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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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What should the Mets prioritize? 00:01:45
Andy Martino breaks down what he's hearing at the GM meetings. Is starting pitching or bullpen help a priority for the Mets?

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has cited the bullpen, center field, and the starting rotation as key areas the team needs to address heading into the 2020 season. But could payroll limitations get in the way?

Asked on Monday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. if the Mets would be willing to exceed the $208 million luxury tax for 2020, Van Wagenen bobbed and weaved a bit.

"Our goal is to identify what the acquisition costs are of players and then make recommendations to the ownership group that we think are going to put the team in the best situation to succeed," Van Wagenen explained. "So we will do that. And if the luxury tax threshold becomes something we have to consider, then we will talk about it at that time."

Tags: David Wright, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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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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Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)
Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)

As they build for the 2020 season, the Mets could have a gaping hole in the starting rotation and badly need to improve their team defense. Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon are free agents. Could the Mets be players for them? 

Asked directly about whether the team can add a top flight free agent without reducing payroll, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen danced around the question.

"At this point, we're going to explore all options with the roster," Van Wagenen said on Monday after introducing Carlos Beltran as the team's new manager. "Once we find the right fit, we'll try to make that a reality."

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Brodie on why he hired Beltran 00:06:23
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen reveals the reasons why the team hired Carlos Beltran as their new manager, and why he thinks he'll succeed.

The Mets will have a gaping hole in their starting rotation if Zack Wheeler leaves via free agency, but is that hole something they could actually fill from within?

Speaking on Monday at Citi Field after introducing Carlos Beltran as the 22nd manager in franchise history, GM Brodie Van Wagenen talked up the ability of Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman as potential rotation answers.

"We've got some great players in Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman that may be considerations in the rotation," Van Wagenen told SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Tags: David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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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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Sep 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

When the Yankees announced their roster to start the MLB playoffs, they left several notable contributors from the regular season off the list.

Among the Yankees to miss the past week's three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS, OF Clint Frazier and 1B/DH Mike Ford headlined the omissions, but neither of them have let that alter their approach.

As the Yankees await their opponent for the ALCS with Game 5 between the Astros and Tampa Bay Rays, to be determined Thursday at 7:07 p.m. ET from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Frazier and Ford highlight the ready reserves.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier, David Hale, Jordan Montgomery, Stephen Tarpley, Thairo Estrada
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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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After the Mets announed Tuesday that they would be retiring Jerry Koosman's No. 36 during the 2020 season, COO Jeff Wilpon said the team has "a plan to catch up" when it comes to retiring more numbers.

Koosman will become just the third player (along with Tom Seaver's No. 41 and Mike Piazza's No. 31) to have his number retired, and will be the first non-Hall-of-Fame Mets player to receive the honor.

With Koosman's number about to take its place alongside Seaver and Piazza (and Casey Stengel, Gil Hodges, and Jackie Robinson), here are four other Mets who are deserving...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Danny Abriano
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High praise for Pete Alonso 00:01:33
Mickey Callaway had high praise for Pete Alonso. He said he could be the next David Wright in the Mets organization and possibly a captain.

The Mets are now 5.0 games back of the second NL Wild Card spot with six games to play, and while the season has had it's share of highs and lows, the rookie performance of Pete Alonso is right at the top of the list of bright spots.

Alonso enters Tuesday's game against Miami hitting .264 with an NL-best 50 home runs to go along with 115 RBI.

The 24-year-old has quickly ascended into a leadership role with the Mets, so much so that even his manager is putting him among the likes of one of the most respected players to ever suit up for the team.

Tags: Aaron Judge, David Wright, Pete Alonso
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Mickey Callaway on Jerry Koosman 00:01:32
Mickey Callaway was happy to give up his number so the Mets could retire Jerry Koosman's number. Koosman means a lot to the '69 Mets.

The Mets will retire Jerry Koosman's No. 36 during the 2020 season, COO Jeff Wilpon announced on Tuesday at Citi Field, with the exact date of the ceremony to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Koosman joins Tom Seaver (No. 41) and Mike Piazza (No. 31) as the only Mets to have their number retired. The Mets have also retired manager Casey Stengel's No.37, manager Gil Hodges' No. 14, and Jackie Robinson's No. 42 -- as MLB did in unison in 1997. 

