With MLB Spring Training well underway in Florida and Arizona, farm systems and their prospects are getting an extra look at this time of the year.
17. SS Ronny Mauricio
After signing with the Mets back in 2017 for a then-team international free agent market bonus mark of $2.1 million, Mauricio made his full season debut last year and was the youngest player in the Sally League. In his minor league career, Mauricio holds slashes of .270/.306/.374 with seven home runs and 72 RBI.
Law sites Mauricio as "a very athletic shortstop who's already above-average at the position, while at the plate, he has lightning in his hands, and has power that he hasn't gotten to yet because he's still so young and because he's putting the ball on the ground too often."
Mauricio will need to get under the ball more in order to reach his 25-plus HR potential, but "a shortstop with this kind of bat speed who can already make contact against pitchers two to four years his senior has huge potential," and could become a Top 5 prospect with a big season in 2020.
48. C Francisco Alvarez
Next on the list comes the man that broke Mauricio's bonus record with $2.7 million from the Mets in 2018. Alvarez made his debut with the GCL Mets, went 12-for-26 with four doubles and two home runs in seven games before being promoted.
Per Law, "He has a great swing, arguably the best in the Mets' system, with very strong hands; he makes a deliberate, quick move back, and then his hands explode forward, with a hard swing that already produces hard contact."
A career .312 hitter in the minors thus far with .407 OBP and .510 SLG, Alvarez has "MVP type upside" and will certainly be looked at all year to see how advanced he really is.
92. RHP Matthew Allan
As a guy that will pitch between 92-95 MPH, Law says Allan now has "stuff with a good delivery and the right combination of present physicality and projection."
However, his main concern for Allan is his fastball quality as he moves up. "It's a four-seamer without much life or movement to it, so he'll need to use his curveball and changeup more rather than just relying on velocity."
With a 2.61 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 10.1 innings of his short minor league career, one can dream of Allan becoming the ace of a rotation, but Law sees his ceiling as more of a No. 2, "consistently above-average major-league starter."
95. 3B Brett Baty
As a 20-year-old first-round pick from 2019, Baty already sits at a big 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, and has both agility and power in his arsenal. Because of this, the Mets started him out in the Appalachian League.
After stints with the GCL Mets, the Kingsport Mets (Appl) and the Brooklyn Cyclones (Short-A), Baty's first year in the farm system ended with slashes of .234/.368/.452. He also added seven home runs and 33 RBI, but struck out 65 times in 51 games/188 AB.
"It'll come down to contact and power for Baty, who has middle-of-the-order potential, and does have the bat speed and idea at the plate to keep that strikeout rate in check," Law said.