark on the 2020 offseason, there are lots of burning questions, including which free agents they should pursue, which 2019 performances were sustainable, and which players in the farm system (if any) should be untouchable...


Should the Mets sign Josh Donaldson, trade J.D. Davis and make Jeff McNeil a full-time LF?

McNeil, Davis and Jed Lowrie are capable of starting at third base. So, it's difficult to see Van Wagenen shelling out what is likely to be a three-year, $70-80 million deal to get Donaldson.

However, for all of the talk about adding a center fielder or corner outfielder, adding Donaldson would probably be the biggest bang for Van Wagenen's buck.

The fact is, Brandon Nimmo in most comparisons will likely end up being the better option in the field. At the same time, in addition to providing a major upgrade and credibility at the plate, Donaldson will likely be the best option in the field at third base.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Ronny Mauricio, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets INF/OF Sam Haggerty (Noah K. Murray)
Mets INF/OF Sam Haggerty (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets farm system as a whole is in a bit of a transition phase. They traded high level prospects Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Anthony Kay, and Simeon Woods-Richardson over the last 12 months. But they also had a great 2019 MLB Draft where they landed three big time prospects.

New York does not currently have a lot as far as top prospects who are on the verge of making a big league impact. I won't be writing here about the Andres Gimenez types or the David Peterson types who I believe are likely to contribute to the Mets in 2020 but are highly regarded prospects in the system.

Instead, the focus here will be on prospects who might come from out of nowhere a bit to make a contribution to the big league team next season. Here are three under-the-radar prospects I believe you could see contributing in Queens in 2020...

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson
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Mar 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Ryley Gilliam (81) delivers a pitch in the eight inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Ryley Gilliam (81) delivers a pitch in the eight inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Mets infield prospect Andres Gimenez turned heads during the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, winning the batting title as he slashed .371/.413/.586. But he wasn't the only Mets prospect to have a strong performance.

Four Mets pitching prospects -- Ryley Gilliam, David Peterson, Jordan Humphreys, and Blake Taylor -- pitched well, with the performances of Gilliam and Humphreys especially standing out.

Gilliam, 23, had a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 IP (seven games) while allowing eight hits, walking two and striking out 11.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Danny Abriano
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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets infield prospect Andres Gimenez took home the 2019 Arizona Fall League batting title on Wednesday, finishing with a .371 average in 18 games played.

The 21-year-old finished 10 points ahead of Phillies third-base Alec Bohm, the No. 34 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline.

Gimenez finished the Fall League slashing .371/.413/.586. In 70-at-bats, he drove in 15 while homering twice. Also, his .999 OPS was the highest of any qualifying player. 

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Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.
Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.

The Mets have traded lots of potential impact prospects over the last year, and the team has gone about re-stocking its farm system, which included having a very aggressive MLB Draft this past June.

Here's how the Mets' Top 20 prospects rank in advance of the 2020 season...

1. SS Ronny Mauricio (ETA 2022)

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Franklyn Kilome, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki
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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Playing the 2019 minor league season as one of the youngest players in Double-A, Mets infield prospect Andres Gimenez underwhelmed, hitting just .250/.309/.387 in 117 games. His play in the Arizona Fall League has been a different story.

Now 21 years old (his birthday was Sept. 4), Gimenez is hitting his stride. 

Shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most promising prospects in baseball, Gimenez has been one of the best hitters in the AFL, slashing .352/.407/.556 with four doubles, two triples, one homer and two stolen bases in 14 games (54 at-bats).

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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 (Jasen Vinlove)
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 (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have some good representation in the Appalachian League this fall, and Baseball America is recognizing two of the club's prospects as the top players in the league. 

Francisco Alvarez, a 17-year-old catcher, and the Mets' first-round draft pick this year in Brett Baty were ranked the league's No. 1 and No. 2 prospects respectively. 

Alvarez is the Mets' top catching prospect and the fifth overall prospect in the organization. He also cracked the publication's Top 100 list Back in September. Signing with the Mets for $2.7 million back in 2018, Alvarez hit .312/.407/.510 with seven homers and 26 RBI in 42 games at both levels of rookie ball this season. 

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

Mets prospects David Peterson and Andres Gimenez are both continuing their 2019 seasons in the Arizona Fall League, which is made up of many of the best and most advanced prospects in baseball. And they're excelling while playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Peterson, the Mets' No. 7 prospect and No. 2 ranked pitching prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has yet to allow a run in two AFL starts.

The 24-year-old left-hander fired 3.0 scoreless innings on Sept. 21 while allowing one hit, walking one and striking out four in his first start. On Sept. 28, he tossed 3.1 scoreless innings while allowing four hits, walking three and striking out four.

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Mark Vientos (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Mark Vientos (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets have announced their minor league awards, which include INF Mark Vientos being named their hitter of the year and LHP Kevin Smith being named pitcher of the year.