Asked whether the retirement of Koosman's number means the Mets will be retiring other numbers in the future, Wilpon said "we have a plan to catch up."

Tags: David Wright, Danny Abriano
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Mets LHP Steven Matz
Mets LHP Steven Matz

The Mets (81-75, 5.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what happened Monday, in case you missed it....


Steven Matz allowed six runs and the Mets couldn't dig themselves all the way out of that hole as they lost to the Marlins, 8-4, on Monday night at Citi Field as their playoff hopes faded away almost entirely >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mets lose to Marlins 8-4 00:01:20
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario crushes his 2nd career grand slam but the Marlins top the Mets 8-4.

A sixth-inning grand slam was unable to spark the Mets back from a six-run deficit Monday as New York fell 8-4 to the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. >> Box score

Seven Takeaways from Monday's game

1) Steven Matz put the Mets in an early hole Sunday night, giving up a solo home run to Jorge Alfaro in the top of the second inning. The early scoring continued on into the third frame when Jon Berti hit a two-out double out to left-center field and Miguel Rojas brought him home with a RBI-single.

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Walker Lockett
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Mets 1B Pete Alonso's historic rookie campaign continued early during Monday's series-opening game against the Marlins at Citi Field in New York, where he etched his name into the franchise's record book next to former 3B David Wright.

On a 2-1 changeup from Miami LHP Caleb Smith in the bottom of the third inning, Alonso reached down for the low-and-outside pitch, pulling a one-out single to left field and becoming the Mets' single-season leader in total bases.

Alonso's 335 total bases with six-plus games left on the regular season edged Wright's mark of 334, which stood for the past decade and change after the former third baseman set the record in 2008.

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Ramos extends hitting streak 00:00:16
Wilson Ramos drove in a run in the 4th inning to make it 1-1, extending his hitting streak to 26 games with a double.

After a two-out strikeout against Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer to end the top of the second inning, Mets C Wilson Ramos wasted no time in getting his revenge.

In fact, he made history.

The next at-bat for Ramos came in the top of the fourth inning with no outs and two runners on base, delivering an RBI double deep down the left-field line.

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Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Mets (70-67, 14.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue a three-game series with the Washington Nationals (77-59, 6.5 GB in NL East, 3.5 GA for first Wild Card) Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets face the Nationals with both teams sending their aces to the mound, the third time all season. The previous matchups featured wins for the Mets, who came out on top March 28 and May 22. While the pitching matchup brings the buzz, the Mets are also riding the momentum of C Wilson Ramos, whose career-high hitting streak enters the night at 25 games -- the longest active hitting streak in the MLB. Should Ramos extend his streak to 26 games, he would tie former 3B David Wright, who did so from Sept. 17, 2006, to April 19, 2007. On another streak, 1B Pete Alonso has reached base safely in 28 straight games since Aug. 2 and tied a Mets rookie record as a result after Justin Turner did so in 2011. Alonso's is the longest active streak in baseball. While the Mets activated Robinson Cano off the 10-day IL before the game, 2B Joe Panik gets the start.

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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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.

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

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.

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. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Scott Thompson
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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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David Wright at 'No Kid Hungry' 00:02:49
Former Mets David Wright attends the 'No Kid Hungry' event. David talks about Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil being legitimate threats.

Mets legend David Wright, now working in the team's front office in an advisory role, spoke Tuesday about the team's "disappointing" season while also keeping an eye on the potentially bright future that includes Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil

"For me, it's obviously been -- up to this point -- a disappointing season," Wright said while representing the Mets at an event for No Kid Hungry. "There have certainly been some bright spots, but overall, I think when you put together a roster the way Brodie and the front office has, there's I'm sure a lot of blame to go around. And Brodie is taking his fair share."

Noting that the team has dug a hole this season, Wright left open the possibility of a miracle run, but said "there's certainly a lot of room for improvement."

Tags: David Wright, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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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

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Yanks explode late for win 00:01:58
Boone, Judge, Sabathia, Gregorius and Hale on Yankees big 6-run 8th inning in their 8-3 win over Tampa

The Yankees rallied late and broke the game wide open with a pair of eighth-inning home runs to defeat the Rays, 8-3, Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) The eighth inning proved to be the deciding one for the Yanks, who trailed 3-2 with Gleyber Torres set to lead off against Colin Poche. The second baseman walked, but Brett Gardner struck out and D.J. LeMahieu lined out hard to right-center. That brought up Aaron Judge, who sent a ball just outside the right field foul pole on the sixth pitch of the at-bat. He made no mistake on the very next offering, however, powering a ball over the wall in right to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Poche remained in the game and allowed a single to Luke Voit and a double to Gary Sanchez before intentionally walking Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases for Didi Gregorius. On a 2-1 pitch, Gregorius ripped a grand slam deep into the right-field bleachers to give the Yankees plenty of breathing room.     

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, David Hale, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Nestor Cortes Jr
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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

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, 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)

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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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 -- is back to full health after missing 10 days after getting hit on the hand with a pitch, but his bat hasn't yet caught up.

He is just 5-for-27 (.185) with a stolen base since returning. Gimenez is just 20 years old, but is only slashing .246/.313/.345 over parts of two seasons at Double-A. He got three of those hits in one game, which included two doubles.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

After being scratched from the lineup while rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is in Los Angeles Monday to meet with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

Watkins is the same specialist who treated David Wright while he was dealing with his spine issues. 

Nimmo was in New York on Saturday, with manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen updating the situation. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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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 -- missed just over 10 days after getting hit in the hand by a pitch, and returned over the weekend.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Jul 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) tips his cap to fans after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies and his last regular season appearance at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jul 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) tips his cap to fans after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies and his last regular season appearance at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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During the "Shea Anything" podcast taping on Wednesday, colleague Doug Williams reminded me of the most offensive thing that Chase Utley has ever done in public -- and no, it wasn't breaking Ruben Tejada's leg.

Doug noted that, during a WFAN appearance earlier this year, the former Phillies great said "See ya, sweetheart" to caller Cali from Connecticut. This was a truly icky comment, out of step with both contemporary standards and basic decency (Cali was busy telling Utley how "annoying" he was, but you still don't say "sweetheart").

Mets fans do not disparage Utley for the casual misogyny in his vocab, though. They hate him because of one late slide in the playoffs, and a history of aggressive play that they would have loved had Utley been on their side.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Andy Martino
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (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 placed on the IL last Sunday after getting hit in the hand by a pitch.

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

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

Through the season's first 45 games, Gimenez has taken a step back from his short tenure with Binghamton in 2018, when he batted .277 in 37 contests. This year, the 20-year-old is hitting .232 with a .638 OPS and 50 strikeouts in 177 at-bats. The Venezuela native hasn't recorded multiple hits in a game dating back to May 20. His defense has been solid, though, with a .973 fielding percentage at shortstop. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio
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Mets prospect Mark Vientos (@MetsFarmReport/Twitter)
Mets prospect Mark Vientos (@MetsFarmReport/Twitter)

Mets 3B prospect Mark Vientos has one of the brightest futures among all players in the team's farm system. At just 19 years old, he is already with Low-A Columbia, and could be on track to reach the majors as early as 2021.


The Skinny

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 185 lbs

Tags: Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos
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May 27, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Tyler Bashlor (49) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
May 27, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Tyler Bashlor (49) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

The Mets (26-27, 5.0 GB in the NL East) lost the first game of their road trip on Monday night in Los Angeles as their bullpen got pummelled in the sixth inning. 

Here's what went down on Monday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets' loss to the Dodgers, New York had three runners thrown out on the bases (two at home plate, one at third base) and watched their bullpen get smacked around in the sixth inning as Los Angeles plated six runs >> Read more

Tags: Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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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)

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

After being mired in a 1-for-16 slump last week, the 20-year-old shortstop showed signs of getting back on track with a hit in four of his last five games, but is still 5 for his last 20. He is hitting a slash line of .237/.294/.353 with two home runs, 14 RBI and 23 runs scored this season. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio
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Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson (77) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson (77) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP prospect David Peterson has rounded into form lately while pitching for Double-A Binghamton, and the big lefty could be an option for the Mets' rotation in 2020...