Among the other awards: INF Andres Gimenez being named defender of the year and Sam Haggerty -- who recently made his Mets debut -- winning baserunner of the year. 

Vientos, 19, was recently named the Mets' hitting prospect of the year by MLB.com.

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Thomas Szapucki
Thomas Szapucki

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in June but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing, with MLB.com system rankings for each player in parentheses...


Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022 (No. 1)

Recently profiled by SNY's Joe DeMayo, Mauricio is a switch-hitting SS. Signed July 2, 2017, by the Mets as an international free agent, Mauricio completed Monday's regular-season finale for Low-A Columbia with a 1-for-4 performance that included a two-RBI triple. In his 116 games, he hit four home runs and 37 RBI with a slash line of .268/.307/.357. Prior to Monday, Mauricio's production reflected his numbers on the season as he hit .267 with four hits in 17 at-bats over four games since last Wednesday.

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Thomas Szapucki
Thomas Szapucki

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in June but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing, with MLB.com system rankings for each player in parentheses...


Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022 (No. 1)

Mauricio, who we recently profiled here, is a switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Thomas Szapucki
Thomas Szapucki

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in June but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing, with MLB.com system rankings for each player in parentheses...


Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022 (No. 1)

Mauricio, who we recently profiled here, is a switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Matthew Allan
Matthew Allan

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The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in June but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing, with MLB.com system rankings for each player in parentheses...


Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022 (No. 1)

Mauricio, who we recently profiled here, is a switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent.

After being on fire for the better part of a month, Mauricio is in the midst of a huge funk, with zero hits in his last 23 at-bats. Overall, he is hitting .273/.311/.366 with four homers, four triples, and 20 doubles in 105 games this season. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in April but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing...


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA 2020

Gimenez remains mundane out in Binghamton, going 3-for-20 with a double and an RBI this past week. He is only hitting .239 on the season (95 games), but has a .306 OBP with 23 walks and 12 hit by pitches to boot. 

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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets have had a bit of a shakeup to their farm system rankings after dealing pitchers Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays in the Marcus Stroman trade. 

Shortstop Ronny Mauricio has supplanted fellow shortstop Andres Gimenez (who has fallen to No. 3) as the organization's top prospect, according to updated rankings by MLB Pipeline.  

Mets 2019 first-round pick, 3B Brett Baty, is the No. 2 prospect while third-round pick RHP Matthew Allen is the organization's No. 4 prospect as they have begun playing games in Rookie Ball while 3B Mark Vientos drops to sixth.  

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in April but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing...


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA 2020

Last time we looked at Gimenez, he had just three hits in his last 17 at-bats. Well those numbers didn't really change much. 

Over the past week, the shortstop has four hits in 17 at-bats. He did have a solid game on July 31, though, going 2-for-2 with a homer, double, and a walk. Overall, Gimenez is slashing .243/.312/.375 so far this season in Double-A.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Scott Thompson
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Anthony Kay (Bill Vaughan)
Anthony Kay (Bill Vaughan)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- is heating up again after an 0-for-10 skid early last week. In his last three games, Gimenez has gone 5-for-10 with one double, one triple, and two RBI. 

Overall, he is hitting just .246/.310/.370 in 76 games this season with four homers, five triples, and 14 doubles. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

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Simeon Woods Richardson (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Simeon Woods Richardson (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- has hits in 10 of his last 12 games, including five multi-hit games in that span. 

Overall, he is hitting just .243/.309/.364 in 71 games this season with four homers, four triples, and 13 doubles. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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 (Bill Vaughan)
(Bill Vaughan)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- has been hot over his last eight games, with 11 hits in his last 29 at-bats. His hot streak has included a double and homer. 

Overall, he is hitting just .239/.307/.355 in 67 games this season. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

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

Most of the Mets' high-impact prospects are in the lower levels of the minors, but they have a handful of players who can help as soon as 2019 or 2020, including...

Andres Gimenez

Gimenez, 20, is projected to be ready to reach the big leagues in 2020. He's currently the organization's top prospect and ranked the 58th overall prospect in all of baseball.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
(Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- was recently mired in a 3-for-29 skid before going 2-for-2 with a walk on Saturday and 1-for-4 on Sunday. 

Overall, he is hitting just .229/.302/.339 in 61 games this season. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

The Mets (37-48, 11 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) return to Citi Field on Friday at 7:1 p.m. on SNY to host the division-leading Atlanta Braves as they try to bounce back from a four game sweep by the Phillies. 

Here's what happened on Thursday in case you missed it...


The bullpen blew it again, this time it was Edwin Diaz who entered the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead but allowed a two-run home run to Maikel Franco and three-run walk-off home run to Jean Segura as the Mets were dealt a four-game sweep by the Phillies. >> Read more

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