The Skinny

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 240 lbs

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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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May 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; New York Mets former player David Wright walks with the Tiger Woods group during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; New York Mets former player David Wright walks with the Tiger Woods group during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets fans can get rowdy. Even at golf events. 

David Wright, who is serving as the Honorary Ambassador at the PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black on Long Island, was walking the grounds during the first round of the tournament following Tiger Woods' group. And along the way, he heard "Let's go Mets" chants from the Mets faithful. 

New Yorkers don't play around no matter the sporting event, and Wright loved every second of it...

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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a two run home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a two run home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso has taken the league by storm, won the Rookie of the Month award for April, and is on pace to hit 49 homers. And with the Home Run Derby about two months away, Alonso is all-in.

"I would love to do it," Alonso said Tuesday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "I think that would be fun, a real amazing thing to do, but I haven't heard anything yet. I would be honored to do it for sure."

Alonso added that "you only live once," and that he hopes somebody picks him to participate.

Tags: David Wright, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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David Wright at PGA Championship 00:03:40
New York Mets special advisor David Wright was on hand at Bethpage talking about Tiger Woods' comeback and Jed Lowrie's anticipated return.

Mets special advisor David Wright, speaking at the PGA Championship on Monday, talked about the recent meeting involving COO Jeff Wilpon, GM Brodie Van Wagenen, and manager Mickey Callaway, and more. 

On whether the meeting was called for, Wright believed it was. 

"What Brodie has done, he's got his finger on the pulse in there," Wright said. "So if he saw it fit for a meeting I'm sure that that was the right call. I think generally speaking -- this is more from a player's perspective -- you try, you tend to stay away from those but sometimes it's nice to light a fire under your butt a little bit -- give you a nice little kick on the rear to hopefully get you going a little bit. And hopefully that's the case."

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 (Orlando Ramirez)
(Orlando Ramirez)

The Mets (17-20, 4.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) squandered numerous scoring opportunities as they lost to the Padres, 3-2, in the final game of a three-game set. They are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Friday night. 

Here's what went down on Wednesday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets' loss to the Padres, Wilmer Font got the start and filled in admirably, but Pete Alonso was robbed of a go-ahead homer before two other New York rallies were short-circuited >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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The Mets didn't sign Gio Gonzalez, due in part to the fact that they didn't view him as much of an upgrade over Jason Vargas. Whether you agree with that or not, it's clear that the current situation with Vargas is not tenable.

Even on days where Vargas is "good" by the standards set for him, the Mets are still not comfortable letting him pitch more than four or five innings. And in a world where Vargas is actually able to give four or five solid innings most times he pitches, that positive would be mostly offset by the negative of taxing the bullpen every five days.

Translation: The Mets have a problem. Here are seven options who can replace Vargas, with some of them potentially not options until later in the season...

Tags: Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Jason Vargas, Seth Lugo
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A general view at First Data Field (Jasen Vinlove)
A general view at First Data Field (Jasen Vinlove)

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.


Andrés Giménez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 2) -- ETA 2020

Pete Alonso remains listed No. 1 on MLB.com's list of top Mets prospects, but he sure seems well entrenched in the majors given his outstanding start to the season. So Giménez tops the Mets' farm system, and it was a good week for the shortstop in Double-A Binghamton.

The 20-year-old went 9-for-25 in six games, recording one homer, three doubles, three RBI, three walks and two stolen bases along with six strikeouts. He takes a five-game hitting streak into Monday's game at Akron, and he had three hits in two of those games. He did commit an error in his last game, his second of the season.

The standout performance came on Thursday, when he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles. The homer was a blast to right field which left the stadium and went "across the street," according to the MiLB video description.

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

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As someone who was forced to retire from his sport while still an elite athlete due to spine-related injuries, few people in the universe could relate to Tiger Woods' winning the Masters on Sunday quite like David Wright

As such Wright had planned his Sunday afternoon/evening to make sure he was in front of his TV at home in Virginia. 

Only he hadn't planned on the tournament organizers moving tee times up several hours to avoid late-day rain. So as Tiger was teeing off at 9:20 a.m., Wright and his wife, Molly, were getting ready to take their two young daughters to see Paw Patrol Live, a sold-out event the girls had been talking about for weeks. 

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